Category Archives: Sasquatch

Sasquatch 2014, Day 2: Washed Out

Whatever “chillwave” as a genre tag was, it’s dead. However, its two biggest names, Toro Y Moi and Washed Out, have both (maybe coincedentally) evolved into something a little less ephemeral: electronic-savvy, funk machines. As he’s gained more prominence, Ernest Greene’s initially bedroom-sized project has become something more visceral and muscular in a live setting. So whileRead more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 2: Neko Case

“I’m Neko Case, and I’m from Tacoma, Washington,” an atypically curt Neko Case remarked halfway through her Saturday evening set at Sasquatch. “And now I’ve gotten the pandering out of the way.” Also claiming ties to Vancouver and Seattle, Case has been a Pacific Northwestern staple for a while, so she’s right in that sheRead more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 2: Cloud Control

There is no group of people more passionate at festivals than Australians. Ineffably, Aussie bands and fans always give notable performances and serve as fervent audience members, which is why Cloud Control felt like they were playing the steps of the Sydney Opera House instead of the much-smaller Yeti stage on Saturday night. (“We’re fromRead more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 2: Chastity Belt

With a name like Chastity Belt, there has to be an amount of self-awareness with your music, and the Seattle quartet definitely have it. However, that doesn’t mean self-seriousness, which is what Gretchen Grimm, Lydia Lund, Julia Shapiro, and Annie Truscott definitely don’t have. Some of the Sasquatch weekend’s best performances have been on theRead more...

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Sasquatch 2014, Day 2: Chet Faker

Although he made his name as a collaborator of the fast-rising Aussie producer Flume, Chet Faker‘s solo material is a much starker affair, dealing with heartbreak and isolation. Considering that, it’s a little strange that he played to a fervent, mid-sized audience at Sasquatch in the dance tent on either side of a set thatRead more...

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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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