Friends, family, neighbors and strangers!
Happy New Year!
We are very excited to announce the SECOND ROUND OF ARTISTS playing Treefort stages in 2017 for you!
Are you Treefort Ready? Visit the TICKETS page to secure your spot in the latest Treefort adventure.
To continue your research, we’ve highlighted some of the 106 artists from this announce below. We’re up to 180 total artists for you to get to know as you prep for the schedule to be released in mid-February. See the full FIRST and SECOND ROUND of TREEFORT ARTISTS added to the 2017 lineup over on the lineup page.
Also, relive the hilariously funny Treefort Video produced by Retroscope Media and call the Treefort Line (for real!) for more details throughout the season TMF-888-2017.
((( los angeles, california )))
((( toronto, ontario )))
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((( atlanta, georgia )))
((( london, england )))
((( minneapolis, minnesota )))
((( athens, georgia )))
((( san francisco, california )))
“Between his solo career and output with Sonny & The Sunsets, leading man Sonny Smith has seemingly maintained a two-pronged credo: follow your own twisted path, and maintain creative momentum like the graceful shark. The result is a truly multifaceted catalog, one that includes a collection of songs from 100 fictional bands, a dense sci-fi epic (2013’s Antenna to the Afterworld), and another LP repurposed from an abandoned short film (2015’s Talent Night at the Ashram). For the Sunsets’ latest LP, Moods Baby Moods, Smith pulled in an outside producer: tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus. Even with that significant change in process, Smith has managed to assemble one of his most progressive records to date. Everything he touches benefits from a sizable bag of sonic tricks, from ’70s punk to lithe power pop. But on top of that, Garbus brought along new toys for Smith to play with, namely bits of new wave, ’80s funk, and random junk beats.” — Consequence of Sound
((( phoenix, arizona )))
“The evolution that brought cult folk-punk favorites Andrew Jackson Jihad to the bigger, weirder, and more powerful AJJ was well underway by 2014’s Christmas Island. On The Bible 2, the seeds that singer-guitarist Sean Bonnette and bassist Ben Gallaty planted more than a decade ago have sprouted in even more unexpected directions, pushing toward psychedelic rock, synth-heavy post-punk, and even piano balladry. Throughout, the music molds to support and guide Bonnette’s lyrics, injecting a sharp, thrilling drama into AJJ’s newest batch of songs. AJJ’s earlier albums—particularly the band’s high-water marks for Asian Man Records, People Who Can Eat People Are The Luckiest People In The World and Knife Man—are certainly more cohesive than The Bible 2. But cohesive could also be defined as narrowness of appeal. With greater sonic and lyrical ambitions, The Bible 2 broadens AJJ’s appeal significantly, without changing the band’s essence.” — A.V. Club
((( lyttelton, new zealand )))
((( philadelphia, pennsylvania )))
“…Creepoid is something altogether novel. The young, co-ed Philadelphia quartet knows full well how to crank up the distortion–but it does so in service of a dreamy, drifting, wistful indie-rock. That said, Creepoid’s debut full-length, Horse Heaven, isn’t some polished piece of car-commercial fodder; just raw and snaky enough to feel eerily unhinged, the disc simmers like vat of molasses as the vocals of guitarist Sean Miller and bassist Anna Troxell build to a sweet, black oblivion.” – AV CLUB // Creepoid have released three highly acclaimed albums–CEMETERY HIGHRISE SLUM (2015), CREEPOID (2014) and HORSE HEAVEN (2010)–and three EPs: YELLOW LIVE GIVER (2010), WET (2014) and their newest EP “Burner” came out via Boise-based label WavePOP Records last Fall.
((( new orleans, louisiana )))
“By now everyone knows PEARS (if you don’t, quick! catch up!). In the span of two years, the band has gone from unknown NOLA upstarts to releasing their newest album Green Star on one of punk’s most well-known record labels, Fat Wreck Chords. While it has been an impressive two years, it by no means just happened over night. PEARS are road warriors, having probably spent 90% of their existence on tour; getting their name out by playing with genre greats and of course putting on furious live shows. But all of this would be for nothing if they didn’t have the songs to back it up. And PEARS definitely has the songs to back it up.” – Dying Scene // “People who say punk is dead are either jaded music tuchus-pontificators or graying, wrinkling crust punks. Or maybe they just haven’t heard PEARS. Since punk’s inception, bands have cropped up every so often to raise the bar both creatively and aesthetically. While it’s hasty to place PEARS amongst the greats, its newest effort, Green Star, consistently proves that punk’s not dead at all; in fact, it’s got plenty more to say. Crammed with assorted punk stylings, Green Star has everything from pop-punk melody to hardcore rage, resting between crusty grit and modern, polished production values.” – Spectrum Culture
((( seattle, washington )))
Not only will Thunderpussy make you question your life choices, they will teach you life lessons like, “A hard man is good to find,” and “Booty is in the eye of the beholder.” They may be rock n roll’s new diamond in the muff, but they’re not selling sex like a Marlboro commercial– They are literally whipping you with it, like 80’s Madonna, or dry humping you like a tranced-out Prince. Powerful, sultry vocals tear at your chest while guitar riffs tower over you like a leather clad dominatrix… Salty tears stream down your cheeks in a pleasureful pain as the bass and drums lock in tight to move you, groove you, and wash over you in a hot sweaty bath of sweet, sweet, blues-rock soul… Give in. Get up. Welcome to Club Pussy.
