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Sasquatch 2014, Day 1: Phosphorescent

At nearly every day of any festival, there’s an artist who’s set time becomes a casualty to equipment changeover delays, and on Friday, that artist was Phosphorescent. But maybe it was a blessing in disguise, because those who waited through the nearly 20-minute delay at Sasquatch were rewarded with one of the day’s best setsRead more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 1: Foals

Foals frontman Yannis Phillipakis has 5+ water bottles put out for him every set, and he drinks maybe one of them during the Oxford quintet’s set. That’s because he kicks or sprays them on the audience, typically while taking a brief break from wailing on guitar or crowdsurfing in the audience. It goes without sayingRead more...

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Sasquatch 2014 Day 1: Shakey Graves

Maybe its circumstantial that one well-attended set from a guitar-wielding songwriter was followed by another well-attended set from a guitar-wielding songwriter, but the Yeti Stage at Sasquatch was on fire on late Friday afternoon between Hozier and Austin’s Shakey Graves. The musician (and former actor) born Alejandro Rose-Garcia emerged onstage alone, equipped only with aRead more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 1: De La Soul

“Put your hands up if you love hip-hop!” shouted De La Soul as they opened a killer set of their career spanning hits cherished by fans of old and probably more than a few brand new fans. New York hip hop band of the last 25 years, De La Soul truly are masters of theRead more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 1: Kithkin

Some bands jump into their opening song and some bands literally jump into their opening song. After completing their own soundcheck at Sasquatch, Seattle band Kithkin quietly got into position on the sides of the stage and literally leaped – with Kelton Sears nearly pulling off the best scissor kick of the weekend – into “FallenRead more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 1: Hozier

After hours of overcast weather, the sun finally came out for Hozier‘s afternoon set at Sasquatch, which is ironic, considering that the musician also known as Andrew Hozier-Byrne is from Ireland, a country hardly known for its sunshine. But by the end of his set, it might have seemed that the sun’s emergence may haveRead more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 1: Mary Lambert

Appropriately, the artist that opened Sasquatch 2014 was part of one of the key sets of Sasquatch 2013. When Mary Lambert made an appearance to sing the chorus of “Same Love”, it was one of a number of peaks in Macklemore’s triumphant headlining set last year. In her Friday afternoon mainstage set, she felt likeRead more...

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Live Review: Gardens & Villa with Tom Eddy at Barboza 5/13/14

Santa Barbara synthpop group Gardens & Villa have been on the road for nearly four months straight. Ever since their sophomore LP Dunes dropped on Secretly Canadian, they’ve been road-tripping around this county and others, showing off what a new batch of tunes and a refined live show have to offer. Both the album andRead more...

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Live Review: Childish Gambino at Paramount Theater 5/10/14

Writer, actor, director, songwriter, rapper, and all around entertainment superman, Donald Glover is a man who wears many hats. His hip-hop career under the moniker Childish Gambino hit full stride in back in 2011 with his Glassnote debut, Camp, which took his general awareness from niche rapper to mainstream success in a matter of months.Read more...

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Live Review: Lo-Fang with Erik Walters at Barboza 5/6/14

It’s been quite a year for Matthew Hemerlein. The Los Angeles-based musician operating, under the name Lo-Fang, has been piecing together his debut record Blue Film since 2009. First as a mixtape, now as a fully rendered personal work, the collection of songs seen here is awe-inspiring and strikingly unique. Hemerlein grew up a classicallyRead more...

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