The Treefort lineup is a buffet of bands you've probably been itching to see. But there's also a dessert tray of fabulous local bands visitors should take the opportunity to become acquainted with. Here are a few of Boise Weekly's top picks:
Old Death Whisper: In less than an hour in any direction from Boise you may find yourself in a time warp back to the Old West. When you arrive, expect to see Old Death Whisper playing on a stoop. Its dark take on bluegrass and Americana is musical folklore and genuine Idaho. The Bouquet on Thursday, March 22, 11-11:40 p.m.
In the Shadow of the Mountain: After a two-year hiatus, the complex rhythms and sweeping pop of one of Boise's most compelling bands has returned. Dreamy guitars and reverb-drenched vocals sit atop dynamic flowing beats for a driving and ambient sound. This band was going places before falling off the radar. Main Stage on Saturday, March 24, 2:20-3 p.m.
Red Hands Black Feet: With a complexly layered and atmospheric sound and a steadily growing fan base eager for its debut album, Red Hands Black Feet is summarized as explosions in the underground. It will warm your heart in one beat and kick your teeth in the next. The Linen Building on Saturday, March 24, 6-6:40 p.m.
Vagerfly: The all-girl electro punk duo Vagerfly is known as much for its costumes as it is for bitching tunes. The band drops wickedly danceable synth-bass and harpsichord beats topped with Bikini Kill-style vocals while topless with wizard beards and jogging shorts. Red Room on Saturday, March 24, 8-8:40 p.m.
Charles Engels and Family Matters: Charles Engles busts rhymes over beats provided by a savagely funky live band. The bass, drums and turntables lineup is suitably sparse, pushing Engles' aggressive polyrhymes to the forefront of the sound with an infectious stage energy. Reef on Saturday, March 24, 10:45-11:20 p.m.
Wolvserpent: In the world of doom metal, Wolvserpent is legendary. Blake Green and Brittany McConnell compose album-length songs with the dynamic complexity of a film score and often bring props and special lighting to transform a stage into an alternate reality ruled by sound. In a musical landscape still dominated by the three-minute format, Wolvserpent is the rare band that will take its time, slowly building up layers of sound. Red Room on Sunday, March 25, 10:10-11:10 p.m.