((( brooklyn, new york )))
Psychic Twin, aka former Headlights vocalist Erin Fein, released her debut album Strange Diary in September via Polyvinyl Records. “Strange Diary began life in the aftermath of Fein’s marriage falling apart and, viewed in that light, it is a glorious optimistic album. Sonically it is effervescent, with a warm ’80s synth-pop sound that falls somewhere between Kate Bush and every modern indie band that has tried to make a record that sounds like Hounds of Love… Strange Diary is striking both for the directness with which it addresses its subject matter and the unwaveringly enjoyable, gorgeous music that cushions it. It is no surprise that this album took four years to make—only that it is Psychic Twin’s debut. You’ll do well to hear one better this year.” – Under The Radar
((( portland, oregon )))
David Frederickson (guitars, vocals) and Mistina La Fave (bass, vocals) started the Prids together over 20 years ago in rural Missouri. Relocating to several cities before landing in beautiful Portland, OR in 1999, where they still reside. Touring extensively since 2001 they’ve released a slew of 7″s, EPs, and full lengths and are about to release a new double album in February 2017. Tim Yates (keys) and Gordon Nickle (drums) round out The Prids sound. The Prids have built strong ties to the Boise music scene over their 20+ years as a band. They have toured with Built To Spill, and BTS members Doug Martsch and Brett Nelson have played on some of their records. It has been several years since The Prids have played Boise, and with a new record out in February, we are excited to have them at Treefort 2017.
((( hell, michigan )))
Rising from the depths of the underworld, the mysterious producer known as GosT embodies the character of Baalberith, a prince of Hell, on his propulsive synthwave solo project. Channeling the occult, ’80s slasher flicks, and John Carpenter, GosT occupies the space amongst the muscular electro-house of Justice, the rhythmic sheen of Perturbator, and the industrial-dance influence of Dance with the Dead. As a child, the musician behind the mask was raised in the Bible Belt by a country music-loving father. He was inspired by the theatricality of Kiss; the beats of M|A|R|R|S; the dark beauty of Depeche Mode, the Cure, and the Smiths; and pop like Duran Duran, Michael Jackson, and Madonna. He began playing in metal bands as a teenager, eventually drifting toward electronic dabbling by 1998. His background would later seep into the GosT sound. Even without guitars, GosT garnered a sizable fan base within the rock community, with musical progressions, haunting atmospherics, and a satanic aesthetic plucked directly from the blackest corners of the metal world.
((( denver, colorado )))
Denver’s biggest smallest band. Combining humor, playfulness, radical political perspectives, compassion and undeniable musical chops, Wheelchair Sports Camp is unlike any other hip-hop act around. Fronted by the wheelchair bound MC/beat-maker/activist/educator/shit-talker Kalyn, the band is a combination of live and electronic instruments with a more noisey, jazzy, experimental, combination to the traditional hip-hop group. Kalyn is 28 years old, weighs 53 pounds and measures three feet, six inches tall. She’s light enough to carry, compact enough to hide under a winter coat and is sometimes mistaken for a child. But Kalyn, who has the brittle-bone disability osteogenesis imperfecta, is hardly innocent, precious, or inconspicuous. The band has been featured on the cover of the Village Voice as well as in SPIN Magazine, Huffington Post, High Times Magazine and more. You can’t really pin Heffernan’s beats and collaborators to a specific era or subgenre of hip-hop, and she always switches up her configuration and presentation and methodology while making the music happen in consistently fascinating ways. Wheelchair Sports Camp released their debut full length album NO BIG DEAL in Sept 2016 via Strange Famous Records. “If there were ever a moment for a queer, disabled rapper with a love for pot, jokes, and revolution to be a star, the moment is now” – Village Voice
((( portland, oregon )))
Among the finest roots-oriented acts on the west coast, Jacob Miller and the Bridge City Crooners pull textures from a wealth of musical idioms – from early jazz to country blues to jug band, with influences in 60s B side soul and early rock and roll they create an irresistible sound that satisfies listeners and dancers alike. Along with the uniquely timeless vocals of their guitarist/leader, Jacob Miller, each band member contributes to make every performance a memorable event. Evidenced through their own studio recordings and live performances, Jacob Miller and the Bridge City Crooners are a breath of fresh air in both the Americana and independent music worlds. Having released their full length album, Pacific Ragtime, in the summer of 2016, Jacob Miller and the Bridge City Crooner’s have set a pace that is not expected to slow down. The group continues to share their passion for exploring, discovering, writing and performing their music for audiences of all ages.
