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      September 6, 2012

      Thursday   8:00 PM

      3017 SE Milwaukie Ave
      Portland, Oregon 97202

      MusicfestNW presents Trampled By Turtles, These United States, Erik Koskinen

      MusicfestNW presents Trampled By Turtles, These United States, and Erik Koskinen

      Trampled By Turtles

      “Supercharged songs with a hooky playfulness and white-knuckle power…” —Esquire “Lit up and charged…four-part harmonies that are close to being crystalline.” —Daytrotter

      On April 10 Thirty Tigers/RED will release Trampled by Turtles’ highly anticipated album Stars and Satellites. The band’s 2010 release Palomino (Thirty Tigers) garnered critical acclaim from NPR Music who praised both the band’s “impeccable dexterity” and “charm and melody to the songs.” AOL Spinner called the record “hard-charging music…infectiously raucous,” while Paste Magazine admired the band’s “punk ethos” as well as “virtuosity and energy” while naming the band as one of the Top 25 Live Acts of 2011. The band will support the new album with a North American tour this spring. 

      Since forming in Duluth, Minnesota in 2003, Trampled by Turtles always felt they were able to attain an energy on stage that can’t be found in the studio. They were so comfortable playing on the road that they treated their previous albums’ recording processes like tours. For Stars and Satellites, however, Trampled by Turtles didn’t want to simply try to recreate a live show. “We wanted to make a record that breathes,” explains Dave Simonett (guitar/vocals), “musically we wanted to step out of our comfort zone.” “This record is all about going inward,” Erik Berry (mandolin, vocals) adds, “building a focused bond as players and friends, and bringing a different mindset to the sounds Trampled by Turtles can make.” With the help of engineer Tom Herbers (Low, Jayhawks) the band moved into “Soleil Pines,” a log home outside of Duluth, to record. “You know how sometimes they say ‘less is more,’” notes Berry, “that’s what Stars and Satellites is about. “

      Trampled by Turtles is Dave Simonett, Tim Saxhaug (bass, vocals), Dave Carroll (banjo, vocals), Erik Berry and Ryan Young (fiddle). Within the contained music scene of Duluth, the members of the band did their own time in punk and rock bands, brandishing their electricity proudly before switching to acoustic instruments. While they never set out to be a “bluegrass” band, Trampled by Turtles employs many of the same traditional techniques of the genre, but their differences in influences, attitude and attack make for their unique sound.

      These United States

      One part Rolling Thunder Revue, one part banged-and-bruised balladeering, two parts just plain strange, These United States have their sights set on a rock-and-roll reformation. Taking their cues as much from Walt Whitman as from Wilco, Jesse Elliott and co. walk the thin line between the coffeehouse and the roadhouse, spinning something fiercely, unapologetically positive out of the sinking reality of an empire gone Titanic.

      After releasing 2 albums and playing 200 shows in 2008, the DC-Kentucky- psych-folk-lit-pop rockers are rumbling surely towards the next benchmarks in a long string of critical acclaim, including several Best of 2008 mentions for Crimes and A Picture of the Three of Us..., and features on NPR's "All Things Considered," Paste, Filter, Village Voice, Brooklyn Vegan,Daytrotter, My Old Kentucky Blog, The Onion, Jambase, KEXP, WOXY, and KCRW.

      "It is, without being at all overly enthusiastic, one of the best records you will hear this year, and it will make you feel completely human." - DAYTROTTER "A beautiful collection of understated, orchestral roots rock that will enrapture both NPR and Pitchfork devotees." - ALTERNATIVE PRESS "A bevy of images, all delivered with the same gentle intensity... small melodic bits pull and push the listener's attention, moving continuously under layered melodies and a wash of words. - NPR "The production is spot-on and few albums in recent memory put a candle to the lyricism present here." - KEXP "It is easily one of the grooviest efforts of 2008. Even though it sounds like it was made in 1968." - WIRED "Labyrinthine and grandiose... the 12-song cycle coils around itself in tales that rage and lull in turns. An impressive achievement... a rousing communal affair befitting it's epic and twisted ambition" - PASTE MAGAZINE "It’s a phenomenal record..this is almost as much of a supergroup as the New Pornographers or Broken Social Scene. And even though they might not have a fraction of those bands’ fame, to judge solely on Saturday’s performance, they’ve already started playing with a level of energy that suggests that nobody bothered to tell them." - YOU AIN'T NO PICASSO

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