by Leah Sottile
Each day this week, we’ve previewed bands playing at this weekend’s inaugural Birds on a Wire festival in Pullman. You can also check out our full story — featuring Rocky Votolato, Justin Townes Earle and Joe Pug — in yesterday's Inlander.
We've been largely paying attention to the Pullman and PDX bands that are playing this weekend's Birds on a Wire festival — so today is Seattle day! And, hell, we're gonna make this a double-post.
You'd be a foolish little folkie to miss out on the Moondoggies set tonight. The Seattle band is one of just a handful of band's on Sub Pop's offshoot indie imprint, Hardly Art — home to bands like the Dutchess and the Duke and Arthur & Yu. They blend genres — often building folk-rock (literally) masterpieces with songs like "Night & Day." That's a song that starts with quiet finger-picking and easy crooning, but continually undulates over seven minutes into a full-blown rock track. They're definitely a rootsy-folk band first and foremost — but they've got enough swagger in their back-pockets to convert your rock-centric friends.
And then there's the Final Spins — by far one of the most rollicking rock acts of the festival. The project of Zach Tillman (brother of the Fleet Foxes, J. Tillman) has caught on fast — their easy psychedelic/folk has been featured highlighted on KEXP as "music that matters." Occasionally loud but often simple and catchy 1990s-esque college rock, the band's stuff is quickly catching on with Seattle-ites after the band's in-store performances at Sonic Boom and such.
Here's a video of their performance on KEXP.
Now quit reading this, get in your car and drive to Pullman. This might be the best festival our Inland Northwest has ever seen.
The Moondoggies play tonight at the Gladish Auditorium from 11 pm to midnight. The Final Spins play tomorrow at the Gladish Gym from 10 - 11 pm. Tickets are $45. For more info go here.