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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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Treefort 2023 Profile: Germany’s Sea Moya

Posted in Interviews with tags , on 03/14/2023 by korzeck

So far in The Bad Penny’s globe-trotting series touching base with Treefort Music Fest participants from across the world, we’ve met musicians from Chile (Sistemas Inestables), Italy (Dumbo Gets Mad), Swaziland (Dusty & Stones) and beyond. But today, we check in with a band that could only come from Germany, really: cosmic Krautfunk buddies Sea Moya.

Sea Moya are already in the U.S., currently warming up their extremities in Austin to ensure their show goes extremely well in slightly more frigid Boise. Even more exciting for the group, they’ll see more of (moya of?) the U.S. with a string of shows post-Treefort.

The Boise gig should be in for one of the more memorable shows of their trek, when Sea Moya play a prime gig at Neurolux on Friday night (March 24).

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Treefort 2023 Profile: Swaziland’s Dusty & Stones

Posted in Interviews with tags , on 03/13/2023 by korzeck

We begin this week’s installments of profiles on international artists playing Treefort Music Fest with the most compelling entry thus far in the series. Hailing from Swaziland, Dusty & Stones features two cousins breaking new ground by remodeling American country music as a Swazi sound of their own.

Fortunately for those who aren’t familiar with the musicians or the sound they’re trying to propagate, Dusty & Stones extensively answered our Treefort-related questions in great detail. Treefort organizers are surely well-versed with Dusty & Stones’ original — some might even say “newfound” — style of music, as they booked Dusty & Stones for three performances.

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Treefort 2023 Profile: New Brunswick’s Motherhood

Posted in Interviews with tags , on 03/12/2023 by korzeck

Most artists we’ve featured so far in this series on international bands playing Treefort Music Fest will step into Idaho for the first time when Boise’s music extravaganza runs from March 22, through Sunday, March 26.

But avant-rock trio Motherhood is an exception to that rule, as they’re playing Treefort for the third time this year.

The entire band — bassist/keyboardist Penny Stevens, drummer Adam Sipkema and guitarist/vocalist Brydon Crain — all generously set aside time to talk with the Bad Penny about Treefort and their experiences at the festival so far. The trio also revealed it didn’t know about Idaho until committing to participate in the festival the first time around.

Additionally, and they also shared an anecdote for the ages: Discussing marine biology while they soaked in a hot tub with their friends in garage-rock band (and Treefort alums) Serpentfoot.

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Treefort 2023 Profile: Toronto’s Debby Friday

Posted in Interviews with tags , on 03/11/2023 by korzeck

The most intriguing performance at this year’s edition of Treefort Music Fest could very well come courtesy Toronto’s Debby Friday on Day One. The experimental hip-hop extraordinaire will play Wednesday, March 22, when the five-day music extravaganza gets underway.

Signed to Sub Pop Records, Friday’s performance will be extra-thrilling given that she’s releasing a new studio album, Good Luck, two days after her Treefort gig.

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Treefort 2023 Profile: Mexico’s Son Rompe Pera

Posted in Interviews with tags , on 03/10/2023 by korzeck

Last week we introduced you to Petite Amie, one of two Mexican bands playing this year’s edition of Treefort Music Fest in Boise. But, as Yoda would say, “There is another.”

Son Rompe Pera — who, like Petite Amie, hail from Mexico City — will also perform at the festival, which runs March 22-26. The idiosyncratic band occasionally incorporates strains of traditional folk, rock and punk music. But Son Rompe Pera’s obsession with the marimba makes the band one of a kind.

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