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Highlights from Pickathon 2013

It was another incredible year out on Pendarvis Farm for this year's installment of Pickathon. Having had our inaugural visit last year, blistering temperatures and all, we knew that this year's trip would be nothing short of fantastic! With a great lineup (and cooler forecast) on the horizon, we went into the weekend with high expectations, and every single one of them was met. Here's a few highlights that made the weekend downright magical:

{Andrew Bird / by Victoria VanBruinisse}
Andrew Bird with Tift Merritt & Band

Hiking out to a stage built out of (mostly) branches in the middle of the woods to see Andrew Bird do an offbeat, slightly bluegrass-tinged set on opening night was without a doubt order of business number one for us this year. Greeted upon arrival to the catchy beats and gritty guitar hooks of Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside wafting out into the parking lot, we wandered onto the grounds and took in most of their mainstage set, immediately following it with that hike to the Woods Stage — where we found throngs of people amassed around progressive African electro-pop band Vieux Farke, who delivered an unexpectedly blistering, make-the-whole-audience dance performance. And suddenly, a mere two hours into this year's whirlwind Farm Experience, it was already time for Andrew Bird.

{Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside / by Victoria VanBruinisse}
Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside

{Andrew Bird / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Andrew Bird / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Andrew Bird / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Andrew Bird / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Andrew Bird / by Victoria VanBruinisse}
Andrew Bird with Tift Merritt & Band

In a fit of total perfection, Andrew Bird proceeded to enrapture us with an easy-breezy Bowl Of Fire vibe that we hadn't experienced in-person before, and it was downright incredible. Living up to every ounce of expecatation we'd collectively put on him, Bird played the bulk of his hour-long set with Tift Merritt and members of her band huddled around a single mic, crooning out into the darkness to an attentive mass of festivalgoers:

And that was just the first night!

The rest of the weekend flew by like the Best Party Ever: good people, good food, incredible weather, and bands that just wouldn't quit. We took in excellent funk revival sets from The Relatives, waited in ice cream truck lines to the hip-sway sounds of Lady, swooned over Sharon van Etten, got our faces (surprisingly!) pop-rocked off by King Tuff, swayed in the passerby-dust to the gorgeous duo-vibe of Pharis and Jason Romero — it's almost too much to list. The sounds of Tift Merritt crooning in the Galaxy Barn, Feist filtering throught the woods, Howe Gelb, Kurt Vile… there really was something for everyone.

Here's just a fraction of what we saw before the camera battery died, including a second mainstage set from Andrew Bird on Saturday night:

{The Relatives / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{The Relatives / by Victoria VanBruinisse}
The Relatives, being interviewed by Greg Vandy

{Tift Merritt / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Tift Merritt / by Victoria VanBruinisse}
Tift Merritt

{King Tuff / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{King Tuff / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{King Tuff / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{King Tuff / by Victoria VanBruinisse}
King Tuff

{Kelli / by Victoria VanBruinisse}
Kelli Faryar, Northwest Folklife

{Sharon Van Etten / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Sharon Van Etten / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Sharon Van Etten / by Victoria VanBruinisse}
Sharon van Etten

{Dusty boots / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Andrew Bird / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Andrew Bird / by Victoria VanBruinisse}
Andrew Bird with Tift Merritt & Band

It was truly a tremendous weekend, just a few minutes from Portland proper, and one hundred percent worth the time and ticket cost. Be sure to plug in over at the Pickathon website for the direct line on next year's festival information, ticket presales, and more.

We'll see you on the farm next year!

{All photos by Victoria VanBruinisse. More images in our flickr pool here!}

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Cyndi Lauper Imaginary Scoop On The Road

She's So Unusual: Don't miss Cyndi Lauper at the Pantages Theater, this Sunday!

I’d like to say that seeing Cyndi Lauper in concert is a lifelong dream for me, but when I got my very own Cyndi Lauper cassette (which was my second ever very-own cassette [everyone was given Thriller as a reward for breathing at that time—true story!]), I don’t think I knew that there were things called “concerts” that people “went to.” Nevertheless, Cyndi Lauper was one of the formative influences in my reptile brain, and I am filled with joy that she is continuing to roam our fair country, promising to rock everyone’s faces off with catchy pop goodness.

