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.
I hear a lot of old favorites Violens in Denver's dark, brooding dream pop outfit OKO TYGRA. Not surprising, given that they've been working with Jorge Elbrecht. That same smoke-filled, sensuous synth noise finds new life in the Rockies, making for perfect starry night on the mountain music.