Posts tagged #Denver

3 Portland Bands to check out at Timber Fest

The lineup for this this year's Timber! Outdoor Music Fest is turning out to be their best yet. This means that over the course of three days in July (24, 25 and 26) this will be a celebration and outpouring of some of the best music to come out the Pacific NW. 

Amidst this incredible bill of amazing artists, we want to introduce you to 3 Portland bands that will be repping the sweet Oregon vibes this year. With that said, we're offering a pair of tickets to this amazing festival. Share your favorite live experience from one of these Portland bands in the comment section below. We'll choose the winners on Thursday, May 29.

1. Horse Feathers

We've been fans of this band for a while. They've built themselves up as one of the most prominent orchestral-folk outfits out there today. 

Blending together complex string arrangements with dynamic acoustic guitar and percussion, each composition is held in place with literary and weighted lyricism.

This is beautiful and sweeping music that cuts to the core with bare emotions and leaves you in an empowered state of reflection with inspiration to continue moving forward with a filled heart.

This duo produces some of the most exciting music in Portland right now. We love these dudes and are stoked to have them in the Marmoset family. 

There's a lot of sound coming from just two people. This music is equal parts jazz-noise freak out and boomy rock grooves. These gents lay it down with each instrumental they play, making it hard for the listener to stand still. 

We couldn't be happier to see this band on the bill, and they are almost guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. Check out this recent session they had on OPB.

3. Denver

This group of ramblers wear their influences on their sleeves. Denver plays music for the rebel in all of us. Folk ballads to cry in your beer to.

Combining an onslaught of acoustic instruments with devastating vocal harmonies, you can't help but to sing along.

To see this band live is to fully take in the experience they present, making each performance unique and different. We're excited to see what they do at Timber Fest! Dig the video below of their session at Pickathon Music Festival.

3 New Music Videos You Should Check Out

It's been a damn good time for music videos.  With so much music coming in our thriving artistic community, it's been answered with a loving outpour of cinematic interpretations.  We present 3 recent collaborations of sight and sound.


Nick Jaina // Don't Come To Me

We love Nick Jaina, we also love his charmingly awkward dance moves.  The Oregon Ballet Theatre must also love his sweet moves too because they choreographed a routine with him.  Beautifully shot by director Seth Wheldon, this videos will leave you fully enraptured again and again.

Check out Nick Jaina's Artist Profile HERE.

Alameda // New Leaf

An older song brought to new life. This animation was a labor of love from the awesome Denver-based agency Legwork. The project took nearly two years to finish due to files being lost and computers crashing. However, this amazing piece is getting the accolades it deserves being selected as an Staff Pick on Vimeo and will be screened at this years SXSW Festival.

Check out Alameda's Artist Profile HERE.

Cars & Trains // Nations

multi-instrumentalist + electronic aficionado Tom Fillep (aka Cars & Trains) makes his selfie debut in this simple and unique video.  This glitchy one-take shot reminds us of those analog VHS tracking days, yet something more modern.  The textures in the video are strongly reminiscent with the ones in the song. Enjoy.

Check out Cars & Trains Artist Profile HERE.

The Expression of Silence // An interview with John Hosack, director of PATER


More and more these days, filmmakers have been looking to crowdfunding sites (e.g. Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, etc...) as avenues to get their projects off the ground (see our recent post).  Crowdfunding campaign videos and trailers are becoming an art form in their own right, so finding the best soundtrack for them is all the more important. 

The creative new sci-fi film Pater recently came to our attention when they licensed "Love Story" a track by Matthew Morgan through our site.  We got a chance to ask the Denver-based director John Hosack a few questions about the importance of music in his film.

What's the film about?

Pater is about fatherhood in desperate times, and about our place in the universe. The young Janus and elderly Progenitor are two aliens whom having lost their home planet to self-destructive wars are desperately searching for a planet with life and civilization to call a home. We join them as they land on a prospective planet only to find the ruins of another civilization.

What was the process of finding music for your film? 

In order to promote Pater, we were looking for music that not only conveyed the emotional tone of the film itself, but music that would help the audience connect to our message. So we wanted something friendly and inspiring, but also introspective and maybe a touch solemn.  Finding music that would fit that bill proved to be a difficult task, as several members of our crew searched creative commons sites for the perfect track, all to no avail. Luckily, our cinematographer Robert Hardy, who had previously written about Marmoset for NoFilmSchool, had been searching the site in order to find a song. He emailed everyone with the Matthew Morgan track and we knew that we had our song.

How important do you feel the element of music is in your film?

Music is going to be an important element in Pater because the film will rely heavily on the emotion of its characters. Well chosen music has the power to amplify that emotion and turn strong visuals into an overall powerful audio/visual experience for the audience. I also have scenes with no dialog and so the music needs to say what the characters are not. Music is the expression of the silence in my film, if that makes any sense.


How important do you feel music is in cinema in general?

I think a film with no music can still be a good film, but I see no virtue in that. I think music and cinema are a perfect match. A solid score can turn a mediocre film into a great one. Hopefully, it will do that for me.

It's through the addition of music that film can be the most expressive artistic medium of our age.

Check out the video below and visit their Kickstarter campaign to help get this wonderful project up and running.


We're excited to bring the boys from the band Denver on board. Though referenced as another city, this rowdy crew calls Portland their home.  Named as a "Ramshackle All-Star Country Band", these gents come from the likes of Blitzen Trapper and Alela Diane's Wild Divine.   To watch a Denver show is to revel and sway to joy and pain; with each singer taking turns leading the way, and also find a space to sing together in great harmony. Finding a place on Mama Bird Recording Co., Denver brings you drunken ballads that you can cry in your beer to.  Check out this great video of one of their recent sessions! Download + The Way It Is by Denver +

Eric Nordby's Euro Tour


Our very own Artist Relations Manager and all around good guy and friend, Eric Nordby, headed overseas on Monday to kick off his European tour. He'll be hopping countries in Eastern Europe such as Germany, the Netherlands, Croatia, and France, bringing with him his newly recorded Halos EP - recorded at Marmoset HQ, with the help of Rob Dennler of Loudspeaker Recording and Mastering. The German label Songs & Whispers are putting out Halos and also re-releasing Norman's Hay Hay Make a Wish LP internationally. Check out Eric Nordby's Kickstarter page, and be sure to keep an eye on the Marmoset blog for tour updates.