Youth Lagoon Announces Junkyard Tour with Date at The ELM


After a long hiatus, neo-psychedelia artist Youth Lagoon will bring his Junkyard Tour to The ELM in Bozeman on Saturday, July 15, 2023.

Boise-based Trevor Powers a.k.a. Youth Lagoon first burst onto the scene in 2011 with his debut album, The Year of Hibernation, which was hailed as a masterpiece of dreamy, lo-fi pop.  Over the next few years, Youth Lagoon released two more albums, Wondrous Bughouse and Savage Hills Ballroom. In 2016, he announced that he was calling it quits under the Youth Lagoon moniker. He went on to release two more albums under his own name including 2018’s Mulberry Violence and 2020’s Capricorn.

In October 2021, Powers suffered from a horrible over-the-counter drug reaction that caused him to temporarily  lose his speech. Thankfully, he recovered and decided to bring back the Youth Lagoon project. Now, after a long break, Youth Lagoon is unveiling a new album, Heaven is a Junkyard, slated to release on June 9th.

The ELM’s intimate setting is going to be the perfect fit for Powers’ immersive live performance and we look forward to having fans welcome Youth Lagoon back!


PRESALE: Limited Groove presale tickets will be available online only (while supplies last) from 10am – 10pm Thursday, April 6th, 2023. A password will be provided via email after completing the Groove Presale sign up form where it says GET TICKETS below. PLEASE NOTE: Logjam Gift Cards cannot be used for presale purchases. Learn how to purchase tickets with your Logjam gift card here.

PUBLIC ON SALE: Tickets go on sale Friday, April 7th at 10am at The ELM box office, online or by phone at 1 (800) 514-3849. Reserved balcony loge seating and general admission standing room tickets are available. All ages are welcome.

About Youth Lagoon

In 2016, Trevor Powers shut the door on Youth Lagoon. “I felt like I was in a chokehold,” he says. “Even though it was my music, I lost my way. In a lot of ways, I lost myself.”

Stepping back from the alias, Powers found personal transformation at his home in Idaho and released experimental tapes under his own name (2018’s Mulberry Violence and 2020’s Capricorn).

“My mind has always been a devil,” says Powers. “It tells me terrible things—like I’m worthless, ugly, or broken. It’s like a motel TV stuck on a channel that won’t shut off, with static and endless late-night ads and preachers screaming about the end of the world.”

In October 2021, something changed the channel.

After taking an over-the-counter medication, Powers had a drug reaction so severe it turned his stomach into a “non-stop geyser of acid,” coating his larynx and vocal cords for eight months. “I saw seven doctors and multiple specialists. I lost over thirty pounds. No one could help me,” says Powers. By Christmas, he could no longer speak, turning to text messages and a pen and paper as his only ways to communicate. “I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be able to speak again, yet alone sing,” he says.

“It all felt symbolic in a way,” he adds. “I’d been swallowing fear all my life and now here it was coming back up. I used to think God watches people suffer. Now I know She suffers with you. That changed everything.” Continue reading…