Category Archives: Sasquatch

Sasquatch! Music Festival, Day 3: Chance the Rapper

Throw out your rule book and rewrite the record book. That’s what you must do to keep up with Chance the Rapper. Earlier this year, the 24-year-old Chicago rapper became the first musician to win a Grammy without releasing physical versions of his songs, clinching “Best Rap Album,” for his uplifting, genre-hopping gospel hip hop masterpiece, Coloring Book. BeforeRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2017, Day 1: Porter Ray

There are essentially two moods at festivals: ready to turn up or ready to chill out. On the first afternoon of Sasquatch, Seattle rapper Porter Ray played to both feelings, performing tracks from his intense, yet laid-back 2017 album, Watercolor. The wide-ranging sound and subject matter of Ray’s Sub Pop debut shone through during theRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival, Day 3: Chicano Batman

Few bands worked Sasquatch‘s main stage better than Chicano Batman. The L.A. four-piece played a lively set on Sunday afternoon, infusing latin rock with elements of psychedelia, funk, and soul in an hour-long performance. Frontman Bardo Martinez was quite the showman, testing the limits of his microphone cable as he strutted across the stage. One of hisRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival, Day 3: The Shins

There was something magical about the Sunday night Sasquatch Music Fest performance by The Shins. Or maybe it just felt “magical.” The stage was covered in giant paper flowers, with stems taller than the musicians and blooms bigger than their heads. (Ego jokes aside; everyone seems to have perfectly healthy self-esteems.) The backdrop was aRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival, Day 3: Car Seat Headrest

It hit around “Maud Gone”: Will Toledo has finally found a band as talented as he is. For many years, Car Seat Headrest existed as the bedroom project of Will Toledo, releasing countless albums of expressive, vibrant pop/punk. However, after being signed to Matador, Toledo began recording and touring with a full band, including guitarist EthanRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival, Day 3: SISTERS

The Gorge’s rust-colored cliffs are about as far from the city as you can get, but, with the right artist onstage, they can feel just like home. On Sunday afternoon at Sasquatch’s main stage, Seattle electro-pop outfit SISTERS captured the warmth and informality of a cozy family gathering (sans drunk uncle’s and arguments about who is onRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival, Day 3: Kyle Craft

For the uninitiated, Kyle Craft can sing. At once raspy, evocative, and grandiose, Mr. Craft’s voice sounds straight from his soul, imbuing his music with an immediate punch and anchor. His voice was the clear focal point of an excellent performance at Day 3 of Sasquatch Music Festival at the Yeti Stage, drawing a small but enthusiasticRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival, Day 3: Hoops

“Anybody here from Indiana?” Representing their hometown of Bloomington, Hoops took the Yeti stage early Sunday afternoon at the Sasquatch Music Festival. On their debut album Routines, the quartet (or quintet live, with touring guitarist) solidify the dream-pop sound they began developing on their self-released cassettes and last year’s self-titled EP. It’s funny to thinkRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival, Day 2: MGMT

Before a closing performance from Twenty One Pilots, MGMT played a packed set at Sasquatch Music Festival‘s Main Stage, playing tracks from each of their past records, including several to be featured on the forthcoming Little Dark Age. As evidenced by past live performances, MGMT are unafraid of spectacle. The band’s Sasquatch set featured four large video monitorsRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival, Day 2: Jagwar Ma

Going into Jagwar Ma’s Saturday night set at the Yeti Stage at Sasquatch, fans had plenty of reasons to be excited about the Australian trio’s hour-long set. The group has opened for Tame Impala and the xx, two other bands who have made being an introvert sound very cool again, and they’ve released two stellarRead more…

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