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If you have been keeping up with my concert reviews, you can probably get a feel for what my taste in music is. I'm a huge proponent of independent music. Give me the the under-the-radar stuff. I want the bands that play holes in the wall, festivals, cut EP's all the time, etc. As long as it has good songwriting, solid vocals, and some catchy rhythms, I'm all for it.
Let's just say my ears perked up when I saw the lineup that will be playing at the Sasquatch Festival this May out in George, Washington. The festival is headlined by Jack White (who is testing the solo waters now), Beck, and Bon Iver. That's a home run right there. But some incredible bands like The Shins, Beirut, Childish Gambino, The Head and the Heart, Feist, The Roots, Dry the River, Silversun Pickups, Walk the Moon, Hey Marseilles, The Walkmen, Blitzen Trapper, Trampled By Turtles, and more are there. My head exploded a little bit when I saw all those bands. If that weren't enough, there's a comedy portion featuring some pretty excellent stand-ups as well, including guys like Nick Kroll and John Mulaney.
Here's the full lineup via SPIN:
Jack White, Beck, Bon Iver, Pretty Lights, Tenacious D, The Shins, Beirut, Girl Talk, The Roots, The Head & The Heart, Portlandia, Feist, Silversun Pickups, Metric, Explosions In The Sky, The Joy Formidable, Mogwai, Nero (DJ), M. Ward, John Reilly & Friends, Childish Gambino, St. Vincent, The Civil Wars, Jamey Johnson, Little Dragon, Tune-Yards, Wild Flag, Blind Pilot, Wolfgang Gartner, Beats Antique, Apparat, The Walkmen, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Mark Lanegan Band, Spiritualized, Blitzen Trapper, The Cave Singers, Shabazz Palaces, Fun., Grouplove, Tycho, SBTRKT, Strfkr, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Deer Tick, Imelda May, Alabama Shakes, Dum Dum Girls, The Helio Sequence, Kurt Vile, Cloud Cult, We Are Augustines, Ben Howard, Here We Go Magic, Zola Jesus, The War On Drugs, Shearwater, Cass McCombs, Active Child, Trampled By Turtles, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Araabmuzik, Star Slinger, L.A. Riots, Com Truise, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, I Break Horses, Walk The Moon, Dry The River, Allen Stone, Pickwick, Hey Marseilles, Gary Clark Jr., Purity Ring, Electric Guest, Yellow Ostrich, Nobody Beats The Drum, Coeur De Pirate, Lord Huron, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, Beat Connection, The Sheepdogs, Hey Rosetta!, Said The Whale, Howlin Rain, Gardens & Villa, Felix Cartal, Craft Spells, Vintage Trouble, Poor Moon, Black Whales, Gold Leaves, Greylag, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Thee Satisfaction, Dyme Def, Fresh Espresso, The Physics, Sol, Metal Chocolates, Grynch, Spac3man, Don’t Talk To The Cops, Scribes, Fatal Lucciauno, Fly Moon Royalty, Katie Kate
Comedy: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Todd Barry, Beardyman, Rob Delaney, Pete Holmes, Howard Kremer, and more.
That's a whole lot of indie awesomeness right there. The festival takes place May 25-28. Someone get me on a plane to Washington immediately. I think I'm going to camp out until the show starts.
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