Trying to express my excitement for this year’s Sasquatch! Music Festival is really hard because all I can manage to say is ASLKDFISNDFLKSDNFKSLDNFKSDNFKLSNFKN!!!!!!!!!!!! You get me?
Anyways, it’s all going down at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy, Washington from May 24 to 27, and it features an amazing lineup of bands and comedians. So, to get me—and of course you, dear friends—even more stoked for this upcoming celebration of music, here are 10 acts I can’t wait to see (not in any particular order, I might add).
1.) DIIV. I happened upon this band when they opened for Frankie Rose in Toronto nearly a year ago, and I’ve been a fan ever since. Their music is dreamy, almost beachy; it’s subtle, catchy, friendly rock. DIIV’s music basically evokes the feelings that come to mind when I think about Sasq.
2.) Suuns. This alternative Montreal band has been making waves around Canada, and I’m so excited they’re playing this festival. Suuns is calm, restrained; their music almost creeps up on you. But once it reaches you, it takes hold.
3.) The Postal Service. Both of Ben Gibbard’s bands take me back to the time of my life when I realized there was more to music than Jessica Simpson (no offence, Jess), and therefore they will always have a special place in my heart. The Postal Service is back after years of silence, and that’s great because they make the kind of pop music that you don’t have to hide from your friends.
4.) Grimes. Um, DUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
5.) Toro Y Moi. Toro Y Moi is from California, and it shows—but not in a way that makes you want to roll your eyes. He mashes up pop, funk, and even a bit of house music to create a sound that is incredibly unique…and catchy. Let’s dance.
6.) Youth Lagoon. I am in love. With. This. Guy. I’ve already seen him perform twice and can’t wait to see him do so again, because he’s awesome. Youth Lagoon’s music is whimsical, wonderful, magical. I really don’t know how else to describe it.
7.) Alt-J. You’ll wanna be at this show if you like music that’s haunting, electric, stirring, almost psychedelic. It’s the kind that takes root in your chest until you’re forced to give in to the beat. Can’t wait.
8.) The xx. This is one of those bands I always knew I would like, even though it took me an embarrassingly long time to actually listen to their stuff. However, once I did, I was hooked. It’s rock-pop, it’s pure emotion, and it’s gonna be amazing.
9.) Azealia Banks. Her rap music is high-energy, loaded, and lots of fun. I can only imagine her live show will be, too.
10.) Twin Shadow. Indie pop-rock at its finest. Catchy, upbeat, feel-good. You in?
See you there! I will be the one sporting the goofy grin.