Second Round of Artists for Treefort 2018


Music lovers & adventure seekers! Treefort Music Fest 2018 has more in store for you and all your friends. We’re excited to share with you the second round of artists set to take the stage at Treefort 2018 (March 21-25).

There is now nearly 200 bands on this year’s lineup so far (pssst…there’s more to come in the third announcement)! Have you been digging into all the music from the first announcement?

We know it’s a lot to take in, so we’ve made it a little easier for you to sift through. Below we’ve highlighted some of the artists featured on the second artist announcement. Scroll down to explore!

But first, if you haven’t already seen this year’s Treefort Video by Boise’s cool film crew at Retroscope Media, click play to watch as two stories unfold on Fort Files.


((( brooklyn, new york )))

Princess Nokia is a musical collective lead by 24 year old Destiny Nicole Ortiz (formerly known as Wavy Spice). Destiny is an up and coming, multifaceted, DIY artist from the New York City underground. Her unique musical style blends tribal beats with trip hop and R&B – creating an exciting and unprecedented crossover of sounds. Her first independent album in 2014, “Metallic Butterfly,” combines a post-Internet era view on cyber-feminism, a metaphysical awareness of nature, and sex and drugs; often stepping into a dystopian, or indigenous landscape. Her songs are both hypnotic and hyper-reality driven. Vice Magazine hailed the album as being “…one of the most exciting and ambitious [albums] to come out of the NYC underground in a long time…” Aside from her music, Destiny also hosts a weekly web-based radio show that she DJs as part of her feminist art collective, Smart Girls Club, helping to open up dialogue and support for young women of all ethnicities in music and the arts.





((( raleigh-durham, north carolina )))

Rapsody is a GRAMMY nominated North Carolina emcee signed with super producer, 9th Wonder for Jamla Records. With several projects, a critically acclaimed debut album in 2012, and the lone guest rap feature on Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly”, she is quickly establishing herself as one of the best emcees of this generation.

The Idea of Beautiful was her debut album and XXL quoted that “it might just be on of the best Hip-Hop debuts of late”. In just a short time she has worked with some of the biggest legends and newcomers in the business, ranging from the likes of Erykah Badu, Raekwon, Big Daddy Kane, and Marsha Ambrosius to Estelle, Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller and Big K.R.I.T, to name a few.





((( portland, oregon )))

Typhoon played the Treefort Main Stage in 2012 – the very first Treefort – less than a year after their infamous after-midnight Pie Hole patio set in the Summer of 2011. That was an early moment on Typhoon’s curve, and that of Treefort’s as well. We’ve both come a long way since then. Tomorrow, Typhoon releases their incredible new album ‘Offerings’ to the world via Roll Call Records, their 4th full length and first in 4 years. Bob Boilen from NPR Music shared: “After listening to it, I texted my All Songs Considered co-host Robin Hilton the following: ‘good lord this Typhoon album is brilliant … haven’t cried listening to a record since [Sufjan Stevens’] Carrie And Lowell.’ Offerings is truly a wise and ruminative record.” Typhoon just started a US tour that will be followed by a European tour, and from there they’ll be flying straight to Treefort to play the Treefort Main Stage again for the first time since Treefort I, seven years ago.





((( chicago, illinois )))

“Jamila Woods’ cultural lineage – from her love of Lucille Clifton’s poetry to cherished letters from her grandmother to the infectious late-’80s post-punk of The Cure – structure the progressive, delicate and minimalist soul of her debut album, HEAVN (No. 27 on NPR’s Best 50 Albums Of 2016). Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Woods grew up in a family of music lovers. Now a frequent guest vocalist in the hip-hop, jazz and soul world, it took a surprise poetry class with a high school arts program for Jamila to finally find what is already a once-in-a-generation voice. In HEAVN, you’ll find the bits and pieces of the past and present that make Jamila: family, the city of Chicago, self-care, and the black women she calls friends. Her poetry studies continued in college and in her professional career with Young Chicago Authors. True and pure in its construction and execution, her music is the best representation of Jamila herself: strong in her roots, confident in her ideas, and attuned to the people, places and things shaping her world.”NPR Music, Meet The 2017 Slingshot Artists





((( sackville, new brunswick )))

Partner is the “mature” effort of two best friends named Josée Caron and Lucy Niles. Borne of their bizarre and fortuitous friendship, Partner confidently harnesses the infinite power of Rock to explore a variety of niche yet strangely universal themes. Self described as post-classic-rock.

Influenced by acts as varied as Melissa Etheridge, Ween, kd lang, and Prince, Partner delivers a refreshing and vital twist on a classic, prompting you to re-think what you thought was possible in Rock.

