2nd Round of Artists for Treefort 2017

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.

 

TOUCHE AMORE

((( los angeles, california )))

“Touché Amoré have been around for just under a decade, but they’ve already ascended from stalwarts of the Long Beach punk community, to flag-bearers of the American post-hardcore renaissance, to the heaviest band managed by Roc Nation. They’ve shared stages with heavy-hitters like Converge and AFI, and even played Jay Z’s Made in America festival last month [August 2016] alongside Rihanna, Coldplay, and Lil Wayne. Anyone who’s heard Touché’s racket—a leaden mix of serrated guitar leads, head-spinning tempos, and frontman Jeremy Bolm’s impassioned screams—knows that it’s not exactly poppy; but what the band lack in a universally-adored sound, they make up for twice-over with timeless themes.” — Pitchfork (Stage Four album review, Sept 2016)

 

 

 

ALVVAYS

((( toronto, ontario )))

Alvvays (pronounced “Always”) is a Canadian indie pop band formed in Toronto, Ontario in 2011. The band currently consists of vocalist Molly Rankin, keyboardist Kerri MacLellan, guitarist Alec O’Hanley, bassist Brian Murphy, and drummer Phil MacIsaac. Their Chad VanGaalen-produced debut album, Alvvays, was released in 2014, peaking at number one on the U.S. college charts. Rumor has it that the follow-up to that record will be released sometime in 2017. Stay tuned for that news. In the meantime, get to know their hit first album and look forward to their first appearance in Boise this March.

 

 

 

DEAD MEADOW

((( los angeles, california )))

Dead Meadow’s unique marriage of Sabbath riffs, dreamy layers of guitar-fuzz bliss, and singer Jason Simon’s high-pitched melodic croon have won over psychedelic pop/rock and stoner rock fans alike. Although the band’s members met while attending all-ages shows in and around Washington, D.C.’s punk/indie scene, the trio draws more of its sound from such classic rock legends as Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath. The trio formed in the fall of 1998 out of the ashes of local indie rock bands the Impossible 5 and Coulour, with singer/guitarist Simon, bassist Steve Kille, and drummer Mark Laughlin. The three members set out to fuse their love of early-’70s hard rock and ’60s psychedelia with their love of fantasy and horror writers J.R.R. Tolkien and H.P. Lovecraft.

 

 

 

THE COATHANGERS

((( atlanta, georgia )))

The Coathangers had a mega 2016. On top of celebrating 10 years of being a band, the Atlanta trio released ‘Nosebleed Weekend,’ toured the world from North America and Europe to Australia and New Zealand, opened for REFUSED, and made waves with their Late Night TV debut on Last Call with Carson Daly. Not only that, ‘Nosebleed Weekend’ made Billboard’s Top 200 for the first time. // “The Coathangers’ transition from raw to razor-sharp was essentially complete by 2014’s Suck My Shirt, but Nosebleed Weekend displays an even greater capacity for churning out maniacally captivating tunes. On this fifth album, The Coathangers haven’t compromised a bit of the defiant edge that made the band such subversively charming rookies. Only now, 10 years in, The Coathangers have everything nailed down tight enough to withstand a hurricane.” — Paste Magazine (#44, The 50 Best Albums of 2016)

 

 

 

KATE TEMPEST

((( london, england )))

“Kate Tempest’s refusal to recognise genre boundaries – her material nimbly regenerates itself into performance poetry, rap-style narratives against a backdrop of electronic music, a novel – might appear at odds with the consistency of her concerns. Mining the streets of south-east London, her voice androgynous and youthful but inflected with the pain of witnessing the world intensely and relentlessly, she captures the desperation – and occasional jubilation – of individual lives and then pulls the focus to reveal what holds us all in place.” — The Guardian /// And from NPR Music’s Bob Boilen: “Warning: Kate Tempest will connect you with your emotions and the cold, callous world around you. You may cry. Of all the artists I saw at SXSW this year, Tempest was the one I’ll never forget. The London hip-hop artist, playwright and poet speaks with a clarity and honesty unencumbered by code or lingo, with stories that cut to the very heart of how we try to survive and embrace our time on Earth.”

