We’re extremely pleased with how this year’s Treefort Music Fest lineup has come together — continuing our quest to represent the diversity of Boise’s rich and growing music scene.
For Treefort 2013 we’ve partnered with several local entities, musicians and promoters to help curate the festival from multiple perspectives, in addition to our diligent work internally to seek some of the most promising emerging artists from both inside and outside our fine city. In this final announcement, we also give you a few returning faces, as well as some fresh headliners to round out the good times.
The musicians performing at this year’s festival are just one piece of the community we intend to represent, but as you’ll see below, it’s a rather large piece. At press time, we’ve crested 250 musical artists that will perform at Treefort 2013.
For Valentine’s Day, we have a gift for music LOVERS of all stripes. We encourage you to begin your feast with the final installment of the Road To Treefort video series.
((( new york, new york )))
It’s been ten years since The Walkmen made their debut album, Everybody Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone. Ten years since they mixed the lovingly recorded analogue tapes down to the cheapest CD burner they could find. Ten years since lead singer Hamilton Leithauser snapped guitarist Paul Maroon’s arm in a celebratory wrestling match. Ten years since critics attached them to a New York scene they never wanted any part of. The Walkmen are the great New York band of their generation, and with the release of their 7th studio album Heaven on Fat Possum Records last year, they have delivered their third killer album in a row. /// We’re ecstatic to have them headline the Treefort Main Stage on Saturday night of Treefort 2013.
((( los angeles, ca via portland, or )))
YACHT is a conceptual pop group based in Los Angeles, California. It’s the brainchild of Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans, whose wide-ranging interests and deep-seated ADD cause YACHT to frequently metamorphose: from band to belief system, from disco infiltrators to punk rockers, from performance artists to graphic designers, publishers, sculptors, or philosophers. /// YACHT was born in 2002 in Portland, OR and has made frequent stops in Idaho over the years, from house shows up in Moscow to packed sweaty dance parties at Neurolux here in Boise. Pumped to have them on our outdoor Main Stage for fans of all ages at Treefort 2013.
((( berlin, germany )))
Hailing from Chelmsford in Essex, but now located to Berlin, Germany, Gold Panda started writing beats and collaborating a few years ago, beginning a journey that ultimately saw him nominated in the BBC’s sound of 2010 list and won the Guardian newspaper’s prestigious First Album Award 2010 for his debut album Lucky Shiner. Gold Panda begins 2013 with the release of the Trust EP – the first full EP he’s released since his pre-Lucky Shiner days. That release will be followed later in the year by his second album. /// Excited to have him in Boise for the first time as he will be headlining one of our late night electronic shows on Friday night of Treefort Music Fest 2013.
((( minneapolis, minnesota )))
As a kid growing up in the Midwest, Minneapolis-based hip-hop artist Brother Ali was well aware that he was different. While there were plenty of parallels between him and his peers, there was one thing in specific that always distinguished him from the crowd: his albinism. He released his fourth album Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color last fall. Melding the zeitgeist of classic works such as Ice Cube’s critical 1991 album Death Certificate and Marvin Gaye’s 1971 sociopolitical opus What’s Goin’ On with his keen observations on topics such as race, the Occupy movement, and the hypocrisy of war, Brother Ali has crafted a fresh lyrical approach and dynamic new sound – the result is a stunning collection of hard-hitting lyrics and beats. /// He’ll help wrap up Treefort 2013 with a special 18+ performance at Reef on Sunday night of the festival.
((( san francisco, california )))
You may not expect one of the most compelling new voices in hip hop to wield dual psychology and sociology degrees from Stanford University or find inspiration in the buttoned-up world of indie rock, but for K.Flay, defying expectations is simply part of the game. Kristine Flaherty grew up outside of Chicago, devouring her father’s classic rock records and staying up late dancing to Parliament-Funkadelic in the living room. It was this same musical open-mindedness that would later spark her artistic development. /// One of the most requested repeats from Treefort 2012, very excited to have her back for an encore Treefort performance this year.
((( portland, oregon )))
Typhoon released a new 7″ last fall on Tender Loving Empire that further fueled the hunger for their sophomore full length due out sometime in 2013. Between opening for The Decemberists in town and a late night Pie Hole performance and a celebrated Treefort Main Stage set opening for Built To Spill last year and a couple of packed Visual Arts Collective shows, Typhoon have been welcomed with open arms into our Boise music scene. They aren’t playing many shows outside of Portland until their album comes out, but psyched they too will be returning to play Treefort 2013 — this time headlining Neurolux on Friday night. Best plan on getting there early.
((( USA )))
Slow Magic is the sound made by an unknown imaginary friend. /// This dreamwave/experimental/chill electronic project has been gathering growing attention from an international audience. Slow Magic will play Boise for the first time as part of the Friday night Treefort late electronic show with Gold Panda, Natasha Kmeto and others. Get blissed.
MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND
((( seattle, washington )))
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band exploded on to the Seattle music scene in the summer of 2008. By the following spring they had signed to the influential indie label Dead Oceans, and released their first album, grabbing national attention from Spin, NME, Paste, and a host of other major publications. After two full-length albums, hundreds of shows played across North America, and a period of hibernation, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band have reemerged. /// They will return to Boise to be a part of the first night of Treefort 2013 and help christen the El Korah Shrine as a new Treefort venue with label family mates Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Foxygen and others.
((( london, u.k. )))
UK producer Dauwd creates music with complexity most contemporary producers shy away from. Found sounds are thickly laden over multi-timbred synths. Vocal and instrumental stabs punctuate organic and evolving passages guided always by driving percussion and immaculate low-end production. His productions are full and intricate with a wealth of sounds building warm atmospheres that are unusual within dance music. Dauwd spent a chunk of 2011 releasing delicate future garage singles and he’s now set to release his debut EP, Heat Division, on March 12th via Ghostly (US) and Pictures (UK/EU).
DEEP SEA DIVER
((( seattle, washington )))
Voted Best Pop Band in Seattle 2012 by the Seattle Weekly. “It’s been a while since a local band has had as much star potential as Deep Sea Diver. The trio’s founder and frontwoman, California transplant Jessica Dobson, is already a name in the music world, having played in touring bands with Beck, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the Shins, and her own band has just as much poise and polish as those more famous acts. Deep Sea Diver puts on an unbelievably tight live show, with Dobson singing and riffing on her electric guitar, backed by bassist John Raines and drummer Peter Mansen—Dobson’s husband, who behind his kit looks like Animal from the Muppets. The band’s debut LP, this year’s History Speaks, is a collection of nine emotive, elegant pop songs that retain all the live-wire energy of their stage performances. History Speaks was self-released, but it’s only a matter of time before a label snaps them up.” — Erin K Thompson, Seattle Weekly
((( nashville, tennessee )))
Seth Sutton learned a lot from Jay Reatard in the last two years of his life—a time that included taking Sutton’s band (Useless Eaters) on tour and pressing one of their many limited singles—but one lesson stood out above the rest. Jay always felt like he was running out of time,” explains Sutton, “so he thought it was important to try and be as musically productive as possible.” Sutton also references Legs McNeil’s legendary Please Kill Me book — “It showed me that punk is more of an idea and an attitude than a fashion statement,” says Sutton, a self-taught musician who considers dropping out of high school “the best decision I’ve ever made,” because it “gave me the freedom to focus on my art and music.” /// I feel like Sutton is very much on our wavelength and am psyched to have him here in Boise for Treefort this year.