((( portland, oregon )))
Praised by VICE Magazine as the “mistress of new music” and named as one of The Fader’s ‘Artists to Watch’, Lorna Dune has been turning heads since her foray into the world of electronic music production. She is an accomplished experimental pianist and synthesist with roots firmly grounded in the world of Minimalism. Having performed with the Philip Glass Ensemble, Steve Reich, Meredith Monk as well as receiving a commission to honor Minimalism’s founder, Terry Riley, Lorna Dune takes her cue from these spiritual guides as she turns to dive into the expanse of electronic dance music.
((( sydney, australia )))
Alex Cameron is your new favourite loser. Or, to put it more poetically, he’s music’s rising connoisseur of failure. A character songwriter in the guise of a Lynchian cabaret act, he peoples his synthpop with stories more suited to AA meetings than song-and-dance routines. Meanwhile, his artistic persona embodies all the disappointment and desperation that showbusiness can foster. Dreams curdle over peppy drum machine beats. Spirits sink to soaring 80s melodies. His show is at once a deflation and a celebration of the idea of the entertainer. “I write about the outlier, the table-for-one guy, the guy whose life is a constellation of microscopic tragedies,” says the singer from Sydney, who’s just released his debut album, Jumping The Shark. “Failure has been underexplored in music. My characters come from a place where ambition, crippling self-doubt and tragedy intersect.” Fans of Nick Cave’s midlife crisis moments and Stephin Merritt’s wry songwriting are likely to approve. – The Guardian // Alex Cameron travelled two days from Australia in 2015 to barely make his Treefort set at the Linen Building that year. In fact, after the epic journey, he arrived 15min after his start time and played an abbreviated 20min set. It was amazing. Since then, he signed with Secretly Canadian and they released his album last August. We are really excited to have him and saxophonist Roy Malloy back for Treefort 2017.
((( austin, texas )))
Tele Novella is sugar-crash dream-psych popsicle punch out of Austin, TX with members of Agent Ribbons and Voxtrot. Influenced by the nocturnal jungles of Os Mutantes, as well the lapeled, knee-socked smarts of Belle and Sebastian. The songwriting is sincere and evocative. In early 2014 they released the single version of ‘Trouble in Paradise’ on vinyl with American Laundromat Records right on the tail of the Wes Anderson tribute compilation, to which they contributed a contagiously glad version of ‘Stephanie Says’ by the Velvet Underground. In 2015 they released their first EP ‘Cosmic Dial Tone‘ on Los Angeles Psych-Pop label Lolipop Records. Their debut full length ‘House of Souls‘ was released in September 2016 by Yellow Year Records.
((( los angeles, california )))
Formed in Bloomington, IN in 2013, Frankie & the Witch Fingers relocated to Los Angeles the next year, after releasing their self-titled LP via Chicago/LA- based label Permanent Records. Last year’s Heavy Roller LP (Permanent Records) followed, which continued to establish the band’s reputation for delivering energetic and melodic psychedelic garage rock that feels right at home alongside contemporaries like King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, etc. A highlight of 2015’s Treefort festival, Frankie & the Witch Fingers are not to be missed live.
((( toronto, ontario )))
“Weaves are fucking wild. The Toronto quartet kicks out buzzing, spasmodic rock songs like tightly wound balls of tension constantly unspooling. There’s a breathless improvisatory quality to their live show that reminds me of Deerhoof — that sense that any and every player might go off the rails at any moment, yet their combined creative friction creates enough electricity to not just hold the songs together but propel them forward at runaway-train speeds. Watching them on stage at Stereogum’s unofficial SXSW bash was a thrill, and that same spine-tingling energy courses through their self-titled debut album, due out this June .” – Stereogum
((( provo, utah )))
New Shack is darkwave duo Eric Robertson and Catherine Leavy from Provo, Utah. Together they create a unique mix of retro analog synth instrumentals and dreamy pop vocals that carry dark and abstract lyrics. The two started collaborating while Leavy lived in Germany and their initial discography was created via virtual sound exchange. Released at the end of 2014, the EP was immediately picked up by blogs and playlists including BIRP!, Indie Shuffle, and V Music Australia. “Shadow Girl”, the duo’s first LP was released in June 2015 and was named Album of the Year by City Weekly and SLUG Magazine publications. Their newest album, “Eingang“, was released in September 2016, featuring single “House of Frankenstein” that premiered on CMJ.