 

 

LIZZO

((( minneapolis, minnesota )))

Bold and brassy one minute and devastatingly sincere the next, Lizzo is an artist that defies easy definition. She’s a gifted rapper, a hair-raising gospel singer, a razor-sharp wordsmith, a classically trained flautist, and a passionate advocate for feminism and black empowerment. She’s a hard-touring road warrior who is equally capable of winning over audiences in London, Paris, New York, and her hometown of Minneapolis. She’s hilarious. She’s sweet. But don’t be fooled: She’ll also eat you alive. // Recently featured by the likes of Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Lizzo also is the host of new MTV music series Wonderland, crushed an appearance on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee the night after the election, and put out her major label debut EP Coconut Oil in October– she is poised for a big 2017, and we are very excited to have her on a Treefort stage this March.

 

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KISHI BASHI

((( athens, georgia )))

“Kaoru Ishibashi is a violin-playing songwriter and arranger who leads the band Kishi Bashi. After studying scoring at Berklee College of Music, he played as a sideman with Regina Spektor and Of Montreal. He formed Kishi Bashi in 2011, and the band has taken on many forms since then. His last album was made up of songs from the band’s catalog rerecorded with a string quartet. Kishi Bashi’s new album, Sonderlust, is a more groove- and pop-oriented album that draws influence from disco, with the band’s trademark strings layered with synth parts. The lyrics are colored by a separation Ishibashi was going through in his personal life.” — NPR World Cafe

 

 

 

SONNY & THE SUNSETS

((( 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

 

 

 

AJJ

((( 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

 

 

 

ALDOUS HARDING

((( lyttelton, new zealand )))

“People talk of watching musicians who are overcome by their music when they play, but there’s being “a bit intense” and then there is looking as if you’re willing the demons out of yourself using every iota of your concentration. New Zealand’s Aldous Harding – who was recently recommended by Charlotte Church in the Guardian – is in the latter category: a folk artist whose performances strike that rare balance between fragility and full-blown possession.” — The Guardian // Aldous Harding released her self-titled debut album in the USA on Flying Nun Records in Sept 2016. She has toured with Perfume Genius, Mac DeMarco, US Girls, Eleanor Friedberger, Mutual Benefit and Deerhunter.

 

 

 

CREEPOID

((( 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.

 

 

 

PEARS

((( 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

 

 

 

THUNDERPUSSY

((( 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.

 

 

 

PSYCHIC TWIN

((( 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

 

 

 

THE PRIDS

((( 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.

 

 

 

GOST

((( 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.

 

 

 

WHEELCHAIR SPORTS CAMP

((( 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

 

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JACOB MILLER AND THE BRIDGE CITY CROONERS

((( 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.

 

 

 

LORNA DUNE

((( 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.

 

 

 

ALEX CAMERON

((( 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.

 

 

 

TELE NOVELLA

((( 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.

 

 

 

FRANKIE & THE WITCH FINGERS

((( 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.

 

 

 

 

 

WEAVES

((( 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 [2016].” – Stereogum

 

 

 

NEW SHACK

((( 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.

 

 

 

DEN-MATE

((( 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.

 

 

 

 

RESIDUAL KID

((( 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.

 

 

 

 

SUN BLOOD STORIES

((( 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.

 

 

 

DRESSY BESSY

((( 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.

 

 

 

LEAFRAKER

((( 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.

 

 

 

JARED MEES

((( 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

 

 

 

 

Reminder that you can see all 180 of the artists part of the FIRST + SECOND ROUND of TREEFORT ARTISTS currently on the 2017 lineup over on the lineup page.

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!

♫ Official Treefort Playlists also available at www.treefortmusicfest.com/listen

First Round of Artists for Treefort 2017

Friends, family, neighbors and strangers!

Treefort 6 is just under 4 months away and we are deep into the fort building hustle.

