Friday March 21st brought the heat by ending the night with Magic Sword and Odesza, with a special appearance by Slow Magic. We knew the weekend was about to toward weird after a cop showed up at the unofficial Portland Fort in the early afternoon.
P-Fort is an unofficial day show featuring Portland Bands. We missed Duck! Little Brother, Duck! but came just in time for Sama Dams’ high energy psyched out set. This sound is lush and rich and most importantly rocks hard. We almost got shut down by the cops, but they were nice and let us continue with the garage doors closed.
Over at Main Stage THEEsatisfaction are some of the freshest MCs we’ve seen, and Treefort in previous years has brought the likes of Grieves, K.Flay, Sage Francis, and Brother Ali. Both their voices are immediately recognizable from their work with other Seattle post-rappers Shabazz Palaces.
This is the type of music where the word visceral seems perfect. Like the name suggests, a young woman Kelsey sings with the soberness and melancholy of someone thrice her age. Her vocals and acoustic guitar are the main attractions, turned up with reverb and delivered with passion. Grandma Kelsey is the singer-songwriter that makes us excited about singer-songwriters in the best way. The live show is entrancing so we didn’t care to snap a bunch of noisy photos so you’ll just have to go see her on her upcoming US tour.
JUNIOR ROCKET SCIENTIST
After Blockhead I popped over to El Korah Shrine for some grunge rock in Junior Rocket Scientist. These guys have such an excellent sound to their music. You’ve got to check them out.
In between JRS and Genders, I decided to go check out the Crux. The band I saw was a low-fi punk band called The Funs. They are a cool 2 piece from Chicago.
Back at Mainstage Iamsu! and the whole HBK Gang is laying their phat beats beneath a flowing river of rhymes. These guys just put out a highly dopaliscous compilation called Gang Forever. This is some serious R&B Rap shit.
Genders is my favorite band. Their sound is so classic yet fresh, the lyrics thoughtful and intriguing. Their melodies are contagiously carefree yet uncanny. Wherever these people come up with their shit, it sounds great all together.
FIRES IN FRANCE
Their website says ‘arena rock’ which is a semi-appropriate for these guys if they werent playing a coffee shop in Boise. Even though the radio pop emo sound isn’t one we’d normally cover, you have to hand it to these guys; they’re great. The songs are interestingly composed and sincerely done, and the guitarist is capable of licks and pull offs that make jaws and panties drop.
THE WARM HAIR
There are many musicians stuck in certain decades, and for The Freebird it’s the 70’s. Naked underneath his nicely fit Canadian tuxedo, this guy whips up an awesome blend of blues rock, groovy Seventies heavy metal, and classic folk stuffs. But it still sounds so fresh!! Apparently Doug Martsch discovered these guys back in the day, and they’re still pretty unknown. Never ever miss The Warm Hair if they’re in your town. Even if it means you have to quit your job.
Remember the first time you heard some good doom metal? Maybe you were too stoned, and I was too, but it’s sort of like that. Eagle Twin trudges along leaving deep postholes in a wake of heavy sludge.
A SEA OF GLASS
The Bouquet is a cool little coffee shop/ all ages venue in downtown Boise which drew a young crowd. A Sea of Glass filled a jammed up room with super chill atmospheric indie rock, which is progressive minded and thoroughly sedated. The violin gives it a posty feel at times and folksy at others. Pretty nice.
Ugly Hussy is what an awesome Modest-Mouse-sounding indie band sounds like if it were being played by just one guy. He uses loops and delays as tools, but ultimately layers of rad indie music is what’s he’s interested in.
So it’s late now and although we suspect this might happen, things get really weird. We’ve been digging on this DJ from Boise, Magic Sword because of his 80’s video game and medieval-step undertones, but when we walk through the doors of Knitting Factory, a giant outrageous dance club and there are two guys on stage wearing robes and mesh masks that have LEDs for eyes! It was a super fun time.