KPSU Is Going To Pickathon!

Written by on August 3, 2017

Happy Valley’s independent music festival is set to make its eighteenth go-round this weekend at Pendarvis Farm. This year, KPSU will be attending. Headliners include Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaries, Dinosaur Jr. and Deer Tick among a lineup of Portland favorites like Coco Columbia as well as returning guest Ty Segall. Here are six artists KPSU plans on catching over the four-day long festivities:


Hailed as “one of America’s most promising young punk bands” by Rolling Stone, the four–piece out of Washington, DC will make their Pickathon debut after releasing their first LP, Nothing Feels Natural, in January. You can read the Pitchfork review of the album here and catch the band live on both Friday and Saturday.


Jay Som

Jay Som, the musical project of Oakland-based Melina Duterte, has solidified Duterte’s “rep as a self-made force of sonic splendor and emotional might.” Praise for her 2016 release, Turn Into, was echoed by critics on this year’s Everybody WorksJay Som will be taking the Pickathon stage on Friday and Saturday and returning to the Pacific Northwest on October 27th at the Doug Fir Lounge.

Twitter: @jaysomband |

Big Thief

“Every once in a while, a band comes along that leaves expectations, cynicism, and emotional distance ruined in a heap on the floor. Brooklyn’s Big Thief is that band.” In support of their latest LP, Capacity, the band will grace the stage this Friday and Saturday. 

Instagram: @bigthiefmusic |


New Jersey’s Pinegrove channel “the rootsy shamble of early Wilco” and “the wiggly guitar solos and general guilelessness of pre-prog Built to Spill” in their 2016 release, Cardinal. The band will live up to being a “driving force behind the return of teen pop in the late ’90s” this Saturday and Sunday at Pendarvis Farm.

Twitter: @PinegroveBand |

Andy Shauf

Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Shauf’s latest album, The Party, is “an emotionally remote collection of character studies and bent observations made during a gathering of drunken fools, smooth operators and the painfully self-aware.” At this weekend’s gathering, Shauf will perform Saturday and Sunday to a crowd drunk and sweaty festival goers.

Twitter: @andyshauf |


Alongside Tame Impala, Sweden’s Dungen have kept the the psych-pop oddity alive into the new millennium. Their latest work includes Häxan, a 2016 LP, as well as film compositionThey will preform their score to The Adventure of Prince Achmed during their Saturday night set and close the Woods Stage on Sunday.

Instagram: @dungen_musik |

Follow KPSU on Instagram @kpsu_radio for live story updates and find out more about Pickathon including the full schedule and infromation about remaining day tickets here.





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