On that note, the Forts are definitely continuing to grow so be sure to dig into all facets of Treefort as our branches expand with age. To get you started, we are excited to announce the FIRST ROUND OF ARTISTS playing Treefort stages in 2017 for you!

Remember that this initial announce is just the Initial Round of Artists and we have a lot more to introduce after the New Year. If you or someone you love are interested in playing at Treefort 2017, you still have time to submit! Deadline is December 18th. Find the Submissions tab under Get Involved or simply go HERE.

Are you Treefort Ready? Visit the TICKETS page to secure your spot in the latest Treefort adventure.

To get you started on your research, we’ve highlighted some of the artists below, but we highly recommend taking digging deeper and spending time with all 75 of the artists that are part of this announce. Get to know them. Love them and share your findings with others. See the full FIRST ROUND of TREEFORT ARTISTS added to the 2017 lineup over on the lineup page.

But first, sit back and immerse yourself in the latest Treefort Video produced by Retroscope Media and call the Treefort Line (for real!) for more details throughout the season TMF-888-2017.

 

MAC DEMARCO

((( los angeles, california / edmonton, alberta )))

Canadian multi-instrumentalist and multimedia artist Mac DeMarco is long overdue for a show in Boise. We’re psyched he and his quick-witted band of rock’n’roll goof balls will break their Boise seal on 2 Treefort stages in March 2017. Gear up for some good timin’ slacker rock. Start early (Rock and Roll Night Club) in his catalog and work your way to the present (Another One). To get real intimate, check out Pepperoni Playboy: A Macumentary

 

 

 

THE GROWLERS

((( costa mesa, california )))

Based out of the Orange County city of Costa Mesa, West Coast garage rockers the Growlers evoke the psych pop sound of 1960s California with their signature blend of reverb-laden surf rock, country-folk, and classic rock. Formed in 2006, the self-described “Beach Goth” outfit is on quite a roll the last couple of years with a growing fanbase for their tours, hosting a great festival of their own (Beach Goth), and their fourth album (City Club) produced by Julian Casablancas (Strokes) that was released this year. The Growlers last played Boise in August of 2010.

 

 

 

STRFKR

((( portland, oregon )))

When Joshua Hodges started STRFKR in 2007, it was designed to be success-proof. The name was both unfit for radio and a jab at fame-chasers. But the project was also meant to be bright, playful and brimming with energy. He stumbled upon a winning juxtaposition that’s a STRFKR staple to this day: dark (or heavy) lyrics set to happy music. Hodges credits that to Elliott Smith’s influence, although Being No One, Going Nowhere has closer sonic kin in Italo-disco, kosmische musik and Tony Hoffer’s work with Phoenix, Beck and M83. /// STRFKR have a long history in Boise that runs as deep as our house show scene. Definitely has been overdue for them to play Treefort and we are excited for them to join us in 2017.

 

 

 

THE BOUNCING SOULS

((( asbury park, new jersey )))

You can count the number of bands who’ve stayed together for almost 30 years on two hands, and you can use just one to count those who’ve consistently released quality material for the duration of those almost three decades. The Bouncing Souls enter that esteemed category, and in keeping with their D.I.Y. roots, they’ve done it without a major label, corporate radio, MTV, or teen magazine pinups. The Bouncing Souls are nothing short of a legacy, and with their new release Simplicity they’re showing just why they’ve become one of the most respected and appreciated punk bands of all time.

 

 

 

DEAFHEAVEN

((( san francisco, california )))

Deafheaven is a California-based act that has garnered acclaim for their signature hybrid sound of black metal, shoegaze, and post-rock. Formed in 2010 in San Francisco, California, the band has released two studio albums on Deathwish; Roads to Judah in 2011 and their lauded Sunbather in 2013. Sunbather received accolades from NPR on their Favorite Albums of 2013 list, a coveted Best New Music at Pitchfork, the Best Metal Album of 2013 per Rolling Stone, a 9/10 star review from Decibel Magazine, and it was the highest rated album of 2013 according to Metacritic. Deafheaven’s most recent album New Bermuda was released by ANTI- in October 2015.

