Sasquatch 2015 day 4 in pics: Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels, Courtney Barnett, Tame Impala, Future Islands & more
photos by Debi Del Grande
Future Islands / Run the Jewels / Tame Impala / Courtney Barnett / Kendrick Lamar
Backed by a four-piece band, [Kendrick Lamar] bent the crowd to his will with roaring energy. He roamed the stage and made sure no side was ever too far away from him — early on, he pit the right and left against each other in a cheer war, a tactic ensuring they’d be engaged for the evening.
Lamar’s confidence seems beyond question — this is the MC who dropped the “Control” verse, after all — yet he didn’t spend much time on the songs of this year’s triumphant “To Pimp a Butterfly.” An ferocious, intricate work, it pushed the MC to new heights — or rather, old ones, the vintage achievements of jazz and soul. Their sounds permeate the album, illuminating the through-line of black American music in the way Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest, Common and other hip-hop innovators have before. Perhaps “King Kunta” and its fellows are too complicated to bring to life just yet: either way, when Lamar left the stage after 80 minutes, the audience wanted more. – [The Oregonian]
Sasquatch 2015 wrapped up on Memorial Day (5/25) with performances by Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Courtney Barnett, Natalie Prass & Ryan Adams, and more. Pictures from those performances and more are in this post.
Natalie Prass with Ryan Adams
Hanni El Khatib
Run the Jewels