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July 27, 2014 at 7:45 AM

8 acts to see at Capitol Hill Block Party Sunday

Sara Slayton, of Camas, Wash., dances behind her boyfriend Marc'antonio Undeberg, of Seattle, during a performance by the band Poolside on the main stage during Capitol Hill Block Party on Saturday. Slayton was celebrating her 21st birthday. The three-day annual music and arts festival hosts nationally known and local bands across six stages. (Photo by Maddie Meyer / The Seattle Times)

Sara Slayton, of Camas, Wash., dances behind her boyfriend Marc’antonio Undeberg, of Seattle, during a performance by the band Poolside on the main stage during Capitol Hill Block Party on Saturday.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer / The Seattle Times)

The third and final day of the Capitol Hill Block Party is heavy on the local acts, but still has some national headliners to attract the mainstream crowd. Rap-blog darling turned fashion icon/indie celebrity A$AP Rocky is the biggest name on the entire bill, and his closing set should be overrun with streetwear-clad youths and posers who think they’re “different” or something because they listen to him (even though he’s on a major label and has had a star-assisted radio hit).

Philadelphia dad-rock quartet The War on Drugs performs right before Rocky, which provides one of the weirdest back-to-back musical juxtapositions of the entire weekend. A few lesser-known national acts like Orlando, Fla., slowwave producer XXYYXX and New York’s upbeat electronic duo Tanlines add some balance genre-wise, but local bands with a variety of different sounds dominate the schedule. Highlights include everything from the feel-good punk of Dude York, to the collaborative experimental rap of Ricky & Mark, to the “post-apocalyptic satanic space-jams” of Haunted Horses, to the seven-member twee-pop of Pollens.

2:15-2:45 p.m., Neumos, stage, Dude York

3:45-4:30 p.m., main stage, XXYYXX

4:15-4:45 p.m., Neumos stage, Ricky & Mark

5-5:30 p.m., Vera stage, Tanlines

5:45-6:15 p.m., Cha Cha stage, Haunted Horses

6:30-7:30 p.m., main stage, War on Drugs

8:15-10 p.m., main stage, A$AP Rocky

9-9:30 p.m., Neumos stage, Pollens

MORE FROM BLOCK PARTY: 

Hits and Misses from Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 2

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Comments | More in Festivals, General news, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: A$SAP ROCKY, Capitol Hill Block Party 2014, The War on Drugs


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