 

 

WHY?

((( cincinnati, ohio )))

WHY? headlined the first ever night of the Treefort Main Stage on Friday, March 23rd, 2012. The next day they deferred on their flight out of Boise to stay at Treefort for an extra day. The love was mutual. They played a large role in setting the tone and spirit that first year of this wild experiment in community building, and for that we are forever thankful. They have a new album on the way, and we can’t wait to welcome them back to Treefort in 2017.

 

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THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS

((( charlottesville, virginia )))

THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS joyously embody and carry forward the spirit of Bill Monroe, John Hartford, Earl Scruggs, David Bromberg and other originators in their skilled embrace of this music’s twin gravitational pulls, moving dexterously between homespun legacy and creative expansion, a band firmly grounded in what has come before as they grow strong into tomorrow. “What we do is a hybrid of the improvisational and bluegrass worlds. We take a lot of pride in that. While our music is our own concept, hopefully it does justice to the amazing components of the bluegrass world,” says Stringdusters Chris Pandolfi. “We love to present what we do but we always call on the bluegrass world of chops, technique, and traditions.”

 

 

 

LOWER DENS

((( baltimore, maryland )))

Hailing from Baltimore, Lower Dens is widely regarded for their psychedelic yet atmospheric sound. Channeling a lo-fi vibe with folk sensibilities, the band beautifully utilizes the haunting vocals supplied by lead singer and Houston native Jana Hunter. In 2010, the band received critical acclaim with the release of their full-length debut, Twin-Hand Movement. Their follow-up, 2012’s Nootropics, was highly praised by major publications including Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and Spin. Last January, the group released their third album, Escape From Evil, which reached No. 3 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart and featured the hit track “To Die in L.A.”

 

 

 

JMSN

((( detroit, michigan )))

JMSN has built a reputation for himself through his unforgettable live performances and his trademark sounds, garnering nods from R&B legends, such as Puff Daddy and Usher. JMSN’s impressive talents have been tapped by the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Game, Mac Miller, J. Cole, Tyga, Ab-Soul, Kaytranada, Ta-ku, and many more. He came through Boise in June 2016 and he and the band really blew those of us in attendance away. We are looking forward to bringing them back for multiple appearances at Treefort 2017.

 

 

 

THE ALBUM LEAF

((( san diego, california )))

One year after forming the influential San Diego instrumental group Tristeza, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Jimmy LaValle founded THE ALBUM LEAF, a solo studio project turned full-fledged live band. The project’s first releases, An Orchestrated Rise To Fall (1999) and One Day I’ll Be On Time (2001), intertwined field recordings, Rhodes piano, and a nuanced treatment of texture with mature songwriting and dense, evocative atmospheres. Following these records, Icelandic band Sigur Rós discovered LaValle and took THE ALBUM LEAF on tour with them in the US, garnering the band wide exposure and recognition. THE ALBUM LEAF released its first record in six years, Between Waves, via Relapse Records in 2016.

 

 

 

GROUPER

((( portland, oregon )))

“Since 2005, no other artist has been as consistent or prolific as Liz Harris, an artist based in Portland, OR best known for the music she makes under the name Grouper. Her 10th record, Ruins, released this year (2014) on Halloween, is only a capstone on a decade of incomparable work that is timeless and universal. Harris exists outside of any zeitgeist or scene, with no obvious reference points or clues to her influences, stifling music journalists who make a living out of making (up) connections. Frustrating them even more is her reluctance to give more than the minimum amount of interviews required for each new album or special appearance. She never tours and rarely plays live. Outlines of her upbringing and background are known, but she remains largely untapped by a public and press that inevitably suck the life out of anything they love. There are no Instagram selfies with Harris backstage or outside a club after a show, no tweets, confessional interviews, scandals, memes, jokes or jabs—nothing that disrespects the religious purity of her music.” – Nicky Smith, Splice Today

 

 

 

CLAP! CLAP!

