Without a doubt, Treefort is at the top of my festival bucket list. This downtown Boise, ID festival once again features a lineup that is well and truly stacked from top to bottom, with the emphasis being on showcasing bands from the very, very fertile Western lands. After poring over this year's lineup, these are the bands I'm swooning over the hardest.
There's something sweetly endearing about Aussie six-piece The Ocean Party. Perhaps it's the way every song seems to have a different personality, though a charming, quirky pop vibe is the common thread for this outfit. At their best, their slightly sheepish, punchy pop is quite addictive. And this is a band that is frequently at its best.