Reviews > Shows
Sasquatch Music Festival, Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA – 5/29-31
Now in its 9th year, the Sasquatch! Festival has firmly established itself as the Pacific Northwest’s premier popular music event. A stylistically diverse line-up featuring 80+ bands ranged from promising new acts to established tour veterans. Promoter Adam Zacks demonstrated he’s got his finger on the pulse of the current music industry; booking bands that showcase the PNW’s vibrant and eclectic scene, but also those that reflect global online music discovery and consumption. Sold-out weeks in advance, 50,000 fans trekked to the breathtaking Gorge amphitheatre in central Washington, transforming it into the nation’s biggest dance party.
The overarching musical theme across each of the four stages was the blurring of synthetic, sequenced percussive elements and live instrumentation. Electronic acts’ futuristic low-end bass was in bright contrast to the natural beauty of the ages-old Columbia River gorge. OG rap act Public Enemy brought the noise and Kid Cudi and Shabazz Palaces engaged the beat-hungry crowd with cultural conversation, taking rap back to its political roots.
The U.K.’s Massive Attack delivered a creepy, atmospheric set, yet in contrast, high-energy LCD Soundsystem and Vampire Weekend both rallied the hillside into a bouncing, writhing mass with their propulsive electro-pop.
Each night culminated with hedonistic dance parties; sensory experiences at the hands of Z-Trip, Deadmau5 and Germany’s Booka Shade. Also of note were Scotland’s Hudson Mohawke and Swedish duo, Miike Snow. Returning act Passion Pit and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros filled the falsetto glam- pop void with favorable results.
My Morning Jacket, Drive By Truckers, and Band of Horses each offered fist-pumping anthems and tender melodies within their textured, groove-heavy, beard rock. Nerd rockers They Might Be Giants continued the electro-rock vibe while lo-fi harmonic indie acts Dr. Dog, Vetiver, and The Long Winters favored warm, folksy delivery with Grateful Dead covers and pop stylings. She and Him and The xx had a lock on intimate, minimalist song craft.
Though highly anticipated, Pavement suffered from unpreparedness, delivering an underwhelming set. Similarly MGMT’s slot lacked energy, giving credence to the notion they’re a studio band. But it was ultimately Ween, the genre-bending juggernaut fed by raw power and melodic sensibility with their cover of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” that perfectly summed up the weekend.
Dame shares a song from her new EP Preventions of Heartbreak.
Golden Bloom stopped by Relix to perform a tune from their latest EP No Day Like Today.
The Chapin Sisters share an tune from their new album A Date With the Everly Brothers.
Minneapolis-based Night Moves share a song from their record, Colored Emotions, live at Relix.
Cloud Cult share a song from their latest album live at Relix.
The Giving Tree Band enjoy a spring day on the Relix rooftop, while performing a classic Grateful Dead tune.
Canadian singer-songwriter Hayden performs a duet with his sister-in-law Lou Canon. The song appears on Us Alone his first record on Broken Social Scene’s Arts & Crafts Productions.
The Milk Carton Kids share the first song from their new album, The Ash & Clay.
Here is the new video from Serbian guitar ace Ana Popovic. “Object Of Obsession” appears on her latest album Can You Stand The Heat.
Ron Sexsmith visits the Relix office to perform a tune from his latest record Forever Endeavor.
- First Look: Robert Randolph & The Family Band’s Blue Note Debut Lickety Split
- The Rolling Stones with Dave Grohl (Gallery and Clip)
- Lotus "Age of Inexperience" (Official Video)
- Morning Teleporation Share "People On My Floor"
- The National at Public Assembly and on Colbert (Gallery and Clips)
- John Fogerty and Dawes "Someday Never Comes" on Letterman
- Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers "Little Too Late" Live at the Hangout
- John Fogerty: Wrote A Song For Everyone
- Interlocken Festival to Feature Neil Young, Furthur, String Cheese Incident, Black Crowes, Zac Brown and More
- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers "Friend of The Devil" at the Beacon
- The Salvation of Page McConnell (Relix Revisited)
- Interlocken Adds Widespread Panic and John Fogerty, Furthur to Play Workingman’s Dead
- Warren Haynes and Joe Bonamassa "If Heartaches Were Nickels"
- The Final Ingredient in Dogfish Head’s Grateful Dead Tribute Ale Is…
- Stone Gossard Readies His Moonlander
- Trey Anastasio Band at The Hangout (Video Stream)
- Doctor’s Orders: So what should we call the Super Ball IX Newspaper?
- John Kadlecik Posts Statement on Bob Weir’s Collapse
- "I Wanne Be In moe.": The Latest Volunteers
- Bob Weir Escorted Off Stage During Furthur Show
- Furthur Cancels BottleRock Show as Bob Weir Is Out Of Commision
- Vote for Your Favorite "I Wanne Be In moe." Contestant
- Doctor’s Orders: What’s Your Favorite Furthur Song? (Win Copy of Relix Signed by Phil and Bobby)
- On The Verge Poll