to 12:35 PM
328 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about The Los Angeles quartet, Dawes, shares DNA with Simon Dawes, Taylor and Wylie's teenaged band with Blake Mills, but is a vastly different, more creatively audacious beast. "I didn't have a whole lot of respect for what it really meant to write songs back then," says Taylor Goldsmith. "They were more a vehicle to get to be a young guy in a band." As Simon Dawes dissolved, he realized rock'n'roll was more than just a lifestyle choice - that even if he never got to be as brilliant as his favorite artists (a list that ranges from Nabokov, Fitzgerald and Rilke to Will Oldham, John Prine and Townes Van Zandt), that was where he had to aim.
to 1:35 PM
694 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about At the tail-end of the Summer, just before work began on her second album, Laura Marling sat down with producer Ethan Johns to discuss her ambitions for the record. She gave Johns just two instructions: "This is very much my stepping stone," she told him. "And this is England."
to 1:55 PM
1032 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about For the first time in his life, Brother Ali has been enjoying some day-to-day stability. Gone is the turbulent marriage to his first wife, homelessness, and the associated drama - all of which Ali openly documented on his last LP, The Undisputed Truth.
to 2:40 PM
Mumford & Sons
1879 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Since they formed in December 2007, the members of Mumford & Sons have shared a common purpose: to make music that matters, without taking themselves too seriously. Four young men from West London in their early twenties, they have fire in their bellies, romance in their hearts, and rapture in their masterful, melancholy voices.
to 3:00 PM
Minus The Bear
1713 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about For the past seven years, Seattle's Minus the Bear have orbited the music world like a distant meteor, fine-tuning their unique brand of indie rock and discovering how technology can help enhance the band's unique pop vision - all of which culminated with the full-length Planet of Ice , an album showing the band not so much transforming their sound as transcending it.
to 3:10 PM
516 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about To immerse yourself in Nurses' Apple's Acre is to delight in a certain mental unraveling. These are songs where the vulnerability of pop with its heart on its sleeve engages in a double-dutch jumprope match with the euphoric surrender-to-the-weird that is essential to psychedelia. And Nurses is a band that scavenges beauty and wonder, uncovering Technicolor where others see somber hues.
to 3:45 PM
Portugal. The Man
1674 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Within days of Alternative Press including Censored Colors on its list of 10 Essential Albums of 2008, the members of Portugal. The Man were trudging through the Boston snow to start work on their fourth release in four years, The Satanic Satanist.
to 4:50 PM
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
2218 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Birthed by Mouth in the year two-thousand and five, young Edward Sharpe had to wait nearly two years before he was to grow his arms and legs and fingers and toes. Immaculately conceived, his father (a Robot who had magically become a real boy... but that's another story) declared his undying devotion to the creature. He perched the fleshy bust upon a teetering pedestal fashioned from stacked cereal boxes and positioned the display at his window for all the town to see. Young Edward soon proved no ordinary boy.
to 6:35 PM
Broken Social Scene
2704 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about As a core six-piece who had spent most of 2007 and 2008 on the road, Drew, Canning, Spearin, Whiteman, Goldberg and Peroff spent early 2009 working on new material in Toronto. The pairing down of the band's massive personnel list for the first time proved extremely fruitful; they created spacious songs written as a band by a band, resulting in more cohesive, melody-driven compositions than previous BSS output.
to 6:25 PM
The Lonely Forest
431 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about After establishing themselves in 2006 as a prime young band to watch as winners of the highly coveted EMP Sound Off! Competition, The Lonely Forest have spent the last few years experimenting with a variety of sounds, from pop-rock to piano-driven ballads about a fictional character in the future.
to 7:05 PM
2021 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Up to this point Miike Snow has remained pretty mysterious, proving nearly impossible to find any information about, photographic or otherwise. Man? DJ? Robot? Miike Snow is a band. Swedish duo Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg are childhood friends who spent time playing in bands and working on various projects in studios throughout Gothenburg.
to 8:00 PM
2306 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about The National are a band of New Yorkers transplanted from Cincinnati, Ohio: Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, Bryan Devendorf, and Scott Devendorf. What each member of the band does is not that important, but what they do together seems increasingly more so...
to 9:30 PM
2996 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Some bands stay in a holding pattern their whole careers. Others jerk the steering wheel hard and fly off the road. On their second album, Vampire Weekend do neither. Or maybe they do both. "I think we sound more like Vampire Weekend than we did on the first record," says drummer Christopher Tomson.
to 10:00 PM
1328 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Nada Surf bring their trademark sense of harmony and musical craftsmanship to 12 of their favorite songs with their latest release, if i had a hi-fi, their first album of covers. Only a group with their wide-ranging and eclectic taste could bring songs from such artists as Kate Bush, Dwight Twilley and the Go-Betweens together into a coherent, intelligent record.
