Tame Impala continued their exstensive festival circuit, burning through fan-favorite "Elephant" with as much passion as ever.
Alt-J were there too, causing an uproar of cheers with their intricate An Awesome Wave highlight "Breezeblocks."
The xx took hold of the crowd, performing their emotional and minimal single "Angels." They really are mesmerizing to watch. I witnessed this at Sasquatch!, and you get a good sense of it even by watching a YouTube clip.
Jessie Ware took things in a dancier direction, booming her vocals across the stage with a sensual rendition of "If You’re Never Gonna Move" (formerly known as "110%").
Check out all of these highlights after the jump, and check out more of BBC's coverage of the festival here.
Sunday night saw Mumford & Sons return to the stage for the first time since bassist Ted Dwane underwent emergency brain surgery. The band headlined the main stage during the final evening of Glastonbury 2013, and closed their performance with a cover of The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends." It wasn't just Mumford and co., though, as they were joined on stage by members of Vampire Weekend, First Aid Kit and The Vaccines. Closing out the festival with a little help from their friends. Appropriate.
Vampire Weekend brought a bunch of their friends together and had one last supper. The ensuing debauchery sees the band, along with Chromeo, Santigold, Dirty Projectors' David Lonsgtreth, Sky Ferreira and The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser, partying lavishly. If there's one thing to take away from the "Diane Young" video, it's that saxophones make for good pipes. Check it out below.
Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend's third album, is out now.
The drive to Sasquatch! is a lengthy trip for most of the attendees, and what better time to get familiar with the bands you'll be seeing at the festival? That's where we come in. We've plucked 36 artists from the festival lineup and chosen a song by each, resulting in two-and-a-half hours of fantastic music. This is SKOA's essential Sasquatch! mix. This is the We Found Sasquatch! Mixtape.
The mixtape features plenty of amazing talent, including Vampire Weekend, Disclosure, Tame Impala, Alt-J, Surfer Blood, Dirty Projectors, Father John Misty, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Bloc Party, Empire of the Sun, Toro Y Moi, Holy Ghost!, The xx, El-P, P.O.S, CHVRCHES and more. For your convenience, the mixtape is available to stream below via 8tracks, or you can download all 36 songs in one, two, three parts. Check it out and hopfully it makes the journey to Sasquatch! a little bit easier. The full tracklisting is after the jump.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mere days after performing on Saturday Night Live, Vampire Weekend made a return to 30 Rockefeller last night to grace the stage of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Celebrating the release of their new album Modern Vampires of the City, the band delivered crisp, practiced versions of "Ya Hey" and "Everlasting Arms." Watch the former above, while the web exclusive latter can be viewed below.
Modern Vampires of the City is out today, and we highly recommend checking it out.
Vampire Weekend returned to Saturday Night Liveafter two years in support of their new album Modern Vampires of the City. The New York band's second appearance on the late night show saw them perform two tracks, "Diane Young" and "Unbelievers." Even though Steve Buscemi wasn't able to make it, their performance was pretty excellent. Check 'em out below.
Vampire Weekend's third album Modern Vampires of the City arrives in exactly one week, but the New York quartet are feeling kind today. Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Tomson and Chris Baio are streaming their newest work in its entirety, giving you a chance to decide for yourself whether or not it's worth purchasing. Head over to iTunes and let us know what you think.
Modern Vampires of the City Tracklist: 01. Obvious Bicycle 02. Unbelievers 03. Step 04. Diane Young 05. Don’t Lie 06. Hannah Hunt 07. Everlasting Arms 08. Finger Back 09. Worship You 10. Ya Hey 11. Hudson 12. Young Lion