Thursday March 21 kicks off the second annual Treefort Music Fest in Boise, Idaho. SSG Music traveled the distance to the inaugural fest last year and covered a wide variety of shows of the roughly 120 bands that performed. The festival was such a huge success that Treefort has returned and doubled their artist lineup to over 240 bands, also they added more venues. The emerging music festival will takeover Downtown Boise March 21-24 and we at SSG will be giving you daily previews of some bands we think you should check out. From folk to hip-hop, drone to pop, we’re branching out and covering an array of artists and genres.
Local DIY label WavePOP is teaming up with Treefort and a bunch of bands to bring you a showcase! This showcase will feature Earth, Menace Ruine, Wolvserpent, Uzala, and Brett Netson & Snakes. With the likes of Earth and Uzala on the bill, expect to hear high-quality mix of drone and rock throughout the night.
Post-Consumer Records Showcase | The Crux | 7pm | All Ages
The showcase will feature Death Songs, LAKE, Thollem Electric, Nehemiah St-Danger, YumaDudes, and an after-party with Psychic Rights. Post-Consumer Records is based in Boise with a recording studio in Oakland. The label claims they “release high integrity recordings of interesting music,” and by the look of their showcase line-up we expect this to be true. The showcase lineup is chock-full of high energy bands at a venue that specializes in caffeine, which is a perfect way to start off the weekend of the festival.
Kicking off this year’s Treefort Music Fest is Boise-based Finn Riggins. The band has had a gigantic hand in getting this music festival to fruition and we are glad to see them open up this festival for a second year in a row. The trio create experimental rock with a dash of pop thrown in on some songs. Check out the interview SSG did with front man Eric Gilbert at Treefort last year.
The melodic rhymes of Oso Negro are not easily compared to many other hip-hop outfits out there today. Oso Negro focuses on an array of topics varying from politics to inspiration. The beats are constructed of drum machines, synth, looping and various other digital tools that provide a complementary backbone to Oso Negro’s lyrics. He’ll be performing at The Reef on Thursday, which is bursting with fantastic hip-hop talent all night long alongside the likes of B. Dolan and Sage Francis, and Oso’s side project gLORIOUS pOP.
The lo-fi quality of Unknown Mortal Orchestra is misleading. While the recordings of UMO might seem more so of a bedroom project, the live performances the band puts on are nowhere in the vicinity of lo-fi. Don’t be mistaken, there will be no mosh pits during UMO’s set but there will also be no shortage of dancing. The trio has released two albums, the most recent and aptly named II came out in early February 2013. “Swim and Sleep” is one of their latest singles off II and features UMO’s distinct vocals and ethereal guitars riffs.