Our Picks: KPSU Does Sasquatch! 2017
Written by joe on May 18, 2017
KPSU is excited to announce our media coverage of Sasquatch! Music Festival, 2017! Follow us on social media for our full coverage of the festival:
KPSU Recommendations (Mostly Joe’s Recommendations)
New to the festival this year, Sasquatch! Festival will not have any overlapping sets on the Sasquatch mainstage and Bigfoot stage. However, even with this addition it is still a challenge choosing which artists you and your friends should see. KPSU hopes to make it easy for you, with our picks and favorites from this years lineup. Aside from the obvious headliners: LCD Soundsystem, Twenty One Pilots, and Chance the Rapper…
Friday – May 26
SALES is a pop duo from Orlando, Florida, consisting of members Lauren Morgan and Jordan Shih. Their music is a blend of indie guitar, electronic drums and loops, and melodic vocals. There’s a simplicity and minimalistic aspect to their music, but the result is a beautiful and dreamy take on pop music. In 2014 they were labeled as the ones to watch by Hypemachine for being one of the most blogged artists without a full length album. Since the release of their debut album in 2016, they have reached over 4.5 million streams on SoundCloud and 15 million streams on Spotify.
The duo is self-managed and fully independent and their label, SALES MEDIA LLC, also signifies the duos partnership. Upon each release they’ve gotten the attention of publications such as Pigeons & Planes, Stereogum, Pitchfork and Gorilla Vs. Bear.
It’s also worth noting, in May 2016 SALES stopped by our station to play a live in studio set. Check it out below…
Sleigh Bells is a music duo from Brooklyn, New York. Consisting of vocalist Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek Edward Miller. Their music is a blend of pop hooks, loud guitar riffs, electronic beats, dreamy vocals, and rhythmic noice. The band is often labeled with the genre “Noise Pop”.
With four studio albums currently out (including their most recent release Jessica Rabbit) the duo will be performing a diverse set at Sasquatch. Jessica Rabbit was the first release from the duo since 2013, and the first time they’ve worked with someone outside the two of them. Mike Elizondo cowrote and produced the record, helping the duo move away from their familiar pop roots found in their first three releases, and embrace a heavier, guitar driven sound. The album peaked at #8 on Billboard’s Alternative Chart, when released in November 2016. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Kraus spoke on working with Mike:
“Derek and I have always kept a very closed process so there was a lot of anxiety going into working with somebody … Mike had a way about observing us, realizing how we would be comfortable and then slowly offering just excellent feedback … It was just the most subtle and important influence.”
Read our review of their show from November 19, at Portland’s Wonder Ballroom…
Saturday – May 27
Bleachers is an incredible act, led and fronted by the multitalented Jack Antonoff. Jack Antonoff is a grammy award winning musician and producer, known for writing and producing for artists such as Lorde, Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles, Tegan and Sara, and more. He is also known as a member of the bands Steel Train and fun.
Bleachers is the stage name of Jack Antonoff’s current act, as he is the lead writer, producer, and recording artist on the project; oftentimes writing and recording from his own bedroom in New Jersey. His debut album Strange Desire was written in secret while touring with fun, and was made public in 2014 when “I Wanna Get Better” was released. The song hit #1 on the alt radio charts, and his second single “Rollercoaster” also charted at #3. Bleachers is currently on tour ahead of their highly anticipated second album Gone Now, which is out June 2.
Stay tuned for our photo and review coverage of Bleachers’ show at Portland’s Crystal Ballroom, on May 25…
The Radio Dept
From Malmö, Sweden comes the pop group, The Radio Dept. The band formed in 2001 by Johan Duncanson and Martin Carlberg, and the name was stolen by Johan from his previous high school band. In 2002 the Swedish music magazine Sonic reviewed the band and featured them on a CD sampler, which is how the label Labrador discovered the band. Their debut album “Lesser Matters” was released in 2003, and was a success in both Sweden and internationally. The album caught the attention of XL Recordings, who rereleased the album.
Their latest release, 2016’s Running Out of Love, shows a departure and natural evolution for the band. Their sound shows an inspiration of dream pop and shoegaze, and often showing electronic influences. Running Out of Love embraces their electronic undertones, and pushes for a more synth-pop sound, while sticking with the solemn and politically charged lyrics the band is known for. Audiofemme describes their live shows as translating “to a singular live experience that hits somewhere between being stress-free and imaginatively demanding.”
Sunday – May 28
The Shins is an indie/alternative band founded and fronted by James Mercer. While The Shins were originally formed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, they are now based in Portland, Oregon. This Sasquatch writeup would have gone amiss if The Shins were not included on this list, as they are arguably the biggest band from Portland.
In March The Shins released their first album in 5 years, Heartworms. Speaking on the album, Mercer describes it as a sound classic to The Shins: “I made a concerted effort on some songs to fit the palette, to use the palette that I’ve historically used for the band.” After various lineup changes, James Mercer has taken lead on The Shins and its music, as this is the first time Mercer is presented solo in press photos, and the Heartworms was self-produced and recorded by Mercer. The album is a step back and a nod to the old sounds of The Shins with lyrics of the discomforts of midlife and young romance. It’s a charming record, and will be a charming and beautiful show with the views of Washington’s Gorge set behind it.
Catfish And the Bottlemen
Catfish and the Bottlemen is Van McCann (vocals, guitar), Johnny Bond (guitar), Benji Blakeway (bass), and Bob Hall (drums). The UK rock band from Wales formed in 2007, and released their debut album The Balcony in 2014. The album peaked at #10 and #9 on the UK and US album charts, respectfully, and reached Platinum status in December 2016.
After the release of their debut album, Catfish and the Bottlemen toured nonstop. Selling out their shows and tours across various countries, and taking advantage of any downtime they had to write their second album The Ride. The band refers to The Ride is the proudest they’ve ever been about anything they’ve written. Following the release of The Ride, the band has been touring incessantly. After their summer music festival run, the band will be joining Green Day in support of their Revolution Radio Summer Tour, and making a stop, again, at Portland’s Moda Center on August 2. If history is any indication of what this band is up to, they may already have a third album in the works. Regardless, their set at Sasquatch is one you cannot miss.
Stay tuned for our photo and review coverage of Catfish And the Bottlemen’s show at Portland’s Roseland Theater, on May 27…
Check out the rest of the lineup, below: