Three Imaginary Girls recommendations for the Capitol Hill Block Party

Christopher Nelson

Christopher Nelson

With over 50 bands and multiple stages making up this weekend’s Capitol Hill Block Party, it’s going to be impossible to not see a band you already love and find a new favorites. This year, the headliners on the Main Stage are so strong, you have to make sure to catch even just a few songs of each band (The Jesus Lizard on the Main Stage Friday night and Sonic Youth on Saturday). That leaves a schedule of 48+ other bands to wade through; Here is our preview of the other bands on the imaginary “must see at CHBP” list.

The Vera Stage brings L.A. lo-fi punk darlings Mika Miko screaming and singing in your face. I’m pretty amped to see them and Japandroids, the Vancouver, BC duo whose aggressive noisy guitar is accompanied by breakneck drumming and off key yelling. Their first LP, Post-Nothing will be released on August 4th in the US.

The Neumos Stage headlines Friday night with Sing Sing Reunion and Saturday night is Faux Punk, a Daft Punk cover dj crew whose performance is supposedly the closest thing to a recreation of the ALIVE tour that you’re gonna get this side of the decade.

And that’s only six out the scores that are going to blow your eardrums out. Some of the other bands I am personally unwilling to miss are the ever-ambient yet edgy Deerhunter, touring for their new and, poppy as they’ll ever be, EP Rainwater Cassette Exchange.

The bass-line country infused harmonics of Dutchess and The Duke are kicking off their tour for Sunrise/Sunset, their sophomore album. Black Lips never fail to give a crowd a good time and Band of Skulls will give you White Stripes flash backs that will be way better than that time you thought you were 16 on acid again.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have completely wooed me and I am ready to propose to the entire 80’s-era Pastel’s sweet, synthy, drum driven quartet. Them and Hey Marseilles‘ orchestral compositions will be a nice period of respite from the general raucousness before I check out Bow and Arrow, mayhem-making mathletes of Seattle’s punk noise scene. The Gossip will get me dancing and tired and by then I may be spent.

See you in the lemonade line,
Chelsea Wemer
*Three Imaginary Girls*

In high i-pod rotation:
The Weakerthans
The Thermals
Death Cab for Cutie

(Three Imaginary Girls is a Seattle-based website that showcases the great music of the Northwest and beyond to music lovers worldwide. We post a Seattle live show calendar to help you fill your day-planner with loads of great shows, as well as record reviews, live show reviews, and an imagi-blog to entertain you throughout the day.)

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  1. Posted July 24, 2009 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    I think Green Sunglasses Guy was in every CHBP2008 crowd shot! (

  2. Posted July 24, 2009 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    Ahhh… Jesus Lizard…one of my favorite shows back in the day.

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