((( florence, italy )))

Clap! Clap!, aka Cristiano Crisci, is an internationally acclaimed producer and performer. One of Italy’s brightest new talents, Clap! Clap!’s music is a unique blend of global dance and timeless sounds drawing from nature, traditional music, field recordings and the electronic savvy of modern centres like Chicago and London. At its core is the inspiration of everyday life, what Crisci calls “the search for new flavours.” This approach anchors Clap! Clap!’s debut album, 2014’s Tayi Bebba, the soundtrack to a tour of an imaginary island. Paul Simon discovered the album through his son, calling it “a masterpiece” and leading him to approach Crisci for help with his latest album, 2016’s Stranger To Stranger. In the end, Crisci provided additional production to three album tracks alongside Simon and Roy Halee.

 

 

 

MEAT PUPPETS

((( phoenix, arizona )))

For over 30 years, legendary desert punks the Meat Puppets have carved a unique niche for themselves with an unmistakable blend of cosmic country and punk rock filtered through countless acid trips, dog-eared comic books and their eclectic record collections. Along the way they’ve earned the admiration of a pantheon of critics and rock music peers. The certified classics reach back to Meat Puppets I, II, and Up On The Sun and have been book-ended by recent releases Sewn Together and Lollipop. With brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood reunited in 2009 and the 2012 release of the band’s graphic tell-all biography, Too High to Die, the Puppets’ iconic status seems assured. But the drive to create goes on and fire still burns; the band’s live shows and new material, including their 14th studio release, Rat Farm (April 16 release via Megaforce Records), are as colorful, vital and undiluted as ever.

 

 

 

JONATHAN RICHMAN

((( boston, massachusetts )))

Jonathan Richman has been writing music, recording and touring for most of his life, gathering the loyalty of fans and fellow artists with his warmth, humor and insightful lyrics. In the early 1970s he formed the Modern Lovers, a major progenitor of punk music. Tommy Larkins was in the groups Naked Prey, Giant Sand and other popular bands in Tucson, Arizona. Jonathan and Tommy continue to record, write music together and tour across the US. Tommy’s drumming along with Jonathan’s guitar and singing create a live experience that is hard to forget. Seriously, if there’s one thing you don’t miss at Treefort 2017, make it be this set. Historical context aside, Jonathan Richman with Tommy Larkins is one of the best shows you may ever see.

 

 

 

DELICATE STEVE

((( new york, new york )))

Following the 2012 release of Positive Force, Delicate Steve had cornered the status of ‘your favorite band’s favorite band’, as Steve himself became a fixture in and an on-demand collaborator among disparate scenes, players, and bands, making some of the most celebrated and forward thinking music today: Co-signs and work with David Byrne, Dirty Projectors, tUnE-yArDs, Mac DeMarco, Dr. Dog, and elder statesmen like Lee Ranaldo and Built to Spill. Likely the only guitarist alive who will cut records with Sondre Lerche and Death Grip’s Zach Hill. Handpicked to open a sold out North American tour for Tame Impala. And most recently, providing guitar on Paul Simon’s new record.

This is Steve, Delicate Steve’s first new record in 4 years, and first for the ANTI- imprint, is an articulation of this spirit. Joy. Love. Positivity. Perseverance. Meditation. It’s real. It’s pure. This, is Steve. Out January 27th, 2017. Back at Treefort, March 2017.

 

 

 

SASSYBLACK

((( seattle, washington )))

SassyBlack is a space aged singer/songwriter & producer based in Seattle, Washington. This Goddess of “electronic psychedelic soul” & “hologram funk” explores the concepts of sound through deep compositions. With roots in classical & jazz, her voice is often compared to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Erykah Badu & Georgia Anne Muldrow. Her production value and creativity is reminiscent of Roy Ayers, Pharrell & Herbie Hancock. You may also know Black from her (now defunct) group THEESatisfaction and her appearances on both Shabazz Palaces albums Black Up & Lese Majesty all released on Sub Pop Records.

