It’s a big weekend for music, Seattleites! Capitol Hill Block Party is going to be in full swing, for those who love big crowds and… challenging parking. Three day passes are currently sold out but there are still single day tickets available so you may still be able to see The Flaming Lips, Girl Talk, Pickwick, STRFKR, Purity Ring, Telekinesis and other favorites form the NW and beyond. Also, this weekend marks the first annual Timber! Outdoor Music Festival out in Carnation, WA, for those who love campfires and sleeping on the ground. Timber! is a brand new festival from the fine folks who brought you Doe Bay Fest, so expect something more intimate and more natural than the urban alternative this week. Don’t miss anticipated sets from The Fruit Bats, Helio Sequence, Lemolo and Ivan & Alyosha, among others… So really, there’s something for everyone!
There’s nothing like sunshine and festival announcements to get this city thinking about that season that starts sometime after Independence Day: Seattle Summer! While we don’t quite have the sun yet this morning, we’re happy to report we do have some news on one of Seattle’s best in-city festivals. Capitol Hill Block Party will take place this year from July 26-28.
Today’s best sets are below. Enjoy it as this might just be the end of CHBP as we know it!
Gold Leaves | 3:30 pm • Barboza Stage
Seattleite Grant Olsen’s band that manages “to create a sound that recalls simpler times with enough flourishes to firmly root itself in the here and now.” [SEAliveMUSIC]
Kris Orlowski | 5:00 pm • Vera Stage
We’ve previously described Kris Orlowski’s music as “a classic recipe for great jams that will remind you of carefree summer days around a campfire with your best friends.”
Phantogram | 6:10 pm • Main Stage
Indie pop powerhouse Phantogram combine dreamy vocals with steady beats and melodic keys, which makes them a festival favorite. And if you like ice cream almost as much as you like music, stop by the Bluebird Microcreamery cart near the front entrance to try their Phantogram-cracker flavor, created especially for this show. We can’t decide if you’ll be more excited about the band or the ice cream!
Porcelain Raft | 9:00 pm • Neumos Stage
London-based musician Mauro Remiddi (a.k.a. Porcelain Raft)plays the type of gauzy dream-pop that will no doubt be hit for Block Partyers wanting to enjoy an atmospheric set that falls somewhere between Youth Lagoon’s Friday set and Grimes’ Saturday set.
RA Scion | 9:45 pm • Barboza Stage
While best known as one half of Common Market, or perhaps known by the pseudonym Victor Shade, RA Scion has become legendary for his lyrical talents since he began writing his own rhymes and rapping more than 20 years ago.
Yukon Blonde | 7:10 pm • Vera Stage
Previously, we’ve described Yukon Blonde as “a group Northern neighbors who happen to play some of the finest Canyon Rock that’s hit our ears for years.”
Grand Archives | 8:30 pm • Barboza Stage
While they’ve only been in existence for about five years, Grand Archives is one those bands that has roots that have been a part of the Seattle scene forever. Picking up right where frontman Mat Brooke’s work with Band of Horses and Carissa’s Wierd left off, the band’s thoughtful lyrics, delicate harmonies and country-tinged instrumentation have a timeless quality.
Today’s best sets are below… we’ll see you there!
Absolute Monarchs | 2:15 pm • Main Stage
Absolute Monarchs, which many know as the other band featuring Joel from the muscularly dexterous, critically-acclaimed Seattle duo My Goodness, plays the finest high-energy distortion-driven rock your likely to hear all weekend.
Lemolo | 3:30 pm • Barboza Stage
“With skillful keyboard skills and haunting yet playful vocals there’s little wonder why this female duo is the toast of the town.” [SEAliveMUSIC]
Beat Connection | 4:45 pm • Main Stage
Speaking of local buzz bands, Beat Connection has been picking up fans and critical acclaim with reckless abandon since their genesis back as a freshmen at UW in 2008. The group has since become one of Seattle’s most beloved purveyors of catchy, worldly electro-pop.
Grimes | 7:30 pm • Main Stage
With a penchant for layering exotic pop beats over rich dreamlike soundscapes and multi-tracked transcendental vocals, Claire Boucher’s one woman act Grimes might just be the most sonically ambitious set all weekend.
White Arrows | 10:15 pm • Neumos Stage
As the story goes, White Arrows’ frontman has his undergraduate degree in shamanistic ritual. Take that for what you will but we have no doubt you’ll enjoy the band’s intricate interplay of aboriginal sounds and electro pop sensibilities.
Silly Goose | 3:45 pm • Cha Cha Stage
Billed as the finest Blink-182 cover band you’ll ever see, Silly Goose brings together Jenn Ghetto (Carissa’s Wierd), Thomas Wright and Jeffy Montano (Grand Archives) for a high energy musical experience you won’t soon forget.
Brent Amaker and the Rodeo | 4:00 pm • Neumos Stage
Speaking of good times, Brent Amaker plays the type of highly self-aware but never self-important Johnny Cash-inspired tunes that never fails to put smiles on the faces of any audience.
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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:
With a string of beautiful days under our belt already, here at SLM HQ, we have to remind ourselves that it’s not really summer yet. In actuality, we’ve got another three months before true Seattle summer kicks in. But announcements like this morning’s make that hallowed season seem not too distant after all.
Earlier this morning, the good folks who organize the good times on the Hill unveiled the partial line-up of the jam-packed three-day gathering of the city’s (and suburbs’) young and young at heart known as Capitol Hill Block Party.
Check out the poster below and the text run-down after that if you’re having more of a plain text kind of day.
Fitz And The Tantrums
Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz
Thee Oh Sees
El Ten Eleven
Father John Misty
Eighteen Individual Eyes
Blue Sky Black Death
Hot Bodies In Motion
Kung Foo Grip
If you’re hungry for more, head over to http://capitolhillblockparty.com/announce/
The 2012 Capitol Hill Block Party July, 20, 21 & 22 Seattle
$75.00 + fees 3-day passes available until April 24th at 12 PST.
$85.00 + fees 3-day passes available after April 24th at 12 PST.