Formed in Sackville NB, Partner relocated to Windsor ON at the beginning of 2016. After a freakishly productive year of writing, recording, and touring, Partner have released their debut to the world, titled In Search of Lost Time (September 08, 2017). Their enthusiastic and action-packed live set has led to them being named the “best new band in Canada” in the Globe and Mail, and huge praise from NPR, Stereogum, Pitchfork, Noisey, VICE, Playboy and more.

Partner is genre-defying and terrifying: part musical act, part teenage diary, and 100% queer.




((( philadelphia, pennsylvania )))

Low Cut Connie was recently called “the essence of what rock n roll should be” by Greg Kot (Sound Opinions / NPR)..and the New York Times has said “their live show is a phenomenon.” They have been a rolling DIY caravan with an explosive live act bubbling under the surface of the music industry for 5 years, building an obsessive fanbase from all walks of life…white and black, straight and gay, young and old…salty lunatics of every persuasion. Even former President Barack Obama is a fan. He chose their anthem of low-brow American life “Boozophilia” for his Spotify Playlist and met with Weiner at the White House in 2016.






((( san francisco, california )))

Grammy-nominated guitarist and producer Christopher Willits occupies a unique corner of the music universe — hovering above the intersection of electronic production’s nuts and bolts and a wide-open creative mind. His tireless activity has produced over 25 albums in the last 15 years — solo and in collaboration with artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tycho, and Taylor Deupree — and an organic, minimal sound that expands like the vines of an electro-acoustic kudzu plant. Willits is the co-founder of spatial audio / 3D sound platform Envelop as well as the creative collective Overlap, a teacher of music and mediation in San Francisco, a tech geek, a visual/new media artist, and virtuosic musician in one. Throughout, he strives to create space in which to illuminate creativity and catalyze inner change. // Catch Christopher Willits at Treefort 2018 playing live, dj-ing an afterparty, playing for a yoga session at Yogafort, and also presenting at Hackfort.





((( austin, texas )))

After more than twelve years of global touring, eleven albums, countless collaborations, label-head tastemaking and vital artist-incubator in the USA’s most critical beat-making cities (SF, Chicago, NYC), Eliot Lipp’s status as an electronic music pioneer is known to scene connoisseurs and weekend warriors alike. Lipp’s omnivorous tastes are apparent, from the obvious funk and myriad manifestations of hip-hop though less explicit reference points as jazz fusion, folk and techno. His well-earned reputation as a producer’s producer stems, in part, from his craftsmanship. Never content with well-worn breaks and effects, his work incorporates a fetishistic love of analogue gear with sampledelic flourishes, intricate rhythmic patterns and more than a few leftfield surprises. But his melodic instincts and tunefulness are what have earned him such wide appeal, his songwriterly connection to music’s storytelling possibilities, even without words.




((( los angeles, california )))

The Regrettes are Lydia Night’s latest project with friends Genessa Gariano (guitar), Sage Chavis (bass) and drummer Maxx Morando. The Regrettes have been tearing up the LA club scene playing with Kate Nash, Peaches, Bleached, Deap Vally, PINS, La Luz and Summer Twins leaving L.A.’s jaded rock critics to write such things as “Everybody was floored by The Regrettes—the new poster children for local teen garage rock.” and “The Regrettes rocked with a ferocity and penchant for hooks that schools most indie rockers twice their age. They will surely run an empire in ten years tops.”




((( los angeles, california )))

Big Dipper is the raunchy big boy bear of internet rap. His unique sound and catchy wordplay challenge typical hip-hop tropes, and his fat boy style brings all the boys to the yard. Big Dipper’s live show has been performed all over the world; and with almost 2M views on his youtube channel, he is best known for his viral music videos: LaCroix Boi, Drip Drop, Meat Quotient, and Skank. Big Dipper was named one of Hip Hop’s Queer Pioneers by DETAILS magazine and has been profiled by VICE , Red Eye Chicago, the Huffington Post,, Chicago Reader, and more.




((( new orleans, louisiana )))

Redefining the possibilities of modern music, The Russ Liquid Test fuses the raw vitality of classic funk and the inventive sound design of electronic production. Songwriter/producer and renowned brass specialist Russell Scott heads up the New Orleans-based band. Guitarist Andrew Block and drummer Deven Trusclair round things out, with each providing a distinct musical background deeply rooted in the New Orleans jazz scene. A kinetic energy infuses each track by the Russ Liquid Test. Giving way to a mixture of funk/jazz/electro, The Russ Liquid Test evokes a kaleidoscope of textures, senses, and moods.