And you can go see her! Fresh off her Tony Award (!!!) win for Best Orginal Score for the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, she's touring with the She’s So Unusual Tour, which she launched to commemorate the 30th (!!!!!!!) anniversary of that album! And it's coming to Tacoma this very weekend. She'll be playing the entire album, top to bottom (Girls Just Wanna Have FunShe Bop, and All Through the Night!!!) "to honor and thank her legion of fans that have stood by her from the beginning." Hear that? We're a legion!

{At the Broadway Center Pantages Theater, Sunday 6/16, 7:30pm with opening band Hunter Valentine. There are still tickets left, but we’re told they’re going fast.}

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Graveyard Imaginary Scoop Nuclear Blast On The Road

A graveyard is a doorway to love

Graveyard photo - Anders Bergstedt

Close your eyes when Graveyard starts their fuzzy-but-crisp psych-metal clatter, and you’ll think of Savoy Brown or Humble Pie, a whipped-up, throaty bellow from the 1970s. Yes, Graveyard has the moniker of a Nordic metal throwdown, and they can wield a fierce six-string solo. They skip speed and growl and instead rein in their time signatures so they have a more patient and unfurling vibe, much like their Gothenburg, Sweden, predecessors, Soundtrack of Our Lives. If you caught Ebbot Lundberg and his Soundtrack compadres back in the mid-2000s, then you have an idea of the double-kickdrum power, the big guitars, and Lundberg’s girth and proportionate yowl.

Graveyard is as taut and lean as their countrymen, with far better hair and more trenchant societal fixations: The new one, Lights Out, opens with Joakim Nilsson’s vocals upfront on “An Industry of Murder” awash in a proto-metal boogie, sandpaper guitars dropping to melodic, exploratory psych-slow cascades on “Slow Motion Countdown.” Then it’s back to bounding, mid-tempo guitar ruckus, patient enough that the chesty vocals never seem too speedy nor the metallic pieces too mathematical or overly show-offy.

Love beats death, so Graveyard on February 13th at Neumos is a fine way to usher in the red of Valentine’s Day.

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I love this shit: Husky

As we mentioned this summer, recent Sub Pop signees Husky have taken on the world with their "meticulous, soothing, gentle-assault, looking out the train window movie-soundtrack sound", and so far as we can tell, the masses agree. Since that post, we saw Husky come through town on a bill with Shearwater, and the next time we turned around, they're premiering the very video above on Rolling Stone's website. Bravah, Heathers — the beautiful, attention-grabbing, slow-chugging train of "Tidal Wave" deserves all the attention it can get.

Husky just played a few dates in the Northwest last weekend — but if you happen to be out in the rest of the country {Chicago, Boston, New York and the like}, you've still got a chance to catch them live over the next few weeks. Pop on over to their Sub Pop page to take a peek at their upcoming tour dates, and head on out to the shows if you can.

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Photoessay: Pickathon 2012, part II

{Pickathon 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{This is part two of our Pickathon 2012 coverage. Be sure to pop over here to catch the first half, with photos of Thee Oh Sees, Langhorne Slim, The Mynabirds, Bowerbirds, and more!}

Our second full day at Pickathon kicked off just right on Sunday, as we strolled onto the grounds around high noon to hear none other than Gordon Gano himself, along with the Lost Bayou Ramblers, blasting out fiddle-mod-ed Femmes favorites like "Blister in the Sun" and "Add It Up" out into the sunshiney, dusty heat. The crowd, artists, and media folks alike stood grinning and thrilled, and few steps to the right, the set bled right into a breezy yet energy-filled performance by Portland's Y La Bamba. We're going to go out on a limb and say it was {damn near} one of the finest festival start-off mornings in recent memory.

{Gordon Gano / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Y La Bamba:

{Y La Bamba / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Y La Bamba / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

After a bass-heavy jam sesh from The War On Drugs, indie scene crossover favorites Shovels and Rope were up, and like the Gordon Gano set, it was much to everyone's delight. There's a hell of a lot of quality sound that comes out of these two when they take the stage, as they fuse good old-fashioned songwriting with smart melodies, a strong vocal sensibility, and an infectious energy. Seattleites likely caught their set pre-Pickathon at the KEXP Concerts at the Mural series last Friday, but if you didn't, they're playing just about every day between now and September 1st in different pockets across the country. Click here to see if any of it is happening near you!

