Photo: Patrick O'Brien Smith

Shabazz Palaces Headlines the “Mountain Series” from Pickathon (video) (premiere)

Shabazz Palaces perfectly exemplifies the Pickathon aesthetic as they have greatly expanded hip-hop's palette.

PopMatters is partnering with Pickathon, an independent Oregon music festival that features a stellar line-up of indie rock, hip-hop, soul, country and Americana. We are going to be bringing you an exciting series of exclusive videos over the coming months leading up to the festival dates, August 5th through the 7th.

First up, we are premiering the “Mountain Series” featuring the experimental hip-hop stylings of the one and only Shabazz Palaces. The commonality between the artists playing Pickathon is that they all push genre boundaries in one way or another and they are all forward-looking musicians. Shabazz Palaces perfectly exemplifies this aesthetic as they have greatly expanded hip-hop’s palette, album after album, merging elements of Afrobeat and jazz into their sound.

The Pickathon schedule has been announced. Find out when Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco), Beach House, Wolf Parade, Yo La Tengo, Ty Segall and many others are playing this summer. Buy your tickets here.

Photo: Tim LaBarge

The festival also announced a new round of lineup additions this morning.

Mac DeMarco

King Sunny Ade

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down


Ry X

Cory Henry

Promised Land Sound

Town Mountain

Myke Bogan


Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms

Open Mike Eagle

Chanti Darling