Music Fest NorthWest 2008

Each September in Portland is the indie pop Music Fest, and this year’s version wrapped up last night.  I ended up seeing 14 acts in 4 days, using the bicycle to hop around town from venue to venue (weather lately has been just lovely as well, making the river crossing beautiful each night).

Highlights for me this year:

  • Battles – third time I’ve seen them, another intense, sweaty show, perhaps the best of the lot.
  • Britt Daniel w/Janet Weiss – the lead man from Spoon played solo for his old songs, and with drummer extraordinaire Janet Weiss on five or six new songs.
  • Built to Spill – performed 1997 album ‘Perfect from now on’ in its entirety.
  • Nada Surf – just real nice ‘power pop’
  • John Vanderslice & band – nice arrangements, I’ll have to check out some of his CDs.
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  • Jim  On September 10, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Located all your groups on emusic. In-ter-est-ing! Can’t say I was excited by my first exposure, but will keep trying!

    Have you ever tried Tierney Sutton? I posted on her a couple of times. She is the best female “jazz” singer I have ever heard. Listen to her here:

  • Curt  On September 11, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Good on you for trying – but I’ll be the first to admit that some of this music is a bit of an acquired taste!

    I’ll check out Tierney Sutton.

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