Thursday, March 24
Pengilly's, 10-10:40 p.m.
Porlolo is the long-running folk/indie-rock project of Erin Roberts. Tender yet passionate, thoughtful yet gently visceral, Porlolo has included members of Ark Life — Ben DeSoto on drums and Natalie Tate on keyboards.
Linen Building, 11 p.m.
and Friday, March 25, Neurolux, 7:30-8:10 p.m.
Newly relocated to Los Angeles, Plum honed its fuzzy, psychedelic rock chops in Denver. A cut above the spate of post-Tame Impala psych-rockers, Plum's songwriting comes off as sophisticated and ambitious.
Spacebar, 12-1:15 a.m.
and Sunday, March 27, at Reef, 10:30-11:15 p.m.
Elliott Baker's songs are in the future-pop vein and thus sound like a retrofuturist reimagining of a fusion of synth pop and R&B, soul and funk. Think Toro y Moi but somehow even more chilled out.
Friday, March 25
Werk Out Palace
Rose Room, 4-5 p.m.
A combination of high-energy, eccentric, spiritually inflected, hippie game-show/workout show/dance party with prizes. Even if you're not participating, this is a highly entertaining event to witness and is unlike anything happening at the festival. Lead werker Piper Rose is like the Dan Deacon of workout routines, and she will get you involved and make it fun.
The Raven and the Writing Desk
The Olympic, 6-6:40 p.m.
This dark pop band has evolved considerably since its debut in 2010. What hasn't changed is the high degree of imagination and skill that goes into the act's songwriting. Once a combination of dream pop and perhaps a Tin Pan Alley approach to its music-making, TRATWD has streamlined a bigger and more emotionally charged sound.
Bud Bronson & the Good Timers
Neurolux, 8:30-9 p.m.
Reconciling power pop with an earnest and thought-provoking songwriting reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen, Bud Bronson & the Good Timers transcend obvious connections with garage rock and so-called party rock.
Knitting Factory, 9:30–11:30 p.m.
These Colorado jam-band legends normally play venues much larger than the 1,000-capacity Knitting Factory in Boise, so here's your chance to see the band in a relatively intimate setting.
Pengilly's, 10:30-11:10 p.m.
If the music weren't so legitimate, you might be excused for thinking this band was a spoof on country — probably because its demeanor and performances are informed by a healthy sense of humor and energy. You can expect old-school country — not the thing that often passes for country music after the 1980s.
Read on for Denver bands playing Saturday and Sunday at Treefort.