And today’s Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-store is …

The Ascetic Junkies!

The Portland folk-pop outfit (playing a 21+ Treefort show at Pengilly’s at 8 p.m. Thursday) will perform a full-band set at 4:30 p.m. TODAY at The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages — and you don’t need a Treefort pass to attend (but you should get one anyway).

After the in-store, head next door to Neurolux with us to see Finn Riggins officially kick off the festival at 6 p.m.!


The Ascetic Junkies are a pop band with more than a passing interest in Americana, noise and psychedelic song structure quirks. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, they’ve been inciting audiences to dance and sweat all over the West Coast and beyond since 2008. The band has its roots in a merging of rock and bluegrass, but after self-releasing an album in 2008, they started indulging in the pop/Americana/indie realm. Since then, they’ve constantly evolved their sonic palette without losing the core focus of their sound, which has been made easier by the distinct sound of their dual-lead-vocal center. Kali and Matt write the songs, and Cole and Stephen help take them and twist them into something unique, fun, and shape-shifting. They have gathered fond comparisons within the pop world as diverse as The Avett Brothers, The New Pornographers and The Dirty Projectors.

Through the last four years, the Ascetic Junkies have self-released two albums and seen a third released on Portland indie label Timber Carnival Records, toured often all over the Northwest, West Coast and Northeast and had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such national acts as Nicole Atkins, Warpaint, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside and Asobi Seksu. In 2011, their received several honors on their home turf, including having tracks featured on the prestigious PDX Pop Now! compilation and Tender Loving Empire’s “Friends and Friends of Friends Vol. 4,” and having a self-produced music video highlighted and screened at NW Film Fest.

2012 finds the band planning to tour more than ever, recording a lot of new electrified material that intentionally sits on the border between “really catchy” and “pretty weird” and taking in the sights while driving back and forth across the country to bring their tunes to fans in towns big and small.

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