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May
27th

A few more sights and sounds from Sasquatch

OK, so I’m not live from Sasquatch any more. But I had to share a few more pics. Plus, this post is kind of a Critic’s iPod thing, too, since you can click on the links in the cut lines below to hear samples from all the CD’s I picked up at the Gorge.

Also, scroll down the Nine Inch Nails set list and click on the first couple of songs for something special (but well within "fair usage" standards. Too bad my recorder conked out before Reznor and company covered Gary Numan’s "Metal."

South African indie-rock outfit BLK JKS features (from top) singer-guitarist Lindani Buthelezi, guitarist Mpumelelo Mcata, Molefi Makananise and drummer Tshepang Ramoba on the Yeti Stage. I knew next to nothing about the band – which blends prog-rock and dub into its trippy, uplifting sound – but checked them out on the Yeti stage at the insistence of Seattle Weekly’s new music editor, Jonathan Cunningham. I like! Good pick, J.C. Listen: “Summertime, “Lakeside”.

ERNEST JASMIN

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May
24th

Live from Sasquatch: Set list from Nine Inch Nails’ last Washington show

TV on the Radio’s set at Sasquatch earlier today? Fabulous, befitting a band that will, deservedly, be headlining arenas next couple of years. “Young Liars” was transcendent absolutely transcendent. And it was fun seeing comedian Aziz Ansaris (and a couple of other celebs I couldn’t identify from where I was standing) helping out with percussion on “A Method.”


“I wish I could go back in time and tell my teenage self that I would be playing music on the same stage as Jane’s Addiction,” shaggy bearded singer-guitarist Kyp Malone early in the set, after “Wolf Like Me.” “It’s pretty

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May
24th

The new Sasquatch Buzz: Murder City Devils’ Spencer Moody gets his freak on

The early Saturday Sasquatch buzz was about super-group Street Sweeper Social Club. But this afternoon that was overshadowed by the over-the-top spectacle of Murder City Devils front man Spencer Moody, whose belligerent antics are sure to warrant a few mentions in Spin and the other nation media on site.


Said antics included staggering and rolling around the main stage; stuffing the microphone in his mouth and screaming when (I’m guessing) he forgot the words (and he did this often); pausing, appearing to unzip his pants, possibly to water the front row. [Update: A source tells me he was

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May
24th

Live from Sasquatch: Interview with Street Sweeper Social Club’s Tom Morello and Boots Riley

A few of you may remember back in 2006 when I broke some news about the Coup’s Boots Riley and Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave shredder Tom Morello teaming up for a new super-group, called Street Sweeper Social Club.


Well, it took long enough for ‘em to unveil their project to the world at large, but looks like it’s gonna be worth the wait based on their main stage set here at Sasquatch this afternoon.


SSSC has easily generated the biggest buzz on day two of the festival. The band’s self-titled debut is

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May
23rd

Live from Sasquatch: A new stage setup and Seattle’s next big thing

OK, so I’m finally connected and I’ve got a couple of things to report from Sasquatch. For starters, Live Nation has switched the layout around quite a bit. The comedy/dance stage has migrated to the field where the Wookie stage was last year and it’s a lot bigger and covered. I’m blowing off the massively annoying Tim & Eric’s performance there as we speak. And the Wookie stage is a lot bigger, too, and looks kind of like a scaled down version of the main stage.


I’ve been dealing with tech issues and have been trying to stay

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May
22nd

Headed to the Sasquatch

In case you haven’t guessed by now, I’ll be headed down I-90 to the ol’ Sasquatch Fest this weekend. It’s a no-brainer. All those amazing bands in one spot? That breathtaking backdrop? The fresh, desert air? I looove the S’quatch! It’s a highlight of my year every year. You know, in spite of the two-hour shower lines. And even when the weather gets all apocalyptic and whatnot, like the time hail and lightning chased Neko Case off the main stage a few years back. (Note to self: Think like Bear Gryls when you pack tonight.)


Anyway,

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May
20th

Sasquatch countdown, day three

Two more reasons to be geeked for Sasquatch this weekend. Here’s Erykah Badu performing her ethereal jam “The Healer.” She’ll hit the Gorge’s main stage at 7:30 p.m. Monday (May 25).



Last time I saw her, she was at Dave Chappelle’s Block Party show in Seattle. Hmmmm. Who else rocked it that day? Oh yeah! The mighty, mighty Mos Def, one of my favorite hip-hop lyricists of all time. His set is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday on the Wookie stage. But you never know. Maybe you’ll catch him

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Feb.
18th

The last Nine Inch Nails tour? Noooooooooo!!!

Yesterday, I posted the lineup for Sasquatch 2009, which will include appearances by Nine Inch Nails and a fully reunited Jane’s Addiction. What I didn’t realize then was that their Sasquatch gigs were part of a planned NIN/Jane’s tour. And the bad news is that Trent Reznor is characterizing said tour as a curtain call on the 20th anniversary of his influential band.


Well, all good things come to an end, I guess. And how well would “Closer” go over with a geriatric Trent Reznor performing it 15, 20 years from now, when he’s

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