((( san francisco, california )))
Four years ago Wymond Miles, lead guitar player in San Francisco’s The Fresh & Onlys, began writing solo material thematically based on the concepts of eschatology, anthroposophy, and Gnostic and Hermetic symbolism. Drawing from a vast musical pool of inspiration, including Scott Walker, Robert Wyatt, Arvo Part, and Nikki Sudden amongst others, Earth Has Doors — released last year on Sacred Bones Records — is Miles’ first solo release. Treefort 2013 will be the first appearance in Boise for Miles and his band.
Y LA BAMBA
((( portland, oregon )))
With their new album, Court the Storm, Portland OR’s Y La Bamba return with a haunting second full-length of delicately crafted art folk. “The voice is most effective when it’s indistinguishable from the emotion of the lyric as well as the drama of the rhythm and chords” says NPR’s Felix Contreras when discussing Y La Bamba’s stunning front-woman, adding “…Luz Elena Mendoza stands very near the front of this pack.” On the Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) produced Court the Storm, these ethereal vocals combine with bittersweet melodies and thrumming Latin-inspired rhythms to form an indie pop masterpiece. /// Y La Bamba just wrapped up another tour with The Lumineers and will be back in Boise to play Saturday night at Treefort 2013.
((( portland, oregon )))
“BRAINSTORM is an experimental-pop group from Portland, Oregon, whose sound is big and hard to define, yet strikingly elegant in its variety. Pulling heavily on cumbia rhythms, western African guitar, and nostalgic soul, the band weaves their influences into a coherent fabric of art-pop, executed masterfully and endlessly compelling.” /// BRAINSTORM headlined the big annual Radio Boise Block Party last August that was also a pre-Tour De Fat party. Since that time, their debut album Heat Waves came out on Tender Loving Empire followed by a big US Tour gaining acclaim from the likes of Bob Boilen (NPR’s “All Songs Considered”) and more. They play the Treefort Main Stage Sunday afternoon.
((( victoria, british columbia )))
Slam Dunk are a 5 piece rock-n -roll group from Victoria, British Columbia. Since 2009 the band has self released a 7” (Only Fun) followed by the full-length album The Shivers. The band just recently put out their newest album Welcome To Miami (F:UM) which has caused people other than their friends to come to their shows. Chaotic garage-soul with a western twang and a ton of hooks. Works great in a house party setting or in a stadium.
((( san francisco, california )))
With much of 2010 and 2011 spent on the road, the San Francisco’s Social Studies returned to the studio in early 2012, enlisting the skills of ascendant Oakland engineer Eli Crews (tUnE-yArDs, Deerhoof, Thao & Mirah) to streamline their sound and refine their approach. With the stated goal of remaining as true to their hypnotic and driving live show as possible, the band dug deeper into texture, mood and repetition, stripping away some of the ornate flourishes that were a past hallmark to leave an anthemic core. The result is the album Developer, a bold push for the band and their best work to date. They play Boise for the first time on Sunday March 24th — afternoon set on the Treefort Main Stage.
((( seattle, washington )))
Nestled somewhere between garage rock and indie pop lives a Seattle band called Tea Cozies. Taking their influence from 60s British Invasion bands and 90s indie rock, this four-piece creates a cyclone of reverb drenched guitars, girl-on-girl harmonies, and surf rock beats. /// Been looking forward to their Boise debut for a couple of years now.
((( hanton city, rhode island )))
In 1999 B. Dolan moved from Rhode Island to NYC to pursue his passion. He had been writing and rapping for years, but Brooklyn’s Nuyorican Poets Cafe introduced him to spoken word which is when his career as a stage performer began. He moved back to RI in 2002 and it proved to be a wise one for Dolan. Over the next few years he tapped into the local arts community, volunteered for at-risk youth programs, created the consumer activist website Knowmore.org, teamed up with Sage Francis, signed to Strange Famous Records and toured relentlessly from 2005 onward. B. Dolan will be coming out to Treefort 2013 with Sage Francis and playing on Thursday night with him at Reef.
HUMMINGBIRD OF DEATH
((( boise, idaho )))
Hummingbird Of Death started in 2005 in Boise, Idaho. Their mission is to thrash with maximum speed and aggression. Their vision is progressive and forward-looking, incorporating many styles of extreme music, without losing sight of the spirit of old-school thrash and punk rock. They have recorded two LPs (including the recently released Skullvalanche on Deep Six Records) and numerous EPs and split releases. They have toured the west coast, southwestern US and British Columbia. They will be a part of an all ages hardcore/punk/grunge bill headlined by Deathfix and also featuring many others from this vein of the Boise scene that will run most of the day and into the night on Sunday of Treefort 2013.
THE BLANK TAPES
((( los angeles, california )))
In 2010, he got not one but two surprise smash hits in Brazil, leading to his first tour outside North America. He shared bills with sci-fi garage legends Thee Oh Sees and home-taper extraordinaire R. Stevie Moore in Europe. He provided much of the soundtrack to the cult surf film ‘Stoked and Broke’ and took a stripped-down Blank Tapes to Japan to tour with the film. And he custom-wrote a special song for Burger Records Weiner Dog Benefit comp, doing his utmost to help a little puppy pay a vet bill.
EXPO ‘70 ((( kansas city, missouri )))
Expo ‘70 is known throughout the experimental psychedelic drone community as being one of the top artists of the genre. The sole project of Justin Wright, he has been making improvisational music under the moniker since 2003 and produced a number of releases highly sought after by music enthusiasts and completest around the globe. Wright’s compositions of organic guitar based drone draws comparisons to Brian Eno, Ash Ra Tempel, A.R. & Machines, Tangerine Dream, SunnO))) and Earth, but not directly sounding like any of those artists in their entirety.
((( minneapolis, minnesota )))
They pull no punches. They won’t bore you with trying to explain how multi-genre and indefinable they are. The 4onthefloor play rock music. The 4onthefloor play blues music. And they do it in 4/4 time. Through gutsy Delta–Blues and classic Americana, The 4onthefloor put their signature stomp on these classic genres with not one but four bass drums pulsing to the beat.
LITTLE MISS & THE NO NAMES
((( boise, idaho )))
Little Miss and the No Names is a female fronted punk band from Boise Idaho, formed in April of 2010. With an influence of late seventies punk,and early eighties hardcore. The mix between old schoolers Onj and Paul, and the new gen. Corey, and Rebecca create a powerful attack of angst filled punk with an oldschool style.
TRUCKASAURAS ((( seattle, washington )))
Since Truckasauras’ first performance, they have been repeatedly redefining electronic music in the live setting. From underground house parties, to impromptu street performances, to proper rock venues, Truckasauras’ explosive lo-fi, audio-visual, live sets continually raise the bar for not just electronic music, but anyone seeking to captivate an audience and rock the party.
SUN ANGLE ((( portland, oregon )))
Propelled by artful, animalistic urgency, Sun Angle’s debut full-length record, Diamond Junk—as the title suggests—creates exhilarating tension between chaos and beauty. Blending SST punk, Cumbia and a wash of psychedelic filth, Sun Angle ride the line between chaos and pop, making music all it’s own.
MEMORY SMOKER ((( boise, idaho )))
Synth experimental noise.
MANCUB ((( denver, colorado )))
Described as “a sound that will most likely define a new breed of dance music for Denver”, ManCub is producer/multi-instrumentalist Alex Anderson. ManCub is known for his wildly entertaining live shows which feature a strictly hardware setup of samplers, Casiotone keyboards, analog synths, effect pedals, and circuit bent weirdness used to tastefully blend elements of noise with electro-pop songwriting.
HENHOUSE PROWLERS ((( chicago, illinois )))
After eight years of hard work and a relentless tour schedule, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have gained a reputation for their highly original, tradition-inspired bluegrass built on a strong foundation of intricate harmonies and electrifying stage energy.
DARK TIME SUNSHINE ((( portland, oregon )))
Dark Time Sunshine is comprised of Onry Ozzborn of Grayskul (Rhymesayers) and producer Zavala.
AAN ((( portland, oregon )))
Aan is a fearless experimental pop band from Portland, Oregon mixing heavily textured guitars with rich vocal harmonies.
AND AND AND ((( portland, oregon )))
Born in Portland, OR in the year of our Lord, 2009, And And And is a 5 piece band of thieves and gypsies that play rock music that could possibly be compared to The Kinks and Pavement thrown into a blender and left for several days in the sun.
INSPIRED SCHOOL OF ASTRAL MUSIC ((( kansas city, missouri )))
*The source of all music is universal. The realms of astral music are manifold; a natural hierarchy exists organically. *ESP-sensitive regions of the psyche respond to highly complex music that occurs as a natural function of man and cosmos.
HILLSTOMP ((( portland, oregon )))
Drawing heavily from north Mississippi trance blues, a bit from the hills of Appalachia and stealing energy from punkabilly, Portland Oregon duo Hillstomp create a raucous hill-country blues-stomp with a fiery youth and vigor. It comes clanging and tumbling out of an assortment of vintage mics, buckets, cans and BBQ lids drenched in rambunctious slide guitar.
HOLIDAY FRIENDS ((( astoria, oregon )))
The core members of what is now Holiday Friends met while attending college at the University of Idaho in 2008. They toured the West with Blind Pilot last year and are working on their second album.
HILLFOLK NOIR ((( boise, idaho )))
The founders of Junkerdash.
LE FLEUR ((( boise, idaho )))
Since its formation in 2006, Le Fleur has been playing dark, dynamic indie rock in their hometown of Boise, Idaho and on tour throughout the West.
DEAF KID ((( caldwell/boise, idaho )))
Canyon County Post-Punk.
YOU ARE PLURAL ((( olympia, washington )))
Based in Olympia, WA, You Are Plural is the unlikely marriage of wurlitzer and cello which present unending dualities: the trio’s percussive yet melodic style, the intense yet soothing rhythms, Jen Grady’s strong yet delicate voice complementing Ephriam Nagler’s sonorous yet airy one. Broad sweeping vocal harmonies weave in and out of sparse instrumentation, then suddenly they switch roles: the music swells as the haunting voices fade out. The music is palpable, almost visual and wholly sensory.
TEENS ((( boise, idaho )))
Teens emerged from Boise in late 2010. Their Treefort 2012 fogged out set damn near brought the Red Room to it’s shaky shaky knees. Expect their Sunday night Red Room set at Treefort 2013 to be one big cherry on top of another wild wild weekend.
KITHKIN ((( seattle, washington )))
Kithkin are a Cascadian youth tribe out to spread the hidden knowledge of the forests. Through its performances, Kithkin hopes to confront crowds about the impending ‘End of Things’ through joyous and psychedelic catharsis.
BOY EATS DRUM MACHINE ((( portland, oregon )))
Boy Eats Drum Machine manipulates a turntable and sampler to make bass-heavy breaks, then switches between his DJ setup, tom-tom drum, and tenor saxophone to meld them into catchy, post-rock jams. His voice carries an 80′s pop edge, his turntablism the echoey goodness of the 70′s.
FLASHLIGHTS ((( denver, colorado )))
Flashlights are baaaack. Electro pop goodness from the Holy Underground crew in Denver. Slayed our launch party and back to play the Friday late night electronic show at Treefort 2013.
OWLRIGHT ((( boise, idaho )))
B. Mansion and Richard Palisades are Owlright. ￼Owlright currently has two releases available on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, iTunes, etc. The LP COOL SHOOS DOOD and the PLUHNK EP. More releases planned for 2013.￼
LEARNING TEAM ((( bellingham, washington )))
Buried beneath the complex instrumentation of this Pacific Northwest five-piece’s music is simplicity; straightforward Pop songs unabashedly from the heart, born of the overcast skies and midnight house shows of Bellingham, Washington.
qp ((( boise, id and seattle, wa )))
qp is a burgeoning bass music production/dj duo consisting of Peter Schott and James Stevens from Boise and Seattle, who make music across the internet, rarely spending time in the same studio.
CC/NN ((( denver, colorado )))
Marilyn and Elliott Baker, the brother/sister, trans-atlantic duo otherwise known as CCERULEANN, released their debut self-titled EP this November on Denver’s, HUG Records. CC/NN is the solo moniker of Elliott Baker, a prolific producer in his own right, who is rapidly building upon on his already massive body of work.
RUMTUM ((( denver, colorado )))
RUMTUM is Cleveland native John Hastings, who is known mostly for his collaborative work in the sample heavy, electro-funk project MR & RT (Monster Rally & RUMTUM), having already released albums on Lefse’s WAAGA imprint & Seattle’s Gold Robot Records.
HOLLOW WOOD ((( boise, idaho )))
5 members, Idaho dwellers, Songs sung to an empty room.
SCHOOL KNIGHTS ((( denver, colorado )))
SK is a noise/pop band from Denver, Colorado. Met at a slayer show in ’89. carved slayer into each-others arms. blood dripped out onto the floor, spelled out “school knights”. band was born.
IN THE WHALE ((( denver, colorado )))
With an undeniable live show and a tenacious work ethic, this Denver band won’t be local for long. Brace yourself.
SHADES ((( boise, idaho )))
The four-piece band from Boise, Idaho known to the universe as Shades bring an eclectic mix of woozy melodic synths, crunched drums, smooth vocals and sweet vibes. Their debut album, Clear Motions, is a fantastic collection of songs that flow brilliantly into each other. A mix of chillwave, dance rock and shoegaze electronica that warms the soul.
