Sasquatch! 2015 is looking better than a freshly baked batch of donuts right now.
Ever see a lineup and know right away that you’re sold? I’m very picky when it comes to festivals, and I’ve never been a big festival goer. More often than not, I’d rather see individual bands on individual nights and I’m fearful for the survival of small, independently owned music venues. But Sasquatch! produced a lineup worthy of the exclamation point this year, with a treasure trove of bands that I’ve seen before, never thought I’d see, and only a couple that I’ve never heard of. Kendrick Lamar took one of the headliner spots at Bumbershoot in 2013 and no doubt he’ll deliver a great set at Sasquatch! Maybe he’ll perform some new material – we’ll have to find out if his performance on The Colbert Report is a sign of things to come.
Robert Plant. Robert. Plant. What’s he been up to since 2006’s Raising Sand? Performing and touring constantly, playing bluegrass and rock that’ll make you (almost) forget that other band he was in that one time. I’m excited for this because it’s not going to be a geriatric episode that bordered cringeworthy (sorry, Beach Boys). Plant’s still got it. He’s gonna rock and the inner 50-something year old dad in me is going to have a blast. Boys and girls levees will all break.
My Big Ass Opinion of Bands That Should Have A Big Crowd: The Young Evils of Seattle, My Goodness, Ex Hex, who had an excellent album in 2014 and are representing North Carolina based Merge Records, Thunderpussy, with members Lina Simon from La Luz, Whitney Petty of Deerhunter, Leah Julius of Sundries, and Molly Sides from This Bitch Don’t Fall Off. Also in this list are Rose Windows, who are an absolute must-see at any cost. With their black magic, psychedelic Jefferson Airplane head-banging, they would be the perfect opener for Robert Plant.
Bands That The Whole Festival Will Pitch A Tent For: Future Islands, which after Letterman is a no-brainer, St. Vincent, because rock goddess, Tame Impala who are monumentally good live, James Blake because James Blake, Lana Del Rey because her heartbreak, summertime-romance opera of a life is like musical crack, The War on Drugs for topping everyone’s Best Of list in 2014, Chromeo for the dance jams, Schoolboy Q for “Man of the Year.”
Bands/Artists That Were Mercifully Not Booked For Sasquatch: Skrillex.