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Sasquatch 2014, Day 2: Jonathan Wilson

Ten minutes into Jonathan Wilson‘s terrific afternoon set at Sasquatch, something clicked. His band, already well into their second song of psychedelic, desert-tinged rock, hit a groove-based stride, and Wilson transformed the Yeti stage from a small corner in the Pacific Northwest into a highway in the Southern Californian desert. Wilson’s profile is highest asRead more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 2: First Aid Kit

The Sasquatch mainstage in the Gorge has a way of elevating great vocal performances even further – ask Bon Iver, The Head and The Heart, or any other vocal powerhouse who’s performed on it. Now, Johanna and Klara Söderberg of First Aid Kit can add their names to that list after their beautiful Saturday afternoonRead more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 2: The Dodos

Historically, Sasquatch has a pretty mercurial relationship with the weather; a mix of hail, pouring rain, and upper-80s temperatures aren’t out of the question. Most of the time, however, there’s at least one afternoon where the weather is warm but not hot, breezy but not gusty, and it enhances whatever band is playing at theRead more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 1: Mogwai

The final act to be affected by the mid-afternoon Bigfoot set delay at Sasquatch, Mogwai were fortuitous enough to be the only set to perform in full darkness. Although the Glaswegian quintet don’t move much onstage – save for Stuart Braithwaite’s possessed, wide-eyed wiggle – their dark lighting was a suitable visual component for their crashing post-rockRead more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 1: Chance the Rapper, Foster the People, Classixx and more

Sasquatch! 2014 started off so great on Friday. Everyone arrived on the grounds happy and smiling in their festival best - a range of fringe, platforms, sports sandals, sailor hats, Pokemon costumes, and crop tops with a stacked line-up from the get go. One gentleman in the crowd put it well saying to his friend,Read more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 1: Outkast

Now that they’ve played a number of shows on their much-publicized reunion trek, it’s fair to judge whether or not the Outkast festival tour is merely a opportunistic cash grab or an enthusiastic celebration of the Atlanta duo’s massive legacy (during which they will inevitably get real paid). At first, it seemed like the former;Read more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 1: Raz Simone

With much credit to Black Hippy, there’s a trend of blended conscious/streetwise hip hop sweeping the nation at the moment, and if there’s another act doing it as well as Seattle’s Raz Simone at Sasquatch this weekend, they should probably up their game. Simeone is undoubtedly a crowdpleaser, but he never panders to his audience.Read more...

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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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