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[Sasquatch! 2013] Our Most Anticipated Artists of the Festival (Day One and Two)

Only two days left until Sasquatch! begins. Tomorrow and the next day will see thousands of avid music fans journeying to The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA, prepping their campsites, stocking up on alcohol and drugs in anticipation of dozens of amazing performances. This year's lineup boasts some fantastic talent, such as The xx, Vampire Weekend, Sigur Rós, The Postal Service, Disclosure, Arctic Monkeys, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros and many, many more. It's a lineup worth salivating over.

As the festival quickly approaches, I've put together a list of some of the best acts playing each of the four nights. Each band comes with some recommended listening, because there is no better way to prepare for a festival than sampling what each band has to offer, whether you know them or not. Check out our most anticipated artists for days one and two below, with days three and four to follow tomorrow.

Day One (Friday):

Japandroids - 6:05-7:05pm @Honda Bigfoot

This Vancouver duo knows how to get a crowd moving. With their raucous, anthemic sound, Japandroids are sure to get the party started right.

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Father John Misty - 7:30-8:30pm @Honda Bigfoot

Former member of Fleet Foxes and Saxon Shore, J. Tillman now performs under the moniker Father John Misty. His soulful folk ballads would be perfectly paired with a beer in one hand and a joint in the other. Don't forget your lighter for this one.

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Arctic Monkeys - 8:30-9:45pm @Sasquatch

The Sheffield four-piece are no strangers to the big stage. They'll be rockin' it out on the main stage for an hour and fifteen minutes, plenty of time for you to get fucked up amidst a rowdy crowd. There's no doubt a mosh pit will start during their set.

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Youth Lagoon - 8:30-9:45pm @Yeti

Trevor Powers will bring his dreamy, weird soundscapes to the Sasquatch! crowd on Friday night. If you're not in the mood for Arctic Monkeys, this one will surely attract a more experimental crowd. Don't freak out if you come across a few people on mushrooms.

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Vampire Weekend - 9:45-11:15pm @Honda Bigfoot

With Modern Vampires of the City now out, Vampire Weekend will have three albums worth of material to unleash on festival goers. Expect more than just ivy league ballads, as the New York outfit have expanded their sound in a fantastic way.

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Day Two (Saturday):

Andrew Bird - 5:55-6:55pm @Sasquatch

While his last album Hands of Glory wasn't his best, we can expect he'll dish out tracks from throughout his career, including last year's amazing Break It Yourself. Relax on the hill, drink and smoke merrily, and let Andrew Bird usher in a beautiful sunset at The Gorge.

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Holy Ghost! - 6:50-7:50pm @Honda Bigfoot

Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel proudly carry the DFA torch, bringing the classic nu-disco style defined by LCD Soundsystem to the west coast. I've seen these guys before, and they know how to get a crowd dancing. They're also releasing a new album later this year, so expect them to perform new material.

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Bloc Party - 7:25-8-25pm @Sasquatch

Bloc Party is one of those bands that lives on through a certain nostalgia. Every fan has that one album that they clung to during the angsty teenage years, or that first time you saw Kele Okereke and co. live and couldn't hold back your excitement. They strive off it, but it doesn't hold them back. Their latest album Four was aggressive, loud and overall really fucking good. If you haven't seen these guys perform before, you're in for a treat.

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Porcelain Raft - 7:40-8:40pm @Yeti

Mauro Remiddi's debut album Strange Weekend is a highlight amongst the often tiresome dreampop genre, an LP that is so mesmerizing that it refuses to become stale. It's so catchy and unique, and hopefully that translates to a great live show.

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Divine Fits - 8:15-9:15pm @Honda Bigfoot

How can you go wrong when you bring together talent from Spoon, Wolfmother and Handsome Furs? Divine Fits pulls the best aspects of those bands, yet brings something more. It's raw and experimental, combining rock 'n' roll and synthesized elements that never overpower one another. Every instrument and sound complements each other perfectly, something that will surely shine during their live performance.

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The xx - 9:00-10:15pm @Sasquatch

Atmosphere is all you need to know about The xx. Their moody, minimalist approach is enough to turn the rowdiest of crowds into a mass of hypnotized converts. Don't miss this performance. 

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Sigur Rós - 11:00-12:30am @Sasquatch

Much like The xx, Sigur Rós strives on the atmosphere they create. Their ethereal sound is simply beautiful, something you can so easily become lost in. The band is also releasing a new album next month, so make sure to pay attention for new material.

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Tame Impala - 10:00-11:00pm @Honda Bigfoot

This Australian outfit is damn good live. Like, damn good. Their brand of psychedelic rock is fantastic no matter the setting, and a warm summer night at The Gorge sounds like the perfect place. Unfortunately, the band's bassist Nick Allbrook said farewell earlier this week, being replaced by Pond member Cam Avery. Don't expect Tame Impala to sound any less amazing, though.

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Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - 10:30-11:30pm @El Chupacabra

Despite his name coming across as that of a stately professor, Orlando Higginbottom owns the dancefloor with his bass-heavy beats. He is a highlight in this year's crop of electronic artists, bringing a unique brand of synthesized flavor to the El Chupacabra dance tent. If you're in the mood for dancing, this is the right artist for you.

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Empire of the Sun - 12:30-1:30am @Honda Bigfoot

Capping off Saturday night is the flashy and theatrical Empire of the Sun. Slipping into the early hours of the morning, this show will no doubt keep you awake and ready to party. If their recent performance of "Alive" is any indiciation, this show will be weird, bright and extremely awesome.

