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Sasquatch! 2010 day-by-day lineup

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

I don’t want this site to be all Sasquatch! all the time, but the day-by-day lineup for Sasquatch! 2010 was revealed last night and it’s pretty interesting.

First thing I notice is that Ween is headlining one night of the festival. I know nothing about Ween so I am especially intrigued by this headliner selection. Oh wait, I know one thing about Ween. They have very passionate fans. Case and point, I wrote a pretty decent and favorable analysis of the Sasquatch! lineup and commenters over at the other Ear Candy (who are presumably Ween fans) got fussy because I didn’t mention Ween. This makes me really curious to find out what Ween is all about.

Other interesting observations of the lineup include some of the stage placements. There isn’t a lot happening on the Yeti stage right now and that’s likely because the Yeti stage typically features mostly local acts and not many smaller local bands have been announced as a part of the lineup as of today. But I did notice The Hold Steady and Public Enemy are both on the Wookie stage the same day. I hope The Hold Steady gets the slot before a Public Enemy stage-headlining slot because I’d hate to have to choose between Craig Finn on one stage and Jim James  on another stage at the same time (sorry Jim, you lose).

Here’s the day-by-day lineup (bolded are acts I’m really looking forward to seeing at the Gorge):

Saturday, May 29th

My Morning Jacket / Vampire Weekend / The National / Deadmau5 / Broken Social Scene / OK Go / Wale / Public Enemy / The Hold Steady / Miike Snow / Z-Trip / Brother Ali / Minus The Bear / WHY? / The Very Best / Portugal. The Man / Mumford & Sons / The Lonely Forest / Nurses / The Middle East / Patrick Watson / Morning Teleportation / Laura Marling / Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros / Fool’s Gold / Garfunkel & Oates / Dam-Funk / Shabazz Palaces

Sunday, May 30th

Massive Attack / Pavement / LCD Soundsystem / Tegan and Sara / Kid Cudi / Nada Surf / Dirty Projectors / The xx / The Long Winters / Simian Mobile Disco / Midlake / Girls / Vetiver / The Tallest Man On Earth / YACHT / Booka Shade / Caribou / Avi Buffalo / City and Colour / Cymbals Eat Guitars / A-Trak / Fruit Bats / tUnE-yArDs / Local Natives / Freelance Whales / Jets Overhead / Rob Riggle / Luke Burbank

Monday, May 31st

Ween / MGMT / Band of Horses / She & Him / Passion Pit / The New Pornographers / Drive-By Truckers / Boys Noize / Camera Obscura / The Temper Trap / Dr. Dog / Neon Indian / No Age / The Mountain Goats / Phantogram / Quasi / Japandroids / Mayer Hawthorne & The County / The Low Anthem / Fresh Espresso / Hudson Mohawke / Telekinesis / Past Lives / Yes Giantess / Craig Robinson


So who is going to be at Sasquatch! this year? I have no idea, but here are a few guesses

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Typically by this time each year for the past few years there’s a lot that’s known about the lineup for the annual Sasquatch! Music Festival. As I’ve written about previously, that’s not the case for Sasquatch! 2010. However, fortunately for those of us who are Sasquatch! nuts (like yours truly) the mystery that is the lineup of festival’s ninth installment will be unveiled in less than 24 hours.

Since there is a lot known about this year’s Sasquatch! I haven’t been bugging bands, labels and publicists about the festival in an effort to break the lineup news like I have done in the past. I decided to leave the prediction game to the folks over at the Sasquatch! Message Board and to my buddy Dustin over at his Sasquatch! blog. But a blog with my name on it wouldn’t be the same without me taking some sort of stab at predicting the Sasquatch! lineup so below is my guess at who might be at Sasquatch! 2010.

Before you go getting all excited about my prediction, please keep in mind that this is all one big guess and it’s mostly a wish list of acts I would like to see at the Gorge for Sasquatch! I have no inside knowledge about the festival’s lineup. Really anybody could take wild guesses at predicting the lineup this year and that is just what I did. My guess about my guess is that about half of the 75 acts I listed will actually be at Sasquatch!
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Sasquatch! predictions: A look at who might and might not be at the Gorge Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

A new year brings new concert experiences and what better to think about during the cold and wet winter months than the warm and dry summer festival season? Speaking of which, the ninth annual Sasquatch! Music Festival is fast approaching and its lineup will be revealed in about a month (Feb. 16 to be exact).

In the past I’ve prided myself in accurately guessing and sometimes breaking the lineup of the annual Memorial Day Weekend event before it’s announced. Unlike previous years, little has been leaked about this year’s edition of Sasquatch prior to the festival which has made cracking the lineup a difficult task. Currently all that is known is that Pavement will be there and Vetiver is confirmed for the three-day fest.  Here’s a look at 20 potential Sasquatch! performers and a guess at the likelihood of whether they will show up at The Gorge May 29-31.

