Boise band and defacto cultural ambassador Youth Lagoon announced that its sophomore album, Wondrous Bughouse, is set to be released Tuesday, March 5, on Fat Possum.
The timing couldn't be better. In addition to providing local sensitive introverts with a fix of sad-sackery just in time to prevent them cheering up and appreciating spring, the album will come out just before Youth Lagoon plays one of the headlining sets at Treefort Music Fest, which takes place Thursday, March 21-Sunday, March 24, in downtown Boise.
Also playing at the fest will be more than 150 other bands, many of which Treefort just announced this week.
Big headliners include psychedelic pop band Animal Collective, socially conscious indie hip-hop icon Sage Francis and the old-school soul revival of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.
A number of other acts like Dan Deacon, Emily Wells, James Plane Wreck and Ugly Hussy were also announced in the latest round, as well as some alumni like Pickwick and Delicate Steve.
Treefort press liaison Matt Dalley said that the rest of the lineup will be revealed in two more rounds of announcements--one Wednesday, Jan. 30, and the other Thursday, Feb. 14. That means some big names are being withheld until those dates. A complete list of the bands announced to date for the festival can be found at boiseweekly.com.
Other Treefort alums on their way back to Boise are members of Buffalo Death Beam, which had the distinction of being the only band to rock an oboe at last year's festival. Several members of Buffalo Death Beam play Flying M Coffeegarage Saturday, Jan. 19, with their new group, Edmund Wayne, which Seattle Weekly said "manages to elicit the mood and stylings of Andrew Bird with the magnitude of Radiohead." That show starts at 8 p.m. and costs $3.
But Youth Lagoon ain't the only local band with a new album on the way. Boise punks Piranhas BC have been in the studio with Speedy Gray of Like A Rocket, working on a new round of drunkpunk and country mashups that the band hopes to have out sometime in the spring. Stay tuned to Boise Weekly for more details as they develop.