{Shovels and Rope / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Shovels and Rope / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Shovels and Rope / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Shovels and Rope / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

A little later in the day, new-to-us croon-and-swooners Lake Street Dive belted out a beautiful hour of songs, seemingly right from their very guts:

{Lake Street Dive / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Lake Street Dive / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Lake Street Dive / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Lake Street Dive / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

As Sunday started to fade into the dusk, we took some time to explore the Pendarvis Farm grounds, meandering through campsites and trails until we found our way out to the Woods Stage — as stated in our part I post: yes, it's literally out a trail that's in the middle of the woods — where we caught part of a Barr Brothers set before making our way back to the mainstage area for Neko Case.

{Pickathon / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Pickathon / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Pickathon / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

The Barr Brothers, warming up for their set:

{Barr Brothers / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Barr Brothers / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

And finally, the close of Sunday's mainstage for the fest settled down on us like a perfect, unfolding exhale, free from heat and sweat and dust clouds, as Neko Case took the spotlight {along with her band and the ever-lovable Rachel Flotard, who was making her first on-stage post-baby-having appearance}. The music poured off of the stage out into the summer nighttime, mixing with just a little bit of chatter and the beautifully lit stage overhangs, making us realize suddenly that the weekend was coming to an end right when we were figuring out that we were at the best summertime festival in the northwest, and maybe the best one anywhere, ever.

{Neko Case / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Neko Case / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Neko Case / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Neko Case / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Can't you just hear the end of "Teenage Feeling" twinkling out into the dark right now? Swoon!

{Neko Case / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Neko Case / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Neko Case / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Neko Case / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Neko Case / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

As we turned in our tokens one last time and picked up our commemorative Pickathon dishes to bring home, the Starlight Stage sprang to life, treating the we-took-Monday-off crowd to one last round of performances by the Mynabirds, Robert Ellis, and Midtown Dickens until well past the midnight hour. {Side note: seeing the Mynabirds live is one of our new favorite things!}

{Mynabirds / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Mynabirds / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Mynabirds / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Now that we're a few days rested with the last of the dirt out from between our toes, we're already plotting our return to that beautiful, hot, sunny, sweaty, gorgeous mess of a time. And you can too! Keep an eye out over the year at Pickathon.com, get signed up on their mailing list, watch for the lineup releases, and dust your camping gear off next July.

We'll see you out on the farm in 2013!

{All photos by Victoria VanBruinisse. More from Sunday's shows at Pickathon in our imaginary flickr pool here.}

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Photoessay: Pickathon 2012, part I

{Langhorne Slim / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

It was an incredible inaugural experience for us at this year's Pickathon, the once-a-year celebration of all things indie roots (and indie, and roots) down on Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon. While, at times, the heat made the festival something to be endured, rather than out-and-out enjoyed — temperatures broke 100 degrees on Saturday and hit the mid-90s on Sunday — we still managed to have a blast.

Pickathon is just… different, something you have to see to experience. It's somehow simultaneously appealing to hipsters, hippies, families, and heads. The production of the festival itself is one of the most sustainable we've ever witnessed, with a token-for-dishware trade and "no single use" policy, exclusively local vendors and no corporate sponsorship. And the curation is so much more than just indie roots, with everyone from Gordon Gano to Langhorne Slim to Neko Case to Thee Oh Sees to THEESatisfaction taking the stages between banjo-picking sing- and stomp-a-longs. Pickathon really is one of those festivals that's stayed true to its roots while growing in size and popularity, free from car ads and jumbrotrons. We were all just up to our armpits in farm dirt, digging on tunes and having a hell of a time. And isn't that how it's supposed to be?

Here's a few photo highlights of our first day at the fest, Saturday (the weekend actually runs from Friday to Sunday). The Mynabirds were the first band to catch our ear in the main stage area, with their ethereal, jammy, layered sound. They fused their vibe with about two percent tent revival and a heaping side of synth-hipster for good measure, and it worked like a charm:

{The Mynabirds / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{The Mynabirds / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{The Mynabirds / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Next up, we caught a set by the Bowerbirds, who delivered pretty prog.indie folk songs. Worth noting: the band has a new album out as of March '12, and will be touring this fall with a stop at our very own Neumos at the end of October. More info here.

