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Not Sure Where To Start With Treefort Music Fest? NPR Music Has Some Ideas

Peter Lovera
Treefort Music Fest
One of the many rocking nights at Treefort Music Fest 2017.

With Treefort Music Fest just a few weeks away (March 21-25), music fans still have time to nail down their must-sees. But if you’re overwhelmed looking at the 400+ bands that will take over downtown Boise, the sonic buffs at NPR Music might be helpful in getting you started. Here's a look at some of the Treefort artists the music guides have recently reviewed.

Toward the top of the Treefort billing is the tireless champion of the party lifestyle Andrew W.K. The NYC-based rocker will storm the Main Stage Saturday, March 24. Even for the most hardened cynic, Andrew W.K.’s characteristic enthusiasm and Rock God status is infectious, and his new album exudes pulsating positivity. NPR Music has an exclusive stream of his latest album that's sure to get you in the party spirit.

Another main stage artist for your must-see list is Jamila Woods. Along with several other up-and-coming artists from around the country, NPR Music is spotlighting the Chicago-based poet and songstress in their new Slingshot project. Woods’ self-possessed style was showcased during a recent Tiny Desk Concert. (If only the Treefort Main Stage were as intimate as Bob Boilen’s desk…)

Speaking of Mr. Boilen, the All Songs Considered co-host gave a thumbs-up to Typhoon’s latest album, which tells the story of a man losing his memory: “This album of brilliant storytelling, clocking in at almost 2300 words, is worth dissecting and poring over.” The Portland band has played Boise before, but Boiseans might be surprised by the band’s darker tone this time around.

Other acts NPR Music suggest you to keep tabs on: Rapsody (she keeps good company at Roc Nation) and Low Cut Connie (because long live rock n’ roll).

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Frankie Barnhill was the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast.