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June 3, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Single-day tickets for the Capitol Hill Block Party now available

Single-day tickets, which start at $50, are now available at the Capitol Hill Block Party website. The three-day festival runs July 25-27 and features headliners Spoon (Friday, July 25), Chromeo (Saturday, July 26) and A$AP ROCKY  (Sunday, July 27).  A full schedule is available at capitolhillblockparty.com.

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July 28, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Capitol Hill Block Party 2013: Rock ‘n’ roll rules again, with a side of bounce rap

Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne, at Captiol Hill Block Party, 2013 (Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times)

Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne, at Capitol Hill Block Party, 2013 (Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times)

Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, amidst a blizzard of confetti and smoke effects Sunday night, declared the 16th annual Capitol Hill Block Party “a riot of love,” and the crowd indeed loved him in return. Beginning Friday afternoon and lasting through the weekend, the festival proved yet again to be one of Seattle’s loudest, most sunburned, most crazed parties. (For full photo coverage of the bands, check here. For documentation of Block Party style, check here.)

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July 26, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Capitol Hill Block Party’s heated kickoff

Telekinesis performs at the 2013 Capitol Hill Block Party Friday. (Marcus Yam/The Seattle Times)

Telekinesis performs at the 2013 Capitol Hill Block Party Friday. (Marcus Yam/The Seattle Times)

The Capitol Hill Block Party opened Friday to a large crowd in what has become one of the biggest music events in the Northwest. This year the festival is expected to attract more than 30,000 attendees to Pike Street throughout the weekend. It’s the 17th year for the popular urban event, and a forecast of sunny weather made it crowded. On Friday the festival was sold out by six, though single-day tickets remain for Saturday and Sunday.

More than a hundred bands will play on five stages over three days on Pike Street, and in nearby venues. The biggest crowds are expected on Sunday, when The Flaming Lips headline.

On Friday night, local band Telekinesis played on the main stage to a crowd of several thousand. The band is the creation of singer Michael Lerner, whose well-crafted alternative rock songs were a perfect counterpoint to the hip-hop and dance music that are the Block Party’s bread and butter.

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July 26, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Block Party countdown Q&A: Jarv Dee on drunken Capitol Hill escapades and Moor Gang style

Jarv Dee

Jarv Dee (photo by Ivan Mrsic)

By Mike Ramos

In the last year or so, local rapper Jarv Dee has developed from Cloud Nice crew member and hypeman into one of the hardest-working, multifaceted artists in the city. From his modern take on Seattle street rap with Nacho Picasso and the Moor Gang (their crew of fellow rappers, producers and goons), to his perspective-laced experimental hip-hop approach with group Kingdom Crumbs, to the cruising, Southern rap lean on his breakout solo album Dopamine, Jarv takes on a combination of styles but somehow manages to never sound out of his lane. He found time to catch up with us the day before a quick trip to Alaska for a Kingdom Crumbs show.

Jarv Dee plays Capitol Hill Block Party Sunday at 6:20 p.m. on the Vera Stage.

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July 26, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Block Party countdown Q&A: The Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd on Seattle’s attitude and the band’s darker new sound

The Flaming Lips, Steven Drozd at left. (George Salisbury)

The Flaming Lips, Steven Drozd at left. (George Salisbury)

By Hannah Leone

For 30 years, The Flaming Lips have brought psychedelic rock from Oklahoma to the masses. They have won three Grammy awards and a devoted following. But with lyrics such as “Always there, in our hearts, there is evil that wants out” and “However long they love you, we are all standing alone,” their new material is a little bit icier than fans are used to. Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Steven Drozd, who joined the Lips 21 years ago, doesn’t think they’ve ever played the Capitol Hill Block Party before, and is “hoping it will be a wild fun time.” He talked to us about Seattle, solace and the Lips’ dark latest album, “The Terror.”

The Flaming Lips play Capitol Hill Block Party Sunday at 8:15 p.m. on the main stage.

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July 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Block Party countdown Q&A: Katie Kate does not like crowds, except the ones she’s playing for

Katie Kate (photo by Kevin Lowdon)

Katie Kate (photo by Kevin Lowdon)

By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb

Katie Kate — real name Kate Finn — has been steadily gaining praise in the last several months, and even a cursory listen of her dreamy minimalist single “Uhh…no” shows why. She talked to us about her sound, being an extrovert and her love of Kate Bush.

Katie Kate plays Capitol Hill Block Party Sunday at 8:45 p.m. on the Barboza stage.

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