Name That Fish

We’re spotlighting Upstream artists from around the Northwest from now until the fest, asking them to get personal on some of life’s biggest questions, then (after baring their souls) they'll name the Upstream fish! Check out the whole series on YouTube and the most recent episode below.

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The weirdly delightful and delightfully weird Spesh sat down with us for our last Name That Fish of the year. They bring their signature pop-meets-darkwave to the Votiv stage Sunday and once purchased an instrument with nothing but $30 bucks and a strawberry milkshake.

Y La Bamba

Portland by way of San Francisco by way of Michoacán, Y La Bamba sat down with us for this episode of Name That Fish. Don't miss Y La Bamba on Saturday, June 2 at Upstream.


Seattle's own Sol chats about the spirit of Pioneer Square, writing music for his godson, and the fish names just get weirder in the newest episode of Name That Fish. Catch Sol Friday, June 1 at Upstream Fest.

The Seshen

Genre bending electronic soul outfit, The Seshen, sit down in this episode of Name That Fish. They talk about the inspiration behind their amazing "Colors Collide" music video (search that one out if you haven't seen it yet!), resurrecting Bob Marley, and the best fruit (mangoes!). Catch The Seshen at Upstream Fest Friday, June 1.

Special Explosion

Half of Seattle's experimental rock group Special Explosion join us to once again Name That Fish, and like true Northwesterners, they love tartar sauce and give the fish a uniquely Seattle name.

Whitney Ballen

This episode of \"Name That Fish\" features Issaquah, Washington folk-pop singer Whitney Ballen. Catch her on Kate Becker's guest curated stage Sunday, June 3 at Upstream this year.


This episode of "Name That Fish" features Portland surf-pop quartet RILLA. Don't miss them at Upstream!

Gold Casio

This episode of "Name That Fish" features electro-pop disco gods Gold Casio. Don't miss them at Upstream on Starbucks' guest curated stage.


This episode of "Name That Fish" features Seattle favorites Tacocat. You can catch them at the Sound Lot, Upstream’s main stage experience on Saturday, June 2!

Strange Ranger

This episode of "Name That Fish" features Portland indie rock/ post-punk band Strange Ranger. You can catch them on the Consequence of Sound stage at Upstream this year.

Wild Ones

The second episode of "Name That Fish" includes Portland's Wild Ones, who will perform their signature dream pop on Duck Club's guest curated stage at Upstream this year.

Dave B

Kicking off Upstream's 2018 artist spotlight series "Name That Fish" is 2017 artist Dave B who headlined our 2018 secret show in January.