The great Kendrick Lamar
The Mayan Year of Apocalypse is seven weeks in, and has yet to produce its first GREAT album. No worries. There are still 300 days until the world goes kablooey.
What is a GREAT album? The kind of album that makes me shun all other albums for a week straight or more.
Absent a GREAT album to obsess over, I have listened to several new and new-ish songs on repeat to pass the time in these dreary Portland winter months.
I encourage you to check out the songs below, as they hold something different for everyone.
Click the poster for a better look at Treefort Music Fest’s lineup. As Willamette Week noted, the Boise, Idaho, festival has a sweet mix of Portland bands, in addition to headliners Of Montreal, Built to Spill and Why?
Is that enough to warrant a trip to the Land of the Smurf Turf? A Mapquest inquiry reveals Portland is 431 miles away from Boise. Perhaps, you might want to bike that distance for charity, eh? Naked bike ride? Even better.
Click below for my list of bands I would most want to see at Treefort Music Fest. Yes, I left out Boise’s own Built to Spill. I just have never gotten into them.
Someday I want to attend South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. It’s a bar-hopping live music extravaganza of epic proportions featuring fresh-faced local bands and grizzled national acts.
Portland’s MusicFest Northwest is what I imagine South by Southwest is like, albeit smaller and in the Pacific Northwest. (Duh!)
I witnessed everyone from veteran post-rock outfit Explosions In The Sky and dynamic Seattle hip-hop act Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to local buzz bands And And And and Ages and Ages during the three days I attended MusicFest Northwest 2011.
It was a solid festival. I would hesitate to call it great because the headlining options — Iron and Wine, Explosions in the Sky, Band of Horses –could have been better. But overall I enjoyed myself.