{Bowerbirds / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{The Mynabirds / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{The Mynabirds / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{The Mynabirds / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

After a bit of wandering about, we made it back to one of the primary stage setups for a performance by Thee Oh Sees, who our notes only describe as HOLY ROCKING THE FUCK OUT!! because that's exactly what they did. We're happy to report that Thee Oh Sees more than live up to the hype, and if these San Franciscans are coming anywhere near you in the upcoming months, you should absolutely get your ass to the front row of their show. {Next up in Seattle: The Neptune on 10/7, and hello California, with our faves The Mallard at El Rey on 9/9!!}

{Thee Oh Sees / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Thee Oh Sees / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Thee Oh Sees / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Thee Oh Sees / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Thee Oh Sees / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Later in the day, Phosphorescent brought their brand of sparse-yet-full mellow rock sounds to the stage, like an (almost) cool breeze:

{Phosphorescent / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Phosphorescent / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Phosphorescent / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Phosphorescent / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Phosphorescent / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

And one of the true highlights of Saturday, Langhorne Slim's absolutely slaying, plugged-in freakfolk rock set, which managed to bowl us over even moreso than the heat itself. According to the emcee {and confirmed via the internet}, Slim & Co. have a new album out that they're mid-tour in support of — a fair amount of dates remain over the next two weeks. They might be stopping by to blow the roof off of a venue in / near your hometown {dates are mostly west coast / southwest and a few stops back east}, check the website here to see if they'll be anywhere near you.

{Langhorne Slim / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Langhorne Slim / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Langhorne Slim / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Langhorne Slim / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Not pictured but still of note in the takings-in on Saturday: the Hot 8 Brass Band's New Orleans takeover, THEESatisfaction's one-of-a-kind vibey fantasticalness, The Cave Singers {and later in the night, Neko Case} lighting up the Woods Stage (seriously, in the middle of the woods), and Dr. Dog's mainstage-closing jamfest.

Take a click on over here for Sunday's recap, with photos of Gordon Gano, Y La Bamba, Shovels and Rope, Neko Case, and more in part II of our Pickathon 2012 coverage.

{All photos by Victoria VanBruinisse. More from Saturday's shows at Pickathon in our imaginary flickr pool here.}

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What I did on my summer vacation

{The following post is courtesy of our new friend and California correspondent, Imaginary Michelle. Take it away, girl!}
 
{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}
 
For my summer vacation, I didn't take a cruise or hit the beach. I didn't go camping or visit a national park. I didn't even go to the movies or visit a single amusement park. Nope, I decided to follow Shearwater on their west coast tour instead. They are my favorite band, after all, and I am nothing if not immoderate in my devotion to music in general (and this band in particular).
 
I had seen Shearwater play tons of shows before, some with the current line-up, many more with the former, but these were easily the best. The line-up that singer Jonathan Meiburg has brought together this year is definitely more rock than previous evolutions of the band, and they are, in a word, phenomenal. Drummer Danny Reisch, bassist Christiaan Mader, and multi-instrumentalists Mitch Billeaud and Lucas Oswald laid down such a storm of sound every night that I would've sworn I could feel it at a cellular level, maybe even a molecular one. But always at the fore was Meiburg's inexorable voice, at turns surging through and soaring above it all. Even though the setlist didn't vary much (each night Meiburg played a different song solo at the beginning of the encore), I never got tired of hearing any of the songs. Everything from Animal Joy, a handful of older tunes, and one absolutely brilliant REM cover killed me every single time. As much as I loved the etherealness of earlier Shearwater records and shows, I am utterly enamored with this more visceral incarnation. It's the difference between sitting on the shore watching the tide come in and running out into the water to feel the waves crash against your chest. In January. 
 
And as if Shearwater weren't enough on their own, Husky and Grant Olsen (of Gold Leaves) opened almost every show and destroyed me a little bit more each night. Both Gold Leaves' The Ornament and Husky's Forever So ended up on my iPod before the week was out.
 
The whirlwind took me from the tour's second night in San Diego, where I braved the ComiCon crowds to catch the band at a dive-y place called the Soda Bar; to a night at the Echo — probably the best show I've ever seen them play in Los Angeles — to the show at Bottom of the Hill a couple of nights later (which can only be described as downright magical), where I found myself thinking, "This is it, THIS is how it's supposed to be. It's all happening!" I have never been so exultant after show, so euphoric, so in need of whiskey.
 
