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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sasquatch! 2014: Outkast, the National, M.I.A. & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Tue, May 27, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Another Memorial Day weekend, another Sasquatch music festival at the Gorge. Each year the festival finds a happy middle ground where legacy acts and on-the-tip up-and-comers can meet. This year felt like the festival’s least rock-oriented festival yet, with no big band reunions gumming up the headlining slots. Rather, most of the excitement was geared toward hiphop and dance acts: Kid Cudi, Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer, and of course Outkast. As a barometer, Sasquatch doesn’t quite have the currency of Coachella, and some of the indie-rock blog acts of the ’00s feel very long in the tooth (looking at you, Cold War Kids). But the setting in the Gorge is phenomenal, and the programming is diverse and thoughtful enough that almost all the bands are worth seeing to some extent. Almost.

Plainly, Outkast were the stars of the weekend. Andre and Big Boi performed a great, energetic set that drove the crowd crazy, running through hit after hit from their full career. Although they’ve only been gone for eight years, it felt like longer; this was a ’90s and early ’00s revival trip, pure and simple—I’m sure a big part of the Sasquatch crowd was still in grade school when “Hey Ya!” came out. While Outkast’s set didn’t point the way to the future (Big Boi and Andre still seem like flipsides of a coin, rather than a fully integrated duo), it was still a terrific show. I was told by someone who saw their first show at Coachella that the Sasquatch show was miles better in every way.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Bumbershoot Lineup Announced!

Posted by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey on Fri, May 9, 2014 at 8:09 AM

For those who love a short road trip to see a lot of amazing bands, prick up those ears—because Seattle's Bumbershoot lineup has been announced, and as usual, it does not disappoint... for example? WU-TANG CLAN! Check it out, courtesy of our pals at The Stranger, and get your tickets here.

SATURDAY 8/30

Wu-­Tang Clan // Elvis Costello and the Imposters // Panic! At The Disco //
The Afghan Whigs // The Both // Walk The Moon // G-­Easy // Bobby Womack // Danny Brown // Poliça // Mac DeMarco // Big Freedia // SZA // Yuna // The Lonely Forest // Gregory Porter // Sam Lachow // Shelby Earl // Youngblood Hawke // RA Scion // Donnie & Joe Emerson // Fly Moon Royalty // Grayskul // Tomo Nakayama // Iska Dhaaf // McTuff // Naomi Wachira // Evan Flory Barnes + Infinity Upright! // Cataldo // Cumulus // Dude York // Modern Kin // Otieno Terry

SUNDAY 8/31

The Replacements // The Head and the Heart // ScHoolboy Q // The Dismemberment Plan // Los Lobos // Bootsy Collins // Luscious Jackson // Pickwick // Kishi Bashi // Red Fang // Big Star’s Third // Iamsu! // Gregory Alan Isakov // Charlie Musselwhite // Mission of Burma // Architecture in Helsinki // The Dream Syndicate // Schoolyard Heroes // San Fermin // Negativland // Kins // Polyrhythmics // ILLFIGHTYOU // Jarv Dee // Sandrider // The 44’s with Kirk “Eli” Fletcher // Hobosexual // Falls // Highlands // Hermigervill // Manatee Commune // Golden Gardens // Hot Wired Rhythm Band

MONDAY 9/1

Foster the People // J. Cole // Capital Cities // Neon Trees // Real Estate // Nada Surf // The Reverend Horton Heat // Aer // Twin Shadow // Jonathan Richman // Valerie June // Bomba Estéreo // Hurray for the Riff Raff // Mexican Institute of Sound // DahkaBrakha // Campfire Ok // Bad Things // Julianna Barwick // Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas // Jacco Gardner // La Luz // Current Swell // Rose Windows // Tangerine // Hoba Hoba Spirit // Kore Ionz // Jessica Pratt // Massy Ferguson // Old Man Luedecke // Western Haunts // Smokey Brights

Monday, April 14, 2014

Treefort Photo Recap - Portland Bands!

Posted by Katie Summer on Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 1:28 PM

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Read part one of our Treefort report here.

