Public Enemy. Yes, they are nearing AARP status, but so are a lot of amazing music acts that still know how to bring it on stage. Madonna is 50, Prince is 50, Chuck D is 49. All three are still incredible performers. I bet Public Enemy puts on a solid Sasquatch performance that young music fans in the audience ought to witness.
Massive Attack. OMG. That's all I can say.
Shabazz Palaces. Their music is undervalued, incredible, and despite how much hype Ishmael Butler (formerly of Digable Planets) receives locally for his neoplanetary hip-hop project, he deserves a larger audience. This is the chance for Ish and crew to shine on a big stage again.
Japandroids. One of the best pure rock acts in the Northwest. After the Vancouver-based duo dropped their infectious Post Nothing LP last year and played two raucous shows in Seattle, my love for them increased tenfold.
Camera Obscura. Some of the best Brit-pop from a non-English band you'll ever hear. The Scotland crew have a knack for crafting ethereal indie tunes that can make guys and girls alike swoon. When they play smaller venues, their shows are intimate. I'm curious how they'll do on a large festival stage.
Hudson Mohawke. Although he's also Scottish, Mohawke's face-peeling electronic work is far different than anything you'll hear from Camera Obscura.
Dam Funk. This LA-based act is focused on nothing but pure funk—bringing that Parliament-Funkadelic/Roger Troutman groove back to life.