San Diego:
 
{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}
 
{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}
 
{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}
 
{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}
 
Los Angeles:
 
{Husky / by Michelle Hazuda}
{Husky opening the Los Angeles show.}
 
{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}
 
{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}
 
{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}
 
{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}
 
San Francisco:
 
{Gold Leaves / by Michelle Hazuda}
{Gold Leaves opening the San Francisco show.}
 
{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}
 
{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}
 
{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}
 
Once in the great Northwest, Shearwater played at Mississippi Studios, which is now on my list of favorite places. The room certainly sounded the best of all the venues, with good food and reasonably priced alcohol as a big bonus. Seattle continued the meteoric streak of awesome shows, even though I had worries that Capitol Hill Block Party might hurt attendance, but such was not the case. The crowd was enthusiastic and filled up the room, once again Shearwater's performance was nothing short of stunning. And finally in Vancouver, where the show at the Media Club wasn't just the last show of the west coast tour, it was the conclusion of six months of nearly non-stop touring for the band. Somehow though, the guys rallied and played one last incredible set.
 
Portland:
 
{Husky / by Michelle Hazuda}
{Husky opening the Portland show.}
 
{Gold Leaves / by Michelle Hazuda}
{Gold Leaves opening the Portland show.}
 
{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}

{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}
 
{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}
 
{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}
 
{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}
 
Seattle:
 
{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}
 
{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}
 
{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}
 
Vancouver:
 
{Gold Leaves / by Michelle Hazuda}
{Gold Leaves opening the show in Vancouver.}
 
{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}
 
{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}
 
{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}
 
{Shearwater / by Michelle Hazuda}
 
All photos are of Shearwater, unless otherwise noted, and courtesy of Michelle Hazuda. You can check out more of her photography — birds, beaches, and bands, oh my!! — on her flickr stream here.

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The weekend in photos: Sasquatch! 2012, part III

{Damien Jurado at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{This is part three of a three-part Sasquatch! 2012 photo recap. Be sure to check out part one here, and part two here!}

The last day of a festival often comes with a mixture of relief and nostalgia, concurrent: on one hand, you're tired, dirty, a little dehydrated, and longing for a real cup of coffee; on the other, you've had all your synapses blown clean with set after set of incredible music and you're not quite sure you want it to end. Your own bed sounds fantastic — but so does staying on in a weird, seemingly neverending rock-and-roll summer-kickoff camp. Sasquatch!, as with all literal and metaphorical good things, did come to an end like it does every year, but not without a final day full of awesomeness that left us counting down the days to 2013's festival. We started off nice and easy, with the comforting, warm-bath vibe of Poor Moon on the Yeti Stage, followed by a kicked-up set from Portland's Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside.

Poor Moon:

{Poor Moon at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Poor Moon at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Poor Moon at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside:

{Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Between trips from stage to stage throughout the day, we took in plenty, but little could measure up to Damien Jurado's larger-than-life performance and a power-set from Shearwater. From the beauty of "Working Titles" to the full-blown shred-fest toward the end of the set, the only thing wrong with Jurado & Co. was that they didn't play for three times longer, which left us with a mixture of wanting and an odd sensation that we may have just been saved at the Church of Maraqopa. We filled the gaps with a face-melting set by Shearwater at the Yeti Stage soon thereafter, complete with (seemingly flawless) new / touring band members and songs off of Animal Joy ringing out into the landscape. Personally, I'm a sucker for the sheer force of everything that Shearwater has ever done, but there's really no beating a solid "White Waves" jam, which the band delivered emphatically at the end of the set to everyone's delight.

Damien Jurado:

{Damien Jurado at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Damien Jurado at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Damien Jurado at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Damien Jurado at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Damien Jurado at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Damien Jurado at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Shearwater:

{Shearwater at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Shearwater at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Shearwater at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Shearwater at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

The frosting on the cake that was the weekend had to be the set from John C. Reilly & Friends, the "& Friends" part being a cast of talented characters that included none other than our pal Tom Brosseau. It was the perfect — dare we say 'movie script' — ending to go along with all those pesky last-day feelings, as the band delivered the kind of American country sounds that had us grinning all the way into the sunset. John C. Reilly & Friends play country you can dig on, even if you don't dig on country: there was a hell of a lot of talent per square foot on that Yeti Stage, and there was no where else we'd rather have been to wrap up an incredible time at the Gorge.