The Flaming Lips

Could it happen?: Everyone’s favorite freaky Oklahomans have been a part of Sasquatch three times in the past seven years (twice as headliners) and they have a new album to support. This makes them good contenders to reprise their headlining role, but if they do don’t expect your typical Flaming Lips set. The group’s Embryonic-tinged Dark Side of the Moon begs to be performed live outside of the one-off New Year’s Eve performance last year. The last time the Lips played Sasquatch! they closed the festival down with a U.F.O. show, which was a one-off event in OKC prior to Sasquatch! so there is precedent for a unique Flaming Lips set at Sasquatch!
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And the winner is … The results of the 2009 Squatchies!, plus Canadians

Friday, June 5th, 2009

fLEET fOXES

The votes have been tallied and the results are in. Here are the winners of the 2009 Squatchies!, Ear Candy’s annual Sasquatch! awards, as voted on by you, the readers. You can check out all the categories and the nominees by clicking here for round one, click here for round two and click here for round three.

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Vote on the final round of the 2009 Squatchies!

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Here is the last batch of Squatchies! for your voting consideration. The winners of all 10 categories will be announced Friday along with the Bigfoot Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given out to the group that has contributed the most to Sasquatch! throughout the years. 


The 2009 Squatchies! Round 2: Best local act, biggest dance party and star in the making

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Here are the categories for the second batch of Squatchies!. You can vote for best cover song, biggest surprise and the set you wish you saw by clicking here.


Vote for the Squatchies!, the annual Sasquatch! awards

Monday, June 1st, 2009

It’s been one week since Sasquatch! and as per tradition that means it is time for the Squatchies!, the silly, meaningless awards Ear Candy created in 2006 as a fun, light-hearted way to celebrate the festival. I’ll be revealing a fewof categories each day this week on all three of my blogs and at the end of the week the results will be tallied. Here’s the first batch of categories:




Sasquatch! 2009: The bands I listened to for three songs or less

Monday, June 1st, 2009

I wasn’t able to catch every minute of every set by every band at Sasquatch! but I did manage to see 37 bands throughout the weekend. Here’s a brief rundown of my thoughts on some of the bands whose sets I was only able to catch for a few songs.

of Montreal

I was fortunate enough to be an actor on stage during part of the band’s crazy spectacle of a show. It was a very fun experience. As for the set itself, well, it involved men in pig costumes, a guy in a tiger mask “biting” another guys crotch, masked dancers, smoke, some odd video images and a Prince cover. Perhaps one of the most perplexing live shows I have ever seen. I definitely walked away with a WTF look on my face. I also walked away wanting to listen to Skeletal Lamping over and over again because the set and the spectacle that came along with it was that good.

Girl Talk

One of the biggest crowds on the Wookie stage all weekend was for Girl Talk.

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PHOTO SLIDESHOW: The weekend that was Sasquatch! 2009

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

I’m still working on writing up the final few capsules of bands that I caught at Sasquatch! but in the meantime here is a slideshow of 50 of my favorite photos from Sasquatch! 2009 as taken by Ear Candy’s Steven Friederich, myself and the trio of Sasquatch! staff photographers (Sean Pecknold, Christopher Nelson and Jackie Kingsbury). I attempted to give credit whenever possible.

Expect to read about Ben Harper, BLK JKS, School of Seven Bells, The Knux, Monotonix, Beach House, The Dutchess and the Duke, of Montral and Murder City Devils soon.

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Sasquatach! 2009 Day 3 (another perspective): Silversun Pickups, Girl Talk, Explosions in the Sky, Erykah Badu

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Here’s the final Sasquatch! dispatch from Ear Candy’s Brent Stecker.

Girl Talk by Christopher Nelson

Silversun Pickups

On a day that was dominated by folk and dance-related acts, these shoegazers seemed out of place. There was nothing wrong with what they did, but they would have been better suited on Sunday’s bill with the whole NIN/JA thing. But even though the crowd was worn out by the time they showed up, Silversun Pickups kept the energy up as much as they could (smart move opening with “Well Thought Out Twinkles”). Also, I thought it was classy that they dedicated “Panic Switch” to former Wilco member Jay Bennett, who passed away on Monday, but the nice gesture subsided when the guitar cut out during the song. Still, they rock. No qualms here.

Girl Talk

Now this was THE dance party of the weekend. The set started with dozens of fans on the stage dancing, and about an hour of almost non-stop music followed. For those not familiar, Girl Talk is Gregg Gillis, a DJ who just does crazy mashups — and people love it.

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Girl Talk photo by Christopher Nelson


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