Sasquatch Music Festival was this past weekend, May 29, 30 & 31 at The Gorge Amphitheatre a few hours outside Seattle, Washington. After watching 24 shows across a variety of genres, here is my list of the 10 performances at Sasquatch Festival 2010 that made me jump for joy!
1) The Dirty Projectors
Maybe The Dirty Projectors have had a lot of practice playing in rough conditions and in loud environments back in Brooklyn, NY. Or maybe Amber Coffman just had the most amazing voice at Sasquatch Festival 2010. Either way, The Dirty Projectors were just about the only band to hold down the awful sounds that for the most part came from the Honda Stage. Stillness Is A Move sounded beautiful even when I was waiting in the line at the Honey Bucket porto-potties.
2) Vampire Weekend
Sure their album Contra reached #1 and they have made a name for themselves across all the indie blogs, but who would have thought that Vampire Weekend would have 10,000+ fans singing their chorus to Kids at Sasquatch music festival? OMG, it was so fun! Vampire Weekend came equipped to Sasquatch with agressive sounds, tight high pitched chants and an overall really ambitious show. I have seen them a number of times, but this was by far their strongest performance; which was demonstrated best through their ability to energize the hills of the Gorge Amphitheatre.
3) Band Of Horses
These guys were meant to be singing on a stage with a background as beautiful as that of the Gorge Amphitheatre. With their burly beards and their omnious sound, you would think they just finished climbing Mt. Everest and now they have all the energy in the world to belt out beautiful music and make even the saddest of songs sound happy.
4) Kid Cudi
His smile was so big that it made him feel a perfect fit for the huge main stage. Kid Cudi engaged with the crowd and gave off really postive vibes, creating a sing-a-long and a dance party at 4:30 in the afternoon on Sunday, May 30th.
5) The National
For the record, I do not like The National's music. I did however LOVE their set at Sasquatch Festival. This was certainly my most unexpected favorite. Who would have thought that they have the energy and power to create the dance party they evoked? The lead singer even ran into the crowd with his 50 foot mic-chord, creating a stir of wild energy. I must say, The National is certainly a dude's band, so when you look left or right at their show, you will see a guy getting really into it.
Perfect. MGMT was perfect. Some like to complain that they don't do anything on stage and as a result they are boring. While it is true that they don't do much of anything on stage except for look reallly realllly good, they sound excellent. MGMT's new album Congratulations has brought a whole new element to this band, one that demonstrates many musical influences and sounds more like The Zombies then just a neon-hipster dance party. MGMT's music has enough personality and synth-pop, so I don't really see the reason that people get so upset when Andrew VanWyngarden's doesn't show us his dance moves. After watching MGMT perform Flash Delirium at Sasquatch, I am confident that their new album performed live, is going to turn the haters into lovers of their new music and live show.
7) LCD Soundsystem
I will find it in my heart to forgive James Murphy for not playing Dance Yrself Clean, since they did play all the other hits and then some. LCD Soundsystem was a crowd pleaser. Some might consider them show-off's because they have mastered the art of looking really cool, sounding really good and getting the dance party started.
8) Boyz Noize
Boyz Noize was a great ending to a wonderful weekend of music, because you basically had the opportunity to sweat off all the toxic waste and booze you had put in your system. Although this didn't nearly compare to the fun scene at Girl Talk in 2009, the big pilates balls in the air flying through the Rumpus Room dance tent, certainly made the Boyz Noize set look like a Girl Talk party.
9) Mumford & Sons
Their calming vocals and harmonic folky sound was very well suited for the afternoon slot on Saturday that Mumford & Sons filled. They are certainly a chill in the grass or skip a little in the grass type of listen, but they are so on point with their chords and melody --- these guys have got the live performance on lockdown.
The music of Deadmau5 is nothing to rave about, although it is something to rave too. Deadmau5 had the most impressive stage set-up at Sasquatch, his cute little Mickey Mouse ears stand behind a huge v-shaped podium that projects images that make even those sober feel a bit trippy. Deadmau5 plays a lot of unce-unce-unce punch it out music, I do wish he would drop the beats a bit more and make it a little more two-step. This set catered perfectly to those still wanting to dance at the end of the night on Saturday, May 29th.
I feel sort of bad for you if you didn't make it to Sasquatch! this year. You really should have listened to me last year, when I said this truely is the best festival. Hopefully after two years of positive reviews, you will jump on the Sasquatch! band wagon. Enjoy our amazing photos.