 

 

 

MARCO BENEVENTO

((( saugerties, new york )))

For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive resume of composition and collaboration. His albums set forth a vision that connects the dots between MGMT and Tortoise on one side, Brian Eno and Brad Mehldau on the other. In the live setting, his performances reverberate with pulsating dance rock energy, which has led to numerous high profile appearances, ranging from Carnegie Hall to Celebrate Brooklyn, Newport Jazz to Bonnaroo. Benevento has been invited to open for The Books, Ben Folds, and Rubblebucket, while headlining shows from coast to coast.

 

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ALANNA ROYALE

((( nashville, tennessee )))

Picking and choosing their favorite elements of soul, funk, Motown, and straight up Billboard pop, Alanna Royale has assembled their own unique style out of many. Not quite soul but not quite rock, Royale shines brightest when marrying their dirty rock n’ roll attitude with their smooth, retro roots. Fronted by the larger than life personality of Alanna Quinn-Broadus the band is led fearlessly with quaking vocals and off the cuff sass. Known for her edgy attitude she will steal your heart, sing it a love song, and break it all in one set. While Alanna might draw you in, she is not alone in the act. It is the band as a whole that keeps you there. Backed by a solid rhythm section and a bouncing horn section, Alanna Royale lays down the groove, keeps the beat pulsing, and forces you along for the ride.

 

 

 

65DAYSOFSTATIC

((( sheffield, united kingdom )))

65daysofstatic are a noisy instrumental band formed in Sheffield in 2001. Their music has taken them from the club circuits of Northern Europe to the arenas and dive bars of America; warehouses on the edge of Siberia to airstrips, jungles and all-nighters in the Far East and Australia. Ostensibly a touring rock band, 65 have also developed a healthy portfolio of extra-curricular activities. Most recently, the band completed work on the soundtrack for galaxy-spanning phenomenon ‘No Man’s Sky’ – a procedural, open-universe space exploration video game released on Sony Playstation in August 2016. The game has already received high praise, including awards at the 2014 E3 conference for “Best Original Game” and “Best Independent Game” by a panel of game critics, as well as receiving the “Special Commendation for Innovation” title. In addition to their set on a music stage, look for their appearance at Hackfort 2017.

 

 

 

OPEN MIKE EAGLE

((( los angeles, california )))

Across his many albums, it’s been hard to put Open Mike Eagle into a single box. On his new collaboration record with Paul White—who also worked on Danny Brown’s breakout albums—Eagle has created his most comprehensive album yet. Hella Personal Film Festival sees White’s beats setting the stage for Eagle to rap about everything from repressed, institutionalized racism “Smiling (Quirky Race Doc)” to “Check To Check,” which takes on how anxiety-inducing the landscape of social media can be. The album also features guest appearances from Aesop Rock and Future Islands’ Hemlock Ernst. Eagle exists in the lineage of They Might Be Giants and Richard Pryor, Freestyle Fellowship and his longtime friend and collaborator, Hannibal Burress.

 

 

 

RITUALS OF MINE

((( sacramento, california )))

Since 2010, the pair had been touring and releasing music under the moniker Sister Crayon. Their travels allowed them to share the stage with The Album Leaf, Built to Spill, Antemasque, Le Butcherettes, and many others. Late 2015, they decided to change their name to Rituals of Mine and soon after, inked a deal with Warner Bros. Records in February 2016. Warner re-released their album Devoted in September of 2016. They also toured with Deftones and Tricky this year.

 

 

 

ANDY SHAUF

((( regina, saskatchewan )))

Andy Shauf is a storyteller, a singer of heartbreak and regrets, isolation and loneliness, reflecting his prairie surroundings in Regina, Canada. Meticulously written over four years, Shauf’s The Bearer of Bad News is a warm and welcoming album, bathed in weathered piano, dampened drums, softly-strummed guitars and clarinet, which lends its unique timbre to frequently brighten – or hauntingly underscore – the songs’ darker undercurrents. Fans of Elliott Smith, Nick Drake and Harry Nilsson, take note.

