The second wave of artists for Treefort 2020 is here!
There’s so much to discover with nearly 300 bands on this year’s lineup so far (and more to come in the third announcement!).
Surf through some of the artists in the second announce below.
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For a full list of artists, check out our lineup page.
( tucson, arizona )
Calexico is an Americana, Tex-Mex, indie rock band from Tucson, Arizona. For the better part of two decades, nine studio albums, and countless trips around the globe, Joey Burns and John Convertino have embraced a multitude of diverse styles and well cultivated signature sounds. Their musical style is influenced by traditional Latin sounds of mariachi, conjunto, cumbia, and tejano mixed with country, jazz, and post-rock.
They have recorded a number of albums on Quarterstick Records, while their 2005 EP In the Reins, recorded with Iron & Wine, has reached the Billboard 200 album charts. Their latest album, The Thread That Keeps Us (Anti-, City Slang) was released on January 26th, 2018. Calexico will be touring heavily everywhere throughout the year.
( los angeles, california )
LA-based band Grouplove has quickly become one of music’s most exhilarating young acts. The quintet’s second full length album SPREADING RUMOURS arrived in September 2013 and was met with a raft of acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, NYLON, and National Public Radio who called it “ludicrously easy to love.” The collection was produced by the band’s own Ryan Rabin.
Grouplove first came together in 2009 and soon were hailed as a great live act, both as headliners and at such international festivals as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Reading + Leeds Festivals, and Glastonbury. NEVER TRUST A HAPPY SONG arrived in 2011, making a stellar chart debut among the top 5 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” album chart for new and developing acts.
BUILT TO SPILL
( boise, idaho )
Treefort wouldn’t be the same without local indie rock band Built to Spill playing a set or two (or three). The band has played every Treefort Music Fest with the exception of Treefort 2017 where Built to Spill’s Doug Martsch played an acoustic set at the Boise Contemporary Theater.
Built to Spill started in 1992 and have a large discography covering eight albums, a few compilation albums, and a good amount of extended-plays.
Built to Spill has returned to the band’s original concept of having a shifting rotation of non-permanent members. The current lineup features Boise bassist Melanie Radford (Marshall Poole, Blood Lemon) and New Mexico drummer Teresa Cruces (Prism Bitch) and longtime BTS contributer, Doug Martsch.
( providence, rhode island )
Over the course of its two-decade existence, Lightning Bolt has revolutionized underground rock in immeasurable ways. The duo broke the barrier between stage and audience by setting themselves up on the floor in the midst of the crowd. Their momentous live performances and the mania they inspired paved the way for similar tactics used by Dan Deacon and literally hundreds of others. Similarly, the band’s recordings have always been chaotic, roaring, blown out documents that sound like they could destroy even the toughest set of speakers. Fantasy Empire, Lightning Bolt’s sixth album and first in five years, is a fresh take from a band intent on pushing themselves musically and sonically while maintaining the aesthetic that has defined not only them, but an entire generation of noisemakers.
DANCE WITH THE DEAD
( orange county, california )
Dance With The Dead aka Justin Pointer and Tony Kim are two American musicians from California. They produce electronic music based on melodies made with synthesizers, with the peculiarity of having sounds coming from the 80s, as well as guitar riffs due to their heavy metal backgrounds.
These two musicians have known each other since childhood and were even neighbors. Their influences vary between metal bands such as Mötley Crüe, Pantera, Def Leppard and electronic pillars such as Daft Punk and Kavinsky. Their visual universe focuses on horror film themes (special mention to Frankenstein), as well as melodies of their tracks.
( freedon, new jersey )
Steve Marion – the songwriter, guitarist, and producer who has made four studio records of primarily word-less, guitar-first music as Delicate Steve – has released his fifth LP, titled Till I Burn Up, available now via ANTI- Records. The album name comes from a line in Dr. John’s “Walk on Guilded Splinters” where Steve misheard John’s actual phrase “Tit Alberta” as “Till I Burn Up.”
Now nearly ten years into his career, Steve is a cult artist of his time. He has been called to record with his heroes (Paul Simon, Kanye West) and contribute significantly to his contemporaries’ modern masterworks (Amen Dunes, Freedom), all the while recording and releasing his own critically hailed work and sharing the stage with The Black Keys, Tame Impala, Mac DeMarco, Growlers and others.
