Treefort Music Festival 2013

The second annual Treefort Music Festival is coming just around the corner in Boise, ID. Last year was so successful they decided to do it again, and Killing Sasquatch will be your source for finding out which bands you’ll want to see there. So far the lineup has given us two headliners in Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Animal Collective! Not to mention some of our favorite bands Youth Lagoon, Delicate Steve, Dan Deacon, Sage Francis, Lake, Radiation City, and Shlohmo. This is shaping up to be a most epic party in Boise, March 21-24.

But what I really want to get into is sharing the bands that we haven’t heard of yet so let us get started with Bad Weather California.

I have been putting this song on repeat for the last couple of days. They make good use of the slide guitar and have such a catchy rhythm, it’s hard not to like BWC. So stoked to see them live.

The next band I’ve been blasting is SW/MM/NG from Fayetteville, AR. These guys are what I would call psychedelic dream pop-rock. Great guitar riffs, catchy surfy drum beats, and well used vocals makes up their sound. The new single that they have is called “Some Dreams Come True.” Check out the video and their older EP below.

Hang Time is a pop-rock band from Salt Lake City, UT. These guys have a great mix of synth lines and guitar riffs. Along with whimsical songwriting, this could very well be your next favorite band. Their debut self titled full length album is set to come out March 5th, but it is available to listen to right here.

Next up is Spokane, WA band Terrible Buttons. A seven piece folk-rock band that pumps out the good time jams. With gritty vocals, bells, trumpets, violins, drums, and acoustic guitars their Plates of Ether EP is very well mixed, and their soon to be released Runt promises to be just as good.

Last one for today is Nude Pop also from Spokane, WA. This four piece band is a hybrid of chill-wave and rock music. Reminding me of Boise band Shades or local Portlanders Pure Bathing Culture. Nude Pop has more driving beats and guitar riffs that make you smile and leave you wanting more. Check out their latest single, “Lurker” and some demos below.

There are so many more bands for us to share with you. So stay tuned for more pre-game coverage of Treefort Music Festival 2013.

Top 50 Albums of 2012 Part 5 of 5: The Top 20

Hope everyone has had a fantastic year this year. We are all a year older, a year wiser. So here is our favorite albums of the year, check out our Spotify playlist to see where we rank everyone else.

20. Baby Island – Baby Island

19. The Soft Moon – Zeros

18. And And And – No Party 7″

17. Grimes – Visions

16. Swans – The Seer

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15. Dustin Wong – Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads

14. Grandparents – Fumes

13. Dan Deacon – America

12. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

11. Beach House – Bloom

10. The Holiday Friends – Chicks

9. Tennis – Young & Old

8. Young Magic – Melt

7. Pond – Beard, Wives, Denim

6. Crystal Castles – (III)

5. Delicate Steve – Positive Force

4. DIIV – Oshin

3. Alt-j – An Awesome Wave

2. Tame Impala – Lonerism

1. Purity Ring – Shrines

Check out our comprehensive top 50 playlist on Spotify below or follow the link here.

Top 50 Albums of 2012 Part 3 of 5: Miscellaneous

In this installment of our top 50 albums of the year we present the miscellaneous category. This category holds all the hip-hop, metal, instrumental rock, and any original genre that we don’t dare categorize. So hang on to your pants, they might get ripped off while listening to these albums.

Alt-j – An Awesome Wave

An Awesome Wave is one of our favorite albums this year and after listening to that song up there you should understand why. Alt-j brings a fresh of breath air into a hip-pop-rock sound and makes it something totally unique. Check out the whole album here.

And And And – No Party 7″

This Portland band is by far one of our favorite local acts. Their latest 7″ release just came out last month and it is full of jean-punching punk-rock. Check it out and download it for free here.

The Chariot – One Wing

First by The Chariot on Grooveshark

This hardcore metal-punk band knows how to get you head banging in no time. One Wing offers a broad spectrum of different hardcore music. You can check it out here.

Dan Deacon – America

Lots by Dan Deacon on Grooveshark

Dan Deacon’s America is a great album that expresses the being of America in this day in age. Full of electronic beats and orchestra parts, it makes for a great listen. Check it out here.

Delicate Steve – Positive Force

For those of you who know us, we are the biggest preachers for the church of Steve. Positive Force is the true form of literal positive force. Those who don’t know Delicate Steve should take a listen to it and be swept away by their new favorite band.

Dustin Wong – Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads

Evening Curves Straight by Dustin Wong on Grooveshark

Running in the same vain as Delicate Steve, Dustin Wong has a great style of looping his guitar riffs to build up a movement filled with a symphonies of guitars. Listen to the full album here.

