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Topic: Capitol Hill Block Party
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July 28, 2013 at 11:08 PM
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.) (more…)
July 28, 2013 at 2:22 PM
Capitol Hill Block Party 2013 is racing toward the hot and raucous finish line. Find coverage of all three days here and on Twitter at @SoundPosts. Look for a new post chronicling each day’s happenings tomorrow as well.
July 27, 2013 at 7:53 PM
Day two of CHBP 2013 is just about over, and all the tired party people are heading home to rest up for another day Sunday. But as they lay their heads down on their pillows, they’ll have some memories to savor from this sunny Saturday.
Some highlights of the day, from our live coverage:
Joseph Sutton-Holcomb wrote: “Big Freedia got her dance on, in spectacular fashion, and her backup dancers were top notch. And if the mainstage had a roof, Killer Mike and El-P would’ve torn it off in seconds.” (Follow Sutton-Holcomb on Twitter at @analogmelon)
Andrew Matson: “Suddenly on the mainstage at 2 p.m., due to a mysterious scheduling reconsideration, local narcotic-surf band (new term) La Luz was perfect. [They weren't scheduled to play until later.] Around the corner was Seattle rock quartet Chastity Belt, groaning elegantly and debuting contemplative yet swaggering new music.” (Follow Andrew Matson on Twitter at @AndrewMatson)
A-Trak played as the sun set on the mainstage, and Mike Ramos noted: “A-Trak’s mixing skills and song selection put [Friday's] Dillon Francis set to shame, but might not be wompy enough for EDM [electronic dance music] teens.” (Follow Ramos on Twitter at @RAMOS206)
Meanwhile, Trash Fire delivered a no-messing-around set of guitar-bass-drums rock ‘n’ roll at the Cha Cha Stage. And Naomi Punk made local bands look good with a hard, smart set at Vera Stage.
Purity Ring entranced listeners at the mainstage with an ethereal performance, and then Pickwick brought them home at the end of the night with songs that sounded even more-than-usually soulful, after a day heavy on electronica and hip-hop.
For a visual recap, check out today’s Seattle Times photo take — with a link to yet more CHBP photos — here.
Gates open at 1 p.m. Sunday. See you there, then.
July 27, 2013 at 2:12 PM
Our coverage continues of the hot, loud exuberant melee that is Capitol Hill Block party Follow our day two coverage here and @SoundPosts. Look for a new post chronicling each day’s happenings tomorrow as well. If you missed our preview, check it out here, along with our day-by-day picks of what to see.
July 26, 2013 at 9:30 PM
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.
July 26, 2013 at 4:14 PM
The annual crush of music, style, revelry and the true festival experience is here. Follow our day one coverage here and @SoundPosts. Look for a new post chronicling each day’s happenings on Saturday and Sunday as well. If you missed our preview, check it out here, along with our day-by-day picks of what to see.
July 26, 2013 at 3:38 PM
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. (more…)
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
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. (more…)
July 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM
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. (more…)
July 26, 2013 at 10:26 AM
Find music writer Andrew Matson’s day-by-day picks for Block Party below — the list is a companion to his full festival preview.
Have your own list to share with other readers? Add it to the comments thread.
Danny Brown (6:30 p.m., Main Stage): Hard-core rapping from one of the best doing it.
Secret Colors (8:30 p.m., Barboza stage): The band’s new album “Days Off” shows off the dancier side of local, ambient instrumentalist/producer Matt Lawton.
Bleached (10:45 p.m., VERA Stage): Scuffed-up California pop-rock sung by sisters.
Chastity Belt (3 p.m., VERA Stage): Nobody in Seattle sings about sex more honestly.
La Luz (6:30 p.m., Neumos): Shana Cleveland shreds elegantly on electric guitar.
A-Trak (7:30 p.m., Main Stage): Big, banging dance music.
Ubu Roi (2 p.m., VERA Stage): Furious young punk rock from the U District.
ILLFIGHTYOU (4:45 p.m., Barboza): Aggressive and artistic rap music from Tacoma.
Jarv Dee (6:30 p.m., VERA Stage): Super- tough Seattle rapper with a flow like tap-dancing.
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