( san jose, california )
Xiu Xiu is an American experimental band formed in 2002 by singer-songwriter Jamie Stewart in San Jose, California. Currently, the line-up consists of Stewart (the only constant member since formation), Angela Seo, Thor Harris, and Christopher Pravdica. The band’s name comes from the film Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl and has influenced the sound of their music according to Stewart.
When the band was founded in 2002, the band’s sound was characterized by its use of indigenous instruments and programmed drums in place of traditional rock instruments: harmonium, mandolin, brass bells, gongs, keyboards, and a cross between a guitarrón mexicano and a cello for bass, etc. Xiu Xiu released their eleventh new album titled Girl with Basket of Fruit on February 8, 2019 via Polyvinyl.
SONNY & THE SUNSETS
( san francisco, california )
Sonny & the Sunsets are a beautiful West Coast thing. Birthed from the sand, the surf, and twilight campfires down in Ocean Beach, Sonny & the Sunsets’ busted beach-pop songs spark recollections of doo wop’s otherworldly despair, a dose of goofball humor from the Michael Hurley school, and positive possibilities exuded by Jonathan Richman.
Helmed by the singer / songwriter, playwright, author & onetime troubadour Sonny Smith, The Sunsets have featured a revolving door lineup that have included Shayde Sartin, Ryan Browne, Kelley Stoltz and Tahlia Harbour. Adopting a range of sounds Smith’s sardonic, laid-back style is interwoven throughout his compelling songwriting and vocals.
( austin, texas )
Magna Carda is an American hip hop outfit based in Austin, Texas. The mc producer duo is notable for their eclectic musical style, genre defying blends, and for performing with elaborate live arrangements and instrumentation.
From their humble beginnings on a college campus, Magna Carda has steadily risen to the top of the Texas music scene as one of the premiere hip hop acts. Described by Mashable as “Austin’s answer to The Roots,” Magna Carda is led by the city’s most dynamic MC-producer duo, Megz Kelli and Dougie Do. As the group has released previous projects, in January 2014, Magna Carda released their first major mixtape, titled Van Geaux.
SUN BLOOD STORIES
( boise, idaho )
Sun Blood Stories is dreamy, aware, personal, open, fuzzed out, and loud af. Founded in 2011 in Boise, Idaho, they are known for their mesmerizing live performances and experimentalism which encompasses high-desert shoegaze moodiness, psychedelia, the blues, and elements of funk.
Sun Blood Stories is a mass of harmonic noise distilled into occasionally delicate, but always haunting songs. The band is comprised of three (3) equal members: Amber Pollard, Ben Kirby, and Jon Fust and is based out of Boise, ID. This current arrangement is the realization of a sedulous refining process that has guided them into trio form.
( los angeles, california )
Using guitars, vocals and sparse electronic elements, Prism Tats pulls from various visual and musical inspirations to create waking dream sub-realities that devastate and elate. Originally from Durban, South Africa, Prism Tats aka Garett van der Spek relocated to the U.S. after years of playing in local bands and working on solo projects. In 2014 he founded Prism Tats, and in 2015 landed a deal with ANTI- after being discovered at SXSW.
Since his self-titled debut arrived in 2016, Prism Tats has landed support slots with indie-rock icons like Guided By Voices and Nada Surf, toured on his own and with a band, and continued to write and record steadily. In 2018 he released his sophomore effort Mamba on ANTI-.
( batavia, illinois )
The Heligoats are entering their 10th year as the primary songwriting outlet for Chris Otepka. Featured on NPR‘s Tiny Desk as the 100th performer, Chris has also accumulated time and acclaim as a member of Troubled Hubble (Lookout! Records), Hemhora & The Glass Band as well as a brief stint in Clem Snide. The Heligoats have teamed with the Glass Band for their latest release and are on tour playing songs spanning the past ten years.
NPR said of The Heligoats, “He may be a lone guy with an acoustic guitar, but Chris Otepka gives fans a lot of ideas to unpack. His music is best heard in an intimate setting, where his words can unfurl clearly and he can hold a small room rapt.”
( denver, colorado )
With an electric guitar and an electric voice, Esmé Patterson blows past contradictions with a defiant confidence. Esmé Patterson is an American musician sNlorado, who formerly was a member of the indie folk band Paper Bird. In 2012, Patterson began her solo career, releasing her first full-length album titled All Princes, I.
