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Sasquatch 2014, Day 3: Bob Mould

Even though he’s not on a proper tour at the moment, Bob Mould (and his partners in crime drummer Jon Wurster and bassist Jason Narducy) can pump out a set of punk rock seemingly on a moment’s notice. Right as Mould’s set at Sasquatch was starting, black sheets of rain started to drizzle down, butRead more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 3: tUnE-yArDs

“Don’t tell any other festivals, but this miiiiiight be my favorite festival.” That’s how Merrill Garbus began her campaign to win over the Gorge on Sunday afternoon at Sasquatch, and it certainly worked. tUnE-yArDs‘ live show has always demanded a participatory audience, if only to dance to Garbus’ hyper-percussive, multi-genre tunes. Since her 2011 breakthroughRead more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 3: John Grant

Although he’s spent the last few months contributing as a vocalist to Hercules and Love Affair, John Grant returned to his day job on Sunday afternoon, performing a stark set of wistful tunes from his two solo albums. At first glance, the massive Sasquatch stage at 1 p.m. on a sunny afternoon isn’t the mostRead more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 2: The National

For a moment there, it looked like The National‘s headlining set at Sasquatch – one of the band’s biggest shows to date – was going to be underwhelming. For the first twenty minutes, the band felt too mellow, and frontman Matt Berninger, disinterested. And then, after “Don’t Swallow The Cap”, a switch seemingly went off in Berninger’sRead more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 2: Washed Out

Whatever “chillwave” as a genre tag was, it’s dead. However, its two biggest names, Toro Y Moi and Washed Out, have both (maybe coincedentally) evolved into something a little less ephemeral: electronic-savvy, funk machines. As he’s gained more prominence, Ernest Greene’s initially bedroom-sized project has become something more visceral and muscular in a live setting. So whileRead more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 2: Neko Case

“I’m Neko Case, and I’m from Tacoma, Washington,” an atypically curt Neko Case remarked halfway through her Saturday evening set at Sasquatch. “And now I’ve gotten the pandering out of the way.” Also claiming ties to Vancouver and Seattle, Case has been a Pacific Northwestern staple for a while, so she’s right in that sheRead more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 2: Cloud Control

There is no group of people more passionate at festivals than Australians. Ineffably, Aussie bands and fans always give notable performances and serve as fervent audience members, which is why Cloud Control felt like they were playing the steps of the Sydney Opera House instead of the much-smaller Yeti stage on Saturday night. (“We’re fromRead more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 2: Chastity Belt

With a name like Chastity Belt, there has to be an amount of self-awareness with your music, and the Seattle quartet definitely have it. However, that doesn’t mean self-seriousness, which is what Gretchen Grimm, Lydia Lund, Julia Shapiro, and Annie Truscott definitely don’t have. Some of the Sasquatch weekend’s best performances have been on theRead more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 2: Chet Faker

Although he made his name as a collaborator of the fast-rising Aussie producer Flume, Chet Faker‘s solo material is a much starker affair, dealing with heartbreak and isolation. Considering that, it’s a little strange that he played to a fervent, mid-sized audience at Sasquatch in the dance tent on either side of a set thatRead more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 2: Jonathan Wilson

Ten minutes into Jonathan Wilson‘s terrific afternoon set at Sasquatch, something clicked. His band, already well into their second song of psychedelic, desert-tinged rock, hit a groove-based stride, and Wilson transformed the Yeti stage from a small corner in the Pacific Northwest into a highway in the Southern Californian desert. Wilson’s profile is highest asRead more...

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