El Ten Eleven – Transitions

Another great instrumental band that out out a great album this year. It is hard to imagine this group as a two man band when you hear them but it’s true. One drummer and one double neck bass/guitar player looping incredibly light-hearted guitar riffs. Definitely an album worth giving a full listen to.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

Godspeed’s newest album is a doomy masterpiece of black drone post-rock goodness. Even those who are not prone to metal music should listen to this album here.

The Hood Internet – FEAT

FEAT is a great mix of different styles of hip-hop and electronic music. It is one of our favorite compilation album that has come out this year.

P.O.S. – We Don’t Even Live Here

Fuck Your Stuff by P.O.S. on Grooveshark

P.O.S. brings out the fresh beats for We Don’t Even Live Here. This whole album is catchy and full of great tunes.

Swans – The Seer

Lunacy by Swans on Grooveshark

Swans’ latest album is a super brutal sounding double LP that captures the essence of pure post-rock. But not only that, The Seer has so many different kinds of elements that make this album great. You can listen to the whole album here.

Treefort Music Festival

To whoever says that Boise, Idaho doesn’t know how to party will be proven wrong with the inaugural Treefort Music Fest happening at the end of March. This is one of the most stacked lineups of unknown independent bands I have seen! The headliners for the music fest are Built To Spill, Why?, and Of Montreal. With supporting bands such as Blitzen Trapper, Delicate Steve, Typhoon, and Finn Riggins, and a 4-day pass costing only 79 dollars there’s really no excuse not to see this festival. Below are some excellent examples of why everyone should come to Treefort.
Desert Noises have a great sound that reminds me of a certain band named Fleet Foxes. Really catchy drums and groovin’ bass lines makes it more uptempo, yet still sounds like a crisp sunny morning. Make sure you check out their album Mountain Sea on the bandcampsite. Also check out the awesome single “Oak Tree” below.

Next band I want to share is Red Hands Black Feet, an instrumental band that have heavy influence from Modest Mouse, Russian Circles, and Minus The Bear. They build up each track so well to a sometimes overwhelming climax, your not sure what just happened until after the fact. Check out their stuff here.

Last one for tonight is Shades. Their debut album Clear Motions just dropped last month, and I assure you it is a must listen. They have a great electro-pop chill wave sound going on. Great beats and cool vocals fill this album so go and check it out on their soundcloud page here.

Top 50 Albums of 2011 Part 5 of 5: The Top 15 Albums of All Year

Welcome to the final installment and last post of the year. This year has been a treat, there has been so many great albums, it was hard to choose what was the best of the best. Even though I have listened to a lot of albums this year, I know I have missed out on some good stuff. So if you think that there should be a record on any of these lists then please leave a courteous comment on my posts. In the end it’s really not the number that counts, it’s how the music makes you feel, and that’s how I base this list off of. So as I sign off for the rest of the year I would like thank everyone who reads this and I hope that you are sharing all this great music that I am sharing with you. Happy Holidays to you all and I hope to see you all next year.

15. Cults – Cults

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14. Sleep ∞ Over – Forever

Casual Diamond by Sleep ∞ Over

13. Neon Indian – Era Extrana

Hex Girlfriend by MGMTNeonIndian

12. Explosions In The Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

Trembling Hands by Explosions in the Sky

11. Gauntlet Hair – Gauntlet Hair

Gauntlet Hair “Keep Time” by DOJAGSC

10. White Denim – D

White Denim – Bess St by ProspectPark

9. Panda Bear – Tomboy

Panda Bear: Slow Motion by -gaga

8. Starfawn – Starfawn EP

12,000 B.C. by Starfawn

7. Real Estate – Days

Real Estate – Municipality by DominoRecordCo

6. Delicate Steve – Wondervisions

Delicate Steve- Don’t Get Stuck (Proud Elephants) by The FADER

5. Starfucker – Reptilians

Starfucker – “Millions” by terrorbird

4. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up

Shabazz Palaces – An Echo From The Hosts That Profess Infinitum by subpop

3. Pure X – Pleasure

Dry Ice by PURE X

2. Peaking Lights – 936

Hey Sparrow by Peaking Lights

1. Washed Out – Within and Without

Washed out – You and I by iroel

So there you have it. It is ok if you disagree, let me know what your favorites are in the comments box.
Honorable mention to the incredibly talented Purity Ring for their 7″ release this year.
Killing Sasquatch will be back next year to bring you even more music so stay tuned. Thanks again.