Treefort Music Fest pt. 3

Day 3 of Treefort was quite an adventure. It was the most dance filled day of the festival by far. There were so many bands so lets get it started.

Desert Noises

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It was great to see our favorite Utah band Desert Noises again. They have so much energy for their live shows.

Terrible Light

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Terrible Light is seriously beyond description. Listen to these beautifully gritty demos.



Couches seriously rocked it hard in the late afternoon.

For Fucks Sake

For Fucks Sake

For Fucks Sake was approximately what it sounds like. Grating electro-noise from a guy who seems nice but looks terrifying in a pig mask




Treefort had Generationals out this year which is a classic indie band with a great sound.



Posse brought their chilled out apathetic rock to Linen Building. It was perfect drinking music.

Us Lights

Us Lights

Cool to see Us Lights at Neurolux




Foxygen brought their A game to the main stage with lots of dancing, soulful music, and even a sword fight.



Parade of Bad Guys

Parade of Bad Guys

I don’t have enough awesome things to say about Parade of Bad Guys’ music. It’s an excellent mix of soulful rock and country/bluegrass.



Triathalon was really great to see live, they bring the recordings to life in a beautiful way.




Chk Chk Chk (!!!) were the headliners for Saturday and they brought the funk to the main stage.

Crystal Ghost

Crystal Ghost

Later in the night Crystal Ghost pumped up his electro-dance groove jams.



Bearcubbin’! is definitely one of our favorite Portland bands to see live, and they absolutely crushed it Saturday night.

Red Hands Black Feet


And to end the third night of Treefort 2015 was Red Hands Black Feet. We have been following them for a couple of years now and we are excited to hear some new material later this year from them.

Live at Mississippi Studios: Crushed Out

Thursday night brought some talented musicians to one of the best venues in Portland at Mississippi Studios. It was a killer lineup with Crushed Out headlining and Desert Noises in support along with local Portland group Summer Cannibals to open up the night.

This four piece has such a cool, groovy fuzz-rock sound to them. Summer Cannibals played really well and have a good potential to put out a lot of great music in the upcoming years. Can’t wait to hear more from them.

After Summer Cannibals get done with their set, Desert Noises quickly get set up for their performance. As the crowd starts to thicken, the lead singer makes a joke about how last time they played Mississippi Studios it was small empty box. Desert Noises starts the set with a newer song off their latest EP I Won’t See You then gets into “Tell Me You Love Me.” As the performance goes on, they start getting more and more into their songs. Until the last song they start dancing around and playing high flying solos as the crowd cheers them on.

Though most were a little disappointed when Desert Noises stopped playing, everyone was completely satisfied once Crushed Out took the stage. With just two members in the band they put out a ton of noise. They have a great bluesy surf-rock type of sound. After playing a couple of tunes from their latest full length Want To Give they played a great cover of The Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun.” I really enjoyed their song “Shake Can Well,” which lead singer, Frank Hoier explained how the lyrics are from WD-40 safety instructions.

Overall it was a fantastic night with lots of amazing performances. Mississippi Studios as always put on another fantastic lineup. If you get a chance to see either of these bands live, don’t hesitate to pay the cover charge.

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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.