to 11:30 PM
My Morning Jacket
2359 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about "There's a theme of moral confusion that runs through the whole record," says Jim James, frontman of My Morning Jacket, explaining the title of the band's new album, Evil Urges. "The world today is such a confused place. Things that people think are good values are obviously twisted, but there are other things considered evil that obviously aren't. There is real evil out there, but Evil Urges is about how all of these things that you've been told are evil really aren't, unless they're actually hurting something or somebody."
to 11:55 PM
2375 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Joel Zimmerman doesn't like being called a DJ. The 28-year-old dance music phenomenon from Toronto, better known as Deadmau5, rolls his eyes at the description, which he sees as a hopelessly outdated way of describing what he does.
to 12:55 PM
1818 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about From its humble beginnings with the theft of a sampler gathering dust in his high school's music department, through four acclaimed albums and an absurd collision with a litigious wrestler, Dan Snaith's (aka Caribou) musical life has followed anything but a predictable trajectory.
to 2:15 PM
1725 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Local Natives make soaring, sky-scraping harmonies, dreamy orchestral melodies, and throbbing tribal beats that bash their way into your soul. Theirs are songs you can dance to almost as well as you can swoon to them. Drawing a line from the vocal stylings of Crosby Stills Nash & Young and the Zombies through the more esoteric edges of post-punk and Afro-beat, this California five piece have communally crafted a brand of indie rock all their own.
to 3:20 PM
The Tallest Man On Earth
1665 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about When fans lined up to see the sold-out Bon Iver performances at New York City's Town Hall in late 2008, few of them went with any expectations of the opening act. But the audience that night, and on every other night of Bon Iver's tour that December, were introduced to something special, something unforgettable: The Tallest Man on Earth. This was the first of several tours for the Tallest Man on Earth (aka Kristian Matsson), with obsessive crowds growing each step of the way.
to 5:10 PM
2162 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Having repeatedly promised a unique, adventurous and experimental work while his singles achieved months of rare all-format success, the Cleveland, Ohio native Kid Cudi, now residing in Tribeca, New York, has drawn immediate praise in early press reviews, which pointed out "Cudi's introspective persona, ear for melody and eclectic taste in beats," (Entertainment Weekly).
to 6:05 PM
646 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about To call them multi-instrumentalists might be a little overdone. The kids in Freelance Whales are really just collectors, at heart. They don't really fancy buffalo nickels or Victorian furniture, but over the past two years, they've been collecting instruments, ghost stories, and dream-logs.
to 6:35 PM
Tegan and Sara
1792 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
to 6:35 PM
2463 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about The xx arrive with their brilliant debut single Crystalised, released on 20th April 2009 on Young Turks. The xx are a London quartet, featuring the dual lead vocals of Romy Madley-Croft and Oliver Sim (who also play lead and bass guitar respectively), and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC sampler).
to 7:10 PM
525 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Tight Knit is the fourth full-length album from Vetiver--singer/songwriter Andy Cabic's ever-evolving musical home base. Luminous and surprising, Tight Knit unfolds like a road trip down Highway 1, towards Cabic's home in San Francisco. It represents a summation of the different styles and directions heard on past Vetiver releases, while it introduces some unexpected twists.
to 8:00 PM
2692 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Founded in 2002 by downtown NYC music scene fixture and DFA label co-owner James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem has risen to international prominence as one of the most critically acclaimed live and recording acts currently in existence.
to 8:15 PM
634 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Over the course of three records, the last two on Sub Pop (2003's Mouthfuls and 2005's Spelled in Bones), Eric D. Johnson's Fruit Bats have looked for ways to file down the cynical edge of modern life and found many. Using bright melodies, defiantly major-key chord structures, natural imagery mixed with the occasional blazing insight and tender observation, the Fruit Bats have never shied away from darkness, but more uncommon in this day and age, they've refused to shy away from light.
to 9:15 PM
1566 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Album five, Bitte Orca, is Dirty Projectors' most complete effort to date. Reprising the lineup of Amber Coffman (vocals, guitar), Angel Deradoorian (vocals, keyboard, guitar, bass), and drummer Brian Mcomber from 2007's Rise Above, Bitte Orca also adds bassist Nat Baldwin and vocalist Haley Dekle to the fold, resulting in what sounds like Dirty Projectors' first fully collaborative band record.
to 9:45 PM
1731 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Out of the spring break sunshine of Stockton California and on to the pinball rhythms of Brooklyn; taking you in by charm, choruses and their good looks Pavement made five masterpieces then split, having taught the globe how to dress, drink and laugh at themselves.
