As many music fans know, the annual Treefort Music Festival is already underway. Here are four great acts that otherwise would’ve flown under your radar:
THEESatisfaction – Friday, March 21, 4:45 p.m., Main Stage
If you long for the days when Lauryn Hill was still “changing the situation,” these ladies from Seattle, Wash. will satisfy your soulful rap needs. Sporting Kendrick-worthy production and oozing with style, Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White bring the jamz. With a z.
La Luz – Saturday, March 22, 8 p.m., El Korah Shrine
Another all-female act from Seattle, their sunny disposition and sound directly contrasts with their place of origin. Surf rock for the Idaho beaches…I mean, Lake Lowell.
Atomic Mama – Thursday, March 20, midnight, Neurolux.
With song titles like “Psychocillin Roboboogie,” there’s no way these guys couldn’t be somewhat experimental in nature. Mixing hip-hop/electro beats with layered, avant-garde synths and MGMT-like vocals, not to mention a dose of guitar feedback, the duo of Dan Kerr and Jake Warnock are poised to take Animal Collective’s throne as prime purveyors of all flavors electronic. It doesn’t hurt they’re from Boise.
East of the Wall – Saturday, March 22, 10:30 p.m., The Shredder
For those looking for something a little more heavy at the fest, East of the Wall will do the trick. Merging Mastodon-esque sludgy riffs with Protest the Hero technicality in addition to clean and more gruff vocals, they are the metal band to watch. Their web page advertises their recordings as “devoid of drum samples, Autotune and brickwall compression,” making the band’s passion even more authentic.