LINEUP 2016

1939 Ensemble – Featuring the backbone of drummer Jose Medeles, 1939 Ensemble brings vibraphone, Moog, percussion and trumpet together in a maelstrom of sonic wonderment, tribal meditation, jazz-ish noodling and more. Their aural impact is largely up to the listener, which makes you a very lucky festival goer this year. – RJP

SATURDAY 9:20pm WEST STAGE


A Volcano – Comprised of vocalist/guitarist Johnny Brooke and percussionist Jesse Chambers, the doom-y duo rages in all the right ways on their 2015 LP Living in Stone Castles By a Cold, Cold Sea, a punishing exhibition of stark, industrial heaviness that implores your inner darkside to take completely over. – RJP
SUNDAY 6:00pm EAST STAGE


Ali Muhareb’s Mujahedeen – Since releasing his debut in 2013, Oregon native Ali Muhareb’s already eclectic sound has been flourishing. After pressing play on the Existentially Wasted EP, released in January 2016, the listener can discern that he’s been generating a patchwork of melodies that are psychedelic, culturally diverse and audibly charming. – LE
FRIDAY 7:20pm EAST STAGE


Andrew Endres Collective – With their debut album titled Desolation, you might be tempted to assume that Andrew Endres Collective makes bleak, spartan music. On the contrary, this Portland ensemble’s sound is more nuanced than you’d assume. The group’s brand of modern jazz is evocative of blustery spring days, with moments of darkness juxtaposed against airy sunbreaks. – YD
SATURDAY 2:40pm WEST STAGE


Antecessor – Portland-based duo Antecessor takes you on a ‘70s sci- desert saga every time you climb into their music. With inspirations like Tangerine Dream and Terry Riley, Antecessor constructs a dreamland of hypnotic synth textures that oat over epic rhythmic pulses, striking a perfect balance between atmospheric New Age and experimental-psych sounds. – CM
SATURDAY 8:00pm WEST STAGE


Arlo Indigo – Alt-pop trio Arlo Indigo’s latest EP, Trends, is a chimerical blend of lightly sugared synth and gritty, blues-kissed guitar riffs bound together with a taut melodic epoxy—a chilling medley of sounds so expertly calculated that it warrants the suspicion of being created in a laboratory. – MR
SUNDAY 4:40pm EAST STAGE


Blowout – Blowout features the angsty vocals of bassist Laken Wright, in a sound that drowns out the memories of dreamy early ‘90s pop-punk—like a Portland version of Spike Jonze’s video for Wax’s “Southern California.” Their third release, No Beer, No Dad, is due out in August. – LVB
SUNDAY 1:20pm WEST STAGE


Bobby Peru – Bobby Peru is here to sucker punch rock and roll in the gut. This misanthropic group of punks create a sound as unsettling as their Lynchian namesake with the primal beats, stomping guitar and brazen vocals on their 2016 LP 2 Live Peru. Satisfy your basic instincts and check these guys out. – BS
SUNDAY 2:40pm WEST STAGE


Cat Hoch – A darkly lit glow de nes Cat Hoch. With a mysterious vibe, she captures the ennui of Lana Del Rey with a darkwave underbelly. Hoch has garnered a fast following in the last year, landing close to the top of Willamette Week’s 2016 “Best New Band” poll. Recently, Cat Hoch grabbed the attention of Chuck Palahniuk, with a song release for his Fight Club 2 graphic novel. – JWS
SUNDAY 8:40pm EAST STAGE


Cilantro– With a sound to wrap yourself around, Cilantro shrinks the world. The sextet plays a brand of deep and affecting salsa/dancehall, delivered with a coiled passion. The voice of Arlyn Montas is all swoon and sway, trans xing and divergent at once. This band creates vistas. Feet and spirits will be moved. – PDM
SUNDAY 2:00pm EAST STAGE


Consumer – Existing in a freeform netherworld of looped beats, weirdo vocal experimentation and avant-garde neo-electronica, the bizarre world of Matt Palenske is a fascinating exploration of the limits of noise, the sanctity of melody and the sometimes hilarious intersections where such ideas must eventually cross paths. Let’s get weird. – RJP
SUNDAY 6:40pm WEST STAGE


Coronation – The synth-driven party band Coronation was built on autobiographical tales of broken relationships, hangovers and burning the candle at both ends. The trio (Josh Blanchard, Andy Brown, and David LiaBraaten) explores what happens the day after the party with catchy melodies, live drums and percussion, and plenty of new romantic charm. – CM
SUNDAY 7:20pm EAST STAGE


