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Did you make your Sasquatch! schedule yet? Here's our picks!

{Sasquatch! 2010 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

It seems crazy to be talking about it already, but ready or not, 2012's Sasquatch! Music Festival is right around the corner! Next weekend, in fact, we'll be packing up our cars and celebrating the impending start of summer by spending a long weekend in the sun, poring over four days of band schedules and making the most of our annual trip to the Gorge Ampitheater in George, Washington. The last few years have given us festival weekends for the books {here's some proof from 2011 and 2010}, and this year looks like it will be no exception -- there's tons to see every day no matter what your personal taste is, and at the moment it looks like the weather is going to hold out, too! So, let's take a look at some of the highlights that we can't wait to take in -- and you can play along at home by making your own Sasquatch! day-by-day schedule here.


{Sasquatch! 2010 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

There seems to be a build built in to the fest, both per-day and over the course of the weekend, too: Friday starts by easing us into a warm bath with the smooth sounds of Allen Stone, who will be kicking things off at the Sasquatch Stage at 5:00p. And if that "blue-eyed soul" sound isn't your thing, don't worry -- you can take it in the opposite direction with the post alt.indie vibe that Yellow Ostrich does at 5:15p on the Bigfoot Stage instead {pop on over here for a sample of what we love about these guys}. Then, Iceland's made-famous-to-Seattle-via-KEXP allstars Of Monsters and Men take the 6:00p spot on the Sasquatch Stage, while recent buzz band Polica blow out the Bigfoot Stage at 6:30. There's plenty to experience Friday besides (and around) these four picks, but our last can't-miss recommendation is 110% for Girl Talk's set at 8:30 on the Sasquatch Stage, sure to be a power-hour that will leave the crowds (and us!) happily hopped-up in preparation for the next three days of music.


{Pickwick / by Victoria VanBruinisse} {Charles Bradley / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

We can't really think of a better way to begin the first weekend day of Sasquatch! with back-to-back sets of awesome on the Sasquatch Stage, first with Pickwick at 12:00p, followed immediately by Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires at 1:05p. {It's worth noting that we've been buzzing with love for Charles Bradley since his set in KEXP's Bumbershoot Music Lounge last year, and we can't wait to catch him on the big stage!} Well-primed, we'll head into some modern American roots tunes from Blitzen Trapper at 2:10p on the same stage, and we'll cap the first part of the day off with what's sure to be one of the best revival-jam sets of the weekend, Alabama Shakes at 3:00p on the Bigfoot Stage. Speaking of, we're quite sure you're in the loop with AS's recent release, Boys & Girls, but just in case you haven't gotten into it yet, check it out here.

{Thee Satisfaction / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{tUnE-yArDs / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Saturday shakes up at 3:30p, with a turn for the funkier side: THEESatisfaction will be bringing all the goodness from their latest release {and then some!} to the Yeti Stage right about then, and there's tons to check out over the course of the afternoon and early evening (Portlandia, Kurt Vile and the Violators, and Dum Dum Girls stand out as choices worthy of your festival time) before Helio Sequence's Bigfoot Stage set at 6:30p and Metric's Sasquatch Stage set at 6:40p. Those bleed into our absolutely-can't-miss pick for Saturday, tUnE-yArDs on the Bigfoot Stage at 7:30p {!!!!!}, and the night caps off with The Shins and Jack White back-to-back to close out the Sasquatch Stage starting about 8:10p.


Totally legit: Sasquatch! 2012 lineup announced

{Physics / by Max Cook}

{Matthew Caws of Nada Surf / by Max Cook}

In the throes of a killer party at the Neptune last night, we were thrilled beyond belief to find out the details on another most excellent year for the Sasquatch! music festival, taking place out at the Gorge on Memorial Day weekend {May 25-28}. Sasquatch! is by far one of our favorite fests every year, and 2012 is going to be no exception.

We're particularly excited about partying down with the likes of Jack White, Beck, Tenacious D, Beirut, Girl Talk {hell yes!}, The Head and the Heart, Tune-Yards, Wild Flag, Blind Pilot, Mark Lanegan Band, The Cave Singers, Grouplove, Ted Leo, Deer Tick, Alabama Shakes, We Are Augustines, Shearwater {!!!!!}, Charles Bradley, Pickwick, Hey Marseilles, Sallie Ford, Dyme Def, Fresh Espresso, and Katie Kate -- but by no means does that even scratch the surface of the seemingly-zillion fantastic bands included on this year's lineup. As usual, there's a thoughtful mash of notable locals and squee-worthy headliners, so much so that slapping down the ticket price to spend the long weekend with twenty-plus thousand of your closest friends is an absolute no-brainer.


Lily Allen covers The Clash with Mick Jones, Hold Steady covers Bruce...

know we just got done with the 2008 lists, but this one's clamoring for my top compilation spot for '09 already!


Bumbershoot 2008: Day 1

Bumbershoot 2008 photo by Kyle Johnson

at Bumbershoot 2008

Bumbershoot is a musical extravaganza, spanning the three-day Labor Day weekend with more bands, arts, and elephant ears than anyone can possibly capture. We had a posse of imaginary writers (ChrisB, Chris Estey, imaginary elle, imaginary dana, and Cory), and photographers (Chona, Kyle, Nathan, and Andrew) all over Seattle Center, trying to capture the frenzy and mayhem of Bumbershoot 2008. Below you can see and read about our adventures during the first day, which kicked off with local electronic duo Beehive and ended with superstar Beck, and covered over 20 other bands in-between.



Bumbershoot 2008: Beck

Beck. Photo by Kyle Johnson.

at Bumbershoot 2008

I think his show had that same natural feel, like you weren’t necessarily watching a performance, but you were watching Beck do what Beck does. And that’s the best (and really the only) thing I could expect from him.


Latest comment by: Jon Harthun: ""He’s the kid in school who doesn’t talk much but everyone knows is the coolest person in their grade." Couldn't have put it better. Glad you enjoyed the set. I think Beck is the exception to this whole "mainstream is shit" mentality of our generation. With ...

Is Beck Bullshit?

Is Beck becoming an oldies act?


Latest comment by: ChrisB: "Haha! I am ambivalent about Beck's rapping but how much raping did we let him get away with before? Hehe. (Apparently I am still a 12 year old boy.)"

Let the Halloween video parade begin: Sonic Youth, Smoosh, Beck, Arcade Fire unite!

Here's a video put out a while back from The North American Halloween Prevention Initiative. It's kinda weird and it was hard to get my brain around it before the morning muffin... but it features a ton of awesomeness in the line-up -- and that's good enough for me.



The Beck sketchel (bag) showcases an exclusive design by French artist Genevieve Gauckler, who also contributed art to Beck's new album sleeve.


Latest comment by: nens: "I love the band t-shirt! So much so that I'm in the process of making a quilt out of my retired stash of t-shirts (finally the worn-thin 1988 REM shirt will see the light of day!). "

Beck — Guero

Beck -- Guero
As a prolific, dynamic songwriter who has matured and changed over time with each of his records, broad expectations of "What is he going to do next?" accompanied the release of Guero.


The Flaming Lips and Beck

Beck. Photo from MySpace.

at Benaroya

What does forty bucks get you on a Saturday night? Three disco balls, the best acoustics in the world, and a crash of zoo animals waving flashlights around a darkened, foggy auditorium.