Sasquatch music festival 2012: Bon Iver, Jack White, Beck, Girl Talk, more (photos and review)By Marc Hobelman | May 29th, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Sasquatch 2012 at the Gorge in Washington delighted festival-goers with good times, great music and phenomenal scenery over Memorial Day weekend. Tens of thousands packed into the spacious amphitheater overlooking the picturesque Columbia River for four days of camping, jamming and all night parties. With headliners Bon Iver, Jack White, Beck and Girl Talk, there was absolutely something for listeners of all tastes.
It wasn’t all about the huge names, though. Metric blew away the massive crowd with old favorites combined with new material from its forthcoming album. Riot grrls Wild Flag rocked hard and played with awe-inspiring energy and precision. Not only did country-rockers Deer Tick slay with their first (and only scheduled) performance, they proved to be excellent pinch hitters. After a last minute cancellation by Mogwai, they played a covers-only set to a pleasantly surprised crowd.
There were MCA tributes a-plenty. Girl Talk, Deer Tick and the Roots (among others) paid fitting homage to the late Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, with rousing renditions of “Fight For Your Right (To Party)” and “Paul Revere.”
With a picture-perfect Columbia River sunset in the background, Iceland pop-folksters Of Monsters and Men performed songs off their debut album and proved that they will be around for a while. Alabama Shakes rocked the smaller Bigfoot stage; destroying the crowd that gathered to watch them make good on their recent hype. Other highlights included Trampled by Turtles, Santigold, Cloud Cult, Beirut, Dum Dum Girls, Childish Gambino, St. Vincent, the Shins, Hey Marseilles, Blind Pilot, the Walkmen, Zola Jesus, Little Dragon, James Murphy’s DJ set, the Joy Formidable, Fun., Spiritualized and Pretty Lights.
Marc Hobelman makes websites at The Denver Post, tweets pictures of his cat and is a regular contributor to Reverb.
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