Treefort Music Fest Pt 2

After a month long hiatus we are back with a vengeance and ready to rock! Let’s go ahead and finish out that Treefort Music Festival coverage that we have been sitting on for a while.
Part 2 of our series picks up on Friday with a butt load of bands.

Obscured by the Sun

Obscured by the Sun jumped right into their heavy post rock jams and didn’t stop. Their new album Outlaw is a great exploration of rhythm and you should check it out.

Obscured by the Sun (photo: Keith Chaloux)

Finn Riggins

Got to see Finn Riggins play this song.

Finn Riggins 2

Holiday Friends

Holiday Friends were as vibrant and energetic as usual. They were handing out these Mini-Magic EPs which were very handy for the 7 hr drive home.


Lost Lander

Lost Lander brought their A game of party pop to the El Korah.

Lost Lander (photo: Jeff Hoffman)

Built To Spill

Buitl To Spill was the headliner for Friday night at the main stage. They played a lot of classics and a bunch of songs from the new album Untethered Moon.




Smokey Brights

These guys definitely killed it. Smokey Brights has such a rockin’ vibe to them, it is hard not to have the best time while watching them.



We caught the last couple of songs from ELEL, and they were just fantastic. Really groovy electro-pop sound from these guys.


Summer Cannibals

Our favorites, Summer Cannibals, had an amazing show as always.

Summer Cannibals

The Ghost Ease

Another favorite Portland band The Ghost Ease straight killed it all weekend long.



Delicate Steve

To end the night we caught Delicate Steve. I’ve been a huge advocate for Delicate Steve and they did not disappoint in the slightest.





Summer Cannibals

New music from one of our favorite Portland artists Summer Cannibals. Their second full length album is called Show Us Your Mind. These rock and rollers play crunchy, heart-pumping punked out rock music. Show Us Your Mind is not much different from their previous album, Summer Cannibals crank out highly addictive songs. It is hard to say what song is my favorite, since the whole album is incredible, but I’ll narrow it down to the title track, “All It Takes,” and “Make You Better.” Summer Cannibals are in Austin for SXSW and will be at Treefort Music Fest next week.

Treefort Music Fest Day 3

Saturday March 22nd was the day that the Killing Sasquatch collective split up for most of the night to catch all types of awesome shows.


The Grizzled Mighty 2

To start the day off on Saturday, we went to the main stage at 2 o’clock and saw Seattle duo The Grizzled Mighty. These two rock so hard, it was a great wake up call.


Hollow Wood 1

We stuck around the main stage to catch a little bit of Hollow Wood. They are Boise’s featured folk-rock band. Hollow Wood is currently touring with Typhoon.



We quickly jumped over to Crux to catch Big Tits. This ended up being one of my favorite shows. Most of the band was jumping into the audience and rocking out with the people. Then to end the set the singer dove head first into the drum kit. Super punk!



It was back to the main stage to catch The Cave Singers. These guys always put on a great show whenever I see them, and this time did not disappoint.



After Cave Singers I went to check out Bad90s, a local Boise pop group. Their setup was super ’90s to say the least. A white frontdrop clothe with bad Windows ’95 visualizer so that the audience could only see silhouettes. The music was real good too.


Hobosexual 1

Hobosexual was also one of my favorite shows of Saturday. This duo from Seattle rock super hard, with blues and metal influences. Towards the end of the set the guitarist gave an audience member a hug and continued shredding the song he was playing.



New Madrid’s recordings have a somewhat mellow laid back feel to them. But seeing their live performance completely blew me away. They blew up the stage with their melodic rock and roll.


RJD2 2

Master disc jockey, RJD2, was the headliner for the main stage on Saturday. He was spinning and mixing some really awesome beats that got everyone dancing. The best part was that he acknowledged almost everyone’s hollers and confessions of love by giving them a big smile.


Later on in the evening I caught one of my favorite bands Swimming at Crux. Their sound is a plethora of excellent guitar riffs and upbeat lyrics. Swimming played a lot of newer songs that all sound most excellent. They just got done with a Spring tour and will be recording their new material a little later on in the summer.

Dark Swallows 1
Rich and velvety female led post-rock from Boise.

Hustle and Drone 2
Hustle and Drone has a great electro-pop feel, and is a staple band around Portland.

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A little more Portland love goes out to Summer Cannibals whose surfy garagey rock and roll kicks so much ass we happened to snap the above photo. Definitely get down on Summer Cannibals if you’re not already.

At a certain point on Saturday we lay down our cameras and commence the gonzo journalism portion of our Treefort coverage.

In the Underground of Tom Grainey’s wonderful triple-venue bar, there was a showcase of premium Boise local electro-house. Check out Sugarpillz and imagine a small basmenet room full of Idahoian locals mixed with music fest goers and you’ve got a good idea of Sugarpillz. They’re loosely associated with Pedro Rolas, who also killed it, founder of Audiomedics from Boise.


If you’ve ever wished for a jazzed up mix of indie jam and funk then Jupiter Holiday is the absolute shit. Seriously, get down.


Polecat is a quirksy bluegrass band who headlined Tom Grainey’s mainstage on Saturday night. Lots of folks danced like it was the end of their night, and some just ended up back downstairs for more music.

We’re not typically fans of jam music but when you get four or five dozen chill people together in the basement of Tom Grainey’s and put the Magic Beans on stage, then, welp, shit gets weird and coincidentally awesome. Definitely one of the more fun and memorable concerts of the entire festival. The Magic Beans is simply great live music.

Big Ass Boombox Part 2

Night 2 of Big Ass Boombox was just as special as the first night if not more so. Things kicked off for us at Ash St Saloon with Atlas and the Astronaut. A high energy rock band with a classic rock sound. Their live show is a little eccentric but all the more awesome because of it.


Next band we saw was Brain Control. A loud pop-rock band with another very high energy lead singer. Brain Control is a little more on the indie pop side of the spectrum.



After seeing Brain Control we went over to Kelly’s Olympian to see one of our favorite Portland bands, Summer Cannibals. Once again Summer Cannibals crushed it with their gritty rock and roll. They also played a cover of “Breaking the Law,” which kicked ass.




To close out the night and the Big Ass Boombox festival was A Happy Death. Their name is a lot like their music, a surfy-psycho billy, doomy type of rock. The crowd got all riled up and the lead singer decided to crowd surf at the end of the set.



Overall Big Ass Boombox Vol.3 was by far the most fun free festival I’ve been to. If you are a fan of free live shows please do yourself a favor and go to the little ass boombox shows at the end of every month at Kelly’s Olympian. And stay tuned next year for more shenanigans.

Summer Cannibals

One of our favorite local Portland bands, Summer Cannibals, have just released a new EP called Make You Better. This EP is full of thick, juicy rock and roll. Summer Cannibals really satisfies the ears with their excellent song writing, gritty guitar riffs, and driving drum tracks. My favorite track is the title track that really grabs your attention with a screeching guitar solo. The closing track “Sit Still” is a close second, the track starts out a little more grungy then turns on the slow burner. This Summer Cannibals Make You Better EP is rock and roll anthem all wrapped into 12.5 minutes.
Summer Cannibals will have their EP release show on Thursday January 9th at Doug Fir Lounge and will also be preforming at Treefort Music Festival in Boise, ID later in March.