Treefort Music Fest 2013 Day 1

It’s finally Treefort Music Fest 2013. One river gorge, one mountain range, and a time-zone later, the Killing Sasquatch crew arrives in Boise just in time to get our wristbands and pile into this year’s hot new venue El Korah Shrine to see Finn Riggins.

Frontman Eric Gilbert is the festival organizer and mastermind behind this manifestation of the thriving music scene in Idaho, so it’s only appropriate that they open up the festival. El Korah Shrine is a great classic all-wood dance-hall style venue which is brimming with all types of folks waiting for Finn Riggins to rock. Noticeably excited, and understandably so, they begin with the heavyweight track ‘Arrow’ off their new Benchwarmers EP. The crowd loosens up when the favorite ‘Dali’ comes up. They deliver a new track and some flourishing classics, and the dance party of Treefort seems to begin.
We bomb down to Red Room to see Caldwell/Boise act Lakefriend. Sharing members with one of our favorites last year, Fountains, Lakefriend plays some down-home and technically demanding indie rock. In a world where effects pedals rule, Lakefriend is mankind’s only hope. Their set is richly toned, despite the noticeable lack of pedals of any type, and they achieve a sound with a variety of influences from Built to Spill to American new wave, with a focus on high-powered rhythmic motives. Stay tuned, we will be keeping a very close eye out for all Lakefriend-related activity. Check their song on soundcloud here.

We stay at Red Room, sipping delicious Payette brews, in order to catch a glimpse of Seattle band; Neighbors. These guys also dish out a big helping of awesome indie rock. Their ancestry appears to be of mixed ska-punk and classic alt-rock heritage, such as the likes of Velvet Underground and Modern Lovers.
In pursuit of more great music, we went to the Neurolux to see the doom metal up-and-comers Uzala. Their brand of swirling bubbling sludge is just plain heavy. The female vocalist soars over the desolate fuzzscape as the audience head bangs in submission to their presence. Check out their awesome music below.

Red Room is definitely one of our favorite crusty alternative venues here in Boise, and we end up back there just in time for Pony Time. Their sound is very much in line with the punked out indie rock we’ve seen in Lakefriend and Neighbors, but with a precise, crunched out bass and drums two-piece setup. This lends an even heavier, droning atmosphere and makes Pony Time a very enjoyable listen. With the super loud music and bouncing fans, these guys are amazing live.

After Pony Time we strolled over to the Crux to see one of our favorite Olympia bands Lake. LAKE, and all their other side projects including Baby Island and Memory Boys, originate from the forests of Puget Sound’s Whidbey Island, where their music resonates with the reclusive rural Cascadian existence. LAKE emanates pure pop goodness, with subdued rock elements and intriguing imagery which is only achievable by such visionaries as LAKE’s Ashley Eriksson and Eli Moore.

We catch wind of an impromptu Delicate Steve show back at El Korah Shrine where the night began, and mob down there to see a devoted crowd who stayed after the at-capacity Unknown Mortal Orhestra show. Moving up front, we watch Steve and the crew shred up their songs like a block of cheddar cheese. Their usually delicate music is transformed into a wave of cacophonous righteousness, washing over the crowd in warm blankets of sound. People move their feet and wave their arms to the virtuosic music which the performers so obviously delight in making. If Treefort was only a one-night event, Delicate Steve could have ended it for us in the perfect fashion.

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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.

Music Fest NW Night 3

Friday night was night 3 of Musicfest NW with yet another fantastic lineup. I started the night off by going to see Beirut at Pioneer Courthouse Square. It was a great show that had many different instruments from tuba to accordion. Beirut has such a dynamic sound, and the crowd was getting down to the music. Though I didn’t stay long at Beirut I really enjoyed their performance. Check out some of their newest material below.

The second band that I went to go see was Lake at Backspace. Lake is a four piece band from Olympia, WA. Their sound is so joyful, mixing elements of easy rock ‘n’ roll and pop it’s easy to sway back and forth to. When you listen to Lake you don’t want their songs to end. Definitely worth a listen to.

Next up I went over to the Crystal Ballroom to see Unknown Mortal Orchestra. These guys are super cool lo-fi pop-rock with a little funk mixed into it. Their show was a little hard to get into at first, but after a couple of songs they opened up a little bit and started shredding the hell out of the stage. UMO had a fantastic show and I highly recommend seeing them live.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra opened up for fellow Portlanders, The Helio Sequence. This brother combo is one of the best pop-rock outfits that we have here in Portland. They put out excellent material on a consistent basis and are coming out with another album tomorrow the 11th. The ballroom was packed as Helio Sequence took the stage as usual, they have played at every Music Fest NW for the last 12 years. If you haven’t heard them yet check out their new single “October” and an older track, one of my favorites, “Can’t Say No.”

Last band that I saw Friday night was another local duo Talkdemonic. They played at Bunk Bar which is a little place for a band with a big following. I would classify Talkdemonic’s sound as folk-tronic. They play mostly instrumental music with drums and electric violin. They put out a great energy at the show and hopefully they play more local shows in the near future.

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