John C. Reilly & Friends:

{John C. Reilly & Friends at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{John C. Reilly & Friends at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{John C. Reilly & Friends at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{John C. Reilly & Friends at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{John C. Reilly & Friends at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{John C. Reilly & Friends at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}{John C. Reilly & Friends at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{John C. Reilly & Friends at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

We hope you enjoyed the weekend just as much as we did, and we can't wait to do it all over again next year! Thanks, Sasquatch!

{All photos by Victoria VanBruinisse.}

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The weekend in photos: Sasquatch! 2012, part II

{We Are Augustines at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{This is part two of a three-part Sasquatch! 2012 photo recap. Be sure to check out part one here, and part three here!}

Day three {Sunday} at this year's Sasquatch! Music Festival saw us a bit tired, a bit beat-up from the sun and the hills, and a bit gritty from the seeming "dust bowl" that was starting to kick up and cover everything with a fine dirty mist. But we forged on into the day with high spirits, knowing a slew of good bands were on tap — and we got things started with an uppy, poppy-tight set from Hospitality and a smooth, sexy, beat-laden set from Fly Moon Royalty. While the two bands hit opposite ends of the sonic spectrum, they both shared the commonality of putting on great performances, each showcasing their respective sounds near-perfectly.

Hospitality:

{Hospitality at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Hospitality at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Hospitality at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Fly Moon Royalty:

{Fly Moon Royalty at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Fly Moon Royalty at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Then, the rockin' boy-band part of the day got going, with alternating takes from Gardens & Villa, War On Drugs, and Deer Tick. Gardens & Villa were a nice transition from the upbeat Hospitality and played a bright, synth-y dream-sound set and the War On Drugs ramped it up a bit with a bigger, bulkier sound before Deer Tick took the stage and jammed it on out into the rock-o-sphere. It's worth noting that Deer Tick were on the Sasquatch! campus for the remainder of the weekend, and wound up filling the hole in the weekend left by Mogwai (who had visa issues coming into the US) with a covers-only set, bouncing whip-tight renditions of the Replacements and Nirvana out into a thrilled crowd as Monday night started to fade to black.

Gardens & Villa:

{Gardens & Villa at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Gardens & Villa at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Gardens & Villa at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Gardens & Villa at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

The War On Drugs:

{War on Drugs at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{War on Drugs at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{War on Drugs at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{War on Drugs at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Deer Tick:

{Deer Tick at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Deer Tick at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Deer Tick at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Deer Tick at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Deer Tick at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

While all the bands we saw on Sunday put on a good show, our hands-down favorite part of the day was what came next: the intersection of the Wild Flag and We Are Augustines sets. Some see Wild Flag as their own entity, some call them "Sleater-Kinney lite" — we think you can call them whatever the hell you want, so long as you call them a damn good band. The day transitioned from jamville to shredville, as Wild Flag completely slayed from start to finish. We stayed on for most of their songs before bolting from the Bigfoot Stage over to the Yeti Stage to catch as much as we could of We Are Augustines. Again, like WF, WAA might just be "Pela lite" to die-hard fans, but I'll speak for all of us when I say that we'll take whatever incarnation of Pela we can get. True to form, WAA were a grateful, masterful force, giving their set (and the ever-building crowd) everything they had in them for each moment of the set. It was the best wind-up to the non-Sasquatch Stage part of the day that we ever could have hoped for! Sunset, Wild Flag and We Are Augustines? Yes, yes and YES.

Wild Flag:

{Wild Flag at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Wild Flag at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Wild Flag at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Wild Flag at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

We Are Augustines:

{We Are Augustines at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{We Are Augustines at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{We Are Augustines at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{We Are Augustines at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{We Are Augustines at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{We Are Augustines at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

There's more on the way — we'll be posting photos and notes from the last day of Sasquatch! any minute. Keep your eyes here for updates!

{All photos by Victoria VanBruinisse.}

Categories
Alabama Shakes Charles Bradley Dum Dum Girls Imaginary Scoop Live Show Review On The Road Pickwick The Helio Sequence THEESatisfaction Tune-Yards

The weekend in photos: Sasquatch! 2012, part I

{tUnE-yArDs at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{This is part one of a three-part Sasquatch! 2012 photo recap. Be sure to check out part two here, and part three here!}

It was an incredible long weekend at the Gorge again this year for the 2012 installment of the Sasquatch! Music Festival, which took place this past Friday {5/25} through Monday {5/28} out in the lovely, dusty, sunny town of George, Washington. After sitting through what felt like endless traffic — three and a half hours from the highway exit to the parking lot! — we finally found ourselves traipsing around the grounds, poring over the schedule to see what we could still catch a glimpse of before the night wrapped up. Our hopes were high for day one, but we wound up missing Yellow Ostrich and Allen Stone because of the backup — however, we did manage to catch a litte bit of Santigold, all of Girl Talk's bright-light-infused, toilet-paper-gun-shooting, ass-kicking party set, and a good portion of Explosions In The Sky as they tore up the crowd with their wall-of-sound instrumentals before we packed it in for the night.

Here's a few photos from day one, starting with our multi-hour traffic front- and rear-view:

{Traffic at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Traffic at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Girl Talk! Gigantic, awesome, and seriously — TOILET PAPER GUNS:

{Girl Talk at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Explosions in the Sky:

{Explosions in the Sky at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Explosions in the Sky at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Explosions in the Sky at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

We started out day two {Saturday} with high hopes for some good times, and our girl Sasquatch! did not disappoint. From start to finish, the sets were full of funk, soul, beats, lady-power, and righteousness. There's nothing quite like having a big serving of Pickwick for breakfast, and we were front and center at the big stage when they took to it at noon, dropping a seamless set to a rowdy, happy crowd. It only felt right to stay on the soul boat for Charles Bradley immediately after that, soaking in all of his modern-legend-ness. We took it all to heart, especially and extra-very-so when Charles sang those lines about "you" right out to the crowd, implying that it wasn't a love interest, but the very people who stood there bearing witness to his set. "Without you, there is no me!" he called out, and meant every ounce of it.

Pickwick, complete with MegaGalen on the Jumbotron:

{Pickwick at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Pickwick at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Pickwick at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Charles Bradley:

{Charles Bradley at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Charles Bradley at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Charles Bradley at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

The next sets of the day kept us going strong, as we lined up (with what seemed like every single other person at the festival) for the Alabama Shakes set on the Bigfoot Stage, followed by THEESatisfaction's set on the Yeti Stage. Both were near-flawless, the Shakes' set delivering almost more than we could handle of their full-frontal indie-tinged soul-revival rock goodness; and immediately after that Stas and Cat's set came through loud, clear, and powered up. Both groups, simply put, turned it on and did it right, meeting and exceeding our expectations, and living up to every bit of hype they've both received in recent months.

Alabama Shakes:

{Alabama Shakes at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Alabama Shakes at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Alabama Shakes at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Alabama Shakes at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

THEESatisfaction, doing it so good they made me blush:

{THEESatisfaction at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{THEESatisfaction at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{THEESatisfaction at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}{THEESatisfaction at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{THEESatisfaction at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

We wound through the next part of our day staying close to the Bigfoot stage for sets from Dum Dum Girls, the Helio Sequence, and tUnE-yArDs. Again, all three performances were on the money: Dum Dum Girls brought a super-edgy game, Helio Sequence dropped their hits early on in the set to get the crowd rolling, and tUnE-yArDs did what tUnE-yArDs does.

On a bit of a personal note, I have to say that the t-y set was probably the one I was most excited for on Saturday, and given that I apparently don't have a grasp on what levels of "famous" bands are these days, I was completely unprepared for / slightly bummed out by the size of the crowd that was amassed up to and around the stage for their set. Of course, I was still able to see and hear the majority of the performance, and I'm beyond thrilled that their music is reaching so many people! But seeing as my last face-to-face with tUnE-yArDs took place from the pit at the Yeti Stage in 2010, it was a little less intimate than I would have liked. That said, the set was killer, and one of my favorites of the weekend.

Dum Dum Girls:

{Dum Dum Girls at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Dum Dum Girls at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Dum Dum Girls at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Dum Dum Girls at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Helio Sequence, all sunlight and goodness!

{Helio Sequence at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Helio Sequence at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Helio Sequence at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

tUnE-yArDs — beats and bad-assery:

{tUnE-yArDs at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{tUnE-yArDs at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{tUnE-yArDs at Sasquatch! 2012 / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Of course, these are just a few highlights in the sea of bands we took in, and there's so much more to come — we're still wading through tons of photos and notes, and we'll have more to share with you as soon! If you can't wait, pop on over to the imaginary flickr pool for more photos from all four days of the festival. Stay tuned!

{All photos by Victoria VanBruinisse.}