Highlights for Sasquatch’s final day finds Sufjan Stevens sandwiched between three Seattle bands and two electronic artists, making for a very nice mix of music. If you have spent the weekend at the festival, and have any thought of going home early, DON’T – for starters, you’ll miss the sweltering Thunderpussy. You don’t want to do that. Thank you, Sasquatch, for another wonderful year.
Thunderpussy – photo by Lou Daprile
Why You Want to See Them: Seattle’s Thunderpussy is way at the top of list bands you must catch at Sasquatch this year. As with Tacocat, Thunderpussy is a massively beloved band with female musicians in prominent roles. While Tacocat goes punk-pop, Thunderpussy rocks all out. Both are awesome.
Why You Want to See Them: Good for Iska Dhaaf: they have now toured Europe, including Paris! The New York-based duo (originally from Seattle) released album number two, The Wanting Creature, just this year, plus they’ve really developed their ’60s vibes.
Why You Want to See Them: You know what? I hadn’t planned on focussing on prominent female bands when I set out compiling these highlights, but dammit, here’s another one: CHILDBIRTH, yet another beloved Seattle band. They’re cheeky, catchy and excellent. Also, they have one of the oddest facts listed on their Wikipedia page: “They are good at getting people to mow their lawn.” Dig it!
Sufjan Stevens – photo by Dana Pleasant
Why You Want to See Him: Sufjan Stevens needs little introduction. The Michigan musician has lovingly built up a strong career with seven albums, the most recent being 2015’s Carrie & Lowell, a tribute to his late mother. He has courage.
11:30 PM-1:00 AM
Why You Want to See Him: CARIBOU, moniker of Canadian Dan Snaith, has got to be one of the only working musicians with a doctorate in mathematics. Last year, his album Our Love won Canada’s Juno award for electronic album of the year, so he’s doing all the right things.
12:00 AM-1:30 AM
Why You Want to See Him: Jamie xx, one-third of the English band the xx, got a Mercury prize nod last year for his debut, In Colour. The xx performed at Sasquatch in 2013, and I suspect Jamie xx’s set will be a very popular one. You can end your Sasquatch experience by enjoying his cool electronic music.
Check out Monday’s full schedule here.