Show Preview: Sasquatch! Music Festival – Day 4 w/MØ, Tame Impala, Hot Chip & More – Monday, 5/25

The fourth, and final day of Sasquatch! Music Festival brings in additional acts I recommend, including THEESatisfaction, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, , and The Glitch Mob. Have fun on the last day, and remember to eat, drink and be merry!

1:20-2:05 @ the Bigfoot Stage: THEESatisfaction

New York transplants (by way of Seattle), THEESatisfaction is a group I have been into for quite a long time. They’re always doing something new and intriguing with melodies and lyrics. Welcome back to the area!!

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THEESatisfaction

7:15-8:15 @ the Sasquatch Stage: Tame Impala

Australia’s Tame Impala (there sure seem to be many Australians on this year’s bill!) get pegged psychedelic, and that’s fine, but they’ve also got a pretty modern dance beat to some of their material. They’ll probably test out some of their new songs off Currents.

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Tame Impala

8:00-9:00 @ the Bigfoot Stage:

What a charming voice MØ has. The Danish singer recently brought that voice to a wonderful collaboration with Major Lazer & DJ Snake’s big hit “Lean On,” and released her own album last year.

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Now there’s a really difficult choice to make: The Glitch Mob and Hot Chip play overlapping sets. I’m betting these two groups have similar fan bases. Whichever band you pick, you’ll see a cool show.

11:30-1:00 @ El Chupacabra: The Glitch Mob

Maybe your choice will come down to whether you want to see a British band or American band. If you fall into the American camp, then the Glitch Mob could be your selection. The electronic group excels at trippy shows with weird visuals.

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The Glitch Mob

12:00-1:30 @ the Bigfoot Stage: Hot Chip

The English group Hot Chip, on the other hand, has the appealing vocals of Alexis Taylor and more pep to its songs. New album Why Make Sense? makes album number six for Hot Chip. Their catalog is gaining momentum.

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Hot Chip

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Show Preview: Sasquatch! Music Festival – Day 3 w/Royal Blood, Smokey Brights, Ron Funches & More – Sunday, 5/24

Sasquatch! Music Festival hits its third day with a great mix of music and comedy. I have a few suggestions of artists you could check out, again with little or no overlap (and I wasn’t trying. It just happened). You could see these all: Smokey Brights, Royal Blood, Shaprece, Rustie, Ron Funches and Emmett Montgomery.

2:00-3:00 @ Uranus: Smokey Brights

It’s really good to see Seattle’s Smokey Brights getting even more recognition. I’m not saying they have been ignored, it’s just this is really good to see them having opportunities to reach more people. And by people I mean fans and future fans. It’s funny the band mentions AM Radio in their Facebook description. I have a huge soft spot for AM Radio, especially ’70s AM Radio. Smokey Brights speaks to me.

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Smokey Brights

3:30-4:30 @ the Bigfoot Stage: Royal Blood

Sasquatch seems to be happy with duos this year! Another cool one is the British Royal Blood, who, in addition to getting their debut, Royal Blood, out last year and, according to Wikipedia, gaining Howard Stern as a fan, has a video of “Out of the Black” with a criminal rabbit in it. Nice. This group is one of the heavier-sounding bands of the festival, so if you’re more into that side of music, see them.

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Royal Blood

4:00-4:20 @ El Chupacabra: Emmett Montgomery

Seattle comedian Emmett Montgomery is brilliant, and a cat lover. Based on this photo he also loves America. Right on Emmett. There’s a reason why he is so popular here. I urge you to check him out.

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Emmett Montgomery– photo by Kyle Moseby

5:05-5:50 @ El Chupacabra: Ron Funches

Another brilliant comedian, Ron Funches, is absolutely what his site description says: “. . . a very funny stand up comedian with a unique delivery and lovable demeanor. You just want to hug and squeeze him like a big stuffed bear.” Absolutely! What a fucking treat to have him at the festival.

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Ron Funches

6:20-7:05 @ El Chupacabra: Shaprece

Combining all kinds of good R&B, pop and electronic sounds, Seattle’s Shaprece is a welcome sight at Sasquatch. Shaprece has a smooth voice fitting so many types of music. Love.

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Shaprece – photo by Kirk Stauffer

8:30-9:30 @ El Chupacabra: Rustie

Glasgow’s Rustie gets a pretty sweet spot in the evening at El Chupacabra. Rustie’s another artist you can describe with the term wonky. I like that. And I sure like Rustie, a lot. He’s a talented producer who has chosen some amazing people to work with, such as Danny Brown.

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Rustie – photo by Dagmar

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Show Preview: Sasquatch! Music Festival – Day 2 w/ODESZA, Vox Mod & More – Saturday, 5/23

The schedule for Saturday’s Sasquatch Music Festival starts to get bigger, which means you’ll have more decisions to make on what to see. I planned this timeline so that you wouldn’t have any overlap to speak of. Bands I’ve highlighted are: ODESZA, Kiesza, King Tuff, Hunter Hunted, Black Pistol Fire, Merchandise and Vox Mod.

1:20-2:05 @ the Bigfoot Stage: Hunter Hunted

I can get behind this pop band. Armed with catchy tunes and I swear I can see some sunlight when I listen to their music, Los Angeles’ Hunter Hunted has a new single out called “Blindside,” so looks like we can hope for additional new music from them soon.