With so many awesome PDX bands invited to Treefort this year, it felt as though we all just drove six hours to hang out somewhere new. Oh, wait... that's exactly what we did. And it was awesome! Some bands worked more than they played, and Sallie Ford and her new all-lady band was one of them. Their set for Treefort was at 1 am Thursday night and the Bouquet was packed full with a line out the door. This was their fourth show with the new line-up—their first was the previous week at the Party Boys' Ladiez Night with Tiburones at Mississippi Studios. It was a diffident performance, and the ease of Sallie's vocals and the danceability of the songs were lost a little bit in translation. The improvement from the first to the fourth show was very noticeable, and they played a daytime house show the following afternoon—better still! Speaking of talented ladies and bands coming into their own, Great Wilderness was the first show I caught on Thursday evening. A lovely way to kick off a lovely weekend. Thanks Treefort, you were tops!

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Lots more photos after the jump! Horse Feathers! Mimicking Birds! Gallons! And more!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Treefort 2014!

Posted by Katie Summer on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 11:26 AM

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On the weekend of March 20-23, Boise, Idaho, hosted 41 Portland bands for the third year of the Treefort Music Fest. I was curious to check it out after many friends reported how much fun it was the previous year, and it definitely lived up to its reputation! Organized similarly to SXSW and our own MFNW, with one wristband for access to all the different venues and shows (or, what MFNW used to be... let's pour one out for that), the town of Boise is an ideal location. All the venues are located in the clean and accessible downtown, just about 20 blocks in total. Although Treefort is a fairly young festival, I was more than impressed with its overall organization, professionalism, and welcoming attitude. People in Portland are nice. People in Boise are nicer.

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Treefort recap! Lots of photos and lots more to read after the jump. It was a really great weekend of sunshine and music, and currently runner-up for best music festival of the year. (Pickathon forever and always.)

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WTF! What the Festival Announces 2014 Lineup

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 2:45 PM

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Now in its third year, What the Festival (WTF) has announced the lineup for this year's festival, taking place at Wolf Run Ranch in Dufur, Oregon, located south of the Dalles, just under two hours' drive from Portland. Once again, the festival is oriented on electronic music, and the organizers tout all kinds of amenities like a hookah lounge (you had me at hoo!), relaxation huts (so much nicer than those get-angry huts you see at so many festivals), the largest disco ball on the West Coast (unreliable sources inform us it is full of chocolate), and a huge wading pool for you to splash in (seriously, guys, no peeing).

This year's performers include the Glitch Mob, Washed Out, Nightmares on Wax, RL Grime, Natasha Kmeto, and many more. It takes place June 19-22, and tickets start at $200 plus fees and parking. VIP packages and nicer camping are available as well. Take a look at the festival lineup after the jump. WTF!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Sasquatch! Has Cancelled Its Second Weekend

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Guess it is a day to announce cancellations...

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Live Nation has just confirmed the rumors that were circulating on the Coachella message board—the second weekend of the Sasquatch! Music Festival, set to take place July 4-6, has been cancelled due to sluggish ticket sales.
“The Sasquatch! community has spoken. They continue to support the traditional Memorial Day Weekend event with great enthusiasm. Unfortunately, the second weekend was not embraced. We felt it was better to cancel the new event now and give everyone time to make alternative plans for the Fourth of July weekend. Going forward, Sasquatch! Music Festival will be at the Gorge Amphitheatre on the weekend the fans want: Memorial Day Weekend only,” said Jeff Trisler, President of Live Nation Seattle.
The first weekend of Sasquatch! (May 23-25) will continue as planned.

Well, drat. Let us gaze one last time upon the (very impressive) lineup for the doomed Sasquatch! Part Deux, and reflect on what might have been.

