by Leah Sottile
It's a holiday weekend, so there isn't the plethora of musical offerings that you usually find here at the end of the week. If you're staying in town, definitely hit up Girl Talk tomorrow night at the Knitting Factory. Check out our little Q&A session that we had with Gregg Gillis over the phone last week.
But you're probably leaving and going to Sasquatch, right? Then you're definitely going to want to check out Mike Bookey's complete guide to attending the festival here. Also, a few extra tips from him on preparing for the marathon indie fest at the Gorge:
Making it four days without a shower, hot water or affordable beer is no easy task. Here are some tips.
Shoes: The average festival attendees walks 39 miles (probably) over the course of the weekend. Don’t bring flip-flops. Something with an actual sole is recommended.
Earplugs: This isn’t to shield your ears from the rock and roll music, but rather to ensure that you can get at least a couple hours of shut-eye while the Canadian dance party at the other end of the campground rattles your tent walls.
Water: Drink a lot of it. Constantly. Even if you’re not thirsty. Even if people make fun of you. Even if you have to pee. You’ll thank us.
Pacing: You’re at Sasquatch. You’re probably going to want a relaxing adult beverage. This is permitted, if not encouraged. Just don’t, for example, drink that whole fifth in the security line. Sasquatch is no fun when you’re Sasquatching your brains out.
Eat: They let you bring food into the festival. Do it. It’s important to bulk up for festival season.
Back here in Spokane, pop punk band Storm Normandy will be throwing a big CD release bash at the A Club Saturday night. The Last Romantic War, the band's record, is filled with infectious, youthful, dramatic songs tied to war imagery, from the ballad “Oceans and Wars” to the heartbroken “Pull the Pin.” It’s a big step for the young band, which only formed last fall. But they’ve already recruited scads of young fans with their catchy, hooky, emotion-filled rock. $5. All-ages.
Or maybe you should just stay in this weekend and save yourself up for next weekend's Volume festival? Yeah! Be sure you get your tickets now — they're only on sale for a few more days.
Lastly, check out the video that Horse Thieves released last night at Jones Radiator!