Project Pabst

At the end of September Pabst Blue Ribbon threw a big music festival for the city of hipsters, Portland. With big name headlining acts like Tears For Fears and Modest Mouse for just over $50, Project Pabst was a big success.
Saturday kicked off the festivities for us, as we caught the very end of hip-hop artist K. Flay. We caught the next band X Ambassadors who have a huge pop sound with amazing vocals.

As X Ambassadors finished up their set, the crowd flocked and nearly doubled in size as we made our way over to see the Violent Femmes. They performed their debut album in it’s entirety. Then played all the classic American music.

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To follow up the Violent Femmes, local metal band Red Fang performed. Though I use the term metal in the sense of the heavy rock days of late 80s metal. If you haven’t heard Red Fang, I highly suggest wrapping your ears around them.

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After Red Fang was psychedelic folk rock band, Phosphorescent. They played a bunch of songs off their latest album, Muchacho that came out last year. They had a lot of reverb and awesome jammy guitar solos.

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I didn’t catch too much of the next band Rocket From the Crypt, but they are an old school punk/post-hardcore pop band from the 90s. They had super high energy throughout the show.

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The headliner for the day portion of the festival was Tears For Fears. I would have never thought I would be able to witness Tears For Fears live, and I didn’t know what to expect, but it was a fantastic show. They played a lot of new songs, but also all the classics plus a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.”

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We left the main festival grounds at Zidell Park and went to the Crystal Ballroom for the night shows. First was locals Wooden Indian Burial Ground, who are a psycho-billy type of rock band. They even had Doug Martsch come on stage and play a cover of “Psycho Killer.”

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After WIBG was Deep Sea Diver from Seattle. Another pop-rock band that we have covered for Treefort Music Fest.

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Built To Spill was the last act for the night. They played for a packed crowd at the Crystal. Playing all their hit songs from all their albums, Built To Spill had a most excellent show.

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Treefort Music Fest 2013 Day 2

It’s day two of Treefort, and by now our faces have been melted off and gelatinized, then shredded and melted again. It’s a crisp day at the Main Stage and there are a few squalls of snow as the first act Deep Sea Diver begins.

This bubbly Seattle four-piece hits all the spots for the modern rock aficionado. Somewhere between a re-energized Beach House and a re-imagined Bright Eyes, Deep Sea Diver really embodies the great history and the mysterious future of rock and roll.

Delicate Steve plays after, to a much larger, more bundled up crowd than their performance at El Korah Shrine yesterday. Always a spectacular show, they warm things up with tracks off last year’s Positive Force and deliver all the classics off Wondervisions in dramatic style. On the streets of Boise there are rumors that Delicate Steve has a third album of material just awaiting release.

Burnt Ones is next at Boise’s unique multi-purpose venue Linen Building. Their powered up live set is already underway, and the heavy, dry, smooth sound of Burnt Ones fills up the long cavernous building. I make sure to grab a cassette of You’ll Never Walk Alone on the way out to Neurolux to see Tartufi.

Last year we saw Tartufi for the first time with their new bassist blowing up an early spot on the Main Stage. A cult favorite, they have a special place in Portland/Boise’s heart as SF’s heavyweight champions of DIY music and touring. We’re watching them perform songs from their new album These Factory Days, and let me just say that it sounds very good.

It’s across the street to Boise’s Backspace-esque coffee shop/bar/venue The Crux to see local post-rock gods Red Hands Black Feet. Their set contains a mesmerizing cascade of soft delicate movements and soaring epic sounds. Their style of instrumental progressive music is particularly well crafted for anyone who is ready for the next new thing in rock and roll.

We were so enveloped in Red Hands Black Feet, we missed the illustrious, highly-anticipated Slow Magic set at the China Blue dance club, but were stoked to catch Portland favorites Sun Angle killing it at the Crux. The music of Sun Angle is relentless and worldly, ending the night for us in an awesome party of super jazzed Treefort goodness.

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