Well, we got Outkast.
The reunited hip-hop duo will headline the first half of the annual Sasquatch Music Festival at Washington's Gorge Amphitheater, which this year is spread across two separate weekends in May and July. Considering the legendary Atlanta rappers proclaimed they'd perform at 40 festivals in 2014, it'd be a major disappointment otherwise.
Although the specialness of that booking is deflated a bit by the fact that the group is also headlining, like, the Sun Chips Dandelion Festival in Tuscaloosa*, the rest of the lineup ain't too shabby, either. Other major names on that first weekend include Queens of the Stone Age, the National, MI.A., Haim, Kid Cudi and Neko Case. The second weekend is technically topped by Soundgarden (meh), but the overall lineup is perhaps even stronger, with New Order, Frank Ocean, Spoon, Neutral Milk Hotel, Robyn with Royksopp and friggin' Kraftwerk (KRAFTWERK!!!) also slated to appear. There are a ton of great bands up and down the bill: My lower-key must-see picks, on first perusal, include Chance the Rapper, Gesaffelstein, Parquet Courts, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Rhye, Action Bronson, Lee Fields, Fuck Buttons, Death, Metz and Helms Alee. As usual, there's a liberal smattering of Portland-based acts, such as Typhoon, Radiation City, Black Prairie, Ages and Ages and Modern Kin, among other. And, of course, this will mark, I believe, the first stateside performance by 4th of July Fireworks! I've been waiting forevs to see them!
Sasquatch takes place on Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekends, with tickets going on sale Saturday, Feb. 8. Get 'em ASAP—if they haven't somehow already sold-out by the time you read this.
* Not a real festival.
Memorial Day Lineup (May 23-25, 2014):
Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Foster the People, Kid Cudi, Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Major Lazer, Cut Copy, Die Antwoord, Elbow, Violent Femmes, The Naked And Famous, Cage The Elephant, Mogwai, Tyler, the Creator, Chance The Rapper, Portugal. The Man, Rudimental, Boys Noize, Gesaffelstein, Cold War Kids, City and Colour, Phantogram, First Aid Kit, Tune-Yards, Yelle, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Band of Skulls, Austra, Parquet Courts, Damien Jurado, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Classixx, Black Joe Lewis, Liars, Tourist, Ryan Hemsworth, Tokimonsta, Chet Faker, Banks, The Dodos, The Lonely Forest, Lucius, Hozier, The Stepkids, Half Moon Run, Little Green Cars, Crystal Fighters, Houndmouth, Cloud Control, Jonathan Wilson, Waxahatchee, Foy Vance, Mary Lambert, Willy Mason, Papa, Shakey Graves, The Growlers, Syd Arthur, Cowboy and Indian, White Sea, Rathborne, Pink Mountaintops, The Physics, Radiation City, La Luz, The Bright Light Social Hour, Big Scary, Modern Kin, Tacocat, Raz Simone, Sam Lachow, Gifted Gab, Hobosexual, The Grizzled Mighty, Fly Moon Royalty, The Flavr Blue, Deap Vally & more.
Comedy: Princess Feat. Maya Rudolph, Nick Swardson, Bridget Everett, Eric André, Charlyne Yi
Fourth of July lineup (July 4-6, 2014):
Soundgarden, Kraftwerk (3D), New Order, Frank Ocean, Röyksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan and Sara, Local Natives, La Roux, Gogol Bordello, Jake Bugg, Atmosphere, Rhye, The Bloody Beetroots, Dillon Francis, Big Gigantic, The Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, St. Lucia, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Dr. Dog, Talib Kweli, Of Montreal, The Cave Singers, Punch Brothers, Action Bronson, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Sharon Van Etten, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sol, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Tchami, Audion, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latyrx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Black Milk, Typhoon, Cass McCombs, Young & Sick, No, Boy & Bear, Ásgeir, Wild Cub, Gangstagrass, Phox, Ages and Ages, The Districts, Mimicking Birds, Chad VanGaalen, Shelby Earl, Hunter Hunted, Fly Golden Eagle, Sandrider, Helms Alee, Night Beats, Chastity Belt, Dude York, Iska Dhaaf, Kithkin, Pollens & more, plus 4th of July Fireworks.
Comedy: Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, W. Kamau Bell, Kyle Dunnigan, John Hodgman.