When Cloud Cult is good, they are so good. However, when Cloud Cult is NOT good, they are fucking insufferable. That guy has written some songs that are so truly awful that if they had come from someone else -- someone who hadn't also written 'Alien Christ', for example -- I would never listen to their music again.
Still always wanted to see them perform, though.
They are one of my favorite bands, but you are right, HG. Cloud Cult sometimes suffers from Guided By Voices syndrome (and I love GBV too). Just because you are prolific and write a crapload of songs doesn't mean you have to record them all. I would say that live, Cloud Cult is selective and don't do the songs that I consider filler.
Cloud Cult is a band from Minnesota led by Craig Minowa, who reportedly spurned major label offers in favor of his own Earthology label. Craig and his wife Connie, a painter in the band, live on an organic farm way out in the country and the environment is a constant theme in their music. Another major theme is death and healing, stemming primarily from when their 2-year-old son inexplicably died in his sleep a decade ago. Craig Minowa responded by writing over a hundred songs in a short amount of time and much have that has fueled their albums. Environment and life/death could make for a self-righteous feel but they are super genuine and all around decent people. They are always very humble and appreciative as well. The documentary, No One Said it Would Be Easy, chronicles the band's history.
I've seen them three times live and, along with Gogol Bordello, are my favorite band to see live right meow. Their shows are sensory overload with constant videos playing while two artists start and finish paintings over the course of the show. They then auction off the paintings after the show. Connie is one of the painters but she and Craig have had two kids in the last three years and she hasn't been touring as much. I'm not sure if she'll be at Sasquatch and I'm not sure that the video element will translate very well mid-day on the Bigfoot stage. It will still be a great show, however.
Album wise, the Meaning of 8 is probably their most critically revered, though Advice for the Happy Hippopotamus is great and Feel Good Ghosts is my favorite, probably because that was the first album I heard of theirs. Their latest album Light Chasers is a concept album about the life cycle and they have been playing a lot of that album at their shows. Musically, they use strings to supply a lot of slow build-up into a more frenetic sound.
It looks like Trampled By Turtles are a possibility with no Seattle date. trampledbyturtles.com/shows/. They're not your typical Sasquatch fare but they have played Coachella in the past and this tour they're doing a lot more typical indie venues like the 9:30 Club.
This isn't super sexy but it's something. The Wooden Sky is skipping Seattle in April. Also going for them: they're Canadian and the Windish Agency does their booking; and Windish typically sends a bunch of their artists to Sasquatch. Tour listings and free track at ifidontcomehome.com/.