GAYZE ((( boise, idaho )))
Featuring members of TEENS, Deaf Kid, Art Fad and with a new 7″ EP Black Soul co-written by David Wood (TEENS) and Cody Mauser (The Rich Hands) that came out in January 2013, Gayze is a mostly local super group of sorts further stirring up the garage scene in Boise.
LAMONT KOHNER ((( boise, idaho )))
Lamont Kohner is a dub / techno project of electronic musician and producer Patrick Benolkin (aka Electricwest and Eluder). We love his debut album Willamette Dubs. He debuted his live set at our Treefort Launch Party back in January and excited to have him on the festival proper as well.
ASH REITER ((( san francisco, california )))
Bay Area indie darling’s Ash Reiter bring you pop tunes that bring to mind a modern Fleetwood Mac. Drenched in warm vocal harmonies, soaring with catchy guitar lines, and driven by a rhythm section that will make you wanna jump, their sound is irresistible. Playing the 20 Sided Records Showcase at The Red Room on Saturday afternoon.
CUSTOMARY ((( boise, idaho )))
Customary is a local hip hop artist with an east coast influence. With a sound similar to J Dilla and Pete Rock, Customary brings a musical production that you can feel. Look forward to a Customary set with band at Treefort 2013.
FIRST BORNS ((( boise, idaho )))
First Borns combine the DIY ethos of the members’ earlier punk days with a more refined approach to songwriting and instrumentation. Been really digging the direction this band is headed.
NICK JAINA ((( portland, oregon )))
Nick Jaina is a musician and writer from Portland, Oregon. He has released five albums on Hush Records, while also composing ballets, film and play soundtracks. His next album, Primary Perception, will be released in April on Fluff and Gravy Records.
CERBERUS REX ((( boise, idaho )))
Cerberus Rex is a four headed, river of Styx guarding, dog king of rock. They will play their heavy pscyhedelic rocknroll at the Evil Wine Showcase at The Red Room on Friday night.
BONEFISH SAM & HIS ORCHESTRA ((( boise, idaho )))
Hearing Bonefish Sam is like hearing the colors you see before you fall asleep, after a whole weekend of playing Atari (the old one).
WITH CHILD ((( boise, idaho )))
Family band. Music for everyone.
LUCID AISLE ((( boise, idaho )))
Lucid Aisle is an alternative, psychedelic, space rock grunge band located in Boise, Idaho.
NEIGHBORS ((( seattle, washington )))
Over the course of two records – 2011′s Puros Exitos and 2012′s John in Babeland – guitarist, producer, singer and Philadelphia transplant José Díaz turns casual conversations into leftfield anthems that may or may not bear a stylistic debt to “college rock,” whatever that was.
SUN BLOOD STORIES ((( boise, idaho )))
With a haunting and electric sound reminiscent of The Black Keys, Tom Waits, or even the late great R.L. Burnside, Sun Blood Stories is the blues pushed into the red. But instead of coming from the Mississippi Delta or the streets of Chicago, this is a sound straight out of the mountains of Idaho.
EDMOND DANTES ((( boise, idaho )))
Edmond Dantes is a project by two Boise music music teachers who share a mutual love for classic Motown and synths. Though the character Edmond Dantes could aptly called the king of revenge– the duo Edmond Dantes are more interested in sharing melody and song.
GRANDMA KELSEY ((( boise, idaho )))
A solitary, wingless creature armed with autoharp, guitar, and song, Grandma Kelsey’s disarming voice blends poetic narratives and structured melodies that draws the hearts of her listeners.
SOUTH OF FRANCE ((( denver, colorado )))
South Of France is an indie-pop band that was initially started by multi-intstrumentalist /producer/songwriter Jeff Cormack in 2011. Inspired by his love for retro guitar-pop, it began as a bedroom-recording project created during Jeff’s spare time away from writing/producing for film, television, andother recording artists. “Sunny vocals floating atop guitar melodies paired with quick, concise drumming, South of France nails that timeless beach-party-grab-your-surfboard-and-Clubmasters vibe.” — Radio 1190
RED HANDS BLACK FEET ((( boise, idaho )))
Formed in 2009, Red Hands Black Feet has been a pioneer in the development of the Boise post-rock scene for over three and a half years.
THE DIRTY MOOGS ((( boise, idaho )))
Certainly, analog synth dance bands are not necessarily a groundbreaking phenomena in 2013, but what sets The Dirty Moogs apart from those who use the Moog as a gimmick, or even those who’ve managed to nail the Gary Numan/80′s soundtrack aesthetic, is the songwriting. While some of the tones are nostalgic, dancing is timeless, and the Moogs share the best of traits with their pioneering predecessors; memorable melodies and good songs.
SSSSNAKE ((( chicago, illinois )))
Noah Tabakin is the man behind Ssssnake, a hip hop-, funk- and gospel-inflected soul project with a wild, joyous vibe. Defying categorization, Ssssnake has been likened to the lovechild of Ray Charles and MF Doom or a hip hop Jeff Buckley.
ART FAD ((( caldwell/boise, idaho )))
Lo-fi drums and guitar skate/surf-punk duo Art Fad have been playing a large role in bolstering Caldwell’s music scene in the Treasure Valley and also beyond our Idaho borders.
TUCK NELSON ((( london, u.k. via boise, id )))
Tuck Nelson is a singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Boise, Idaho, currently residing in London, England.
CLARKE AND THE HIMSELFS ((( boise, idaho )))
Clarke and the Himselfs is the ongoing solo project of Boise native Clarke Howell. Mostly born out of the House Show scene of Boise, the Himselfs boast a hoard of albums under their belt and several cross country tours. In addition, Clarke will be also be screening two music documentaries during the second inaugural Tree Fort Music Fest.
M. AKERS ((( pullman, washington )))
After a handful of releases, Matthew Akers has transformed himself from bedroom electronic composer to full-on cinematic-sound mercenary, armed to the teeth with analog gear and the collective years of ingesting OSTs & the work of pioneering electronic musicians. His most recent album Tough To Kill, serves as a milestone in the timeline of Akersʼs rapidly growing body of work and a benchmark for the burgeoning retro-soundtrack scene.
PSYCHIC RITES ((( moscow, idaho )))
Gnarl fangs of bleeps and bloops transcending this world of stuff for the beyond digital dimension.
CAMP ((( boise/twin falls, idaho )))
Psychedelic? Shoegaze? Electronic? Stoner Rock? Noise Pop? Maybe we can let you decide what Cameron Andreas and his live interpretation of lo-fi psychedelic pop can really be classified as. Accompanied as well by close friends who… well can we say play by the term, “turn it up to 11″. In addition to playing their own set on Friday night of Treefort 2013, CAMP is the host to WavePOP Records, a newly founded Boise indie label, and the label will be putting on their own showcase Thursday night at Neurolux with doom-drone pioneers, EARTH.
MINOT ((( san francisco, california )))
Matthew W. Solberg (ex-From Monument To Masses., TURKS), Shannon Corr (ex-Sons of Oswald, TURKS), Ben Thorne (ex-Low Red Land, current- TARTUFI) got together in 2011 and forned MINOT and as they say, they play post-rock that doesn’t sound like Explosions In The Sky.
STORIE GRUBB & THE HOLY WARS ((( boise, idaho )))
Quirky yet poetic, Storie Grubb and the Holy Wars reminds us of what indie rock from the grunge days of yore. This Boise based band returns to Treefort this year with thier unique flavor of performance blending together both art and music, promising that no show will ever be like the last.
SAPIENT ((( portland, oregon )))
If Feist and Ratatat had a son who ate John Lennon’s corpse to gain immortality, then you might be able to imagine a bit of the sounds coming off of rising beat hustler, indie rapper and singer, Sapient’s new album, Slump. He’ll be back in Boise to be a part of the Thursday night hip-hop bill headlined by Sage Francis at Treefort 2013.
GENTLEMAN SURFER ((( davis, california )))
Gentleman Surfer began in 2007 as the solo project of Jon Bafus, and now exists as a fully functioning band. The music draws upon a wide range of influences, from rock and roll and punk, to classical and minimalism, to film and video game music, etc.
NED EVETT & TRIPLE DOUBLE ((( boise, idaho + nashville, tn )))
“The world’s first fretless guitar rockstar” -Guitar Player Magazine
THE GRIZZLED MIGHTY ((( seattle, washington )))
The Grizzled Mighty, from Seattle, had a hell of a year in 2012 with numerous sold out shows and several performances at CMJ Music Marathon (NYC) and Seattle festivals including the Capitol Hill Block Party and City Arts Festival.
DON’T STOP PLEASE ((( fayetteville, arkansas )))
“With six members, all of them multi-instrumentalists, their performance area can get a little crowded. Their shows often resemble a circus act as they juggle instruments and change positions, often in the same song. But this is no novelty act. No musical terrain is off limits for Don’t Stop Please, whose music fits nicely into jazz, rock, funk, folk and/or bluegrass. Add that to the stellar songwriting and Anna Horton’s gorgeous Fiona Apple-esque vocals in tandem with frontman Joel Ludford’s own singing voice, and you’ve got it all.” -Wyndham Wyeth, Paste Magazine
QUICK & EASY BOYS ((( portland, oregon )))
The Quick & Easy Boys are a power-trio out of Portland, Oregon who create their own blend of funky R&B, psychedelic rock, and garage pop.
POLYRHYTHMICS ((( seattle, washington )))
Original hard-driving, modern afro-beat and syncopated, horn-driven funk. That is the recipe that Polyrhythmics have crafted and delivered to packed clubs, and festival crowds up and down the west coast in the past 3 years. The 8 members of this dynamic world-beat orchestra, weave a clever web of deep, hypnotic grooves, creative, yet melodic interplay, clever horn-hooks, and searing solos that ignite every dance-floor that has laid before them.
FORREST DAY ((( oakland, california )))
Self described as indie-soul-experimental, Bay Area musician Forrest Day is a musician with more swagger than most hip-hop artists and more melodic flair than most chart-toppers.
GRANDPARENTS ((( portland, oregon )))
Born of a mutual love of music, Grandparents are unafraid to delve into sonic unknowns while still exploring and reinterpreting familiar sounds. The Portland alternative, the Willamette Week , recently voted Grandparents one of the top ten bands in Portland, while The Mercury’s Mark Lore described the band as “young and wise”.
JEFF CROSBY & THE REFUGEES ((( los angeles, ca via mccall, id )))
Jeff Crosby is a 25 year old singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist transplanted from Idaho to Los Angeles.
MATT HOPPER & THE ROMAN CANDLES ((( boise, id via alaska )))
“Matt Hopper does rock and roll right. [He] has a very natural ear for memorable melodies and irresistible guitar riffs; great songs seem to pour out of him.” – Ben Salmon, Bend Bulliten
JD KINDLE & THE EASTERN OREGON PLAYBOYS ((( pendleton, oregon )))
James Dean Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys came together in late 2007 in Pendleton, Oregon when James needed a backing band to flesh out his catalog of songs. After a numerous lineup shifts the core band settled upon Matt VanSickle, Peter Walters, and Brian Baird. As a band of multi-instrumentalists (As well as multi-disciplinary artists.) JDK&EOP play a melange of styles that can still fit comfortably under the umbrella of “rock and roll.”
THOMAS PAUL ORCHESTRA ((( boise, idaho )))
Thomas Paul is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, music instructor and radio DJ from Boise, Idaho.
DEAD WINTER CARPENTERS ((( lake tahoe, california )))
Hailing from North Lake Tahoe, CA, Dead Winter Carpenters represents everything the American west stands for. The band seamlessly blends Americana with roots rock and a tinge of straightforward ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ alt. country for hard-hitting performances that are as edgy as they are whimsical.
ANDY D ((( bloomington, indiana )))
If vikings time-traveled to the 80s, took semen samples from Grandmaster Flash, Beastie Boys, Michael Jackson, Prince and Poison, came back to the present, inseminated Peaches, and then brought her to the future to have the baby and have it raised by breakdancing robot wolves, you might end up with Andy D. Playing the Evil Wine Showcase on Friday night of Treefort at The Red Room.
KRIS DOTY ((( portland, or via boise, id )))
Multi-instrumentalist Kris Doty has been playing music and touring for nearly two decades. She cut her teeth in the high deserts of Idaho and debuted her first solo record, Smoke in the Mirror, on her own dime; to immediate success. The album took nine solid months to record. It’s full of pop-sensible indie rock with moody undertones and hints of Doty’s jazz and classical music interests.
THE KITCHEN ((( moscow, idaho )))
Consisting of Matt St Cyr on percussion, Rachel Couch on guitar and vocals, and Daniel Bagley on bass and vocals, The Kitchen are a Moscow-based band with roots in Boise, where they met and lived together at a house-venue called the 208 House and established their path in music together.
THE WE SHARED MILK ((( portland, oregon )))
Alaskans living in Portland (except their Oregon local bass player Travis Leipzig), the We Shared Milk is a band seasoned by constant gigging and mainly self-released material.
OLD DEATH WHISPER ((( hailey, idaho )))
Old Death Whisper is a cocktail of dirty western roots music and country tinged parlor tunes.
UGLY VALLEY BOYS ((( salt lake city, utah )))
From Salt Lake City, The Ugly Valley Boys evoke the lonesome sound of the desert, the classic soul of country, and the open space of the West in original songs that are wickedly engaging and smartly crafted.
WHITEWATER RAMBLE ((( fort collins, colorado )))
The Colorado-bred quintet combines the elements of Mandolin, Fiddle, Acoustic Guitar, Upright Bass, Drums and Vocals to explore the musical boundaries of multiple genres to fuel their own mixture of original music and innovative cover song interpretations. Whether playing an intimate encore, acoustic and unplugged in the crowd, or surfing on top of the upright bass, WhiteWater Ramble delivers a powerful and memorable live performance. They are headlining the ToEntertainU Showcase at Tom Grainey’s on Saturday night.
GEM STATE ((( boise, idaho )))
Gem State is a project created by Boise singer songwriter Tim Andreae with the idea of bringing more voices to some of his songs.
THE JACKALOPE SAINTS ((( boise, idaho )))
We are The Jackalope Saints! We hail from Oregon, Idaho and Indiana. Our sound is part folk, part bluegrass, part soul.
A SEASONAL DISGUISE ((( boise, idaho )))
A dizzying whirl of barely controlled chaos permeates A Seasonal Disguise. At times infectious, at times confounding, Z.V. House’s former solo project has evolved into a fully developed, six headed, 12 armed, musical hydra, bent wholly to the task of fusing their love of noise, notes, and poutine into a hearty, clarinet leavened blend of rail hugging rock & roll.
ETERNAL FAIR ((( seattle, washington )))
With a palate for stratospheric anthems, rhythms not for the faint of heart, and vocal harmonies that could tame the wildest of animals, Eternal Fair is turning heads all over the Pacific Northwest with their brand of neo-psychedelic rock.
REFLEKTION ((( boise, idaho )))
Boise based EDM producer Reflektion has been rocking the Idaho EDM world for a couple of years now and is sure to please with every set.
LITTLE RUCKUS ((( ames, iowa )))
A Sweaty Pop dance troupe. Made for raising fists of bravery and furious joy against anyone who would ever try to stop you from fucking every day of your life.
DEDICATED SERVERS ((( boise, idaho )))
The Dedicated Servers have been compared to A Tribe Called Quest, Atmosphere, Kanye West, Clipse, Linkin Park, Eminem, Atom & his Package, MC Chris, Postal Service, and Depeche Mode. As you can see, the comparisons don’t make sense, which is what makes Dedicated Servers a cut above the rest.
ARTHUR MADDOX ((( boise, idaho )))
First recognized in 2006 as one of the founding members and faces of the Boise Hip Hop band Kamphire Collective, Exit Prose has become known throughout the hip hop scene as one of the true-blue tailors of his craft.
EXIT PROSE ((( boise, idaho )))
First recognized in 2006 as one of the founding members and faces of the Boise Hip Hop band Kamphire Collective, Exit Prose has become known throughout the hip hop scene as one of the true-blue tailors of his craft.
GLORIOUS POP ((( boise, idaho )))
gLORIOUS pOP = gLORIOUS eSTEBAN (aka Charles Engels) + tREY pOP (aka Oso Negro)
OSO NEGRO ((( ontario, oregon )))
A recovering scientist, Oso Negro has dedicated his future to channeling his hip- hop guide. Born in South Africa, Oso moved to North America as an infant. Educated within these great fifty states, Oso studied in Cincinnati, Chicago, and Oxford, MS, before moving to the Treasure Valley and finding his niche.
CHARLES ENGELS & THE FAMILY BAND ((( boise, idaho )))
Live grime hop group from Boise, ID. Drums by squid, MCs Charles Engels and P Dirt, bass Matt Fabbi Jim Monson and Matt Coate, DJ Rukus and comrade keen beats from various producers.
DEMONI ((( boise, idaho )))
Having just released their 3rd album titled “Surf City of the Dead”, Boise based Demoni, with their punkrock beats, psychobilly bass lines, and surflaced guitar riffs, are delivering revvedup shows across the Nation.
SWORD OF A BAD SPELLER ((( boise, idaho )))
Sword of a Bad Speller is a Boise hip-hop/comedy group that is really committed and serious about not taking themselves too seriously, with sometimes shockingly silly rhymes and barely over-the-top outfits. Playing Evil Wine Showcase at The Red Room on Friday.
METH HOUSE PARTY BAND ((( twin falls, idaho )))
Think of your favorite punk band ground down to the raw core and fused with a Temptations style pop melody, all stuffed into your favorite basement or garage and blasted through speakers that rattle your bones. They won’t bring the meth, but they’ll bring the party. Playing Evil Wine Showcase at The Red Room on Friday.
HEDTRIIP ((( twin falls, idaho )))
Cory Hentrup has made a name for the electrifying sound flowing from his guitar and Nintendo DS. That name is HEDTRIIP. Playing Evil Wine Showcase at The Red Room on Friday.
THE SNEEZZBOLE ((( boise, idaho )))
Geno Lopez has been regaling audiences as his banana-clad character, Sneezz, since 2002. Playing Evil Wine Showcase at The Red Room on Friday.
BAD ACID TRIP ((( hollywood, california )))
Bad Acid Trip is a grindcore band, spawned in the depths of North Hollywood, CA. Playing Evil Wine Showcase at The Red Room on Friday.
UGLY WINNER ((( san jose, california )))
Guitarist/vocalist, Takashi Makino, Bassist, Todd Flanagan, Drummer Nick Lopez and newly added Guitarist, Maxwell Borkenhagen play emotive melodies that seem soaked in the influences of their Western indie-rock predecessors of Sub Pop and Kill Rock Stars. Playing 20 Sided Records Showcase at The Red Room on Saturday afternoon.
COUCHES ((( san francisco, california )))
We are a three piece slacker indie rock band from San Francisco, California. We like to party. Kicking off and hosting the 20 Sided Records Showcase at The Red Room on Saturday afternoon.
PHANTAHEX ((( boise, idaho )))
Tristan Andreas and Grant Olsen play improvised psychedelic electronic music. The tone palette is limited to analog synthesizers and custom built electro-acoustic instruments.
SOLOMON’S HOLLOW ((( boise, idaho )))
This year’s Solomon’s Hollow performance comes at the eleventh hour of a years-long recording process that Agenbroad swears is almost complete. “I’ve been at it for over two years, though” Agenbroad explains. “Why rush it now?” Expect a generous helping of new material and an obscene number of notes per chord.
LAKEFRIEND ((( caldwell, idaho )))
party rock guitars and also party rock guitars
1d ((( boise, idaho )))
A Boise hardcore punk band that was originally inspired by Calvin’s dad’s hardcore punk band from the 80s, called “State of Confusion.” Originally a snare drum, acoustic guitar and random yelling band, now a fast punk band looking to play for crazy outcasts, and get heard.
NEHEMIAH ST DANGER ((( portland, oregon )))
Nehemiah St-Danger was born a grown man through a hole in the sky September 11th, 2001. He spends his days unraveling the confusion inherent in autogeny, with quill, voice, and sound. Playing Post-Consumer Records Showcase at The Crux on Thursday night.
YUMADUDES ((( boise, idaho )))
You are my dudes. The base of the songs are 13 year old Venec Milione’s riotous, pop-punk, bombastic beats. His father Jeremy Milione adds his intricate and unconventional guitar riffs. Amy Milione spastically sings on top of it all with soulful sounding lyrics. They produce rugged, grunge anthems, slow-moving 90s rockers, and indie rock lullabies. Their songs are playful, joking, and ridiculous, yet contain intellectual high-art hypocrisy. Playing Post-Consumer Records Showcase at The Crux on Thursday night.