Soundgarden / Kraftwerk (3D) / New Order / Frank Ocean / Röyksopp + Robyn / Neutral Milk Hotel / Broken Bells / Spoon / Tegan And Sara / Local Natives / La Roux / Gogol Bordello / Jake Bugg / Atmosphere / Rhye / The Bloody Beetroots / Dillon Francis / Big Gigantic / The Black Angels / Deltron 3030 / The Horrors / Junip / The Notwist / St. Lucia / Dr. Dog / Kurt Vile & The Violators / Of Montreal / Talib Kweli / The Cave Singers / Punch Brothers / Action Bronson / Lee Fields & The Expressions / Sharon Van Etten / Carolina Chocolate Drops / Sol / Casey Veggies / Rl Grime / Tchami / Audion / Fuck Buttons / Courtney Barnett / Thao & The Get Down Stay Down / Cloud Nothings / Foxygen / Palma Violets / Mikal Cronin / Mac Demarco / Jon Hopkins / Gold Panda / Majical Cloudz / Duke Dumont / Oneohtrix Point Never / Death / Black Prairie / Latyrx / Metz / John Grant / Reigning Sound / Black Milk / Typhoon / Cass Mccombs / Young & Sick / No / Boy & Bear / Asgeir / Mutual Benefit / The Bots / Wild Cub / Gangstagrass / Phox / Ages And Ages / The Districts / Mimicking Birds / Chad Vangaalen / Shelby Earl / Hunter Hunted / Fly Golden Eagle / Sandrider / Helms Alee / Night Beats / Chastity Belt / Dude York / Iska Dhaaf / Kithkin / Pollens // Comedy // Demetri Martin / Eugene Mirman / Kurt Braunohler / W. Kamau Bell / Kyle Dunnigan / And More!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Here Are Your Sasquatch 2014 Lineups

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 7:49 AM

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The Sasquatch! Festival is taking place over two weekends this year, Memorial Day weekend and the Fourth of July weekend at the Gorge Amphitheater in central Washington. Your traditional American holiday festivities are just gonna have to take a back seat to music-festing this year, because the (entirely different) lineups for both weekends—announced last night—are among the strongest Sasquatch has had in years.
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Highlights of the May 23-25 weekend include: Outkast, the National, Haim, Die Antwoord, Chance the Rapper, Phantogram, Yelle, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Parquet Courts, Damien Jurado, Deafheaven, Black Joe Lewis, Liars, Lucius, the Stepkids, Little Green Cars, Cloud Control, Jonathan Wilson, Waxahatchee, Pink Mountaintops, Radiation City, La Luz, Modern Kin, Tacocat, and more,

Highlights of the July 4-6 weekend include: Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp & Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan and Sara, Rhye, the Black Angels, the Horrors, the Notwist, Dr. Dog, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, Action Bronson, Lee Fields, Sharon Van Etten, Courtney Barnett, Fuck Buttons, Cloud Nothings, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Majical Cloudz, Death, Black Prairie, Reigning Sound, Typhoon, Phox, Ages and Ages, Chad VanGaalen, Chastity Belt, Iska Dhaaf, and more.

Click the jump for the full lineup in copy-and-pasteable text. Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 am and can be purchased through the Sasquatch site. Last year, they sold out in 90 minutes, although with two separate weekends this year, I don't expect they'll go quite so fast.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Quasi at Norwich Arts Centre, 12 Dec 2013

Posted by Alex Ross on Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 6:15 PM

[A dispatch from former Mercury intern/Quasi fan/English person Alex Ross, who goes to school in Norwich, which he describes as "a one horse town and the horse has bolted." On their recent UK tour, Quasi played there. Needless to say, Alex was excited.]

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Oh hey Portland, how’s it going? Winter weather, I hear you say? Well, this is winter in Norwich, England. It’s like living in a Dickens novel about a very cold cloud.

Some solace, though: When Quasi announced their UK tour over the summer, they didn’t skip Norwich. Everyone skips Norwich—presumably terrified by the town’s intimidating signs [at right] and perpetual state of disaster. Not Quasi. Hibernation cancelled.

When I wrote about meeting Janet Weiss and Sam Coomes for End Hits last year, I’d sheepishly asked them to sign my copy of American Gong before quickly running away like a schoolkid to play it over and over again. They were, I said, everything great about indie rock: passionate yet self-effacing, intelligent yet understated, sincere and sarcastic all at once, propelled by a unique and gifted songwriter and grounded by one of the greatest drummers of all time. And all this came before the release of Mole City, the band’s eighth album in a career that now spans 20 years.

Much like its creators, it’s record that deserves more attention than it’s received. Double albums, the common smoke signal from the artist over the hill, tend to inspire little more than abject terror in fans and critics. Other than a few notable exceptions, the format lends itself to dilution and stagnation, watering down what might be a fine idea to an overblown ramble like a drunk who just read a good novel.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Treefort Announces First Round of Artists for 2014 Fest

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 2:40 PM

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Yesterday, Boise's Treefort Music Fest announced their first round of bands that will be part of the 2014 lineup. While this takes place far outside of town, Treefort is a superfun music fest, one of the best weekends of music in the Northwest. I went out to Idaho this past March and it was great. 2014's Treefort Music Fest takes place March 20-23 and you should go.