Dead Cult – For the past ve years, post-punk foursome Dead Cult have excavated the haunted recesses of what they’ve dubbed “anarcho darkwave,” a descriptor as apt as any for the band’s cloaked pop debauchery. Their 2014 7-inch Ghosts Still Dance is a surprisingly upbeat affair,ittering in a power-pop realm reminiscent of early X. – RJP
SUNDAY 5:20pm WEST STAGE


Disemballerina – Disemballerina is not your typical classical ensemble. Instead, the trio’s brand of chamber music inhabits a space where classical instrumentation and metal influences intersect, forming a uniquely haunting and evocative sound. The band’s cello, viola, harp and guitar all combine to swell and wash over the listener in a wave of dark, breathtaking beauty. – YD
SUNDAY 4:00pm WEST STAGE


Dragging an Ox through Water – Dragging an Ox Through Water performs songs rooted in folk and country traditions overlaid with broken textures of feedback, drones, tape hiss and homemade oscillators. Customary electro-amplifled tightness is torn apart and replaced with chance elements, candlelight-sensitive instruments and vocals that make you feel like you are watching the rain on an old wooden porch in a bunch of Pendleton blankets. – CM
FRIDAY 8:00pm WEST STAGE


Eyelids – When you mix a couple of good things together, you can make something great. At least that’s what happened with Eyelids, an under-the-radar Portland supergroup comprised of seasoned musicians who’ve logged time with the likes of Guided By Voices, the Decemberists and Elliott Smith. The band combines their years of wisdom and make melodic rock that’s as timeless as it is fresh. – ZP

FRIDAY 10:40 WEST STAGE


Force Publique – Out of the shadows steps the engrossing concoction that is Force Publique. Mixing heavy-hitting electronics with goth aesthetics, this duo crafts pop songs for a dark and stormy future. Not content to be lumped into hues of just black and grey, however, Force Publique imbues a sense of catharsis in each performance to give the listener a technicolor sensory experience. – CF
SATURDAY 3:20pm EAST STAGE


Fossa Club – The solo project of singer-songwriter Kyle Nerheim-Chereck, Fossa Club’s debut EP, The Waterfront, plays like a DIY bedroom-pop dream. A medley of delicately strummed guitar lines accompany Nerheim-Chereck’s somber vocal melodies, providing an intimacy akin to wandering in on a roommate’s private writing session. Cozy up to the stage and help him feel at home. – AO

SUNDAY 12pm WEST STAGE


Fur Coats – Psychedelic-soul troupe Fur Coats have been making waves since the release of their debut ve-song EP in late 2015. Anthems such as the EP’s title- track, “Desperate,” evoke an ethereal hallucination, grounded only by its sharp instrumentation. Helmed by frontman Chris Hoganson, the seven-piece garage/funk amalgam sounds equal parts sinister and seductive. Imagine Dr. Frank-N-Furter meets Marvin Gaye, in the absolute best way possible. – MR
SATURDAY 11:20pm EAST STAGE


Gold Casio – Pushing forth breathy vocals and layers of guitar and synths, Gold Casio is Portland’s answer to a female-lead Simian Mobile Disco. The lead songstress taps into her inner sassy diva while the boys pump out energetic rat-a-tat rhythms of electro, balanced out with disco-era sound effects and piano shredding.
– CM
FRIDAY 11:20pm EAST STAGE


Jenny Don’t & The Spurs – Jenny Don’t & The Spurs aren’t your typical classic country-western band. Each member of the quartet has extensive experience in multiple bands and genres, including some legendary punk rock roots. Music lovers are treated to something very special, gritty, and authentically Portland. Catch them before they head off on their second European tour this fall. – BM
FRIDAY 8:40pm EAST STAGE


Landlines – Landlines’ music is gritty and catchy, existing outside your typical garage-rock blueprint. It’s the little ourishes like the occasional folk-driven melodies on surf-y sounding guitars, and their thoughtful restraint in using lo- fuzz effects that set this band apart. Ultimately, it’s the dry humor of Landlines’ lyrics that will really win you over. – RS
SATURDAY 6:40pm WEST STAGE


The Lavender Flu – Chris Gunn (The Hunches) teams up with his brother Lucas and pals Scott Simmons (Eat Skull) and Ben Spencer in The Lavender Flu, a welcome psych-garage ensemble. On the sundry debut Heavy Air, tracks bounce from catchy garage hymns to tripped-out white noise. The LP is impressive, and their live act isn’t one to be missed. – LE
SATURDAY 8:40pm EAST STAGE


