The Don't-Miss Lineup for this weekend's Sasquatch Music Festival

Staff WriterMay 21, 2014 

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Neko Case will perform at the Sasquatch Music Festival for the eighth time this weekend.

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FRIDAY

The Physics – 1 p.m., Bigfoot Stage: Local rap fixtures widely known for slick music scores and relatable everyman flows. Kithkin – 2 p.m., Narwhal Stage: Billed as a treepunk outfit, Kithkin look to inform the masses of the “impending end of things” with their catchy power-pop balladry.

De La Soul – 3:10 p.m., Sasquatch Stage: This iconic rap group — along with A Tribe Called Quest, Black Sheep and Queen Latifah — pioneered the early up-beat, jazz-inflected style of the genre.

Cage the Elephant – 4:30 p.m., Sasquatch Stage: Never a dull live act, this eclectic alt-rock outfit will turn up the midday energy at the Gorge.

Chance the Rapper – 5:30 p.m., Bigfoot Stage: Due to illness, Chance has had to cancel a number of festival appearances this year. If he does make it to Sasquatch, expect raw intensity from this rising rap star.

Foals – 7:15 p.m., Sasquatch Stage: This indie-pop/disco-funk amalgamation gives you the perfect opportunity to get your groove on and dance.

Mogwai – 9:30 p.m., Bigfoot Stage: A Scottish rock group with a heavy shoe-gazer slant. The loud/quiet/loud dynamic is in full effect.

Outkast – 10:40 p.m., Sasquatch Stage: Widely considered one of the greatest hip-hop duos, Andre 3000 and Big Boi are set to share the stage for only the fifth time since their official reunion this year.

SATURDAY

The Bright Light Social Hour – 1 p.m., Bigfoot Stage: An amalgamation of Southern rock and psychedelic dance.

Hobosexual – 2 p.m., Narwhal Stage: A classic rock throwback, this irreverent duo performs high-octane rock with tongue planted firmly in cheek.

The Dodos – 3:05 p.m., Bigfoot Stage: A duo in the mellow, indie-pop vain. All at once tight, with an atmospheric feel.

Sol – 4:10 p.m., Bigfoot Stage: One of the best and buzziest rappers to come out of Seattle since Macklemore’s breakout two years ago.

Violent Femmes – 5:50 p.m., Sasquatch Stage: One of the more notable on-again/off-again acts out there. “Blister in the Sun,” “Gone Daddy Gone,” what more can you need?

Neko Case – 7:15 p.m., Sasquatch Stage: Playing Sasquatch for a record-extending eighth time. Most of her earlier appearances were with the New Pornographers, but this time she’s solo.

Panda Bear – 8:20 p.m., Bigfoot Stage: Stage name of Noah Lennox, founder of the psych-pop outfit Animal Collective. Expect mind-blowing synthesizer lines and overall electronica excellence.

Tyler, the Creator – 10 p.m., Bigfoot Stage: L.A. Rapper who made his mark as part of the Odd Future Collective, a widely acclaimed alt-hip-hop outfit. Catches flack for some outlandish statements and language.

The National 10:50 p.m., Sasquatch Stage: This will be the third time the indie-rockers have played Sasquatch, and the first as headliners. Their latest record Trouble Will Find Me, released last year, might just be their best.

SUNDAY

Tacocat – 1 p.m., Yeti Stage: Kick off your day with bubbles, candy and a little Runaways-esque punk rock.

La Luz – 2 p.m., Yeti Stage: Seattle all-girl ’60s, surf-pop throwback. The band’s van was crushed by a truck while on tour last year, but they’re back and ready to roll.

Tune-Yards – 3:10 p.m., Sasquatch Stage: One of the more interesting offerings for your ears; get ready to dance to off-the-wall, crazy, world-beat rhythms.

Cold War Kids – 4:30 p.m., Sasquatch Stage: Two years ago, the indie-rock darlings brought former Modest Mouse guitarist Dann Gallucci into the fold. The move proved successful with last year’s release of Dear Miss Lonelyhearts.

Black Joe Louis – 5:30 p.m., Bigfoot Stage: A sonic mash up of blues, punk and dance, from deep in the heart of Texas.

Bob Mould – 6:55 p.m., Bigfoot Stage: Formerly the front man of alt-rock pioneers Husker Du, Mould spent the past year commemorating the 25th anniversary of his first solo record, Workbook.

Kid Cudi – 8:45 p.m., Sasquatch Stage: If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then paint Cudi flattered. The Kid has been ripping and recording the emotionally in-touch, melodic form of hip-hop made famous by Drake and Kanye West for years — it’s up to you to decide if he does it better.

Portugal. The Man – 10 p.m., Bigfoot Stage: Keep the energy going with this Alaskan rock group. Their new record Evil Friends — produced by Danger Mouse — is their catchiest collection.

Queens of the Stone Age – 11 p.m., Sasquatch Stage: Maybe the best rock band today — though the competition has grown scarce. Josh Homme and company will close down the festival with a harder hitting set than Sasquatch has seen since Nine Inch Nails performed in 2009.

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