In 2015, Patterson released her second full-length album titled Woman to Woman. Sometimes you have to turn off your brain and let your body sing. That’s what Esme Patterson did on her third full-length, We Were Wild, released on Grand Jury Music in 2016. “At its core, rock ‘n’ roll is where madness and order collide. Where our sexual, raw, animal nature meets our heart and mind. On this album I explored deeper, more far out sonic spaces. I hunted the vibe through vast wilderness,” says the Portland-based songwriter.
( los angeles, california )
Recent LA-transplants Spooky Mansion produce a soundscape of breezy, sultry surf-rock imbued with the passion of soul and the energy of rock-n-roll. Originally having their roots in the Bay Area and led by the rickety rasp of charismatic singer/songwriter Grayson Converse, the band is comprised of drummer Rob Mills, bassist Marty Reising, guitarist Charlie McCone, and guitarist Braden Lyle. Their music is soulful garage-rock, propelled by energetic guitars, nimble drums, and sweeping and invitingly fuzzy vocals.
Their newest single, “Real Jerk”, premiered on PASTE August 28th and was noted for its “sunny guitar riffs and Converse’s unique and sultry voice.”
( memphis, tennessee )
Spaceface is led by Jake Ingalls who also plays guitar and synthesizer in The Flaming Lips. The experience reflects that influence, as the band works to bring the concert grade experience to a club level. The group’s music offers a refreshing approach on psychedelic rock, with transparent ’70s references but also strikingly modern elements that make this trick something to behold. Their 2017 record Sun Kids was described by KEXP as “hazy, psychedelic pop music, elegantly composed.”
2019 saw the release of their latest work, “Panormic View”. The song bounces along on a funky ’70s groove with light psychedelic effects that never seem to overpower the strong melodies.
( boise, idaho )
“They’re a band worth seeing, but even more so, they’re a band you have to listen to if you like rock’n’roll.” – 303 Magazine
Marshall Poole is: Melanie, Rider, Seth and Michael, a band of classically trained musicians who collaborate within multiple projects in the Boise music scene. They weave multiple genres and techniques together; psychedelic instrumentals with southern-rock pop songs and heavy riffs with intricate melodies.
Over the last decade they have shared the stage with popular acts including Ty Segall, JEFF the Brotherhood, The Entrance Band, Screaming Females, The Thermals, Thunderpussy, Delicate Steve, Polyrhythmics and more.
STEVE FULTON MUSIC
( boise, idaho )
Steve Fulton is a singer/songwriter from Boise, Idaho who performs under the stage name, SFM – Steve Fulton Music. He has performed all over the country for the last 20 years touring with his band and as a solo artist. His musical persona includes full band funky-rock-reggae and stripped down Americana.
A bottomless barrel of musical ear candy, Steve Fulton Music is reminiscent of the heydays of folk rock and americana. High-energy performances from this 5 piece band transport audiences back in time as Steve Fulton Music blends musicianship, creativity and tradition. The trumpet, string instruments and electric guitar will keep you dancing, singing and wanting more!
( portland, oregon )
Sunbathe is the devastatingly catchy, fuzzed-out pop band brought to you by songwriter Maggie May Morris. Suffused with lyrical honesty and a raw performance style, Morris can command the stage coasting along on an abundance of hooks and lighthearted guitar. Sunbathe has quickly gained notoriety for their captivating live performances.
The self-titled debut from Sunbathe shows the many sides of Morris’ songwriting abilities, yet maintains a cohesive structure through it’s radiantly pop-minded arrangements.
With another release engineered and mixed by Helio Sequence on the horizon in 2020, Sunbathe proves to be one of today’s most promising acts.
( austin, texas )
Vocalist and songwriter Molly Burch is a Los Angeles native residing in Austin and its surrounding small towns since 2013. Burch burst onto the music scene in 2017 with her debut album Please Be Mine, a ten-track ode to unrequited romance that she wrote after studying Jazz Vocal Performance at the University of North Carolina in Asheville. Please Be Mine earned praise from critics for her smoky, effortless vocals and bleeding-heart lyrics.
Her sophomore album, First Flower, is a bright, beautiful album peppered with moments of triumph. Burch’s voice is as strong and dexterous as ever, displaying her incredible range and professionalism as a vocalist.
Chad VanGaalen had to cancel due to scheduling conflicts.