((( montreal, quebec )))

Montreal’s Milk & Bone create melodies that are both dreamy and harrowing. Made up of electronic textures and layered synths, Lafond-Beaulne and Poliquin’s sonic universe distinguishes itself from the electro-pop genre thanks to their perfectly-paired vocal colours. Their mesmerizing harmonies explore the darker aspects of love, friendship and lust. Their tightly-knit bond, palpable in their creative process and throughout the album, is a key part of their live shows. Milk & Bone’s debut album, Little Mourning, got the attention of The Guardian, NYLON, V Magazine, The Globe and Mail and Interview Magazine, and was long-listed for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize. The band won the 2015 Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada “Breakthrough Award” and was nominated at the 2016 JUNO Awards for Breakthrough Group of the Year. They were also nominated at the Canadian Screen Awards for Achievement in Music – Original Song for Podz’ movie King Dave, and the film’s popular theme song, Natalie, has over 4 million streams on Spotify. Milk & Bone’s new album, Deception Bay, comes out Feb 2nd, 2018 via Bonsound.





((( los angeles, california )))

Starcrawler are a Los Angeles rock & roll band formed one year ago when Arrow de Wilde first met Henri Cash on the high school yard in Echo Park. The rhythm section of Austin Smith and Tim Franco came soon after, found on the streets of Hollywood. They play rock & roll music heavy and loud and their incendiary performances resemble the children of the Cramps, the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs, and Alice Cooper. Starcrawler’s self-titled debut album will be released on January 19th, 2018 via Rough Trade. Recorded by Ryan Adams on analog tape at his Pax-Am studio, the 10 songs on the album prove that yes, they ARE making rock and roll exciting again.





((( new york, new york )))

Yonatan Gat and his band are doing something you will not see anywhere else. The power trio sets up on the floor of every venue from giant clubs to basements—DIY style among sweaty dancing bodies—playing intricate improvisation sets that channel “everything from Afrobeat grooves to Middle Eastern folk melodies to straight up rock n’ roll noise, sometimes all within the span of one song – weaving the global smattering of styles seamlessly together like the great jazz musicians of the ’60s”. // “In the much-missed Monotonix, guitarist Yonatan Gat was the anchor, but his music since is clearly the product of a frenzied, restless spirit. Here, Gat and company touch on everything from bossa nova to soukous, Tortoise-style jazz-rock to the head-swimming spazz-outs of Ponytail.” – Pitchfork




((( los angeles, california )))

“Sacramento, California electronic duo Rituals of Mine is the symbolic rebirth for singer/songwriter Terra Lopez and producer Dani Fernandez. Formerly known as Sister Crayon, the pair has been performing together since 2010. Although Lopez created Sister Crayon, Fernandez joined the fold and they released two albums (2011’s Bellow and 2013’s Cynic) of beat-focused dark synth that was inspired by trip-hop and ’90s hip-hop. While recording the third Sister Crayon album, Devoted, in 2015, a series of tragedies befell Lopez: the deaths of both her father and her best friend. After the twin losses, the pair decided to change their name, both as a way to put their loved ones to rest together with the name they knew in life, as well as to brand themselves with a moniker that fully belonged to both women. They signed with Warner Bros. and continued work on Devoted. Along with producers Wes Jones and Dave Clauss, Lopez and Fernandez also called upon the mixing talents of Tom Coyne (Led Zeppelin, Adele) for recording sessions in St. Augustine, Florida. Writing credits for the release also included contributions by Omar Rodriguez Lopez (At the Drive-In, the Mars Volta) on the title track. In 2016, they released “Ride or Die,” influenced by the sounds of Portishead and Massive Attack. Before the release of the LP, they would further build their audience with opening stints for Deftones and Tricky.” ~ Neil Z. Yeung, Rovi





((( los angeles, california )))

For years, Sonny Smith has built his own brand of indie-folk and rock & roll, growing into a cult favorite along the way. To those who know his work, he’s an incredibly prolific creator, with a dozen albums to his name and a handful of related projects — including multiple stage plays, a full-length musical and his nationally-recognized art installation, “100 Bands” — under his belt. A longtime fixture of San Francisco’s arts scene, he’s managed to fly just beneath the mainstream’s radar for decades, while still releasing a string of acclaimed records with labels like Fat Possum and Polyvinyl.

On his newest record, Rod For Your Love, he gets back to basics. Produced by Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach and recorded in Nashville, Rod For Your Love roots itself in old-school, guitar-fueled rock & roll. These are love songs built for the garage and the dance floor, with big-hearted melodies and thick harmonies. It’s the stuff you might’ve heard in the 1960s, back when groups like the Kinks and the Velvet Underground were making left-field pop songs that celebrated the form while still bending the rules. With stacked vocal harmonies that sweep their way throughout the track list, Rod For Your Love nods to the past while still moving forward. It’s a classic-sounding album that still belongs to the 21st century. Sonny Smith will release his new album, Rod for Your Love, on March 2, 2018, via Easy Eye Sound.




