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May 28, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Sasquatch! 2013: Return to sender, The Postal Service is back

Ben Gibbard of The Postal Service (photo by Christopher Nelson/ courtesy of Sasquatch!) by Joseph Sutton-Holcomb ““Ladies and gentleman, we are back from the dead.”” That was the only introduction Ben Gibbard gave Monday night after The Postal Service played, ““The District Sleeps Alone Tonight,” the first song of the last set of the festival. Those nine words…


Comments | Topics: Ben Gibbard, Sasquatch 2013, Sigur Ros

May 27, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Squatch Watch: the 5 Squatchiest Squatchers of day three, Seattle pride edition

With an official recognition from Governor Jay Inslee under its belt, Sasquatch! is now a Pacific Northwest institution and there was no shortage of sartorial love for the PNW in general, and Rain City specifically. Today we’re rounding up some of the most legit Seattle pride garments from Sunday at the Gorge.


Comments | Topics: Brothers from Another, Mariners, Nacho Picasso

May 27, 2013 at 9:56 PM

So long, Sasquatch! 2013, and thanks for the surprises

Note: This is an overview of Sasquatch! 2013. Go here for detailed daily coverage and photos.

Mumford and Sons at Sasquatch! 2013. Photo by Jimmy Lovaas/The Seattle Times.

Mumford and Sons at Sasquatch! 2013. Photo by Jimmy Lovaas/The Seattle Times.

The crowd was a little bewildered Friday night at Sasquatch!, when, right in the middle of Macklemore’s set, the Seattle rapper left the stage and everything went dark. A man in coveralls came on, pushing a broom. But as soon as the man began to whistle the familiar hook to Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop,” the audience erupted.

The man turned out to be Wanz, who sings the super-catchy “I’m gonna pop some tags” chorus of the megahit. A moment later, Mackle­more, donning a lavish fur coat, came coasting out on a scooter. The reaction was deafening.

The 29-year-old sounded like the happiest man in music as he addressed the sold-out Sasquatch! crowd thronging the mainstage amphitheater at the Gorge, saying there was no other place he’d rather be.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are now touring the world behind their certified-gold album, “The Heist.” (By the next day, he had tweeted, “Now on a plane to Dublin.”)

It was Macklemore’s moment, but there was plenty of love for the festival in general.


Comments | More in Festivals | Topics: Arctic Monkeys, Luke Burbank, Macklemore

May 27, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Sasquatch! Sunday evening: Earl Sweatshirt, Killer Mike, Grimes

Earl Sweatshirt Sasquatch 2013It’s almost a wrap for Sasquatch! (one day left) — and gotdang my dogs are barking. I still love music though. Even while surrounded by party zombies who’ll dance to anything. After seeing hardcore Detroit rapper Danny Brown on the main stage (he ruled), I ping-ponged between side stages Bigfoot and Yeti Sunday evening, for music by Earl Sweatshirt, Killer Mike, and Grimes.

Earl really put the “sweatshirt” in “Earl Sweatshirt” for his set, wearing a hoodie with the hood up for the whole half hour, performing complicated raps to an audience that had his words memorized.


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May 26, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Sasquatch! 2013: Love and letting loose in the late afternoon with Devendra Banhart and Bloc Party

In their own ways, both Devendra Banhart and Bloc Party are perfect festival acts. One jam-y and warm, the other snappy and rollicking.

Photo by Christopher Nelson/courtesy of Sasquatch!

Photo by Christopher Nelson/courtesy of Sasquatch!

As Sasquatch moved into day two, the partying got a little harder and the gazes got a little more glazed. But on Saturday afternoon, there was a nice mix. 


Comments | Topics: Bloc Party, Devendra Banhart, Sasquatch 2013

May 26, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Squatch Watch: the 5 Squatchiest Squatchers of day two

There is a saying when seeking the true festival experience: “Onesie is the loneliest number.” Nevertheless, one could make a case that the onesie is the ideal festival garb (as we hinted yesterday). It’s easy, to be sure: you just put it on and go (unless of course you want to accessorize, which you likely do). It’s versatile, in the way that pants and a shirt are versatile, except it’s both at once. And it’s fashionable. (Don’t argue on this last one, you’re not here at the Gorge. You don’t know what it’s like). So, in honor of the single-minded sartorialists of Sasquatch!, we are dedicating the day-two Squatch Watch to the Onesie Percenters. Behold:


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May 26, 2013 at 11:27 AM

The curious case of The xx, Saturday night at Sasquatch! 2013

Photo by Christopher Nelson / Live Nation

Photo by Christopher Nelson / Live Nation

The xx seems like the worst festival band. But The xx is the best festival band. How can this be?

The young British trio made slow, quiet music with a big sound on the main stage — the quietness due to Romy Madley-Croft and Oliver Sim’s barely used guitars, and vocals that hovered at whisper level. The bigness was due to deejay Jamie xx’s heavy dance beats and bass, which thundered into the open air. But even he restrained his section, so the dancier stretches never went on too long. The music was mostly slow and floaty.

Wouldn’t you expect the masses to need some more obvious climax at 9 p.m. on a Saturday night?

You would be wrong.


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May 25, 2013 at 8:05 PM

‘Parks and Recreation’ at Sasquatch! 2013

Nick Offerman Megan Mulally Sasquatch 2013Sasquatch! is great for music but don’t forget: there is comedy, too!

And this year everyone in the comedy tent on Saturday agreed, we all love the TV show “Parks and Recreation.” Cult hero status was bestowed upon deadpan libertarian hedonist comedian Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson on the show), who had about 3,000 people laughing to his 10 rules to being a prosperous person. He told jokes and then did music, and while he mainly played countryish comedy songs, he also rapped the Cypress Hill song “Hits From the Bong.” For the finale or “dessert” of the set as he called it, he was joined by his wife, actress/singer Megan Mullally, who plays his ex-wife on the show.


Comments | More in Festivals | Topics: Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation

May 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Sasquatch! 2013: Rock in the gloaming with Built To Spill and Arctic Monkeys

After an afternoon of fervid performances by young Seattle hip-hop talent, the early evening hours listed more toward a rock n’ roll journeymen vibe with a main stage set by Northwest mainstay Built To Spill.

Built To Spill (photo by Christopher Nolan/courtesy of Sasquatch!)

Built To Spill (photo by Christopher Nolan/courtesy of Sasquatch!)

There was a sunshower just as the set began, and thunderclouds wafted down over the wind farm on the ridge behind the stage. In that peculiar light, the band played a solid and heartfelt set. To say it was low-key wouldn’t be exactly it, but it was together and right.


Comments | More in Festivals | Topics: Alex Turner, Arctic Monkeys, Built To Spill

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