PONY VILLAGE ((( portland, oregon )))
Borrowing their name from an aging strip mall in the town of North Bend, Oregon is no coincidence for Pacific Northwest quintet, Pony Village; they deal in many things nostalgic. Playing 20 Sided Records Showcase at The Red Room on Saturday afternoon.
PSYCACHE ((( boise, idaho )))
Psycache is not another DJ—in his own words, he is a performer, a public figure even. Whether you are a devoted listener of his weekly radio show “Glitch in the System” on Radio Boise, or you just happened to find yourself on the right dance floor at the right time, there is no way to say he has not made a highly unique impression on you.
RED JACKET MINE ((( seattle, washington )))
As XTC once declared, this is pop—just not the kind that panders to the lowest common denominator.
NEW TRANSIT ((( boise, idaho )))
Northwest Rock. Drinking whiskey and melting faces.
RUBEDO ((( denver, colorado )))
With a ‘90s-esque lo-fi disregard for studio polish and perfection, the group emits a kaleidoscopic and maniacally crafted indie rock sound derived from the colorful subconscious of its members. Rubedo headlines the Sided Records Showcase at The Red Room on Saturday afternoon.
SLEEPY SEEDS ((( boise, idaho )))
Marty Martin and Joey Corsentino grew up and played music together in Colorado. During the 90’s, they listened to and were influenced by several bands from Idaho, so much in fact, that in 2009 they moved to Boise to start their own band. Sleepy Seeds has proudly been a part of the Boise music community ever since. They will play 20 Sided Records Showcase at The Red Room on Saturday afternoon.
TALKATIVE ((( portland, oregon )))
Talkative was born in a noise dream. First existing in Eugene they were originally a performance-art noise duo. Focusing their time on loops, effects, and delay bent vocals, the shows were mentally and aurally intensive. As time shifted forward new forms of performance were explored and they have found a comfortable setup with effects soaked guitars, drums, and keyboards. Playing 20 Sided Records Showcase at The Red Room on Saturday afternoon.
THE HOOT HOOTS ((( seattle, washington )))
Bunny suits and super heroes. Rainbow cloaks and Vader onesies. Fuzz, synths, sing-a-longs, and yes more fuzz! Playing 20 Sided Records Showcase at The Red Room on Saturday afternoon.
AM PLEASURE ASSASSINS ((( fort collins, colorado )))
The A.M. Pleasure Assassins combine punk and old school garage rock to create a sound that is entirely unique and full of pulsating energy.
HALLOWED OAK ((( fort collins, colorado )))
Hallowed Oak formed in 2012 when Boise transplant, Gabriel Smith, moved into the Fort Collins, Colorado area.
SOUR BOY, BITTER GIRL ((( fort collins, colorado )))
Benjanmin Buttice’s lyrics are supported with a powerful rhythm section, heavy keys and flamboyant drumming, fantastic electric guitar and organ leads, and an impressive amount of vocal harmonizing.
MILO DUKE ((( portland, oregon )))
One of the greatest songwriters, singers and astrophysicists of his time.
TRITE ((( boise, idaho )))
Trite is a four-piece instrumental band from Boise, Idaho. Trite blends elements of post rock/hardcore with indie-rock hooks to create cohesive soundscapes that culminate into captivating crescendos.
DITCH TIGER ((( boise, idaho )))
Belching smoke and ruin, it blows across the ridges and peaks, spewing slavering riffs of its infernal hardcore-punk sermons to the trembling masses.
MICKEY THE JUMP ((( nampa, idaho )))
In the past two years Mickey the Jump has shared the stage with heroes of the band such as; David Bazan, Wye Oak, The Head and the Heart, Vetiver, Lemolo, Bryan John Appleby, and Listener, among others. They’re pretty rad. Grateful to have them around.
SICK KIDS XOXO ((( missoula, montana )))
Keyboards, guitars and drums. Boy and girl vocals. Dancey xoxo from Missoula.
RUBICON 7 ((( boise, idaho )))
With an eclectic variety of projects over the last few years, Rubicon 7 has made a recognizable impact in EDM. From trance and electro with George Acosta and Robbie Rivera on Juicy Music to tech house on Baker Street Recordings with Merlyn Martin, there’s few genres that the duo have yet to attack with their songwriting and remix work.
DEEVEAUX ((( boise, idaho )))
Deeveaux graduated the top of his class from the Intergalactic Interstellar Space Academy (IISA) with a major in alien cryptography.
AKA BELLE ((( boise, idaho )))
Nicknamed ‘Americana Sweethearts’ by weekly local arts & culture rag, The Boise Weekly, a.k.a. Belle are fast becoming Boise’s “Indie – Alt – Country Darlings” — but what are they, really?
THE ONEIRICS ((( boise, idaho )))
We are The Oneirics. We are young. We are alive. We create songs to dream to, or just goof to.
HEY V KAY ((( boise, idaho )))
Hey V Kay, consisting of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Karen Havey, all started with the discovery of the ‘RECORD’ button on her brother’s Yamaha keyboard in high school. Intensely independent and shy, the ability to record music alone and on her own terms opened the door to a creativity that would not have been possible without it. Dark-wave electro pop.
BIG UPS ((( boise, idaho )))
Audio Thrill Productions aka Tim Beck aka Big Ups started spinning vinyl records back in 2004 at college house parties in smalltown Rexburg Idaho. His opening set for AraabMuzik at Treefort 2012 was a big hit, excited to have Big Ups for round 2 of Treefort Music Fest.
JUPITER HOLIDAY ((( boise, idaho )))
From heavy metal to reggae to bluegrass to smooth progressive funk-jazz, Jupiter Holiday delivers with full imagination.
DANGERBEARD ((( boise, idaho )))
With a combination of old school flavor and modern funk, the five-man band from the city of Boise is known to put their own twist on musical styles ranging across the board from Funk, Rock and Reggae to Afro Cuban and Latin.
BUCKSKIN BIBLE REVUE ((( boise, idaho )))
Buckskin Bible Revue was born in the North End of Boise, ID in early 2005. The band quickly gained recognition as a unit that seduced even the most reluctant of dancers onto the floor. Playing ToEntertainU Showcase on Saturday night at Tom Grainey’s.
STONESEED ((( boise, idaho )))
Maturated on the floors of the Treasure Valley surrounding Boise, Idaho, the band, StoneSeed, has its roots in blues, folk, gypsy jazz, americana and perhaps even a little country pinched with a bit of funk. Playing ToEntertainU Showcase on Saturday night at Tom Grainey’s.
ALPENFLOW ((( twin falls, idaho )))
Formed in 2009, Alpenflow is a high-energy collective that ranges from live electronics, fusion, house, IDM to jam-rock without missing a step. Playing ToEntertainU Showcase on Saturday night at Grainey’s Basement.
INNOCENT MAN ((( boise, idaho )))
With an original sound that is hard to define, Innocent Man brings elements of genuine Americana or Outlaw Country, reminiscent of acts like Wilco, The Wood Brothers & Johnny Cash, along with glimmers of Classic-Rock such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top & The Band, combined with Jam-Band grooves resembling those of Phish, The Grateful Dead & Assembly Of Dust. Playing ToEntertainU Showcase on Saturday night at Tom Grainey’s.
