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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2017, Day 2: Aesop Rock

Born and raised in New York, Aesop Rock originally emerged from the city’s indie hip-hop world, releasing his breakthrough album Labor Days in 2001 on Definitive Jux, the label ran by El-P (Run the Jewels). But, Aes (real name: Ian Matthias Bavitz) moved to Portland in 2008, so after nearly a decade in the Northwest,Read more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2017, Day 2: The Radio Dept.

The Radio Dept. don’t seem like your typical “summer festival” style band. On their most recent album, 2016’s Running Out of Love, the Swedish duo paired their dreamy ’80s-influenced synthpop with fierce, biting lyrics towards their homeland’s government. But, somehow, the group got the bros and teens bopping to the songs like “Death to Fascism”Read more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2017, Day 2: Klangstof

Give me water, yes, and maybe an overpriced Slurpee, but I’ll still contend that there’s little more refreshing than seeing a band truly enjoy themselves onstage. Norwegian rock group Klangstof did just that at the Yeti stage, delivering one of the most fun and adventurous sets of the weekend so far. Their lively performance may beRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2017, Day 2: DoNormaal (& Friends)

No stranger to the KEXP Blog or airwaves, DoNormaal took Sasquatch Music Festival by storm, playing a collaborative set which featured additional performances from close collaborators including Raven Matthews, Taylar Elizza Beth, Guayaba, and Astro King Pheonix. DoNormaal remains a magnetic, distinctive performer, particularly in moments where she pauses to observe the crowd or herRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2017, Day 2: Courtney Marie Andrews

It’s difficult to figure out which part of singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews‘ music is most appealing. Her Saturday afternoon set at the Yeti Stage brought it all: timeless country-folk songwriting, warm melodies, and strong, but understated support from her backing band. Her song selection was just as hard to pin down; during her 45-minute performance, sheRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2017, Day 1: LCD Soundsystem

As the lights went up on the Sasquatch! Music Festival main stage, James Murphy, founder, frontman, and mastermind of LCD Soundsystem, sauntered out from the wings, sipping a glass of white wine. There’s cause to celebrate: he shared with the audience that the band finally finished their highly-anticipated new album a mere two days ago.Read more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2017, Day 1: The Head and the Heart

As the sun began to set on The Gorge Amphitheater, The Head and the Heart played a memorable set at Day 1 of Sasquatch Music Festival, representing Seattle in the Eastern Washington Sasquatch setting. Despite Josiah Johnson still being absent from the band, the band still demonstrated their ability to craft heart-rending harmonies, drawing onRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2017, Day 1: Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley is more than his music. He’s a Daptone Records institution, a life-affirming singer, and, as his organist, Mike Deller, introduced him to the crowd at dusk on the first day of the Sasquatch Music Festival, “The Screaming Eagle of Soul.” Anyone unfamiliar with the 67-year-old soul singer quickly became acquainted with the reasonRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2017, Day 1: Sloucher

Normally, you wouldn’t find a local band with only one EP to their name playing the Main Stage at the Sasquatch Music Festival. Then again, Sloucher, who played The Gorge on Friday, aren’t a normal band. Their debut EP, Certainty, is an exceptional collection of introspective indie-pop gems, equal parts grit and sweet melody. Long-time fans ofRead more…

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2017, Day 1: The Hotelier

One would not necessarily associate The Hotelier with Sasquatch Music Festival. The band, out of Worcester, MA, make notably anthemic emo/punk rock. Their sophomore record Goodness graced a number of Top 10s in 2016 (see: a No. 5 finish on the AV Club’s list), and brought the group’s music to a larger audience. However, one had to wonder whether TheRead more…

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