Tonight in Seattle:  

Sasquatch 2015 Picks: James Blake, St. Vincent, Temples {Sunday, May 24}

Sasquatch Day 3 - SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!

At 6:00 on the Bigfoot stage are British psych rockers Temples. The quartet put a modern spin on old 60’s psych rock; from songs like “Shelter Song” that look backwards to the sonic sounds of the Beatles, to songs like “Sun Structures’ that sound closer to modern contemporaries Tame Impala. They’ve been touring pretty consistently for over a year (this is the third time in 13 months that they’ve been through the Northwest), and they sound pretty polished and on-top of their game for such a young band. 

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Sasquatch 2015 Picks: Modest Mouse, Odesza, Perfume Genius, The Budos Band, The Young Evils {Saturday, May 23}

Young Evils

{The Young Evils - Credit: Victoria VanBruinisse}

Really, so much good stuff to see today at Sasquatch! On the Uranus stage at 3:00 are Seattle rockers  The Young Evils. What started a few years ago as a more acoustic based Vaselines homage between Troy Nelson and his girlfriend (now wife) Mackenzie has expanded in both members and sound. They’ve amp’d up the volume and expanded to 5 members. This band is all about having fun, and what better way to start off a Saturday afternoon. 

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Sasquatch 2015 Picks: Flume, Sleater-Kinney, The New Pornographers, Unlikely Friends {Friday, May 5/22}

Sleater Kinney - Credit: Brigitte Sire

{Sleater Kinney - Credit: Brigitte Sire}

The Sasquatch music festival is finally upon us, and as always it promises to be a fantastic weekend. Last year Sasquatch attempted to mix things up by adding a second weekend over the 4th of July (in addition to the traditional Memorial weekend event) and shortening each to 3 days before eventually scrapping that second weekend. This year the festival is back to it’s single weekend format, returning to the lengthy 4-day festival stretching from this Friday, May 22nd through Monday, May 25th.  With so many bands to see the schedule can get kind of daunting, so we’re here to help with our suggestions of bands and comedians to check out while you’re bouncing around between Sasquatch’s 5 different action packed stages.

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SIFF 2015 Preview: NW Connections

You know I always have to run through the Northwest Connections program for SIFF! This year’s offerings include a lot of documentaries and a fair amount of my favorite movie genre: HORROR.  

First up: I’m stupidly excited for The Primary Instinct because Stephen Tobolowsky is THE BEST EVER and I love listening to The Tobolowsky Files on NPR more than anything else—and I’ve never gotten to see any of his live shows. {Screens 5/29, 9:45pm & 5/30, 12pm at SIFF Cinema Egyptian; Director David Chen & subject Stephen Tobolowsky scheduled to attend both screenings}

I’m not sure I even understand what’s happening in the preview of The Hollow One, but my splatter-loving heart was all-in the second they panned to a close-up of the girl with blood dripping off of her face. Plus, setting the action out in the middle of nowhere on an abandoned farm means I’ll be genuinely scared. This one looks like (creepy, horrific) fun! {Screens 5/27, 9pm & 5/28, 3:30pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown; Director Nathan Hendrickson & Producer Sherry Floyd scheduled to attend both screenings} 

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SIFF Take: Goodnight Mommy

Goodnight Mommy

Two angelic 9-year-old twin boys arrive home to find their mother in the hallway with a face all wrapped up in plastic surgery bandages. Mommy needs her rest in order to recover—never mind that she lurks around in her bedroom poking at her bloodshot eyes or pretends to be sleeping when she’s really having a snack.

After awhile, mommy’s strange behavior convinces the boys that maybe she’s not their mommy at all and that’s when the games begin. Don’t worry! They’re just little boys … who keep an entire glass aquarium filled with cockroaches in their room. Totally normal, right?

I’ve seen too many horror movies with twins to be surprised at the ending of this one, but it was still pretty horrifying. Here’s a hint: you’ll never be able to look a tube of superglue quite the same way again.

{Goodnight Mommy screens one more time 5/18, 9pm at SIFF Cinema Egyptian}