Sasquatch 2013 (May 24-27) – Thoughts Musings & Lineup

by New Music Michael on February 7 2013

edsharpe-4Sasquatch announced their lineup late the other night. Something like 10:45 local time, which would’ve placed it after midnight on the east coast. I can’t even remember what day. This week’s pretty much a blur, what with work being completely over-the-top crazy, an eleven-week old at home, plus some family medical stuff that’s going on.

That’s not the point. The point is this.

Well, actually, I have many points. I’ve never been to Sasquatch. This lineup isn’t going to get me to go this year. Don’t get me wrong, there’s definitely some bands I’d love to see, but not enough of a draw at the top end to make me drive all that way. Though it’s probably closer than Boise, where I drove to for just one band last summer – Wilco.

Regardless, Mumford And Sons will come to Edmonton soon enough. The Postal Service and Sigur Ros – I’ve never been huge fans. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, meh. Vampire Weekend I’d like to see. The XX I’m seeing later this spring here in Edmonton (just days before Sasquatch, on May 22). The Lumineers – well hell yeh I’d love to see them. Certainly none of those bands are on any bucket list of mine at this point, though.

But what did catch my attention, as so often it does, are bands further down the list. Grimes, Tame Impala, Father John Misty, Japandroids, Ariel Pink, Holy Ghost!, Toro Y Moi, Shout Out Louds, Surfer Blood, DIIV, Youngblood Hawke, Chvrches of course, and Suuns (one of those bands you can NEVER see enough times). That’s a pretty amazing collection of talent in one place for one weekend. I’ll admit that.

So yeh, given unlimited funding and time off, I’d do the trip and hang out and see some awesome music. But I don’t have either of those, and so I’ll sit home and be jealous of friends that will be there, tweeting about who they’re seeing, but knowing that I made the best decision for me at the time. Sigh.

Full Lineup

Mumford And Sons #
The Postal Service
Sigur Ros
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Vampire Weekend
The XX #
Lumineers #
Arctic Monkeys*
Edward Sharpe And the Magnetic Zeros* (pictured, from EFMF 2011)
Primus 3D
Empire Of the Sun
Imagine Dragons
Bloc Party
Bird, Andrew
Grimes #
Dropkick Murphys
Built To Spill
Steve Aoki
Laidback Luke
Azealia Banks
Tame Impala #
Father John Misty #
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Tallest Man On Earth*#
Devendra Banhart
Schoolboy Q & Ab-Soul
Danny Brown
Eaerl Sweatshirt
Killer Mike
Death Grips
Michael Kiwanuka
Twin Shadow*
Divine Fits
Dirty Projectors
Japandroids #
Azari & III
Totally Enormous Extinct
Menomena #
Ryan Bingham
JJ Grey & Mofro
Porcelain Raft
Youth Lagoon
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti #
Holy Ghost! #
Matthew Dear
Toro Y Moi #
John Talabot
Shout Out Louds
Surfer Blood #
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Atlas Genius #
Youngblood Hawke #
Fang Island
Red Fang
Capital Cities
Baths #
Yppah feat Anomie Belle
Four Color Zack
Beachwood Sparks
Barr Brothers*#
Shovels & Rope
Willy Moon
Elliott Brood #
Radicals Face
Nancy & Beth
Akron/Family #
Chvrches #
Wild Belle
Brown Bird
Robert Delong
Sea Wolf
ZZ Ward
Hundred Waters
Luke Sital-Singh
Wake Owl*
Deep Sea Diver
Jherek Bischoff
Sean Nelson
Rose Windows
Nacho Picasso
Brothers From Another
Tilson Xoxo
Ra Scion
OC Notes: “Golden Gods”
Kingdom Crumbs
Nick Offerman
Mike Birbiglia
Brett Gelman
Jenny Slate
Kyle Kinane
Brody Stevens
Jon Daly
James Adomian
Joe Mande
Notes: * – bands I’ve already seen live in the past few years; # – bands you should definitely NOT miss if you’re heading down.
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