Hi everyone. I don't really post on here, but I'm on the Coachella message board. I'm still exhausted from this last weekend but thought I'd share some of my reviews of the bands I saw that will be at Sasquatch. I can't even begin to describe how excited I am to make the trip up to WA next month for this festival with all of you!
Z-Trip: I only got the end of his set at Coachella, but it sounded good. He mashed up The Verve. He was a bit chatty, promoting himself and handing out T-shirts, which I found irritating, until I later found out that these shirts say "I AM A DJ," which is a direct slap in the face/response to Girl Talk's famous "I am NOT a DJ shirts." I would definitely want to hear a full set from him, because it sounded like he has a ton of skill.
deadmau5--I saw him at HHM 09 and was underwhelmed, but from what I heard about his set last Friday it sounds like he's got a ton of new tricks and that his energy is back. Definitely worth checking out and having a mad dance party to. Sounds like he's bringing the new massive light show/LED mouse head with him so that will be a treat to see.
Vampire Weekend- I saw these guys at a small venue in San Luis Opisbo last fall, and they were great. The sound off their albums translates wonderfully live so if you are a fan there's no reason to miss them.
A-Trak- I also saw him at HHM 09. I'm a total A-Trak fan girl but even so, his turn-tablism skills are just something to see for yourself. He has so much fun up there, is always trying out new tracks, and will hopefully have his pet horse Mustard up on stage with him.
Simian Mobile Disco - I've only seen them live so I can't speak for their DJing skills, but if they lay down some of their more popular tracks I imagine the Rumpus Room just going off in a frenzy of excited dancing.
Jets Overhead - caught a few songs of theirs as I was resting in the shade last weekend at Coachella. Really mellow, breezy sounding music and the lead singer's voice was spot on. Probably a great early set to warm up to on Sunday
Freeland Whales - meh. I've seen these guys a few times because they play as openers in San Francisco a lot. To me, they are a decent indie band with a lot of eclectic members playing instruments, but nothing more. I get a sort of "Oh, wow, a xylophone." feel from them.
Local Natives - I can't WAIT to see them again. Their set at Coachella was a blast. So energetic, and I enjoyed them live much more than I've enjoyed their album. The lead singer's stage presence is unbelievable, and they really rock out. This is sort of a don't miss act for me.
Dirty Projectors - Apparently they had some problems at Coachella, and my friend said they sounded sloppy. I did not notice this at all (It was my first time seeing them). Dave Longstreth playing the guitar backwards? Awesome. The vocal harmonies? Beautiful. They had to cut Rise Above from their set list so I sincerely hope they play it for us at Sasquatch.
LCD Soundsystem - I am in big trouble for making my boyfriend and I duck out right as they started playing "Yeah" last weekend, because it was apparently the highlight. But all the other songs were just phenomenal, in particular Us v. Them. I won't be missing any of this set.
The Mountain Goats - caught them at a show in SF in 2008 and it was gorgeous. His catalog is so vast that it's hard to get exactly the set list you might want, but he puts on a taught performance and I love watching him strum the guitar. I assume most of what he'll be doing is from his newest album? He did a Kathy Mattea cover when I saw him. It was a treat.
Camera Obscura- another excellent set I got to enjoy last weekend. It took them forever to do their sound check and the lead singer seemed a bit grumpy about it at first, but her blase attitude melted away eventually and the music took over. They didn't perform "The Sweetest Thing," which I had expected, but we got a lovely rendition of "James."
Passion Pit - I saw them at Treasure Island last year and the lead singer's inability to hit the falsetto really threw me off. I almost wished he hadn't sung at all. There's a ton of mixed reviews about this band's live performance, but I'm not really a fan. (And I love the album and EP). My advice is that if you have a conflict, skip out on these guys...you won't be missing much.
MGMT - Not the best live performers. I saw them at Treasure Island and it was totally lackluster and uninspired. They sort of do whatever the hell they want on stage. No, they won't play Kids.