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[Watch] Andrew Bird and St. Vincent Perform "Lusitania" in a Bedroom

Andrew Bird and St. Vincent in a bedroom. The result? A damn good acoustic joint rendition of Bird's "Lusitania", which found itself on his fantastic early 2012 release Break it Yourself. What else did you expect from the two filming themselves in a bedroom? Watch it above.

The clip is a small part of the feature length concert documentary Andrew Bird: Fever Year, which was directed by Xan Arranda and will continue to be screened at film festivals around the world throughout the early part of 2013.

[Listen] Andrew Bird - "Three White Horses"

Andrew Bird quickly follows-up his March LP Break It Yourself with a companion album titled Hands of Glory. The Break It Yourself accompaniment was recorded with Bird's full band, all playing acoustically around a single microphone in a church and barn. Below, you can stream the album opener "Three White Horses", which perfectly exemplifies how the album was inspired by Bird's "old-time" live sets during his recent tour.

Hands of Glory is out on October 30th via Mom+Pop, and after the jump you can take a look at the tracklisting for the album.

Hands of Glory Tracklist:
01. Three White Horses
02. When That Helicopter Comes
03. Spirograph
04. Railroad Bill
05. Something Biblical
06. If I Needed You
07. Orpheo
08. Beyond the Valley of the Three White Horses

[Watch] Andrew Bird - "Give It Away" (Official Video)

What starts out as an idyllic, '50s-era birthday party quickly takes a turn in an odd direction in Andrew Bird's new video for "Give It Away". The Jessica Paliza-directed clip sees a piñata man, played by Moe Farrah, arriving at the birthday party, at which he starts sneezing up candy and making the kids laugh. It's when the bat comes out, though, that the video goes in a more, well, interesting and slightly morbid direction. What is a piñata man's life really worth? Watch it above.

Andrew Bird's latest LP Break It Yourself is out now via Bella Union/Mom+Pop.

[Watch] Andrew Bird - "Eyeoneye" (Official Video)

In the new visuals for Andrew Bird's wonderfully cheerful "Eyeoneye," off of his latest LP Break It Yourself, we see a felt Bird in animated felt form with a charming combination of dancing, imagination and colour making for a fun and enjoyable video. Check out the whimsical Yu "Ewan" Morita-directed video above (via Etsy).

Andrew Bird's Break It Yourself is available now via Mom + Pop.

[News] Andrew Bird Announces Extended Summer Tour Dates

Indie folk musician Andrew Bird has announced an extended summer tour in support of his latest LP Break It Yourself, with the tour kicking off on May 3rd in Philadelphia. Carrying straight through till August, the extensive tour will see Andrew Bird performing with help from Wilco, Mavis Staples, Patrick Watson, Mucca Pazza and Tift Merritt, as well as performances at Outside Lands and several other major festivals. Take a look at his full tour itinerary after the jump.

Andrew Bird 2012 Tour Dates:
05/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer %
05/04 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre %
05/05 – New York, NY @Beacon Theatre &
05/06 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues %
05/08 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club %
05/09 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live %
05/10 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit @
05/12 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre @
05/19 – Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Music Festival
06/02 – London, UK @ Field Day
06/04 – Dublin, IE @ Royal Hospital Kilmainham
06/06 – Bristol, UK @ Trinity
06/08 – Glasgow, UK @ Fruit Market
06/09 – Nottinghamshire, UK @ No Direction Home
06/10 – Brighton, UK @ Royal Theatre
07/08 – Geneva, IL @ Fifth Third Bank Ballpark *
07/10 – Raleigh, NC @ North Carolina Museum of Art #
07/11 – Richmond, VA @ Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden #
07/14 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
07/16 – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark
07/18 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre de Verdure
07/19 – Toronto, ON @ Echo Beach
07/20 – Shelburne, VT @ The Green at Shelburne Museum
07/21 – Pawtucket, RI @ Hope Artiste Village Courtyard
07/27 – Somerset, WI @ Soundtown Festival
08/10 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival
08/11 – San Diego, CA @ Spreckels Theatre
08/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
08/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden Ampitheatre
08/15 – Boulder, CO @ Chautauqua Auditorium
08/17 – Denver, CO @ Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
08/18 – Jackson, WY @ Jackson Hole Center for the Arts
08/20 – Omaha, NE @ Peter Kiewit Concert Hall
08/21 – Des Moines, IA @ Simon Estes Ampitheatre
11/08 – London, UK @ Roundhouse

% = w/ Patrick Watson
& = w/ Tift Merritt
@ = w/ Mucca Pazza
* = w/ Wilco
# = w/ Mavis Staples

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[Watch] Andrew Bird Visits The Colbert Report

Last night Andrew Bird hit up the Colbert Report for an interview and to, to our delight, perform "Eyeoneye" and "Danse Caribe". The tracks feature on his new album, Break It Yourself, which only dropped a week again so if you're yet to give it a listen this might be a good little preview of what you've been missing out on. Check out the footage at the top and after the jump via the NJ Underground.

[Listen] Andrew Bird - "Eyeoneye"

It may have been three years since the last studio release from Andrew Bird but today we can wrap our ears around a track called "Eyeoneye" which features on his forthcoming LP, Break It Yourself. After parting ways with  Fat Possum Records, Andrew, who's signed with Mom + Pop, will release the album on March 6th and it'll follow up 2009's Noble Beast. See what you make of the track below and look out for a few more previews coming through the woodwork in the coming month. (Via CoS)

Eyeoneye by Andrew Bird

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