As some of you undoubtedly know already, the good people at Treefort Music Fest rolled out their second set of confirmed acts today. You can click here for all the artists announced so far. Here are some of the ones I'm interested in:
Artists I've Seen:
Emily Wells--Out of all the acts I've seen before, I'm most excited about this lady returning. She blew the roof off the VAC at the Dark Dark Dark show last year with just her voice and some drums, loops and synths. God only knows what's gonna happen when you put her in a venue filled to absolute capacity.
Pickwick--Their Treefort 2012 set impressed me enough to earn them a spot on my Top 10 list. Their Neurolux show a few months later was possibly even better. I'm hearing the wonder of creation that is Galen Disston's voice in my head right now.
JamesPlaneWreck--I've sung this local group's praises often enough that I probably don't need to add more here. I'll just say this: it's gonna be a blast seeing these guys play to a full house.
Ugly Hussy--This lad did well for himself at the Radio Boise Tuesday show last week. Guess it's time to throw him off the cliff and see if he can fly.
Bad Weather California--I saw these guys open for the Meat Puppets at Neurolux a couple years ago. That should give you an idea of how good they are.
Delicate Steve--Are these guys still based in New Jersey? Cuz they play here often enough that I could swear they live here now. But seriously, I have fond enough memories of their VAC show last year that I'm almost willing to forgive keyboardist Mikey Sanchez for his professed goal "to make people hate Bruce Springsteen."
Youth Lagoon--Honestly, I'm not excited about this act in itself. As some readers know, I am decidedly NOT the biggest Youth Lagoon fan. I'd go into more detail for those of you who don't know, but I fear that I might turn all green and muscular and start smashing stuff around my house. In any case, the fact that this group has deigned to grace us with their/his presence will no doubt attract a lot of eyes and ears to Treefort 2013. Also, their/his main stage performance (educated guess) may help clear up congestion at other venues, which could make it easier for me to cover acts... more to my taste, shall we say.
Artists I Haven't Seen Yet:
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings--I've been playing James Brown's Star Time more or less non-stop for the past year. I was actually bumping the Superfly soundtrack earlier today. I think of Memphis and Mussel Shoals in the same way that others may think of Mecca. In short, the question isn't whether or not I want to see this act. It's whether or not anything can stop me from seeing them.
Animal Collective--I may go see them just so people WILL STOP TELLING ME THAT I NEED TO LISTEN TO ANIMAL COLLECTIVE.
Sage Francis--A "forefather of indie-hop" who's signed to Epitaph? Sold! Also, I take his dying wish "for his beard to grow so long that he can f*ck it" as a promising sign.
The Heligoats--These folks have played here a few times, but I've never seen them. Might need to remedy that...
That's all for now. For info on other acts, go to treefortmusicfest.com. Stay tuned for further announcements!