AARON MARK BROWN ((( nampa, idaho )))
For the last 15 years Aaron Mark Brown has been writing and performing music, most recently with his band The Invasion. On his newest album, Realities of Grandeur, out April 10th on Sunless Sea Records and mastered by Roger Seibel (Pavement, The Decemberists, Modest Mouse) Aaron writes jazz inspired indie rock, with occasional detours into neighboring genres.
CLOUD|SPLITTER ((( boise, idaho )))
The music of Cloud|Splitter falls loosely under the genres of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) and Electronica, incorporating stylistic elements of jazz fusion, dubstep, drum & bass, and psychedelia. However, unlike many EDM artists, who DJ their own pre-arranged or composed music, Cloud|Splitter is a live electronic music band, accompanying minimal pre-composed arrangements with vocals and ￼￼￼instrumentation. Playing ToEntertainU Showcase on Saturday night at Grainey’s Basement.
BEJI ((( boise, idaho )))
Beji explores an organic process of practice and prayer that emerge as symbiotic systems of sound. Playing ToEntertainU Showcase on Saturday night at Grainey’s Basement.
THE AWFUL TRUTH ((( salt lake city, utah )))
The songs of Brent Colbert have been displayed under the moniker The Awful Truth. “Colbert manages to empathetically craft hypnotizing songs within the conventions of folk without having to rewrite any of the rules.” – SLUG MAG
WHISKEY SASQUATCH ((( idaho falls, idaho )))
Infamous for wielding their lack of instrumental prowess like a lumberjack performing an appendectomy with a chainsaw, original compositions are thoroughly seasoned with heaping helpings of foul-mouthed tongue in cheek melodies to compensate for a somewhat unorthodox but mostly awkward stage presence and sound. Don’t expect weedly-weedly guitar solos, complex structure, or thirty-five minute exploratory jams in their material.
POKE ((( boise, idaho )))
Poke performs old-school country, hillbilly, juke-joint swing, rockabilly, polka, surf, rock …
THE JUKE DADDYS ((( idaho city, id via mississippi )))
Known thoughout the Northwest for their rich, rockabilly boogie-styled blues, The Juke Daddys hit you like a hammer. Their unique sound blends traditional Delta Blues guitar-styling with upbeat, funky rhythms to create a special kind of mojo. “Mississippi” Marshall Hopper grew up in the Mississippi Delta playing the old juke houses and juke joints.
POSSUM LIVIN’ ((( boise, id )))
Possum Livin’s musicians come from all over the US (and Canada…) and serve up specials ranging from your favorite 60′s rock covers to modern indie folk.
HIGH DESERT BAND ((( boise, idaho )))
High Desert Band has been playing bluegrass and related musical forms in and around Idaho’s Treasure Valley since 2003
JUNIOR ROCKET SCIENTIST ((( boise, idaho )))
Junior Rocket Scientist is a three piece rock band from Boise, ID.
ALEX RICHARDS BAND ((( boise, idaho )))
AlexRichardsBand is a three piece heavy rock blues and country band from Idaho. Known for their original barroom style songs from the roads and the honky tonks in and around Boise and the surrounding mountain towns.
JUMPING SHARKS ((( boise, idaho )))
Jumping Sharks are a psychedelic rock band from Boise, ID.
BLACKCLOUD ((( boise, idaho )))
BLACKCLOUD plays loud.
RAID ((( boise, idaho )))
RAID is an early 80’s punk hardcore influenced band. Members include Paul B, Jon T, Andy A and Matt W.
ROLLERSNAKES ((( boise, idaho )))
Two piece garage/surf/rocknroll/trash band. Hail Skatin’!
URB ((( boise, idaho )))
URB is Trevor Netson (Guitar,Drums), Craig Godfrey(Guitar,Drums), and Donny Caldwell(Bass,Vocals). Most of their songs are instrumental experimental rock. Catchy riffs with solid bass and guitar effects of distortion and delay.
EDMUND WAYNE ((( seattle, washington )))
Some create music with sounds of the past close to heart, where others hug the cusp of the contemporary. Then there are those which blur the boundary in between. Edmund Wayne was born of a generation past.
BEN FISHER ((( seattle, washington )))
Ben Fisher was born clutching a copy of Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited on cassette. He’s been called ‘Seattle’s sunniest busker’ and on any given day you might find him playing for spare change in a bus tunnel or at the farmers’ market.
EMILY TIPTON BAND ((( boise, idaho )))
Get ready for mid-song outbursts of applause inspired by wide-ranged vocal riffs that shake hands with the musical styles of vintage-indie-pop-soul-rock, Emily Tipton.
REVOLT REVOLT ((( boise, idaho )))
RevoltRevolt began August of 2007 with Christopher Bock (guitar) and Jason Serna (drums) playing live at Portland’s Towne Lounge. The set consisted of Bock’s material, and was the beginning of what was later become their first release, Chordata (Spark and Shine Records 2009).
BRACKNEY ((( boise, idaho )))
With his mix of tasteful house, bass music, and emerging sounds, Ryan Brackney has built a reputation for spinning dance music with soul, heart, and sweat.
GREGORY RAWLINS ((( la grande, oregon )))
Whether delivering a straight-forward ballad, or digressing into amalgam of ideas cloaked in metaphor, Rawlins is one of the few contemporary soloists who manages to never write the same song twice. When he isn’t presenting a new topic altogether, he is resurrecting a traditional idea and giving it a purely characteristic overhaul– the result of which has placed him among the most adventurous and important musicians today.
SAM COOPER & FRIENDS ((( portland, oregon )))
Sam Cooper Music is a new act out of Portland, but the band’s sound is built around its members’ years of experience on the local and national music scene. Sam Cooper, a Boulder native, fronted several ensembles in his hometown before moving to Portland in 2007 and making a name for himself as a multi-instrumentalist with bands including Invisible Rockets, Jared Mees & the Grown Children, and Horse Feathers.
THE BLAQK FAMILY BAND ((( boise, idaho )))
The Blaqks are a group of lost children, finding commonality on the wayward outskirts of society. Their music is the soundtrack for the lost souls of this planet.
THE GUNFIGHTERS ((( boise, idaho )))
A Gunfighter is any creature who MUST play music, sing, dance, paint, color, swing, build a fire, or go on extravagent adventures or else they’ll surely perish.
PARADE OF BAD GUYS ((( boise, idaho )))
Based out of Boise. Three piece with a big sound. Great blend of musical influences and styles.
AUDIOAVI8R ((( portland, oregon )))
AudioAvi8r came into existence near the end of 2012. It is the alter ego of Kenny Lavitz, a gifted artist and rhythmic explorer who blurs the lines between jazz, rock and blues.
THE FOXXTONES ((( boise, idaho )))
The Foxxtones play lap steel, cosmic country western…like Muddy Waters, Pasty Cline and Robert Plant had a threesome in a 1950s dream sequence