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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 3: The Cure

The Cure celebrate their fortieth anniversary this year. Let that soak in for a second. Then consider that the English quintet are playing three-plus hour sets with multiple encores night after night. Needless to say, Robert Smith and the current Cure lineup are doing right their legacy night after night, covering a significant portion ofRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 3: Alabama Shakes

“It’s on, baby!” Those three words signaled the end of the day’s nine-hour freeze on main stage acts due to heavy winds, but as the sun set, Alabama Shakes brought back music to the Gorge Amphitheatre for Sasquatch! Music Festival, and to say there was palpable relief both on stage and in the audience isRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 3: Bully

“This is the most beautiful festival we’ve ever played,” beamed Bully‘s Alicia Bognanno. “I mean, I’ve still got sand in my pedalboard from Hangout, which was cool, but nothing like this.” Bognanno’s sentiment about playing while facing the Columbia River Gorge is one that’s often repeated throughout the weekend – and not unjustifiably so –Read more…

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Song of the Day: Beth Orton – 1973

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “1973” by Beth Orton fromRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 3: Savages

It’s Jehnny Beth’s world, we just live in it. Or at least it was for fifty minutes, when Savages commanded the Bigfoot stage and the massive crowd in front of it. A post-punk band with an unapologetically austere aesthetic and ethos, anyone who thought the English quartet wouldn’t seem like prime candidates for conquering aRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 3: The Twilight Sad

“Scottish people and the sun don’t go well together,” remarked The Twilight Sad frontman James Graham as he and his black-clad bandmates took a sunlight- and wind-drenched stage. However, perhaps the dissonance between the Scots and Vitamin D fueled Graham and his comrades because, despite the circumstances, the Glasgow quintet delivered a cathartic hour ofRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 3: Deep Sea Diver

“It’s pretty windy, and Peter’s cymbals are all over the place, but we’re going to roll with it.” Deep Sea Diver‘s Jessica Dobson may have introduced the Seattle quartet’s performance nonchalantly, but they were anything but casual during their 45 minute performance as they opened the Bigfoot stage on the festival’s third day. Their recently-releasedRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 2: M83

2011’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming didn’t just turn M83 into a triple-A critical darling and unexpected commercial success, it pushed the band to become one of the biggest and outright best acts on the live circuit. Taking their records’ widescreen ambitions and bringing them to life with a huge, borderline ridiculous light show and performingRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 2: Lord Huron

In a sharp contrast from years past, this year’s Sasquatch! Music Festival lineup has considerably less folk-inclining music on the main stage, making Lord Huron one of the weekend’s folk rock acts that would play directly in front of the Columbia River Gorge. The Michigan-via-Los Angeles quintet stepped up to the plate boldly however, bringingRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 2: Tamaryn

Continuing the afternoon’s prominent reverb theme, Tamaryn took the stage with a guitarist and bassist on either flank and a drum machine behind her, and after their introductory shoegaze chords, the eponymous singer proceeded to grab center stage and not let go for the next forty-five minutes. Although shoegaze is typically not a genre renownedRead more…

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