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Hunter Hunted

2:00-2:45 @ the Yeti Stage: Black Pistol Fire

Without the blues modern music would probably really suck. Black Pistol Fire knows this. A duo from Canada (there sure seem to be many duos this year), sound sweet and dirty. And because sometimes all you need is a guitar and drums, Black Pistol Fire is pared down and noisy.

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Black Pistol Fire

3:30-4:30 @ the Bigfoot Stage: Merchandise

Merchandise makes some very weird music. The song I selected to feature, “Total Nite,” sounds like several all played at once. How does that sound? Confusing and unsettling, and strangely enjoyable. Their Facebook page emphasizes that they’re “fighting against the easy categorization reserved for abbreviated biographies.” Yep.

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Merchandise

6:20-7:05 @ El Chupacabra: Vox Mod

Seattle’s Vox Mod (otherwise known as Scot Porter), released his third album, The Great Oscillator, in 2014. Vox Mod’s music makes sound travel tangible.

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Vox Mod – photo by Dagmar

7:45-8:45 @ the Yeti Stage: King Tuff

A bit of garage, a lot of ’60s rock, songs such as “Freak When I’m Dead,” and a Sub Pop press release telling us he loves fire, King Tuff should have a good contingent of fans for his evening set. And anyone with a Spock poster and tiger blanket is okay in my book.


King Tuff – photo by Dan Monick

10-11 @ El Chupacabra: Kiesza

In 2014, Calgary, Alberta Canada’s Kiesza made the airwaves her bitch with “Hideaway.” I would guess that hearing it live with tons of other people will be very, very fun. Feel free to sing along please. And dance. Plus singer Kiesa Ellestad has a high voice that actually hits all the notes. I don’t really hear manipulation in the recordings. Check out her cover of Hozier’s “Take Me to the Church.”

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Kiesza

11:45-1:00 AM @ El Chupacabra: ODESZA

One of Seattle’s pride and joys, ODESZA, plays a late set. This fabulous electronic duo has gone international, and they deserve their massive success. They’ve sold out shows in Paris, London and elsewhere!

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ODESZA – photo by Dagmar

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Show Preview: Sasquatch! Music Festival – Day 1 w/ Flume, Thunderpussy & More – Friday, 5/22

This Friday Sasquatch! Music Festival begins the 4-day event with a great mix of national and local bands. Are you going? If so, you’re very lucky. The event is always popular, and brings together so many cool bands and quite the number of comedians. A few picks I have selected are Flume, Thunderpussy, SISTERS, Brooks Wheelan, Angel Olsen and AlunaGeorge. Also, this might be a strange thing to mention, but it’s important: you can rent lockers. There’s no need to schlep too much at once.

4-5 @ the Yeti Stage: Thunderpussy

Seattle’s Thunderpussy makes its Sasquatch debut! This quartet is one you must catch while at the festival. Is that all I would say for now? I won’t ruin the honestly surprise nature of this group. It’s fabulous, it’s rock sassafras.

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Thunderpussy‘s Molly Sides – photo by Dagmar

4:45-5:30 @ Uranus: SISTERS

Self-proclaimed (and aptly so) Indie Pop band SISTERS will also appear on Friday afternoon. They sound mighty good, and they have a song about chickens. And another one about a buzzard (both on Diamonds of Gold). I would expect a very quirky show.

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SISTERS

6:30-7 @ El Chupacabra: Brooks Wheelan

Comedian Brooks Wheelan performs a set possibly involving stories about butter and his meth neighbors (those neighbors “love hanging out in their garage coughing”). Wheelan was fired from Saturday Night Live in 2014, but he seems to be doing just fine thank you.

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Brooks Wheelan

8:45-10 @ the Yeti Stage: Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen recently made an appearance at Seattle’s Barboza, but if you couldn’t make that, here’s hoping you can make her Sasquatch set. With a perfect voice, Olsen has a real depth in her experience recording with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Willy and as a solo artist.

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Angel Olsen – photo by Kirk Stauffer

9-10:30 @ El Chupacabra StageAlunaGeorge

AlunaGeorge’s “I Know You Like It” is another song that seems to be haunting me lately. And I am into this one too. I wouldn’t want to offend this London duo, but on Facebook, they describe themselves as hip hop. I would place them more in electronic pop. That’s just me. Whatever it is, you can dance to it. That can be half the battle with loads of music.

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AlunaGeorge – photo by Fiona Garden

12-1:30 @ the Bigfoot Stage: Flume

Sydney, Australia’s Flume (AKA Harly Streton), an electronic musician, is one of the last acts of Friday night. You know what? I’ve actually been hearing “Holdin On” frequently. And I like it a lot. This just might be the occasion to introduce to a genre called wonky. Whether you’re spending the entire day of Friday, stay late to see him.

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Flume

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Photos: Kate Voegele @ Crocodile Café

Kate Voegele and the Crocodile Café’s lighting tech both did outstanding jobs during her recent show in Seattle. Kate has been touring in support of her new EP, Wild Card, and it was good to have her back in town – she’s always a “must-see”. Spanish singer-songwriter Leroy Sanchez opened and also joined Kate on stage during her set.

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