The first round of artists includes the great Run the Jewels duo of El-P and Killer Mike, Built to Spill, and Mr. Gnome, plus the up-and-coming Saintseneca (who are going to have a huge 2014, mark my words), the Joy Formidable (who never did too much for me but who I kept hearing were a definite highlight of Musicfest), Seattle's Iska Dhaaf (members of Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band and Mad Rad) and Denver's lovely Paper Bird. Plus a clutch of great Portland bands, like Modern Kin, Vikesh Kapoor, Hustle and Drone, Psychic Rites, and Summer Cannibals.

Click the jump to take a look at the existing lineup—and remember, lots more is to come—and check out the announcement video. Lots more info, including tickets, over at Treefort's site.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Beacon Sound Takes Over the Sou'wester Lodge

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 11:22 AM

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This is a little ways out of town, but sounds way too rad not to mention: Portland vinyl-and-cassette store Beacon Sound is taking over the Sou'wester Lodge the weekend of October 25-26. The Sou'wester (as mentioned in last year's Gift Guide—thanks, no one, for not buying me any of my requested gifts) is a charming resort in Seaview, Washington, just a bit north of Astoria, with a lodge, cabins, and their infamous vintage travel trailers. They have live music regularly, and now Beacon Sound is hosting an incredible-sounding weekend of music later this month.

The performers include Grouper, Peter Broderick, Gabriel Saloman, Rauelsson, and Apartment Fox, and the two nights of music will conclude on Saturday night with a "spooky" afterparty DJ'ed by Liz Harris (Grouper). There's also a communal meal on Saturday and complimentary Ninkasi beer and Heart Coffee Roasters coffee all weekend. (Say wha?!?)

The celebration marks the launch of Beacon Sound's new record label, and shopkeep/impresario Andrew Neerman has a Kickstarter page set up to raise funds for Beacon Sound's first vinyl release, a 12-inch with music by Peter Broderick and Gabriel Saloman recorded at Type Foundry, on clear vinyl in a limited edition of 200. Check out the whole Kickstarter campaign here. Meanwhile, the Sou'wester weekend is $40 on top of accommodations, and reservations can be booked here.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Kaleidoscope Music Festival Slashes Its Prices in Half

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 9:40 AM

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Have you heard about the Kaleidoscope Music Festival? It's happening this weekend (August 23-25) in Eugene, Oregon, and has an impressively diverse bill of electronic, hiphop, and rock bands. In fact, it's so diverse that I haven't heard of a lot of the acts playing it, but the headliners include Bassnectar, Nas, and Empire of the Sun. I could take or leave the first two, but I saw Empire of the Sun at Sasquatch and it was pretty nuts.

Empire of the Sun is the new project from the Sleepy Jackson's Luke Steele, and if this over-the-top album cover gave you trouble, Empire of the Sun is going to give you plenty more. The music's nothing special—electronic-tinged danceable lite-rock—but the stage show is an absolute spectacle, with dancers, costumes, and general weirdness abounding. Here's some footage shot at Bonnaroo this year:


So that'll be happening down in Eugene, and it's probably worth checking out since Empire of the Sun don't have any Portland shows scheduled right now. This Kaleidoscope thing is kind of weird, though, a potentially huge music festival that seemed to come out of nowhere. One of the organizers tells me "this is arguably the largest musical event in the history of Oregon," which I don't really buy, but take that for what it's worth.

And this, too: This week they slashed ticket prices in half. I doubt that says anything good about the health of the festival, but the result is a pretty sweet deal. A one day pass is $35.99 and three days are $89.95. There are also VIP passes available. Kaleidoscope's site has the full lineup and all the info. If you haven't had enough of outdoor summer music festivals, you know where to turn.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Win Tickets to the Helsing Junction Sleepover!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 11:17 AM

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[UPDATE: This contest is closed and the winner has been notified.]

Your weekend just got PLANNED, man. The Helsing Junction Sleepover takes place this weekend (August 16-18) just a short drive away in Rochester, Washington. (That's just north of Centralia and south of Olympia—about an hour and 45 minute drive from Portland.) What's the Helsing Junction Sleepover? It's K Records' super cool summer fest, with music from LAKE, Brainstorm, Karl Blau, Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat Dan Singa, the Shivas, Tender Forever, Jeffrey Jerusalem, and lots more. Plus it also includes the Northwest Literary Showcase, with Kevin Sampsell, Michael Heald, Ariel Birks, and lots of other writers too. Best of all, it's all held on the Helsing Junction organic farm, with places for picnicking, swimming, and lots of summertime activities. Check out more details of the event over on K Records' page.

We're giving away a pair of passes ($50 value each) to the weekend to one lucky End Hits reader! Send an email to contest at portlandmercury dot com with "Helsing Junction Sleepover" in the subject line. Please include your first and last name in the email. We'll select a winner at random and send them up to the farm for an unforgettable weekend. More details on the fest here, directions here, and ticket info here. Good luck! This contest closes tomorrow morning at 9 am, so don't dilly dally!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What The Festival: A Really Big Electronic Music Festival Is Happening in Oregon This Weekend

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 2:20 PM

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The second installment of this weekend's What The Festival is right around the corner—the electronic music fest kicks off this Friday at its new location, Wolf Run Ranch. It's in a rural area in between Mt. Hood and the Dalles, and sounds totally scenic. We couldn't quite cram a preview of WTF into this week's paper, but this thing sounds pretty huge, and not particularly cheap tickets are still on sale, although I've heard the event is close to selling out.

Looking at the schedule, the big acts naturally come at night, like Flosstradamus and A-Trak on Friday, Tycho and Yacht on Saturday—that's a great lineup—and Purity Ring and RJD2 on Sunday. The afternoon programming seems relatively light, although I'm sure there's lots to do out in the sunshine, on a farm well outside of the city. (There's a splash pool which should keep people cooled off.) Music festivals of late have trended towards showcasing these kind of electronic and dance acts—it's a healthy sign that we have, in the form of WTF, what is looking to be a growing one so close to Portland.

Speaking of EDM/electronic music, Spin has an interesting piece on the growth of the genre and its tandem ride with visuals and production values, to turn music made by (often) one person on a laptop into a spectacle suitable for huge crowds. They're looking at what's happening in high-end clubs in Vegas, but it's indicative of how the genre has exploded in popularity and what might come next. Check it out.

But yeah, WTF. This one's gonna be big, I think. Sandwiched between PDX Pop Now! and Pickathon weekends, it doesn't overlap with either of those primary audiences, but I think it will prove to be a significant summer music destination for the Northwest. If you're still thinking of going, head over to WTF's site for all the info.

Here's footage from last year's What The Festival. This will either look confusing, or like heaven on earth, depending on your taste and, probably, age.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Next Year There Will Be Two Sasquatch Festivals

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 8:38 AM

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Festival organizers announced this morning that in 2014, there will be not one but two separate Sasquatch Music Festivals. One will take place on Sasquatch's usual slot during Memorial Day weekend (May 23-25), and the other on the weekend of the Fourth of July (July 4-6). Both fests will be at the Gorge Amphitheater in Central Washington, Sasquatch's home since its inception in 2002.

Perhaps they're taking their cue from Coachella, which expanded to incorporate two weekends last year, or perhaps Sasquatch is capitalizing on the spectacular success of this year's festival, which sold out completely in 90 minutes. Unlike Coachella, the two weekends of Sasquatch next year will have entirely different lineups from each other, with no acts repeating from one to the next.

This is a boon to the Pacific Northwest concert calendar, I think, although the idea of actually going to Sasquatch twice in one year is a little daunting. On the surface, it does sound like the opportunity to see more bands, especially big ones from overseas that don't always get to the Northwest. Here's hoping the mammoth fest doesn't affect other summer festivals in the area, and doesn't take anything away from the Portland live music calendar. (Sasquatch often cuts both ways, with many acts unable to contractually play both Portland and Sasquatch, while others are able to use the opportunity to do a Portland show before or after their Sasquatch slot.)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Sasquatch Fashions!

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM


Our Sasquatch coverage continues over on the Mercury's MOD blog, with the music festival's street fashions captured by Kayla Rekofke—on actual film no less. Kayla was there for the good, the functional, the ingenious, the cute, and the bad patriotic, so be sure to go over there to check it all out. Here's Day One of her coverage, Day Two, and Day Three. Check it all out!

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