 

 
 

 
 

 

 

EILEN JEWELL

((( boise, idaho )))

Honesty, confidence, and respect permeate Eilen Jewell’s music, dating back to her self-released Boundary County album in 2006. Since then, the Boise native has recorded five studio albums for Signature Sounds with her road-tested touring band, and two more as a member of the Boston-based gospel-charged Sacred Shakers (also on Signature Sounds), which includes that well-oiled band at its core. Her latest, 2015′s Sundown Over Ghost Town, is a masterful culmination of Jewell’s work to date. As hard as it is to categorize Jewell’s music—terms like alt-country, roots-rock, country-noir, and Americana get used a lot—it’s even harder not to become thoroughly enraptured by the singer/songwriter’s powerful versatility, musical stories, and images. And that gorgeous voice makes you feel like she’s singing just for you, out on the breezy back porch or by a crackling campfire.

 

 

 

CARPENTER BRUT

((( france )))

Carpenter Brut draws its influences from 80s TV shows and B-movies loaded with synthesizers. The mysterious and discreet man behind the pentagon – or the Brutagram as his fans would call it – evokes an encounter between Justice beats and the universe of John Carpenter. Carpenter Brut take the essence of metal that you like, the parts of techno that you used to like and the atmospheric film music of Carpenter / Argento /Goblin that you love, to create a heady, melodic and intense genre. This French outfit is taking synthwave to new and exciting places.

 

 

 

THE SESHEN

((( oakland, california )))

The Seshen is a San Francisco Bay Area-based seven-piece led by singer/lyricist Lalin St. Juste and bassist/producer Akiyoshi Ehara. Their forward-thinking sound combines synthesizers, drum machines, live percussion, and entrancing harmonies to create an unmistakable fusion of R&B, synth-pop, and electronic music. The Seshen have played with Hiatus Kaiyote, tUnE-yArDs, Thundercat, Petite Noir and many more.

 

 

 

 

KOLARS

((( los angeles, california )))

KOLARS is a Los Angeles duo that blends rockabilly, disco, glam, and mod sounds with modern rock through minimal instrumentation: guitar and a tap-dancing drummer. As Rob Kolar sings and strums his rollicking guitar, Lauren Brown uses her whole body as a percussive instrument, tapping out the hi-hat rhythm with her feet atop a bass drum while simultaneously playing a stand-up kit, using dance to transform rhythms into natural extensions of her movement. It’s quite the workout and undeniably mesmerizing to watch.

 

 

 

 

HILLFOLK NOIR

((( boise, idaho )))

Fronted by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Travis Ward, Hillfolk Noir is a trio of neo-traditionalists playing traditional music on traditional instruments for non-traditional times. They call it Junkerdash, and it’s a sound brewed from folk, bluegrass, punk, string-band blues and other influences musical and otherwise. Recommended pairings: Drinking and dancing. /// Hillfolk Noir are a staple in the Boise community, as musicians, but also as active members of the community at large. In recent years, they’ve been exporting their good nature and the soundtrack that accompanies it more and more with continued US tours and fairly frequent visits to a growing fanbase in the U.K. and neighboring European countries.

 

 

 

THE DELINES

((( portland, oregon )))

The Delines is: novelist and songwriter Willy Vlautin with Amy Boone The Damnations (TX) and members of Richmond Fontaine, The Decemberists, and The Minus 5. The debut album from The Delines, Colfax, is a stunning collection of songs with the intimacy of a midnight confessional. Like a beat-up Dusty Springfield, Colfax has the skid row heart of Tom Waits, the street-tough weariness of early Rickie Lee Jones, and the dreaminess of Mazzy Star. Uncut gave it 9/10 stars and praised its “widescreen romanticism”, calling it “the richest collection of songs Vlautin has written”.

