The Capitol Hill Block Party starts Friday and with it comes tons of quality music that will be blaring from the streets of Seattle’s central hipster hangout. I’ll be there all weekend providing photos and reviews of the happenings. I’ll post my tentative schedule for the festival soon, but for now here are 10 local acts you simply must see if you’ll be spending the weekend at CHBP.
They Live! at Ear Candy’s Birthday Bash 2009 Travis Hay photo
They Live! (10:00, Neumos, Friday)
Theses guys have been blowing up the local Internets. Every Seattle music blog has been abuzz with anticipation for their forthcoming EP, which will be released next month. They play conceptual hip hop that’s fun to dance to. Expect their set to be one big party.
Past Lives (8:00, Vera stage, Friday)
Former members of the Blood Brothers band together to form another impressive post-punk band. Expect loud guitars and screaming. Hey, it’s former members of the Blood Brothers, what else did you expect?
Wild Orchid Children (1:00, Vera stage, Saturday)
Fun, and somewhat spazzed out rock. An impressively loud and wild band that will likely make its mark during a weekend filled with many a loud and wild bands.
The Blakes at Sasquatch! 2008 Travis Hay photo
The Blakes (6:15, Nuemos, Friday)
It’s been a couple of years since these guys dropped in on the Seattle scene with their booze-infused garage rock. Hopefully they have come back to us packing new material with their CHBP set.
New Faces (4:45, Vera stage, Saturday)
This group of young Anacortes kids have been rapidly gaining momentum in the local rock landscape thanks to playing plenty of shows and a lot of airplay on Seattle’s favorite bastion of cool KEXP.
The Lonely Forest (7:15, Vera stage, Saturday)
This is another group of youngsters that have been making a serious splash. Their record “We Sing The Body Electric” is one of the most underrated local albums of the year.
The Ducthess and the Duke at Sasquatch! 2009 Travis Hay photo
The Dutchess and the Duke (4:00, Main stage, Friday)
If the Rolling Stones still made good music and they had a female singer some of their music might sound like this.
Okay, so this is really three local artists, not one, but Seattle has so much quality hip hop talent and Sportin’ Life Records is one of the hottest 206 labels around right now that you simply have to see this showcase.
Maldives (6:30, Neumos,
This nine-piece roots-rock band just released its Tequila/Someday EP. It dropped in advance of its upcoming sophomore full-length due out on Mt Fuji Records next month.
Moondoggies (3:15, Main stage, Saturday)
If you’re not hip to the Moondoggies there’s no time like the present (or I guess really there is no time like 3:15 Saturday) to get wise to the foot-stomin’ rock of these Hardly Art stars. These guys are the rock ‘n’ roll kindred spirit to the Maldvies’ Appalachian-Northwest twang.
The Gossip (9:00, Main stage, Saturday)
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Olympia’s soul punks The Gossip. I’ve never had the privlige of seeing them live so I am really looking forward to catching at least part of their set this weekend. Their new single. “Heavy Cross,” (see video above) is the iTunes free single of the week, so head on over to iTunes and cop that.