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.
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.
Reunited and it feels so good, pop-country all-stars.
Female-fronted prototype Sunset Strip LA punk rock, Joan Jett meets Misfits.
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.
Velvet Underground turned acoustic Wes Anderson soundtrack.
Classic smoky, musky parlor jazz.
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.
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.
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.
Lady Pavement, chugging '90s indie lo-fi.
People Under The Stairs
DIY socially conscious '90s rappers.
Post-modern punk influenced by sharp edges and spliffs.
Swinging long-time indie act with a touch of punk.
The Barr Brothers
Mood music for humid, fire-fly laden, summer evenings.
Heavenly female vocals with a twist of '60s pop and modern indie.
Grooving, airy hook-driven indie-pop.
Nashville-club dance punk.
Pure country western layered lady vocals.
Twangy drawling banjo and fiddle-driven country for long rail rides.
Dancy, grooving spook-rock.
Modern atmospheric jazz keys.
The Black Lillies
“Oh, Brother Where Art Thou”-style howling, jail-break country.
Baby-faced Gothic Carolina country.
Global spirited trance-folk.
Poppy piano driven egg shaker-adept ditties.
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.
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
Sounds like James Brown…seriously…sounds just like James Brown.
Traditional with spunk, trubadorian folk master.
Tumbling unraveling folk with a worldly twang.
Dreamy, ambient, reverb fueled feedback harmonies.
Eddie Money meets New Orleans pop meets punk rock.
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.
Minnesota old-timey king.
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!
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.