((( washington, d.c. )))
The intimate music of Den-Mate—the latest project from DC songwriter/producer Jules Hale—is arresting, like peering into a funhouse mirror. Her sparse, dreamy jams reflect and distort private nighttime thoughts of desperation and isolation, transforming abstract fears into throbbing bass lines and static-washed riffs. Drawing a bridge from Babe City Records’ dreamy guitar pop and the exciting world of progressive electronica, Den-Mate brings a new style for adventurous listeners in DC and beyond.
((( austin, texas )))
RESIDUAL KID is a 3-piece rock band from Austin, Texas. They have been called a grunge band, a punk band and “the badass teen band that just might change rock music” (Huffington Post). Very simply: they are teenagers and they do play rock music – Deven Ivy (17) is the singer/guitarist and brothers Ben (17) and Max Redman (15) play drums and bass respectively. Despite their youth the band plays a sophisticated blend of rock equally influenced by early 90’s grunge and today’s more interesting underground music.
((( boise, idaho )))
Sun Blood Stories are now three, a trio, and appear to be focusing their brand of high desert, doomy, psychedelia like a magnifying glass brings the sun to slowly burn a hole in parchment. Word on the street is that the follow up album to their 2015 record ‘Twilight Midnight Morning’ is done, is called ‘It Runs Around the Room with Us’, and will be released sometime in the first half of 2017. A few weeks ago, The Obelisk premiered a Jason Sievers produced construction-paper animation video for single “The Great Destroyer” and it is hot hot hot. Go get a glimpse into your Sun Blood Stories future.
((( denver, colorado )))
Dressy Bessy is an indie rock band from Denver, Colorado, associated with the Elephant Six Collective. Guitarist John Hill also plays with The Apples in Stereo. In 2016, they released their first album in 7 years KINGSIZED on new label home Yep Roc. The album features guest appearances from R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Wild Flag’s Rebecca Cole, the Apples in Stereo’s Eric Allen and the Polyphonic Spree’s Jason Garner, to name a few. Dressy Bessy played an in-store at The Record Exchange last April. We’re excited to have them back for a full set at Treefort 2017.
((( nampa, idaho )))
Don’t miss Leafraker. And dear gods, may there please be a Leafraker album this year. I know that this experience is not easily captured, and that’s why ye shall not miss Leafraker, but I want to believe that it is possible. May we collectively, as a Treefort family, help will this Leafraker album into being. Let’s start by not missing Leafraker at Treefort. If you know of why this is, please share this knowledge with those you love and respect, or those you don’t even know yet. Don’t miss Leafraker. Let this be a goal we can all attain together.
((( portland, oregon )))
I believe Jared Mees has been to every Treefort. If not every one, most of them. This will be the first Treefort that he shares his own music at. He is co-founder (with his wife Brianne) of Tender Loving Empire, an independent record label, artist champion headquarters and local handicraft concept store based in Portland, Oregon. I first met him as the calendar flipped to 2007 at a Pajamma Jamma Beach Bash in the single digit weather, and knee deep snow, of Pagosa Springs, Colorado. He was hard strumming an acoustic guitar and leading a hardwood-floor-living-room full of holiday friends singing every word of songs from a record of his that I hadn’t heard yet. In retrospect, it seems that that semi-abandoned house in Southwest Colorado compressed the creative energy of its inhabitants in that moment, and unleashed us back into the future with renewed concentration and fearless determination to swim with the sharks. That’s the beginning of when my story met the story of the legendary Jared Mees. There’s a lot to be told between then and today, but for now, we skip to the latest chapter in which Jared is releasing his first full length album since 2011. ‘Life is Long’ will be released on April 21st, 2017 by Tender Loving Empire. Jared Mees will play Treefort in March 2017. If there’s any thing I can guarantee — based on experiencing over forty plus Jared Mees shows in my day — is that it all will most definitely be memorable and you more than likely will leave with a can-do attitude and a renewed sense of courage to confront your inhibitions. This Is Your Year. — Gilbert
There will be one more round of artists to announce in a few weeks. In the meantime, grab your 5-day wristbands now so you don’t miss a beat and start getting to know all of the artists currently announced!
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