Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bri Brey's Picakthon 2014 Preview

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Oregon's premiere music festival, Pickathon is this weekend and I couldn't be more excited. The three-day, eco-concious festival for the NPR crowd takes place on Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Ore. just 30 minutes south of Portland.
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With over 50 bands slated to play multiple sets throughout the weekend on seven stages, the lineup can be a little overwhelming. But don't worry! I've simplified each band into one succinct sentence to help you choose who to see! Read on Pickathon attendees! And check out our handy-dandy playlist featuring 2-3 songs from each artist slated to play. I recommend putting it on shuffle and letting the bands choose you! See you on the farm. 

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Nickel Creek
Reunited and it feels so good, pop-country all-stars.

Female-fronted prototype Sunset Strip LA punk rock, Joan Jett meets Misfits.

Blind Pilot
Indie rock as soft and sweet as the Charmin cuddle bear.

Sister singers and LA art rockers trip on ambient Quaalude-induced harmonies.

The War On Drugs
The best of Bruce Springsteen-style forward rock music, modernized.

Jonathan Richman
Velvet Underground turned acoustic Wes Anderson soundtrack.

Jolie Holland
Classic smoky, musky parlor jazz.

Mac DeMarco
Critic applauded chain-smoking Canadian with a tape machine and psychedelic approach to songwriting formerly known as Makeout Videotape.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Airy falsetto vocals meet reverb meets exquisitely detailed guitar riffs.

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Shakey Graves
Teenage dream, 10-gallon hat, wife beater, drum in a suitcase and a command of dusty country ditties.

Epic Zeppelin-esque head-banging space punk.

Gregory Alan Isakov
Moody blue collar acoustically composed poetry.

Valerie June
Appalachia meets modern urban, rusted traditionals meet dreadlocks.

Trippy tempo-changing soul, not afraid to throw in a flute solo.

Plugged in Bowie space-folk.

Courtney Barnett
Lady Pavement, chugging '90s indie lo-fi.

People Under The Stairs
DIY socially conscious '90s rappers.

Parquet Courts
Post-modern punk influenced by sharp edges and spliffs.

The Sadies
Swinging long-time indie act with a touch of punk.

The Barr Brothers
Mood music for humid, fire-fly laden, summer evenings.

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Angel Olsen
Heavenly female vocals with a twist of '60s pop and modern indie.

Grooving, airy hook-driven indie-pop.

Those Darlins
Nashville-club dance punk.

Della Mae
Pure country western layered lady vocals.

Robbie Fulks
Twangy drawling banjo and fiddle-driven country for long rail rides.

Spanish Gold
Dancy, grooving spook-rock.

Marco Benevento
Modern atmospheric jazz keys.

The Black Lillies
“Oh, Brother Where Art Thou”-style howling, jail-break country.

Mandolin Orange
Baby-faced Gothic Carolina country.

Lonnie Holley
Global spirited trance-folk.

Mikal Cronin
Poppy piano driven egg shaker-adept ditties.

Son Little
Twisted old soul meets R&B.

Possessed By Paul James
Hurricane of a one man band, fiddle, guitar, banjo and drive.

Ages And Ages
Beguiling instrumental arrangements slowly stacking vocals on percussion on swirling orchestral climax.

The Donkeys
Slightly surf rock, slightly soul, all good sense of humor.

Ural Thomas & The Pain
Another story of late-in-life discovery for an ambitious soul musician a la Charles Bradley.

Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer
Ten-gallon hats and swingers, what you’d expect at a festival called Pickaton.

Love As Laughter
Bluesey flashback lo-fi catchy bouncers

Bobby Patterson
Sounds like James Brown…seriously…sounds just like James Brown.

Willie Watson
Traditional with spunk, trubadorian folk master.

Steve Gunn
Tumbling unraveling folk with a worldly twang.

Julianna Barwick
Dreamy, ambient, reverb fueled feedback harmonies.

The Men
Eddie Money meets New Orleans pop meets punk rock.

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Lo-fi writhing lady-lead garage rock.

Hiss Golden Messenger
NOT a band of snakes, rather, countrycrooning mysticism.

Brownout / Brown Sabbath
Trade trombones for guitars and Ozzy for David Jimenez and you’ve got one hell of a weird tribute set.

Charlie Parr
Minnesota old-timey king.

Diarrhea Planet
Sounds less gross than the band name, ‘90s pop-punk with an indie-stoner edge and four guitars worth of noodling. 
Check out our interview with Diarrhea Planet online later this week! 

Old Buck
String band on a quick-picking bender.

Trippy soul folk.

Crow Quill Night Owls
Rag-timey jug band with serious skillz.

Leroy Thomas & The Zydeco Roadrunners
Classic Bayou band combining Cajun, blues and Zydeco.

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