Sasquatch! 2018 KPSU Picks

Written by joe on May 8, 2018

KPSU is thrilled to announce we’ll be heading out to cover Sasquatch! Music Festival again this year!

This year, we’re sending our photographer Joe Hernandez to the fest, follow him here: @thisisbroseph // Joe Hernandez Photography

This year, the festival is headlined by Bon Iver, Modest Mouse and The National. The festival is over Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-27) at the Gorge Amphitheater in Washington. The full line-up and passes are available on their website, at this link. With the festival taking place over three days, and a full lineup on all three of those days, KPSU is giving you our top 5 must see acts over the Sasquatch weekend.

1. Tyler, the Creator

Technically not a headliner, but closing out Friday for Sasquatch! on the Bigfoot stage at midnight. Sasquatch sets it up so their headliner (in this case Bon Iver) ends their set at midnight, and one last show begins at that time to close out the festival that day (in this case Tyler). You’ll want to stay up and out to catch Tyler’s set. Tyler, the Creator is a rapper, producer, and music video director. He’s known for his energetic and complex live shows, Joe covered Tyler the last time he was in town for another publication, and you can check out the gallery from that show here.

2. Tokimonsta

Jennifer Lee, or more known as Tokimonsta, is a producer and DJ from LA. With a background in classical music and love for hip hop, Tokimonsta’s passion in music and production is obvious in her performance and her contagious energy easily hypes a crowd. She’s set to play on Sunday, May 27, at 10:15 on the El Chupacabra stage. Check out KPSU’s DJ Mkulima’s preview mix of Tokimonsta and Tariq Abdellatif’s photos and review, prior to her show in Portland back in 2017.

3. Japanese Breakfast

Eugene, Oregon’s, own Michelle Zauner (aka Japanese Breakfast) will be playing the Yeti stage on Sunday at 6pm. Japanese Breakfast is the solo project of Zauner, formerly of Little Big League, and has released two albums under the alias. Zauner wrote the album in the weeks after her mother had died of cancer after she had left Philadelphia, quit Little Big League, and quit what she thought would be music altogether. Her debut album, as well as her album after, were universally acclaimed and she continued writing and performing as Japanese Breakfast.

4. Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers is a Los Angeles musician with a large and devoted fanbase, and already on the rise. Her music, and performances, are simple yet flawless. The balance between Bridger’s powerful and lifting vocals, and her honest emotions and narratives set her apart in the indie genre. Phoebe Bridgers will be playing the Yeti stage on Sunday at 1:45pm.

5. Perfume Genius

Perfume Genius is the stage name for Seattle solo artist Mike Hadreas. After the release of his third album, Too Bright, the indie/chamber pop artist’s career was changed moving forward. Pitchfork described the songs on the album “feel less like songs and more like treasures, ones that fill you with power and wisdom.” Recently working with producer Blake Mills (Fiona Apple, John Legend, Alabama Shakes) and Grammy Award-winning engineer Shawn Everett on his fourth album, Perfume Genius continues to be praised by critics. His set is on Sunday at 7:15 on the Bigfoot stage.

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