((( boise, idaho )))

Clarke and the Himselfs is Heart-Warming Rock and Roll. One self, psych rock band, Clarke performing live with a drumstick in hand, guitar strings under her thumb, vocals that cut right to the point with a Moe Tucker rhythm laid underneath, with C&TH, she takes basement rock fuzz, pop precision, molten neo-psych, weirdo gutter punk while singing exception art/psych damage pop songs.

C&TH re-amalgamated in 2011 at Grandmas House, in Boise, Idaho with three shows where Clarke performed, for the first time on drums, guitar, and vocals, with Demmi Netson as an addition on percussion. Before this interval, there were 11 self-recorded multi-tracked C&TH albums spanning from 2004-2011, with live performances taking a different shape than they did with the 2011 incarnation. Shortly there-after Clarke moved to New Orleans where she would write the bulk of the material that became ‘Clarke and the Himselfs’ (Curly Cassettes, 2013) and ‘Clarke and the Himselfs II’ (Heart in Box, 2014).




((( nashville, tennessee )))

Olivia Jean began her career in Detroit, Michigan with her surf-inspired solo act Idée Fixe. In 2009, Olivia Jean signed with Third Man Records and moved to Nashville, TN where she, Ruby Rogers, and Shelby Lynne formed The Black Belles. The Black Belles released their self-titled debut album in 2011 on Third Man Records. Olivia Jean’s “What Can I Do?” from the Black Belles debut album was used as the theme song for Elvira’s Movie Macabre. The Black Belles performed on The Colbert Show as Stephen Colbert’s backing band.

In 2014, Olivia Jean released her solo debut album on Third Man Records titled “Bathtub Love Killings.” New Noise Magazine described her sound as “That of an unsavory love triangle between Patsy Cline, Nancy Sinatra and Siouxsie Sioux, with a melancholy croon that is unmistakable.” Olivia Jean’s cover of “You Really Got Me” by The Kinks, was used for an Yves Saint Laurent advertisement. In support of her debut album, Olivia Jean toured with acts such as The Pixies, Jack White, and Jenny Lewis. Olivia Jean has toured as a guitarist and bassist for Jack White, Wanda Jackson, and Karen Elson. Olivia Jean has also been featured as a session musician on recordings for artists including Wanda Jackson, Kate Pierson of The B-52’s, The Secret Sisters, Jack White, John C. Reilly, Karen Elson, and Tom Jones.

Olivia Jean is currently recording her second solo album.




((( portland, oregon )))

The notion of “heavy music” is continuing to expand of late, with many intrepid artists finding new ways to incorporate the power of traditional metal into new music, but without all of its trappings. Enter Portland, OR quartet BlackWater HolyLight to further swirl musical elements into a captivating hybrid of emotional intensity. Heavy psych riffs, gothic drama, folk-rock vibes, garage-sludge and soaring melodies all collide into a satisfying whole with as much contrast as the band’s name itself.

“I wanted to experiment with my own version of what felt ‘heavy’ both sonically and emotionally,” says founder and vocalist/bassist Allison Faris. “I also wanted a band in which vulnerability of any form could be celebrated.” BlackWater HolyLight — Faris, guitarist/vocalist Laura Hopkins, drummer Cat Hoch and synth player Sarah Mckenna — formed upon the breakup of Faris’ longtime band and she sought a fresh start. “In my last band I was the only female in a group of 6, so I wanted to see how my song writing and vulnerability could glow taking the drivers seat and working with women.”

BlackWater HolyLight’s self-titled album will be release April 6th, 2018 via RidingEasy Records.




((( portland, oregon )))

The act of starting a garden is akin to healing. Catharsis, and the process of tilling your emotional beds, is not finite. The momentary respite, and allowing oneself to be absorbed in the act, is a salve. But winter comes, the garden shifts, and you begin anew. Haley Heynderickx’s debut album, ‘I Need to Start a Garden’, is a translation of this unabating flux of life.

For Heynderickx, reasons abound for seeking understanding through songwriting. Growing up in a religious household in Oregon while closely identifying with her Filipino roots, she embodies multiple cultural identities and the paradoxes inherent therein. Now residing in Portland, her faith is not overt, but her introspection and continued struggle for self-actualization are at the forefront of her accessible, poignant songs.

One of Portland’s most intriguing new songwriters, her songs combine small observational details, delivered in a guileless voice.” – NPR Music, Meet The 2018 Slingshot Artists



For a full list of artists currently announced, check out our lineup page HERE.

Want to dive deeper into the artist announce? Have a listening party with our playlists on Spotify, SoundCloud and Apple Music.

But wait, there’s more! This is the second of a series of artist announcements so be prepared for more to be announced soon.

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