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Sasquatch! Music Festival: Rookies of the Year 

Getting tired of Sasquatch news yet?

No?

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Each year the organizers of the SASQUATCH! Music Festival do three things really well. First, they invite back popular performers from previous years, often times promoting them to the next larger stage. Secondly, they corale several of the regions most beloved bands into making the short drive out to Central Washington and thirdly, Adam Zacks and company add top notch festival virgins to the lineup bolstering their indie street cred.

This year is no exception.

Here are the top three rookies for the 2014 installment. One for each day of the festival.

FRIDAY: Hozier

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Hailing from the musical land of Ireland, 24 year old singer Andrew Hozier-Byrne— who records simply as Hozier— puts a very modern twist on Irish folk music.

Releasing two EPs thus far, Hozier sings comforting ballads and sonic R&B tales that, while set against landscapes very different from the string-laden ditty standards one would expect from the small U.K. nation, nevertheless still convey the folk themes of family heritage, hard-fought love, and changing times found in traditional Irish songs.

His progressive approach to folk music is most evident in the music video for his song "Take Me To Church," (below) which engages in an extremely visceral conversation about homosexuality.

Still, tunes like "Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Science" with its hand claps and swooning oohs and ahs can feel very traditional; an indicator that Hozier does indeed do a brilliant job of bridging the gap between old and new generations.

About The Author

Ethan Maffey

Both a writer and a fan of vinyl records since age 5, it wasn't until nearly three decades later that Oregon Native Ethan Maffey derived a plan to marry the two passions by writing about music. From blogging on MySpace in 2007 and then Blogspot, to launching his own website, 83Music, and eventually freelancing...
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