The massive, two-weekend Sasquatch! music festival in central Washington announced its lineups for 2014 last night.
Headliners for the May 23-25 edition include Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Foster the People, Kid Cudi and Haim.
Headliners for the July 4-6 edition are Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon and Broken Bells.
This is significant for local music lovers because Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater often snags a Sasquatch band or three for a concert on their way to or from the festival. In the past, Sasquatch-related routing has brought bands like Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Tenacious D and The Flaming Lips to Central Oregon.
Sure enough, this morning, the amphitheater announced that brooding indie rock band The National will make a stop in Bend on May 23. Tune-Yards will open. Tickets will cost $39 in advance (plus fees) and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Schwab’s website or at The Ticket Mill, located next to Anthony’s restaurant in the Old Mill District.
Unfamiliar with The National? Well, they’re a great band from New York City (originally Cincinnati) that put out two of the best albums of the past 10 years, in my opinion: 2005’s “Alligator” and 2007’s “Boxer.” They’ve released two since then, too, and found increasingly sizable success.
Here’s my favorite song by The National, at least for today: