May 23, 2011
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Emerson Brown, NPR


   

NPR MUSIC WITH KEXP AND PARTNER STATIONS TO LIVE WEBCAST AND BROADCAST 10TH SASQUATCH! FESTIVAL, MAY 28-30

LISTEN TO DOZENS OF FESTIVAL SETS, INCLUDING BRIGHT EYES, DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, DEERHUNTER, FOO FIGHTERS, FLYING LOTUS, ROBYN AND WILCO

NPR Music, together with Seattle's KEXP and partner public radio stations from around the country, is bringing the soundtrack to this weekend's barbeque by live webcasting and broadcasting three days of music from the 10th annual Sasquatch! Music Festival in Quincy, Washington. From May 28-30, NPR Music is teaming up with member stations KEXP, KUT Austin, OPB Portland and The Current from Minnesota Public Radio, to offer dozens of full sets from acts playing the sold-out Festival's four stages, including Bright Eyes, Death Cab for Cutie (whose new album is previewing now at NPR Music's "First Listen"), Deerhunter, Foo Fighters, Flying Lotus, J Mascis, Major Lazer, Old 97's, Robyn, Smith Westerns, Surfer Blood, The Thermals, Twin Shadow, Washed Out and Wilco.

This is the first time that curated coverage of Sasquatch! concerts will be accessible through free, live webcasts at NPR Music. All live coverage will be available at www.npr.org/sasquatch and through the NPR Music iPhone app from May 28-30 from 11:30 AM-11:30 PM PT (2:30 PM-2:30 AM ET). Concerts will be archived for on-demand listening at the site, the app and as podcasts; visit NPR Music for news and constantly updated photos of the action at The Gorge, the scenic venue where the festival takes place. More information on additional coverage being offered by NPR Music's member station partners will be available on their websites: www.kexp.org (which begins its live coverage a day early, on May 27), www.kut.org, www.opb.org and www.thecurrent.org

Hosting NPR Music's coverage of Sasquatch! are NPR Music critic Ann Powers and Bob Boilen, host of All Songs Considered and its "Live in Concert" series; KEXP's Cheryl Waters and Kevin Cole; KUT’s Andy Uhler; OPB's Jeremy Peterson and The Current’s Jill Riley. Sasquatch! artists lists and performance schedules are currently at NPR Music and will be updated throughout the Festival. Audiences can also follow NPR Music on Twitter (@nprmusic) for the latest from Sasquatch!, and peruse the account's lists of all the artists, performers, reporters and public radio hosts tweeting there.

NPR Music regularly broadcasts and webcasts a slew of sets from multiple music festivals across the country, including South by Southwest (npr.org/sxsw), the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals (npr.org/newportfolk) and Bonnaroo (npr.org/bonnaroo). A full archive of past concerts from NPR Music is available at the site: www.npr.org/sections/concerts

NPR Music celebrates great music in every genre and is an industry leader in music discovery. The free, multimedia web site at www.npr.org/music offers 300 new features monthly and an extensive archive, in collaboration with NPR's newsmagazines, 12 public radio member stations and the passionate NPR community. NPR Music creates and distributes inventive music coverage across multiple platforms – from web, to radio, to podcast, to mobile, to social media, to live events – with first listens to new albums, live performances, concerts at the Tiny Desk, interviews, reviews and blogs.