Monday, May 26, 2008

review: Sasquatch Day Three (Monday)

All the pieces came together for the festival’s last day — the sun was shining, the rain was gone and a nice breeze kept everyone comfortable. With the exception of a few acts like Ghostland Observatory, Battles and Delta Spirit, there was little reason to leave the Sasquatch! main stage.

The main stage kicked off early with Seattle’s own Dyme Def. The up-and-coming hip hop trio, along with producer and DJ Bean One, easily filled the stage presence requirement. Though it was early and the crowd wasn’t huge, those who were fortunate enough to see the “three bad brothaas” were captivated.

The Hives put on the ultimate rock and roll show, with all the pomp and circumstance and craziness of a supergroup. As they’re known to do, lead guitarist Nicholaus Arson went nuts on stage and lead singer Pelle Almqvist jumped onto amps and surrounding railing. It was one of the most fun sets to watch of the whole festival, and according to Almqvist if it had gotten any better The Gorge would’ve collapsed.

Sadly, Built to Spill sounded great but were boring to watch; even lead singer and guitarist Doug Martsch looked a little bored at times.

However, the mind-blowing talent of Mexican duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela was a sight to behold. When nothing but two acoustic guitars can whip up the pit and captivate thousands, something is going right.

Flight of the Conchords, though confined to a short set, proved to be a festival favorite. Their comedic brand of folk-style music even caused a fan to throw her bra onstage after the song “The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room)” to the amusement of the New Zealand duo.

The Mars Volta thrashed around on the main stage to a full pit, but the sound was horrible and lead singer’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s antics (which involved throwing a cymbal and an electric fan at the audience) were annoying and dangerous. It was clear that the crowd was really there to see festival headliners The Flaming Lips and their surreal U.F.O. Show.

The actual U.F.O. was a gigantic disc structure covered in lights and mirrors, from which lead singer and guitarist Wayne Coyne emerged in a giant plastic bubble after it was lowered from near the top awning and rolled around on the hands of the crowd. The sound was great, and the show was surreal; the crowd was coated in confetti and streamers and the stage shrouded in fog.

The Flaming Lips got political too, urging audience members to vote — Democrat — and playing a rendition of “Taps” dedicated to fallen soldiers.

After Coyne mentioned that “The Song Remains the Same” by Led Zeppelin, which they were about to cover, always made him think of summertime and nudity, a group of naked girls rushed in from the side of the stage and began dancing with him.

“Alright motherfuckers, you don’t get to see that at every show do you?” he said. “Only at Sasquatch!”

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