Sonic Youth, Jesus Lizard, Gossip, Thermals, to play Capitol Hill Block Party

The organizers of the Capitol Hill Block Party released initial details of this year’s two-day festival which is taking place July 24 and 25.

As reported here several weeks ago, venerable indie icons Sonic Youth will headline as will The Jesus Lizard, a band that was banned from playing live shows in Seattle 12 years ago. Along with Jesus Lizard and Sonic Youth, the lineup includes several up-and-coming buzz bands (Black Lips, Deerhunter, Starf*cker) and loads of local talent (The Gossip, Moondoggues, Past LIves, They LIve!).

According to the CHBP Web site the festivities will take part on three stages this year and advance tickets, which go on sale Tuesday, will cost $40 for two-days or $22 a day. It is unknown whether the reference to three stages means there will only be three stages or if there will be three main stages with bands performing at indoor venues such as Neumos and various area coffee shops and other businesses like last year.

According to a Seattle P-I article from 1996, the Jesus Lizard was banned from playing in Seattle because singer David Yow liked to stage dive and this was seen as a safety hazard and is also a misdemeanor. Both Sonic Youth and Jesus Lizard have ties to Seattle’s biggest rock export, Nirvana. In 1996 Sub Pop Rerds released a split 7″ recording with Jesus Lizard’s “Puss” on one side and NIrvana’s “Oh, The Guilt” on the other and Kurt Cobail often sited the band as an influence on his work. Nirvana decided to sign with Gefffen Records in part because Sonic Youth, a band they admired, was also on the label.

Here’s the lineup as announced earlier today. More acts are expected to be added soon.

SONIC YOUTH, THE JESUS LIZARD, THE GOSSIP, DEERHUNTER, BLACK LIPS, EARTH, THE THERMALS, THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, MOONDOGGIES, SPINNERETTE, THE DUTCHESS AND THE DUKE, MIKA MIKO, THE BLAKES, SLEEPY EYES OF DEATH, GIRLS, HEY MARSEILLES, THE MALDIVES, TRUCKASAURUS, AKIMBO, PAST LIVES, FUTURE OF THE LEFT, MICACHU, STARF*CKER, FAUX PUNK, NEW FACES, HOTELS, PICA BEATS, FLEXIONS, THEY LIVE!, AUDICITY, BOW+ARROW, SOL, JAPANDROIDS

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