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Live Review: Wire at Neumos 5/27/2015

text and photos by Alan Lawrence For almost 40 years, art-rockers Wire have been pushing the sonic envelope. Their first three albums (Pink Flag, 154 and Chair Missing) make up one of the best trilogies in modern music. These albums took post-punk to a dimension not fully understood for decades to come. Now touring underRead more…

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Sasquatch 2015, Day 4: Kendrick Lamar

The most anticipated performance of the weekend was also the most divisive, and as the biggest audience of the weekend walked away from the Gorge one last time, everyone had something to say about Kendrick Lamar’s closing set. As the first show played since the release of his instant classic To Pimp A Butterfly, moreRead more…

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Sasquatch 2015, Day 4: Tame Impala

Although it was their third time at the festival, Tame Impala‘s Sasquatch 2015 set was their first appearance at the Gorge that was both planned and executed smoothly. They were a last minute replacement in 2010 and an airline misplacing their gig forced the band to play the far-too-small Yeti stage at midnight in 2013,Read more…

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Sasquatch 2015, Day 4: Courtney Barnett

From the beginning, much of the praise directed at Courtney Barnett has been centered on her talents as a clever, affecting lyricist. While that praise is completely deserved – you don’t get away with naming your debut Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit unless you’ve got the incisive wit to backRead more…

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Sasquatch 2015, Day 4: Sharon Van Etten

“This is our first rap song.” Sharon Van Etten may have an extraordinary talent for extracting every last excruciating detail of her romantic failings, but it can’t be said that she doesn’t have a sense of humor. One of a handful of acts to play during Monday’s brief period of cloudy skies, Van Etten andRead more…

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Sasquatch 2015, Day 4: Natalie Prass

Although there was plenty of star power on the final day of Sasquatch, there was a clear standout during the early afternoon on Monday, and it wasn’t just because brought a Godzilla figurine onstage with her. When an assured Natalie Prass opened with an electric version of “Bird Of Prey”, it was clear that evenRead more…

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Sasquatch 2015, Day 3: James Blake

Of all of the late night sets at Sasquatch 2015, none was more subtle than James Blake’s. Unlike most of the nighttime sets in the Gorge, Blake’s performance revealed itself gradually rather than blasting the audience over the head with lights and sound, and it was all the more effective because of it. Blake’s liveRead more…

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Live Review: Passion Pit with HOLYCHILD at Showbox at the Market 5/19/15

In the seven years since Michael Angelakos shared the gooey valentine EP that was Chunk of Change, a lot has changed. Three albums later and the cute story backed by intriguing music has turned Passion Pit into the household name. Angelakos went from his bedroom to the frontman of a project that is filling venuesRead more…

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Sasquatch 2015, Day 4: Future Islands

Future Islands has certainly blown up over the last year, as evidenced by the large crowd they drew to their main stage set at Sasquatch. This Baltimore, Maryland band is one of those rare groups whose breakthrough success essentially comes down to one single performance. In their case, it was their network television debut, an enthralling performanceRead more…

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Sasquatch 2015, Day 3: St. Vincent

On stage Annie Clark, or as she’s known, St. Vincent, is like an alluring, otherworldly android. She skitter steps around rapidly on high stiletto heels, staring blankly and doe-eyed, smiling at odd times while tearing through guitar lines seemingly effortlessly. Much of her show seems almost choreographed, moves precise, robotic, and at times in unison withRead more…

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