 

 

 

THE DIG

((( brooklyn, new york )))

From the beginning, The Dig have been a classic band’s band, and a true collaboration: three longtime friends, three songwriters, two singers in a true dual frontman setup, all individuals but all woven more and more tightly together as they have evolved. In a world that rewards drama, reckless moves and often-overwrought narrative twists, The Dig have bucked that trend by focusing on, well, the work:The Dig are a four-piece band from New York who bring a contemporary spin to ’60s and ’70s psych rock via crisp synths and tight songwriting. They put out their dreamy, aqueous second album, Midnight Flowers, in 2013, and their new record, Bloodshot Tokyo, is out soon on Roll Call Records. Today, they’re sharing its playful lead single, “Simple Love.”

 

 

 

ELVIS DEPRESSEDLY

((( asheville, north carolina )))

Weaving melodic but downbeat soundscapes with guitars and keyboards accompanied by manipulated sounds and found audio fragments, Elvis Depressedly was formed in Columbia, South Carolina in 2011 by Mat Cothran, who had previously performed and recorded under the banner Coma Cinema. The debut Elvis Depressedly release was a lo-fi digital EP, Save the Planet Kill Yourself, which appeared in August 2011 and featured Cothran handling most of the instruments himself. In time, Elvis Depressedly evolved into a full band with the addition of multi-instrumentalists Mike Roberts (aka Dr. Vink) and Delaney Mills (who was also Cothran’s significant other). The year 2013 brought Holo Pleasures, a six-song EP that boosted the group’s profile and helped bring the band to the attention of Run for Cover Records. The label struck a deal with Elvis Depressedly (based in Asheville, North Carolina) to release the album New Alhambra, which appeared in May 2015. In 2016, Run for Cover released Elvis Depressedly’s Holo Pleasures/California Dreamin’, which combined the 2013 EP with a previously unreleased six-track EP recorded during the same sessions.

 

 

 

CAVEGREEN

((( olympia, washington )))

Cavegreen is the artistic collaboration of Eleanor Murray and GianLuca Bucci, that blends electronic and acoustic music, poetry, and images. Eleanor has been a musician, songwriter, and performer for the past eleven years, releasing five studio albums and touring the US extensively. Gianluca comes from a background of environmental work, photography, and an ongoing interest in the ancient and modern philosophical traditions of the earth.

 

 

 

LOW RED LAND

((( san francisco, california )))

This band represents to me what drives the core spirit of Treefort and our approach to curation across the forts. This band is one of the greatest bands I’ve ever seen. Probably new to most, but held in such high respect amongst their touring comrades from their days on the battlefield. I remember the first time I saw them — playing in an empty retail space in downtown Missoula in 2007. My band had been added to their show at the last minute. They were gracious and loud. From there we would cross paths many more times on the DIY touring scene, from New York to San Francisco, to the several times they joined us for multiple stops in Idaho (Moscow, McCall, Pocatello, Rexburg, Hailey, Tumbleweeds). The last time I saw them play was July 4th, 2012 in the Mission. I believe that was the last time they played for an audience. They are reuniting for Treefort 2017.

There are so many incredible bands that pound the pavement but never find the audience traction it seems that they are capable of. Often either ahead of or behind whatever curve may give them the lift they need. Not catching a wave doesn’t make them any less great. Those of us that live in the trenches know this. The core of Treefort’s mission is to help bring these treasures to the surface, even if they’ve been dormant and buried at sea for several years. Even if the sharing of these underground artists doesn’t lift them beyond relative obscurity for long, it is the opportunity to share in these moments that inspires us, that gives us community beyond our daily lives. — Gilbert

 

 

Reminder that you can see all 75 of the artists part of this FIRST ROUND of TREEFORT ARTISTS added to the 2017 lineup over on the lineup page.

This is just the beginning, over the coming months we’ll have two more rounds of artists to announce, all the additional fort lineups and many more exciting Treefort 2017 happenings and surprises. So grab your 5-day wristbands now so you don’t miss a beat!

♫ Official Treefort Playlists also available at www.treefortmusicfest.com/listen

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