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Nine bands you must see at Sasquatch!

There are more than 75 acts spread across three days at Sasquatch! That amounts to a lot of quality music and it could be easy to miss quite a few of the lesser-known acts that aren’t headliner-caliber names, but still deliver headliner-caliber music.

Ear Candy wants to make sure you avoid missing some of these artists so here are nine bands you must see at Sasquatch! this weekend.

KING KHAN AND THE SHRINES (Saturday 3:40, Wookie stage)

If The Hives made music with a horn section and were from Germany then this is what they would sound like.

MT ST HELENS VIETNAM BAND (Saturday 4:20, Yeti stage)

There is a reason this local band sells out all of its hometown shows. These guys are probably the most underrated Seattle band with the biggest buzz heading into Sasquatch!

CHAMPAGNE CHAMPAGNE (Saturday 12:00, Yet stage)

Be sure to arrive early on Day 1 of the festival so you can start your weekend off with this party-flavored hip hop from an unexpected source — A former member of the Blood Brothers

MIKE WATT AND THE MISSINGMEN (Sunday 12:15, Main stage)

Look, Mike Watt is a legend. You need to pay your respects to the founder of the Minutemen and reunited Stooges bassist so be at the festival early Sunday to see him rock the main stage

THE BUILDERS AND THE BUTCHERS (Sunday 4:20, Yeti stage)

These PDX folk rockers play a wonderful type of backwoodsy campfire rock that will be perfect for an early evening experience at the Gorge.

VIVA VOCE (Sunday 12:25, Wookie stage)

Another PDX band but these guys aren’t the type to play campfire rock. Viva Voce rocks out with experimental psychedelic rock that will be great to catch after seeing some of Mike Watt.

MONOTONIX (Monday 4:55, Wookie stage)

Of all the groups on this list, this is the set you absolutely must see. If the last few local shows put on by these hairy Tel Avivians is any indication of what to expect from their Sasquatch! set you won’t want to miss Monotonix. Yes, they are playing opposite the Fleet Foxes but this will likely be the set everyone is talking about after the weekend is over, not the set full of pretty, bearded folk rock of the Foxes.

THE DUTCHESS AND THE DUKE (Monday 4:20, Yeti stage)

Since it has already been decided that you’re going to miss Fleet Foxes due to Monotonix get you fix of beautiful harmonies from another Seattle group. Plus they get cool points for being signed to local cool label du jour Hardly Art, which is Sub Pop’s hipster kid sibling label.

THE PICA BEATS (Monday 1:50, Yeti stage)

Another Hardly Art band, these guys play blissful and fun indie-pop. Plus they have their own theme song “The Pica Beats Theme.”

CHBP: Girl Talk, Thee Emergency, Champagne Champagne, Les Savy Fav

8:15 Girl Talk, possibly the most talented mash-up artist on the planet, is rocking the party. Dozens of fans from the crowd are on stage dancing in various stages of undress, turning the main stage into one big dance floor. There was a short line of folks waiting to get on stage and dance to Girl Talk’s laptop-driven creations and I momentarily thought about getting in that line so I could cut loose. But I decided if I’m not wearing a Teletubby costume then I’m not dancing on stage.

The highlight of Girl Talk’s set for me was when he played Lil Wayne’s “A Milli” over Weezer’s “Say It Aint So.” I played out a scenario in my head where the two artists actually meet and the introductions went down similar to David Letterman’s infamous Uma-Oprah bomb. “Weezy meet Weezer. Weezer, Weezy.” And yes, it’s like that inside of my head.

8:30 Thee Emergency, a band I’ve wanted to see for about two years now, is playing a terrific set of garage-rock blues. Singer Dita Voxx is getting down with her bad mohawked self, rocking the crowd as her beautifully soulful voice soars through Neumos. If you get a chance to catch Thee Emergency live you definitely should do it.

9:00 I’ve been intrigued by the Blood Brothers side project (well, okay it is not a side project, it is an actual band since The Blood Bros. broke up) Champagne Champagne because they are a hip-hop group, and hip hop is the exact opposite of the Blood Brothers.

Consisting of two MCs (one who was wearing a Nirvana shirt and the other a Beavis Butthead tee) and a DJ, the group came hard and heavy with some pretty solid beats and rhymes. The trouble with their set was that the sound seemed to be rigged for a rock show (which is mostly what was featured inside of King Cobra for the day) and, well, as I mentioned, Champagne Champagne is hip hop. But other than the sound levels being off, the energy was good and the music that I could make out, sounded good too.

9: 15 What to say about Les Savy Fav?

Well, I can tell you these guys are showmen. The singer, who looks like a balding, middle-aged, potbellied biker, is a rambunctious son of a gun. The group’s post-punk rock shredded was an excellent choice for the slot prior to headliners Vampire Weekend. The singer wore a female sex toy on his head at one point in the set, stripped down to his underwear later and he even did the truffle shuffle for a laugh. See, I told you he was a showman, Oh, and the music was great too.