Sasquatch 2014 lineup:

Sasquatch! 2015 Lineup:

Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Sleater-Kinney, Lana Del Ray, Ryan Adams, Of Monsters & Men, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Flume, Spoon, James Blake, Chromeo, Hot Chip, SBTRKT, Schoolboy Q, The New Pornographers, The War on Drugs, The Glitch Mob, Little Dragon, Gogol Bordello, Father John Misty, Run the Jewels, Jose Gonzalez, Jenny Lewis, Milky Chance, Twenty One Pilots, MØ, Kiezia, Real Estate, Future Islands, Odesza, Royal Blood, Ab-Soul, Shovels & Rope, Glass Animals, Sohn, Jungle, Sharon Van Etten, Action Bronson, Perfume Genius, Dilated Peoples, Cashmere Cat, Sylvan Esso, Temples, Rustie, Milo Greene, Woods, Shakey Graves, Courtney Barnett, Slow Magic, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Benjamin Booker, The Budos Band, The Knocks, King Tuff, Sam Lachow, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, Fences, Phox, San Fermin, Black Pistol Fire, Alvvays, Fuzz, Strand of Oaks, Raury, Will Butler, The Districts, Twin Peaks, Ruen Brothers, Kate Tempest, Quilt, Merchandise, Hiss Golden Messenger, Nothing, Bishop Nehru, Ex Hex, Diarrhea Planet, Ought, Lizzo, Natalie Prass, Tala, Rose Windows, Blank Range, Grynch, My Goodness, The Young Evils, The Maldives, Kinski, S (Jenn Ghetto), Porter Ray, Black Whales, Cataldo, Manatee Commune, Smokey Brights, Thunderpussy, Shaprece, Vox Mod, Djao, Ayron Jones & The Way, Murder Vibes, Doug Benson, Leslie Jones, Pete Davidson, Cameron Esposito, Chris Gethard, Nick Thune, Emmett Montgomery, Yogi Paliwal

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Passion Pit & Mayer Hawthorne Live Review

Roseland Theater, Portland
Monday, April 12th, 2010

Mayer Hawthorne and the County
, this year's Dent May without the ukulele, playing 50s pop tunes. These guys are sharp dressers, and the interaction with the crowd was nice. One highlight came when Biz Markie's "Just A Friend" was used as the intro to "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out," which was an outstanding transition. They will be a good show to kick back to in the early hours at the festival, but not a show you'll see people lining up to spend $20 to see. He played the part of the old school teenage heartthrob, and had his fair share of screaming ladies, so kudos to him. There were no live horns, so let's hope they make a ton of money and add that to their future shows.

1. I may have missed the first song, I was a couple minutes late
2. Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin
3. Make Her Mine
4. Maybe So, Maybe No
5. Shiny & New blending into I Wish It Would Rain
6. One Track Mind (into a song I didn't recognize)
7. Green Eyed Love
8. Just Ain't Gonna Work Out (Biz Markie song intro)
9. The Ills

Passion Pit was easily the worst performance I witnessed at Sasquatch 09, but I was going to get my $30 worth of entertainment, and the crowd provided it. It quickly became evident that the ratio of chemicals in a man's hair was directly proportional the amount of chemicals his date was wearing on her face. I guess I've been attending so many shows with hippies and hipsters, I sometimes forget the Chad & Sorostitute crowd exists.

How priceless is it when the crowd hears the first couple beats of a song, starts waiving their arms and screaming, then look at each other confused as the song progresses, leading to comments such as, "wait, I've never heard this song?" The bro-hugs when a radio song was played was also fun. I've had live musical moments when I wanted to hug everyone around me a couple times, but I wouldn't classify hearing Passion Pit's "The Reeling" near the top of that list. And seriously, what type of person goes to a Passion Pit show and screams, "PLAY SLEEPYHEAD" in between songs? They have created less than 90 minutes worth of music in their career. Do you really think they are going to skip any of the songs people like? The lead singer eventually said something along the lines of, "We wouldn't drive all the way out here from Boston, and not play Sleepyhead? Settle down, we're going to play another couple songs, then you'll get to hear it." The crowd erupted, as though they also feared it wouldn't happen.

I'm not bashing the crowd, just pointing out amusing observations. If the crowd during Passion Pit at Sasquatch is anything near this ball of energy, you are in for a treat, because overall, the crowd was packed full of rowdy Passion Pit freaks, jumping up and down and singing along.

Oh yeah, the band was also much better. After watching this show, it became clear why they were so terrible at Sasquatch 09. This band needs their lead singer to sound like how he sounds on the album. I love it when bands mix it up, but the annoyance of the singers voice quickly overshadows the catchyness of their music when he is improvising his tone and beat, and that is what happened at Sasquatch 09. To exaggerate how bad it was last year, the singer walked around stage quietly speaking the lyrics, often off beat, and randomly yelping. That is no longer the case. When his voice becomes another instrument, and goes where it belongs, it really lets the rest of their music shine, which eliminates the annoyance factor. His voice is unique, but it is nowhere near what makes their music so fun. Expect an enjoyable musical experience this year, and get ready to throw your hands in the air during "Little Secrets," because that song easily trumped Sleepyhead live.

1-13. Who Cares
14. SLEEPYHEAD!!!!!!!!!!


DonToro said...

Well it's good to hear Passion Pit is getting better reviews. I had to sell my tickets to Sasquatch the day before and I was really excited to see them, but have since learned of the overwhelming bad reviews. I saw them at Monolith at Redrocks back in September, and they were great... The bro-love, was outweighed by the performance thankfully, so I'm excited to get a second chance to see them this year.

As for Mayer Hawthorne, it's great to hear about their performance. I think I may have been one of a small handful that cried out in glee when he came out on the line-up.

bradb_rad said...

Nice review No Idea. I saw the show in Vancouver on Sunday and it sounds like the shows were identical. More Horns (or live horns) for Mayer Hawthorne would have been the addition they needed.

Lead singers voice was on cue for the night. He gets into falsetto and then never leaves. Much better than Sasquatch 09.

Less Bros and more hipsters in Vancouver though (i would consider myself neither)

know ID yuh said...

Thanks. Mayor Hawthorne really should get a horn section together between now and then. They don't seem like a main stage act, but they can really vault their popularity taking advantage of their slot. I might check them out again if I saw a horn section. Then again, I'm a sucker for live horns.

It sure is nice eliminating potential conflicts by catching Sasquatch acts locally, one bonus living in Portland/Vancouver rather than Seattle.

Here's the real Passion Pit setlist. It took me a while to decode.

1. I've Got Your Number
2. Make Light
3. Better Things
4. The Reeling
5. Moth's Wings
6. Swimming in the Flood
7. To Kingdom Come
8. Let Your Love Grow Tall
9. Folds in Your Hands
10. Smile Upon Me
11. Little Secrets

12. Eyes as Candles
13. Dreams (Cranberries cover)
14. Sleepyhead

Anonymous said...

It should be noted that the Passion pit show was there 5th time playing live. Let alone at a big festival.

I saw them a few months after in Boston and they were clearly better than sasquatch.

Lead singer definitely can hit the high notes now.