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 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 3:45 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 5:10 PM
1638 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
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 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 9:25 PM
279 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Known as Los Angeles' "Ambassador of Boogie Funk," Dam-Funk represents the citizens of the Funkmosphere. Headquartered in the Leimert Park section of L.A., Dam (pronounced: 'Dame' as in Damon) spent the last few years cultivating a musical renaissance rooted in the early-'80s styles known as Boogie, Modern Soul and Electro-Funk.
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 11:00 PM
520 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
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 1:55 PM
724 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about On their third album, The Courage of Others, Midlake are still themselves and yet completely reinvented, so much so that between the time they started working on the record and the time they finished it, the title track was re-recorded down to every note, simply because they'd turned into a more ambitious band, with new influences both classic and contemporary, from British folk to Russian cinema.
to 3:00 PM
The Long Winters
701 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Formed by guitarist John Roderick in 2001, the band was named by an offhand comment from Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie) in reference to Roderick's years growing up in Alaska. The first Long Winters album was a recording project of Roderick, Walla, and Sean Nelson (Harvey Danger), but when the recordings were picked up by Barsuk Records a live band was formed.
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 4:05 PM
They Might Be Giants
1168 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about For alternative rock legends They Might Be Giants, rave reviews from the likes of Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Pitchfork, NPR and beyond might not be that unexpected, but we're not talking about their regular gig here. Sure, TMBG have sold millions of records, are multi-Grammy winners and have even composed a musical accompaniment for an entire issue of McSweeney's, but these most recent accolades are for the work TMBG has created for children and--as the reviews attest--no other band swings as effortlessly from adult music to children’s fare and back again with the artistic and commercial success of They Might Be Giants.
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 6:35 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 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 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 10:45 PM
1683 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Public Enemy rewrote the rules of hip-hop, becoming the most influential and controversial rap group of the late '80s and, for many, the definitive rap group of all time. Building from Run-D.M.C.'s street-oriented beats and Boogie Down Productions' proto-gangsta rhyming, Public Enemy pioneered a variation of hardcore rap that was musically and politically revolutionary.
to 11:30 PM
2133 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Legendary Massive Attack will tour North America for the first time since 2006 in support of their newly released 5th studio album 'Heligoland.' The North American trek will start May 7th at Sound Academy in Toronto, ON and wrap May 30th at the Sasquatch Festival in George, WA.
to 11:55 PM
927 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Berlin-based Booka Shade (Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier) leapt to the forefront of contemporary dance music in 2005 with their classic singles "Body Language" (with M.A.N.D.Y.) and "Mandarine Girl", and their debut full-length Memento. Since then they've released a string of hit singles, become one of the world's most sought-after electronic live acts and developed their unique sound on the acclaimed albums Movements and The Sun & The Neon Light.
to 1:50 PM
265 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Birthed at the nexus of 2008 and 2009, Boston band Yes Giantess was never meant to last more than a few weeks. The band formed for a one off party. The music they recorded for the show somehow found an online audience and within weeks they were being asked to play shows across the country and in the UK.
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 2:45 PM
801 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Phantogram's music sounds like it's made by a band from the city. Electronic loops, hip-hop beats, shoegaze, soul, pop - each finds its way into their songs. Unexpectedly, the band doesn't live and work in a major urban center, but rather calls the town of Saratoga Springs, NY (population 26,186) home.
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 3:45 PM
456 schedule::attendeesLocation The Gorge Amphitheatre
event::about Fresh Espresso released their debut LP, Glamour, in July, 2009, and the phone hasn't stopped ringing since. Comprised of MC Rik Rude and Producer/MC P Smoov, the duo met in Seattle and have been bedazzling both critics and fans alike with their sophisticated grime.
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 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 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