Despite the storm, we’re making the trek up to Capitol Hill for the first night of the appropriately named Capitol Hill Block Party. Not only is it known for being one of the premier hipster-spotting events in Seattle, or the event that makes it impossible to find parking on the hill, but there are also some musical gems awaiting our eager ears. Whether they’re staples of your music collection or slightly under your radar, you won’t want you to miss these great acts.
Today’s best sets are below… we’ll see you there!
Father John Misty | 4:00 pm • Main Stage
You may remember our rave preview of J. Tillman’s new act, and we can’t emphasize enough how much you need to leave work early to catch his set.
Youth Lagoon | 6:30 pm • Main Stage
“Youth Lagoon’s tunes are like taking a dreamy, auditory swim through memories that you never had, but seem familiar nonetheless.” [SEAliveMUSIC]
Fly Moon Royalty | 7:00 pm • Vera Stage
A must-see that we previously described: “The Seattle duo perfectly blends R&B with electronica which results in a velvety, danceable mashup of sonic goodness.
Colonies | 7:30 pm • Barboza Stage
A new find that we think “builds on these subtle touch-points of the earlier work of bands like Death Cab for Cutie and even some aspects of Modest Mouse and layers upon it their penchant for more atmospheric soundscapes.”
Nouela | 8:30 pm • Barboza Stage
The frontwoman of “People Eating People” decided on an appropriate name-change for her piano driven indie rock.
Thee Oh Sees | 7:45 pm • Main Stage
A primal blend of low-fi, post punk, psychedelic rock that you should check out if you can’t get to Colonies.
Fitz and the Tantrums | 10:45 pm • Main Stage
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: this combination of vintage soul with modern day dance music will literally force you to dance. Put your preconceived notions on the shelf and go see this band live. You’ll thank us later.
Some samples of tonight’s best picks: