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Sasquatch 2014: Festival Preview

Fingers still green from the last-minute tye-dyeathon of the previous evening, I’ve been frantically screaming around the city in my midnight blue 80’s circa Crown Victoria, desperately piecing together every last morsel and crumb needed for our departure to the Gorge. This year, we decided to roll in style. After slumming it with very few supplies other than a few beers and a suitcase full of wet socks, seven of us exuberant youth have gone all-in on a 30 foot RV. I’ll be channeling the ghost of my grandfather, a lifelong truck driver, as we careen through the Rocky Mountains down south of the border. The excitement is overwhelming, and that’s not even considering the sheer cavalcade of incredible music set to hit the stage this weekend. From Queens of the Stone Age and Outkast to personal favorites Washed Out, Chet Faker and BANKS, the line-up is a solid mix of old-school chart toppers (like the Violent Femmes) to blogosphere heavyweights Chance the Rapper, Tyler the Creator and more. At any given moment on any given stage, Sasquatch is sure to impress, while the campground is a raucous bottomless-pit of insanity; beer pong at all hours, florescent costumes and copious amounts of drugs, sex, and the American dream.

Just yesterday I pieced together a makeshift Hunter S. Thompson outfit, and undoubtedly I’ll be channeling the spirit of the late and great journalist himself. This is exactly the kind of weird he’d find himself tied up in, and

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro”

Here’s just a smidgen of the talent set to hit the stage this weekend. So drink in these tunes and wish me luck, the big bus leaves in two hours, and when it comes back I might not be the same.

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/AUSTRA-Painful-Like.mp3|titles=AUSTRA – Painful Like]
AUSTRA – Painful Like

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Band-Of-Skulls-Asleep-At-The-Wheel.mp3|titles=Band Of Skulls – Asleep At The Wheel]
Band of Skulls – Asleep at the Wheel

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/BANKS-This-Is-What-It-Feels-Like-Prod.-Lil-Silva-Jamie-Woon.mp3|titles=BANKS – This Is What It Feels Like (Prod. Lil Silva & Jamie Woon)]
BANKS – This Is What It Feels Like

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Bob-Mould-The-Descent.mp3|titles=Bob Mould – The Descent]
Bob Mould – The Descent

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Cage-The-Elephant-Come-A-Little-Closer.mp3|titles=Cage The Elephant – Come A Little Closer]
Cage the Elephant – Come a Little Closer

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Chance-The-Rapper-The-Writer.mp3|titles=Chance The Rapper – The Writer]
Chance The Rapper – The Writer

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Chet-Faker-1998.mp3|titles=Chet Faker – 1998]
Chet Faker – 1998

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/City-and-Colour-Harder-Than-Stone.mp3|titles=City and Colour – Harder Than Stone]
City and Colour – Harder Than Stone

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Classixx-Ill-Get-You-Do-you-like-Bass.mp3|titles=Classixx – I’ll Get You (Do you like Bass)]
Classixx – I’ll Get You (Do you like Bass)

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Cloud-Control-Dojo-Rising.mp3|titles=Cloud Control – Dojo Rising]
Cloud Control – Dojo Rising

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Crystal-Fighters-Love-Naturals.mp3|titles=Crystal Fighters – Love Naturals]
Crystal Fighters – Love Naturals

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Damien-Jurado-Silver-Timothy.mp3|titles=Damien Jurado – Silver Timothy]
Damien Jurado – Silver Timothy

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Die-Antwoord-I-FINK-U-FREEKY.mp3|titles=Die Antwoord – I FINK U FREEKY]
Die Antwoord – I FINK U FREEKY

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/First-Aid-Kit-Wolf.mp3|titles=First Aid Kit – Wolf]
First Aid Kit – Wolf

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Foy-Vance-Guiding-Light.mp3|titles=Foy Vance – Guiding Light]
Foy Vance – Guiding Light

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Frank-Ocean-Thinkin-Bout-You-Ryan-Hemsworth-Bootleg.mp3|titles=Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You (Ryan Hemsworth Bootleg)]
Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You (Ryan Hemsworth Bootleg)

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/HAIM-Falling.mp3|titles=HAIM – Falling]
HAIM – Falling

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Houndmouth-On-The-Road.mp3|titles=Houndmouth – On The Road]
Houndmouth – On the Road

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/John-Grant-Black-Belt-feat.-Biggi-Veira.mp3|titles=John Grant – Black Belt (feat. Biggi Veira)]
John Grant – Black Belt (feat. Biggi Veira)

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Kid-Cudi-Hero-feat.-Skylar-Grey.mp3|titles=Kid Cudi – Hero (feat. Skylar Grey)]
Kid CuDi – Hero (feat. Skylar Grey)

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Little-Green-Cars-Harper-Lee.mp3|titles=Little Green Cars – Harper Lee]
Little Green Cars – Harper Lee

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Major-Lazer-ft.-Pharrell-Aerosol-Can-HLM-Remix.mp3|titles=Major Lazer ft. Pharrell – Aerosol Can (HLM Remix)]
Major Lazer ft. Pharrell – Aerosol Can (HLM Remix)

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Mary-Lambert-She-Keeps-Me-Warm.mp3|titles=Mary Lambert – She Keeps Me Warm]
Mary Lambert – She Keeps Me Warm

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/OutKast-So-Fresh-and-So-Clean.mp3|titles=OutKast – So Fresh and So Clean]
OutKast – So Fresh and So Clean

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Parquet-Courts-Stoned-and-Starving.mp3|titles=Parquet Courts – Stoned and Starving]
Parquet Courts – Stoned and Starving

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Phantogram-Black-Out-Days.mp3|titles=Phantogram – Black Out Days]
Phantogram – Black Out Days

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Phosphorescent-Song-for-Zula.mp3|titles=Phosphorescent – Song for Zula]
Phosphorescent – Song For Zula

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Portugal-The-Man-Modern-Jesus.mp3|titles=Portugal The Man – Modern Jesus]
Portugal The Man – Modern Jesus

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Queens-of-the-Stoneage-Im-Designer.mp3|titles=Queens of the Stoneage – I’m Designer]
Queens of the Stone Age – i’m designer

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Rodriguez-Sugar-Man.mp3|titles=Rodriguez – Sugar Man]
Rodriguez – Sugar Man

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/The-Dodos-Confidence.mp3|titles=The Dodos – Confidence]
The Dodos – Confidence

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/The-National-Mistaken-For-Strangers.mp3|titles=The National – Mistaken For Strangers]
The National – Mistaken For Strangers

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Tyler-the-Creator-Domo-23.mp3|titles=Tyler, the Creator – Domo 23]
Tyler, The Creator – Domo 23

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Violent-Femmes-Blister-in-the-Sun.mp3|titles=Violent Femmes – Blister in the Sun]
Violent Femmes – Blister in the Sun

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Washed-Out-Dont-Give-Up.mp3|titles=Washed Out – Don’t Give Up]
Washed Out – Don’t Give Up

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/White-Sea-They-Dont-Know.mp3|titles=White Sea – They Don’t Know]
White Sea – They Don’t Know

[audio:http://thenewlofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/YELLE-LAmour-Parfait.mp3|titles=YELLE – L’Amour Parfait]
YELLE – L’Amour Parfait