Portlanders (and anyone who wants to come to Portland), clear your calendars! September 7-11 is Music Fest NorthWest, and it looks incredible this year. Aside from the amazing headliners like Band of Horses and Iron and Wine, MFNW has something for everyone from Portland’s diverse assortment of amazing music. Read on to check out the lineup, with pictures, comments, videos and endorsements on who you should catch. I’m proud to say that BestNewBands has featured so many of these great artists!
Band of Horses Love, love love this band…of horses. Chances are their live performance of their latest album Infinite Arms will be sublime.
Iron and Wine
Explosions In The Sky
The Kills Read Kristina Villarini’s review of their new album Blood Pressures here!
Butthole Surfers As sick as I am of hearing “Pepper,” I’m curious to see these guys now.
Archers of Loaf
Blitzen Trapper Portland’s own!
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Antlers Kristina Villarini likes The Antlers. Do you?
The Joy Formidable: Check out Kristina Villarini’s review of The Joy Formidable’s show at Webster Hall in May.
YACHT: Read Kelly Montgomery’s interview with YACHT here!
Sharon Van Etten: Folk chanteuse extraordinaire!
Thee Oh Sees: Laurel Kathleen loved Thee Oh Sees at the FYF Fest. Can they tear it up again?
Horse Feathers: Katrina Nattress loves this Portland band…
Avi Buffalo: Please, Oh Please play “What’s In It For!”
The Horrors: All the way from London town!
The Thermals: Rockin’ Portland since 2002!
Portland Cello Project: Check out this video of The Portland Cello Project covering Kanye!
Pig Destroyer: Maybe I’ll finally find out what ‘deathgrind’ means.
You Am I
The Olivia Tremor Control
Ted Leo: Without the Pharmacists??
Dam-Funk and Master Blaster
Bobby Bare Jr.
Tennis: Read about Kelly Knapp’s experience at the Tennis show in March.
Centro-Matic: New album coming out June 21st!
The Hood Internet
Typhoon: Portland’s EPIC mini-orchestra!
The Moondoggies: Kelly Montgomery wanted more from The Moonggies’s last album. Will they bring it?
PS I Love You
The Gaslamp Killer: Scary…or awesome?
The Soft Moon
Dirty Beaches: Kelly Knapp interviewed Alex Zhang Hungtai just a week ago!
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Sleepy Sun: Daniel Kohn talked to Matt Holliman of Sleepy Sun. Read it here!
The Miracles Club
A Storm Of Light
The Incredible Kid
Y La Bamba: Read about an Y La Bamba show that Katrina Natress covered.
And And And: Willamette Week’s Best New Band of 2011!
Celilo: Read about Celilo’s latest show at the Doug Fir here!
Dangerous Boys Club
Jared Mees And The Grown Children
Kasey Anderson And The Honkies
Kelly Blair Bauman
Mad Rad: Monica Christoffels put Mad Rad on Sasquatch watch, and they rocked it!
Marius Libman: Better known as simply Copy.
New York Rifles
Purple & Green
Sean Flinn & The Royal We
Sweet Teen Killing Machine
The Angry Orts: One of my favorite Portland bands- go here to see an interview I did with them.
The Needful Longings
Thousands: Laurel Kathleen interviewed Thousands!
For more information, visit MFNW’s
web site. Tickets went on sale June 3rd. It’s $115 for an all show wristband, $70 for a general admission wristband and $250 for a VIP wristband. Make an investment in Northwest music! I’ll see you there!
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