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The Governors Ball Music Festival, Day 2: Torres, Against Me!, HAIM, Purity Ring

The second day of The 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival was also its final day. (The threat of severe thunderstorms led the festival’s organizers to cancel the Sunday programming – most notably including Kanye West.) But until the unexpected deluge of rain came pouring down around 7 p.m. on Saturday, the festival was running quiteRead more…

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The Governors Ball Music Festival, Day 1: Bob Moses, Big Grams, Father John Misty, Bloc Party, The Strokes

Only a year or two after establishing itself as the first NYC music festival to actually pull off an event with the caliber and scope fitting of the city, The Governors Ball Music Festival is at a crossroads. Stereogum’s Michael Nelson does an excellent job explaining it in depth, but due to the emergence ofRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 4: Jamie xx

A 12:30 a.m. timeslot on the final day of a four-day Sasquatch! Music Festival is a daunting test. You’re either playing to whoever’s passed out on the lawn or people who are, for any number of personal and chemical reasons, not ready to let their festival experience end. Jamie xx wasn’t the most explosive electronicRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 4: Florence and the Machine

“Will you be my choir of hungover angels tonight?” If there’s ever been a more on-point request on the closing day of a music festival, they’ll have to tell it directly to Florence and the Machine’s eponymous singer, who couldn’t have been more spot-on in describing the massive crowd that was in attendance for herRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 4: Kurt Vile & The Violators

One stage over from the Bigfoot stage at Sasquatch! Music Festival, where the perpetually-relaxed Kurt Vile was leading the Violators through a set that “languid” doesn’t even begin to describe, the dance tent was bursting with bass and a flood of seizure-inducing strobe lights. Naturally, Vile didn’t seem bothered in the least. The Philadelphia guitaristRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 4: Sufjan Stevens

After arriving on the main stage at Sasquatch! Music Festival in a Value Village-via-80s workout tapes-via acid getup and leading his band through a dramatically reworked “Seven Swans”, Sufjan Stevens laid down the mission statement for his subheadlining set: “God is in the house.” He paused, then added, with only slightly more humor, “Sufjan StevensRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 4: Grimes

From the second Claire Boucher steps on the main stage at Sasquatch! Music Festival, it seems as if there are two versions of Grimes present during her shows. One, perhaps more reflective of the artist than her art, is the sincere, enthusiastic, slightly awkward person that speaks on the mic in between songs. (“I didRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 4: Thunderpussy

For the better part of a year, Thunderpussy has been going through a list of local Seattle clubs and conquering them one by one. For their second Sasquatch consecutive appearance (they explosively opened the small Yeti stage at last year’s fest), the quartet roared the main stage open on Monday afternoon. If there was anyRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 4: Julia Holter

Her newest album is called Have You In My Wilderness but Julia Holter doesn’t typically play outdoors. “I’m not used to being outside in the sun, but I’m glad we’re all here,” the Los Angeles composer said after “Silhouette”. This year’s Sasquatch lineup is mostly a high energy affair, but Holter’s daft, gliding arrangements stoodRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 3: Big Grams

“Come on Seattle, ya’ll got to turn up – ya’ll got legal marijuana!” Even when it’s the third day of a musical festival at 12:30 in the morning, Big Boi makes a compelling argument. The trio of Big and Phantogram’s Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel – aka Big Grams – were a nonstop party fromRead more…

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