Preview: The Capitol Hill Block Party – Saturday

photo by Kyle Johnson

Sean Daley, better known as Atmosphere MC Slug, has made music about escaping monotonous daily life and failed relationships throughout the last decade. With a grim determination to abstractly deliver feelings of melancholy, anger and sensibility, he’s intensified beats on over 10 releases.

photo by Melisssa O'Hearn

Varying from dream pop to indie and alternative rock and drawing from multiple languages, New Yorkers Blonde Redhead will play the main stage Saturday. The trio that hit the scene caught the attention of many musicians including Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth who produced their debut self-titled album in 1995. Over the course of almost two decades now, Blonde Redhead has released 7 albums and 10 hit singles including “Elephant Woman”, “Equus”, “23” and “Silently”. As if they weren’t busy enough already, they provided the soundtrack to the documentary film, The Dungeon Masters, in addition to releasing their 8th record, Penny Sparkle. Also from the East Coast, !!! (pronounced chk chk chk), will perform Saturday. Their style of pop relies on indie rock, post-punk revival sounds and a slight disco and new wave tinge referential to the ’70s. Formed in 1996, the eight-piece band has gained attention from their start due to their funky dance rhythms and progressive trance-like beats. Most recently, the band released the first single (“AM/FM”) to their upcoming album Strange Weather, Isn’t It?. The new record features the octet’s usual post-punk and disco sound.

photo by Alex Crick

Here We Go Magic is the type of band that knows how to shape music with a texture of electronic, psychedelic, ambiance and noise; a collage sound that transcends into an obscure passage, and glimpses of a surreal world. “Collector”, “Fangela” and “Tunnelvision” vigorously deliver an assortment of minimalistic sound and relatable lyrics. Combining nu-jazz and electro with rap and psychedelic dance beats, Seattle’s eccentric duo THEESatisfaction, who according their new EP love Stevie Wonder, will take the stage as well. They fashion themselves as intergalactic soul and astronomical a capella with nebula-jazz.

photo by Jim Beckmann

Portland based Blitzen Trapper formed a decade ago. Looking to add country and folk style to the alternative rock scene, they’ve so far in their career defined themselves as a tastefully atypical band with breakout beats, acoustic harmonies and electronic elements. Also local, The Redwood Plan will roll through songs off their excellent debut album, Racing Towards the Heartbreak, predominantly featuring rock and dance beats with an assembly of percussion alongside the usual guitar, bass and drums. The foursome Past Lives formed after the breakup of local post-hardcore band The Blood Brothers in 2007. With the release of their debut full-length entitled Tapestry of Webs their experimental post-hardcore sound will be heavily anticipated. Born Anchors, also from Seattle, vary the beats as they shift from power pop to a more new wave sound on their most recent release, Colorize The Grey. The trio makes a departure from their first album Sprezzatura and matures to an indie sonic wave that sounds like gasps of rock and slight post-punk. Their most recent single “Matter of Taste” boasts this subtle change.

Blitzen Trapper – Heaven and Earth (MP3)

The Redwood Plan – How the Game Is Played (MP3)

Born Anchors – Matter of Taste (MP3)

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