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 captured the sentiment of the evening perfectly. For longtime fans like me,…More
Topic: Sasquatch 2013
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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.More
This seemed rare: comedian Tig Notaro told a really good double mastectomy joke Monday afternoon in the dance tent.More
Note: This is an overview of Sasquatch! 2013. Go here for detailed daily coverage and photos.
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.More
It’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.More
In their own ways, both Devendra Banhart and Bloc Party are perfect festival acts. One jam-y and warm, the other snappy and rollicking.
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.More
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:More
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.More
Sasquatch! 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.More
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.
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.More