FD pointed out to me that she has incredible control of her voice. You can hear her just as well when she's whispering as when she's belting out the lyrics. Sometimes I couldn't believe what I was hearing, she just sounded so good, and she's translated all of those songs live in such a dynamic way. Just awesome.
And she actually rocked it. Livelier than one would expect, and I had seen her before. Really dug the reinventions of some of the older material, too.
Best: 1. St. Vincent (Nothing else even comes close. Been going to fests for nine years and that is definitely in my top three festival sets ever. The operative word here is INTENSE. And she crowd surfed on top of me a few times.) 2. Little Dragon 3. Santigold 4. Feist 5. Beck (on here for merit of setlist alone; performance of the hits felt very flat, but nailed the Sea Change material and "Mutherfuker")
Also good: Metric, Metric (acoustic), Gary Clark Jr, Explosions in the Sky, The Joy Formidable, honeyhoney, Deer Tick (covers set), Rob Delaney, The Walkmen, Active Child
Underwhelming: Dum Dum Girls (I <3 them, but the performance never took off and sound problems never went away, so I would give them another chance), Polica, Of Monsters and Men
Rubbish: Silversun Pickups, Girl Talk, chune-yards, Tenacious D
Better than I thought would be: Childish Gambino
Better than I thought would be, but forgot about completely 5 minutes later: Pretty Lights
Most spirited performance of mediocre music: The Head and the Heart (acoustic)
Too fried on acid at the top of the hill in a post-St. Vincent state of delirium and hysteria to properly focus on but was probably very good: Jack White
Thank you for playing the one song I care about at exactly the right time: SBTRKT
Was probably great but I left after the first song because it was too much of a hazardous clusterfuck, especially for someone tripping balls: The Roots
I wonder what the other artist signings are. Last year, the list was announced on the second Friday of May.
Edit: here they are! Well, it's almost Sasquatch! time, and we know you're dying to find out who's gonna be signing stuff at the Easy Street booth this year! The following list is incomplete and we don't have the actual signing times in place yet, but we CAN tell you some of the performers who've agreed to come visit...and we can also tell you that this year will include more signings than ever before! Here's the partial lineup; more to come next week.
Friday - 5/25
Allen Stone, Honey Honey, James McCartney, Polica
Saturday - 5/26
Pickwick, Said the Whale, Blitzen Trapper, Craft Spells, chune-Yards, Civil Wars, TheeSatisfaction, Kurt Vile, Dry The River, Sol, Dum Dum Girls, Helio Sequence
Sunday - 5/27
Graffiti 6, Hospitality, Head & the Heart, Here We Go Magic, Blind Pilot, Gardens & Villa, Hey Rosetta!, Deer Tick
Monday - 5/28
Gold Leaves, Walk The Moon, Poor Moon, Ted Leo, Damien Jurado, Sallie Ford, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Cloud Cult, Shearwater, Shabazz Palaces, Cave Singers
Dum Dum Girls end at 5:55 and Childish Gambino at 6:10. How long will it take to get to the pit area of the main stage after Dum Dum Girls? I want to be inner pit for Metric. Should I duck out of Dum Dum Girls early? Is this a possibility or should I just plan on watching Childish Gambino?
What about side stage acts? For example, do I have to endure chune-yards to be up front for St. Vincent? If I catch Zola Jesus, how shitty will my spot be for Little Dragon?
The only two headliners I plan on watching are Beck and Jack White, and getting up front for either of those isn't going to be even attempted because of commitments at other stages (Mogwai and St Vincent, respectively.
This site is absolutely horrible but if you cut these numbers in half you might have a good estimate. This is for national booking though, if you base your show around local-ish talent or artists who are going to be on tour you can save a lot of money.
When I was in college we would throw a 4 act show and spend about 15 grand total on acts.
Explosions in the Sky vs Beats Antique (no contest, going with Explosions, but I wanted to see both) Metric vs Purity Ring Not being exposed to chune-yards vs getting a good spot for St. Vincent End of Kurt Vile and beginning of Dum Dum Girls vs Com Truise Charles Bradley vs I Break Horses Little Dragon vs Beirut Zola Jesus vs Beirut Zola Jesus vs getting a good spot for Little Dragon Mogwai vs Beck Gary Clark Jr. vs Chelsea Peretti