to 11:00 PM
to 1:40 PM
Mayer Hawthorne & The County
568 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Mayer Hawthorne grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, just outside of Detroit, and vividly remembers, as a child, driving with his father and tuning the car radio in to the rich soul and jazz history the region provided.
to 2:40 PM
The Temper Trap
1412 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about A lot of water's passed under the bridge since The Temper Trap's delay soaked opening to Sweet Disposition first began causing a stir on Australian radio late last year. The track was the first taster of their recording sessions with UK producer Jim Abbiss (UNKLE, Adele, Arctic Monkeys) and it clearly made the world sit up and take notice.
to 3:05 PM
Seattle Rock Orchestra
582 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about The Seattle Rock Orchestra is an all volunteer ensemble that collaborates with bands and artists to produce one-of-a-kind symphonic rock shows. Created in 2008 by bassist and orchestrator Scott Teske, what started as a 13 piece string ensemble has since grown into a full symphony orchestra, replete with strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and choir. SRO recently presented a tribute to David Bowie at the Moore Theatre, and will be reprising their tribute to the Arcade Fire's 'Funeral' at Sasquatch 2010.
to 5:00 PM
2694 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about What is this? Another lost LP from Brian Wilson's sandbox phase? If only things were that simple. What we're really alluding to here is Passion Pit's first proper full-length, Manners, a bird-flipping break from the blogosphere by a 21 year old with much more on his manic mind than girls, girls, girls. You know, important matters, like the end of the world and learning to love someone other than the man in the mirror.
to 5:15 PM
1065 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Shame, Shame is Dr. Dog's Anti- debut and the first album made outside the safe confines of their home studio. "Four albums ago, we set out with this unspoken or unconscious mission, and I feel like we accomplished that to our own standards of fulfillment. With our last record [2008's Fate], there didn't seem to be the next logical step with the general set of sensibilities and aesthetics that we'd been working from up until that point. It felt like a closed book," says guitarist/vocalist Scott McMicken.
to 6:20 PM
She & Him
2238 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about She & Him make music for an eternal springtime, when the temperature is warm enough to go riding with the top (or at least the windows) rolled down and the radio turned up. They occupy an alternate universe where the saddest of songs feel as warm as sun showers; the rain may be coming down, but somewhere nearby, everything looks bright.
to 6:25 PM
The Mountain Goats
1033 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about 4AD is excited to release the new album by THE MOUNTAIN GOATS, which is John Darnielle, Peter Hughes and Jon Wurster. The Life Of The World To Come was recorded this spring and features string arrangements by Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy). Less a profession of religious faith than an immersion in Biblical poetry and imagery, the songs on The Life of the World to Come take their names from verses that informed or inspired them, or which, sometimes, came up against them at right angles.
to 7:40 PM
Band of Horses
2733 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Band of Horses are Ben Bridwell, Creighton Barrett, Ryan Monroe, Tyler Ramsey and Bill Reynolds. Long time touring members of the group, Infinite Arms marks the recording debut of Ramsey and Reynolds, while Barrett and Monroe graced the last album, Cease to Begin.
to 7:50 PM
1054 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Glasgow’s Camera Obscura have had several line-up changes since founder members Tracyanne Campbell and Gavin Dunbar first began rehearsing together back in 1996. Since the amicable departure of Nigel Baillie (percussionist, trumpeter and proud daddy) in 2008, who still pops up onstage occasionally, they have existed as a five-piece.
to 9:05 PM
3096 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about With Congratulations, MGMT offer a heartfelt "Hear! Hear!" and an invitation to join the group in a new musical odyssey mirroring the psyches of the band's core duo, Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, inspired by their adventures on the frontiers of 21st century pop & roll consciousness.
to 9:20 PM
The New Pornographers
1648 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about The New Pornographers are a Vancouver group made up of A.C. Newman and a group of ridiculously talented people he feels are uniquely equipped to realize his musical ambitions. They formed in 1997, almost immediately recorded the classic 'Letter From An Occupant,' and it was on. Their 2000 debut Mass Romantic and 2003's Electric Version (as well as Newman's 2004 solo debut The Slow Wonder) enjoyed wild critical and public acclaim, and brought a lot of joy to the world.
to 11:30 PM
to 11:00 PM
1039 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about At only 26 Alex Ridha already has a decade's worth of music making and DJing behind him. What's ahead of him? One of the brightest future's in electronic music. Ridha presents his second album POWER in October which is keenly anticipated by a fan-base that follows his every move. Alongside peers Erol Alkan and Justice, Ridha is part of a new mongrel breed of techno artist with a maverick bent and solid vision, beaming a myriad of influences from the past through a prism to create something fresh, new and exciting enough to send his audience loopy.