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Sasquatch 2015, Day 3: Kate Tempest

On paper, an English slam poet doing a mid-afternoon set in the sweltering heat doesn’t sound like a winning success for a major festival. Then again, Kate Tempest is more than a poet. The South East London artist was undoubtedly one of the weekend’s surprise breakouts, drawing people in with her heavy beats but retainingRead more…

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Sasquatch 2015, Day 3: Strand of Oaks

Sunday afternoon was a triumphant moment for Strand of Oaks’ Timothy Showalter. “The Pacific Northwest has been so good to this band,” the long-haired frontman sincerely stated. “We love being here so much.” He wasn’t kidding. Showalter wore a glowing grin through almost of all of the set, which is appropriate, considering how significant theRead more…

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Sasquatch 2015, Day 2: Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso was one of 2014’s biggest and most unlikely sleeper successes, and now the left-turn electronic side project from two North Carolina folk veterans has entered 2015 as one of festival season’s can’t miss midcard staples, and it’s clear to see why. Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn’s spartan stage is just the space forRead more…

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Sasquatch 2015, Day 2: Merchandise

It didn’t take long for Merchandise frontman Carson Cox’s dry sense of humor to set in with his band’s Saturday afternoon crowd. “So we’re from Florida,” he deadpanned. “Can you believe it?” On a hot afternoon, the hazy qualities of Merchandise’s music were brought to the forefront, an effect that might have been augmented byRead more…

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Sasquatch 2015, Day 1: Sleater-Kinney

Anyone who’s read any music journalism over the last six months already knows this, but Sleater-Kinney spent the first half of this year coming back with a fantastic new record and a ferocious live show. However, Sasquatch was their first (of two) festival headlining slots, so until Friday, it had yet to be seen howRead more…

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Sasquatch 2015, Day 1: Little Dragon

Even though Little Dragon were billed before the festival-standard massive DJ on the Bigfoot Stage on Friday night, they might have secretly been the night’s best dance party. The common thread between each of the songs in the Swedish band’s set was their innate danceability. Moving from elastic funk to downtempo groove to 808-driven bounceRead more…

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Sasquatch 2015, Day 1: Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen has a voice powerful that it belongs on the list of singers compared to forces of nature. Considering that, it’s a little ironic that Angel Olsen’s Sasquatch set was delayed by an actual force of nature. But the wind and rain that forced a late start ended up playing to in St. LouisRead more…

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Sasquatch 2015, Day 1: The New Pornographers

“Be careful with that beach ball,” a grinning AC Newman said one song into the fourth Sasquatch appearance of The New Pornographers’ career. At this point, Newman, de facto co-frontwoman Kathryn Calder, and the group are Sasquatch veterans, and they made sure everyone knew it in a particularly unorthodox way: by letting the crowd knowRead more…

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Sasquatch 2015, Day 1: Jungle

After a year on the live circuit, Jungle have evolved into something far greater than their London flat-projects roots. A year ago, Josh Lloyd-Watson, Tom McFarland, and their live band were a fairly literal extension of the London duo’s studio imagining of modern funk music: a live septet moving as a single entity with noRead more…

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Song of the Day: Sleater-Kinney – Surface Envy

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of 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. Every Friday, we feature a song by a Northwestern artist. Today’s song, featured on TheRead more…

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