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Sasquatch 2012: Saturday Must-Sees

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With Sasquatch just around the corner, it’s time to start planning your festival schedule. Being the music junkie I am, I’ve been pouring over their line up since it’s released, trying to figure out where I’ll be every minute of every day. Of course, my schedule is fraught with conflicts, but if you’re torn over who to see I’m going to do you a favor and let you know some of my top picks to catch Saturday.

Reptar, Photo via Facebook

Without a doubt, when the gates open and the crowd starts to filter in, you should start your day with Reptar at the Bigfoot stage at noon. After the release of a new album, Body Faucet, this band is going to start getting bigger and bigger. They have their fingers on the heartbeat of what gets a crowd moving. Dreamy and with interesting musical surprises throughout each of their songs, hearing them first thing on Saturday will wake you up better than any attempt at brewing coffee on the campground.

Said the Whale is another band I’m looking forward to seeing Saturday. Playing the Yeti stage at 1:20, they’re a band that plays easy to listen to indi-rock. Their lyrics are simple and beautiful on songs like ‘Big Sky, MT’ from their newest album, and I’m looking forward to seeing what they deliver live.

Blitzen Trapper has been a buzzed about band in Seattle for a very, very long while. After the release of American Goldwig last year I was able to catch them play a small performance at Sonic Boom, and in that confined space they totally blew me away. They are folk and 70s style rock mixed together in a most perfect way. Lead singer Eric Earley has a way of storytelling through his lyrics that is almost on par with Bob Dylan. Catch them at Sasquatch stage at 2:10.

I will say without hesitation that I am a bit obsessed with the Alabama Shakes. Bands lately have been seeking obvious inspiration from different eras, and in the case of the Shakes, listening to Boys and Girls is like mo-town at it’s finest. They’re playing the Bigfoot stage at 3, don’t miss this set!

Sol is one of the best local hip hop acts we have in Seattle, and this will be a performance not to miss. Playing the Maine stage at 4:25, I’m sure he’ll be slaying songs from his latest release as well as old favorites like ‘This Shit.’

The Banana Shack is always an interesting spot, but it’s where you need to be at 4:40 to see  Com Truise. This is some face paced, at times erotic, electronica that is easy to get lost in. With every track being built on waves and patterns of synthy keyboards, it’s a good way to start your evening for all the bass I recommend you take part in later in the night.

Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, is relatively new to the hip hop but he’s someone who’s been getting a lot of attention since dropping Camp last year. His rhymes are intelligent and revealing, his song ‘Heartbeat’ is just astounding. Be at the Sasquatch Stage @5:25 and prepare to get lost in his wordplay.

Another fun, talented group to take over the Banana Shack is NobodyBeatsTheDrum. Coming on at 8, I’m preparing my party-pants for this set. Electronic, relentless, beats will blow your ears right off and then they’ll rattle them right back into place in time for the next track.

Don’t you dare leave the Banana Shack after NobodyBeatsTheDrum. I know, I know. Everyone has been freaking out over the new Jack White album. Let them. Stay at the Banana Shack and catch Wolfgang Gartner at 9:30. His music won’t lull you to sleep, and it’ll make the party that is Saturday night at Sasquatch so much stronger. When he drops his beats and the dance floor practically falls apart, you can thank me for inviting you to what is sure to be one of the best performances of Sasquatch.

The Roots are a hip hop ensemble that everyone needs to see once in their lifetime. Period. Close the night at Bigfoot- their set starts at 11:30 and will go until the Gorge turns off the lights.