Lithics – Since forming in 2014, Lithics has quickly become one of most talked about bands in Portland’s punk scene. While the in uence of the classic art punk bands of the ‘70s and ‘80s is evident, the band offers their own fresh interpretation, with vocalist Aubrey Hornor’s desultory tone belying a wellspring of frenetic energy coiled just underneath the surface. – YD
SATURDAY 4:00pm WEST STAGE


The Living Skins – The Living Skins have been around in various incarnations since 2012. This group of teens from Camas blend punk, grunge and classic rock with vocals that sound like Kurt Cobain fronting Rites Of Spring to create a truly unique sound. These guys are de nitely going to rock the place. – SH
SUNDAY 12:40pm EAST STAGE


Loch Lomond – For more than a decade now, Loch Lomond has helped popularize chamber-pop with audiences both in Portland and beyond. Pairing lush instrumental arrangements with lead singer Ritchie Young’s impressive and mercurial vocal range, the resultant sound is as verdant and expansive as its Scottish namesake. Their newest album, Pens From Spain, will be released on September 2nd on Hush Records. – YD
FRIDAY 10pm EAST STAGE


Lola Buzzkill – Comprised of vocalists Justine Verigin, Tyler Verigin, Lia Gist, and Allison Faris, bassist Kevin Clark, drummer Ian Heartly, guitarist Austin Barone and keyboardist Mateo Alden, Lola Buzzkill is a force to be reckoned with. The band has built their reputation around wearing lavish costumes and executing theatrical performances. Oh, and glitter. Lots and lots of glitter. – MA
SATURDAY 10:40pm WEST STAGE


Love Cop – Love Cop won’t apologize for bringing the “New York state of mind” attitude with their brazen, self-dubbed “hood goth.” The original duo of Duffy Rongiiland and Chill Phil Salina have a solid collection of albums already under their belt, and have recently expanded their out t to include Jon Paul Rebello on bass and Marc Jablecki on drums, resulting in a heightened progression of their sometimes cheeky, all times darkly themed tracks. – CP
SATURDAY 6:00pm EAST STAGE


Maze Koroma – With a relatively smaller hip-hop scene in Portland compared to other large cities, spotlighting the artists we do have is of utmost importance. Maze Koroma, a member of the Renaissance Coalition, de nitely deserves that attention. His ow seems effortless, his lyrics are emotionally provoking and his beats are more than catchy. At his young age, his talent already surpasses some mainstream artists on the charts right now. – CP
SUNDAY 8:00pm WEST STAGE


Mic Capes – As something of an ambassador for the renaissance of Portland’s hip-hop scene, emcee Mic Capes is on a roll. He performed at City Hall in 2015 as part of Portland Hip-Hop Day (one of the rst rappers to do so), was heralded as one of the city’s best in the annual Willamette Week “Best of” polls, and even acquired a high-pro le fan in Blazers’ guard Damian Lillard. This is street-conscious, awareness-raising stuff from a rising hip-hop head. – RJP
FRIDAY 12am WEST STAGE


Mr. Bones – With their self-titled debut in 2014 and 2015’s Bites, Mr. Bones have made a name for themselves in Portland’s garage-rock scene by combining a millennial outlook with a lo- sound, and the moody-pop sensibilities of yesteryear. The result is a fresh take on the classic trope of introspective teen angst: modern, but instantly familiar. – YD
SATURDAY 12:40pm EAST STAGE


Old Grape God – Old Grape God is a time traveling blues musician who incidentally raps, while calling it jazz. Old Grape God’s artistic moniker goes beyond mere music, as he often paints live on stage while also performing vocals over a combination of electronic production and live instrumentation. Find him joined onstage by permanent xtures in producer/DJ Skelli Skel, Paint Shop, and Wine & Coffee. – CM
SATURDAY 4:40pm EAST STAGE


Sabonis – Sabonis is a ve-piece emo-pop supergroup formed after the dissolution of bands like Forest Park and Zoogirl. The world that their songs inhabit is indelibly sad, melodic and nostalgic, while their glittering, shoegaze-pop is reminiscent of the emotional precision of bands like Pity Sex and American Football. – JR
FRIDAY 6pm EAST STAGE


Saola – Saola prove that high schoolers can shred with the best of them. The group met at Portland’s School of Rock in 2013 and have been steadily working on perfecting their polished metal mayhem. Their rst album, Black Canvas, is an exploration of rhythm, melody, darkness, fuzz and brimstone. – ZP
FRIDAY 6:40pm WEST STAGE


The Scribes – The Scribes are an indie-rock band made up of four teenagers from Portland. Their songs incorporate a wide variety of styles, with in uences ranging from The Shins to early Dinosaur Jr. They always put on a great show, so do not miss this set.
– SH
SATURDAY 12:00pm WEST STAGE


Sleeping Beauties – Featuring members of revered punk acts The Hunches and Eat Skull, Sleeping Beauties are one of the most caustic, cathartic, gutter-junk luminaries of Portland’s underground. Armed with a debut LP just released on In the Red Records, Sleeping Beauties tackle the misery and the light of living in crackling bolts of buzzsaw guitars, slicing drums, and pissy vocals. Rowdiness, grime, and beautifully destructive songs mark the cornerstones for these punk lifers. – RJP
SATURDAY 7:20pm EAST STAGE


Snowblind Traveler – Since dropping Confederate Burial in 2014—a macabre western melodrama full of dark saloon joints—Matt Dorrien has continued to evolve. Performing primarily as a solo artist for much of his time in Portland, Dorrien expanded the Snowblind Traveler crew to a full-time band with lap steel, drums, and bass. Newfound piano compositions in the vein of a love-sick Randy Newman accentuate a quiver of songs starkly void of the trappings of contemporary minutiae. – RJP
FRIDAY 9:20pm WEST STAGE


Speaker Minds – With a seven-person lineup that includes both an MC (Randal Wyatt) and a vocalist (Adrian Adel), Speaker Minds manages to deftly straddle the divide between R&B and hip-hop, seamlessly weaving together Adel’s soaring vocals, Wyatt’s socially conscious verses, and funky instrumentals. The end result is pure energy. – YD
SATURDAY 10:00pm EAST STAGE


Summer Cannibals – Summer Cannibals harken back to a simpler time. A time when leather jackets were the status quo, and when motorcycles and skateboards were the only acceptable forms of transportation. Summer Cannibals play fuzzed out rock ‘n’ roll with a driving rhythm section and sneeringly con dent vocals. The female-lead four-piece just released their third full-length album Full Of It (their first on Kill Rock Stars), and were recently featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered. – DH
SUNDAY 9:20pm WEST STAGE


The Tamed West – The Tamed West are a dynamic indie psych/garage three-piece. Their excellent and catchy self-released EP from March 2015 instantly caught the attention of many and was included in the Willamette Week and The Deli Portland’s best albums of 2015 lists. The band is currently working on their full-length album which is rumored to be available this fall. – BM
SATURDAY 9:20pm WEST STAGE


Tender Age – Whether it was in some dingy Portland bar or a pub in ‘90s Manchester, Tender Age’s sound would seem just as fresh. Layers of droning guitar and haunting vocals are piled high until all that is left is a wall of psychedelic chaos that sounds as much like My Bloody Valentine as it does The Black Ryder. – BS
SUNDAY 2:00pm EAST STAGE


Tiny Knives – Spawned from ‘70s fuzz and good old-fashioned white-knuckled rock, Tiny Knives drive heavy, maniacal rhythms and riffs through the heart of Portland’s metal scene. Pure caustic growls and witch-magic weirdness ooze from their new LP, Black Haze. The band’s sound shifts from hookless melodies to frenetic sludge masterfully while keeping a raw-fueled identity. – JL

SATURDAY 5:20pm WEST STAGE


Wave Action – Self described as a mixture of Post-Punk and Surf-Garage, the Portland trio ground their minimalist style with overwhelmingly hook-driven melodies and velvety smooth vocals. Already playing around Portland non-stop, and having released their debut, self-titled LP January 2016, expect to hear more from twins Darin and Clint O’Brien and guitarist Jon Johnson. – OS
SATURDAY 3:20pm EAST STAGE


Wooden Indian Burial Ground – Portland garage-psychers Wooden Indian Burial Ground have wowed the likes of the New York Times and NPR while still retaining rm roots here at home. WIBG combines rst-wave psych-rock with a modern garage-rock makeover, yielding barnstorming jams with blues guitar riffs and heavily reverbed vocals that add up to a delightful combination of raw energy and bliss. – RS
SATURDAY 12:00am WEST STAGE