Treefort 2023 Profile: Rogê

Posted in Interviews with tags , on 03/22/2023 by korzeck

Don’t know how to start off your Treefort Music Fest 2023 experience? Not totally sold on Dinosaur Jr.’s old-school indie-rock, Covet’s “emotional nerd rock” or Old 97’s classic alt-country? You can always “go Rogê” tonight (and tomorrow) with some funky samba from Rio de Janeiro.

We had the good fortune of touching base with Rogê, the crown heir of the Brazilian Popular Music movement shortly before he arrived in Boise. Rogê just finished opening for collaborator Jack Johnson on some dates in Brazil and is also coming off seven shows at South by Southwest.

Rogê is the 22nd artist to participate in the Bad Penny’s ongoing series profiling international artists coming to Boise to play the state’s best and brightest music festival, Treefort.

Rogê will have the spotlight pretty much all to himself tonight, as the festival gets underway with its first evening. That show will build momentum for Rogê’s second concert, tomorrow at Bandshell at 7:40 p.m. Here’s what he is most looking forward to with both shows.

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Treefort 2023 Profile: Vancouver’s Meltt

Posted in Interviews with tags on 03/22/2023 by korzeck

The timing couldn’t be better Treefort Music Fest and psychedelic rock squadron Meltt: The Vancouver just freshened up with a new EP, earlier month, bequeathing it with the name Another Quiet Sunday.

Meltt recently shared their excitement with us about rolling out some of their spacey new material in a city they hold dear: Boise. In fact, anticipate that the Treefort shows on Friday and Saturday will be “joyous” occasions.

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Treefort 2023 Profile: Montreal’s Teke::Teke

Posted in Interviews with tags , on 03/20/2023 by korzeck

What is almost definitely the most highly anticipated edition of Treefort Music Fest kicks off this week, and it is our honor to bring you an interview with one of the bands that music lovers are most excited to see perform, psych-rock luminaries Teke::Teke.

The seven-piece band takes something of a kitchen-sink approach to making tunes. They incorporate distorted guitars, drums, trombone, flute and more instruments to create an idiosyncratic yet thoroughly dynamic mixture of Japanese rock and surf rock.

Hailing from Montreal, they are the 20th band to participate in the Bad Penny’s ongoing series profiling international artists coming to Boise to play the state’s best and brightest music festival, Treefort.

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Exclusive Premiere: of persephone’s ‘Rainbow Road’

Posted in Exclusives with tags on 03/20/2023 by korzeck

At the end of a rainbow lies a pot of gold. So legend goes, at least. What we can say with certainty is that “Rainbow Road,” a rousing new song by siren rock project of persephone, sounds downright golden.

With chanteuse Sarah Rae’s high-octave vocals leading the charge, the song is a galloping adventure into fuzzy, upbeat indie pop. It’s a dreamy excursion that, at less than two and a half minutes, leaves you wishing the track wouldn’t end. The Bad Penny is honored to exclusively premiere it today.

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Treefort 2023 Profile: United Kingdom’s Demob Happy

Posted in Interviews with tags , on 03/19/2023 by korzeck

Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready to hear some music? Are you prepared to witness previously unknown levels of rock-and-roll-induced euphoria? Are you ready to rock?

Then you’re ready to see Demob Happy. Or, we’re apt to believe as much. The U.K. rock band — which originated in Newcastle and now live in Brighton — is one of the more mysterious entries on the bill for this year’s Treefort Music Fest. The trio publicly describe their sound with only four adjectives: “explosive,” “loud,” “melodic” and “sweet-sounding.”

And Boise is lucky to have them back for another concert. As Demob Happy recently told the Bad Penny, they played the worst gig of their career in Idaho. Read below to find out why they’re coming back anyway.

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Treefort 2023 Profile: Spain’s Black Maracas

Posted in Interviews with tags , on 03/18/2023 by korzeck

The only band from Spain that is pegged to play this year’s Treefort Music Fest is Black Maracas, a fuzz-drenched trio that segues from garage to psychedelic to straight-up rock music over the course of one set. Black Maracas are also one of the many bands that will perform in the U.S. for the first time thanks to Boise’s five-day music throw down, which starts Wednesday.

Founded less than five years ago, Black Maracas already have an impressive amount of experience playing music festivals. They’ve graced the stage at massive events in their homeland of Spain, as well as other parts of Europe.

But as we all know, Treefort isn’t exactly your typical music festival, given the sheer volume of participating artists staging shows in sometimes-nontraditional venues across much of the city.

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Treefort 2023 Profile: British Columbia’s Bridal Party

Posted in Interviews with tags , on 03/17/2023 by korzeck

Next time — or the first time — you see pop posse Bridal Party, be sure to toss them an ice-cold brewski. The British Columbia natives have so much heat going into Treefort Music Fest next week, they’ll need to Cool Down — which just happens to be the title of their newest record. (What a truly non-bizarre coincidence! And what awful puns!)

Recently, the Bad Penny caught up with Bridal Party ahead of their gigs at the Olympic on Friday (start time: 6:30 p.m.) and at Cyclops (start time: 8 p.m.) the following day. As Bridal Party informed us, they’re particularly giddy because Boise was where they delivered one of their best performances on their 2018 tour.

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Unearth Sets ‘Wretched’ Tour Dates; Phipps Says He Wants to Outdo Ozzy

Posted in Interviews with tags , on 03/16/2023 by korzeck

Here’s a sneak peek of my interview with Unearth frontman Trevor Phipps, which will appear in the next print edition of New Noise magazine:

Treefort 2023 Profile: Tokyo’s DYGL 

Posted in Interviews with tags , on 03/16/2023 by korzeck

With Treefort Music Fest kicking off in less than a week, we’re thrilled to share one of the most exciting installments in our series profiling international artists participating in the festival. Today we introduce you to Tokyo’s DYGL (pronounced “day-glo”), an indie-rock group that — after years of clamoring — are finally touring the U.S. for the first time.

Treefort will have the honor of hosting one of the group’s performances, taking place Friday, March 24, at the Shredder at 9 p.m. Similar to Big Joanie, the London punk trio we featured yesterday, you won’t wanna miss DYGL’s sole set at Treefort: They’re blowing up big time, and Treefort festival-goers who ghost the gig will be haunted forever by their mistake.

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Treefort 2023 Profile: London’s Big Joanie

Posted in Interviews with tags , on 03/15/2023 by korzeck

Big Joanie is bigger than you think. The grrreat feminist post-punk act actually consists of three members — not just one. Rolling Stone included the Kill Rock Stars group’s Back Home album on its list of 2022’s top albums. And, if you need further convincing, they’ve opened for Sleater-Kinney, St. Vincent and Bikini Kill.

With Big Joanie’s momentum building, blame yourself later if you decide to miss their only performance at this year’s Treefort Music Fest. Happening Wednesday, March 22, at the Hideout at 6:20 p.m., the gig is also part of their first-ever U.S. tour.

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