Preview: The Capitol Hill Block Party – Sunday

The Dead Weather
photo by Floria Sigismondi

Alison Mosshart (The Kills), Jack Lawrence (The Greenhornes), Dean Fertita (Queens Of The Stone Age) and Jack White (The White Stripes) formed the legendary garage rock and neo psychedelic supergroup, The Dead Weather back in 2009, successfully reaching thee audience that loves the eccentric alt-rock sound. Their debut album, Horehound, displayed their influences of blues and indie rock right off, especially heard in the first single “Hang You From the Heavens” and chart-friendly hit “Treat Me Like Your Mother”. The four-piece also released their sophomore full-length last May entitled Sea of Cowards. Featuring more garage rock and blues revival including the unforgettable “Die By Drop”, the energy of the album should translate to an intense and unforgettable set at Block Party this Sunday.

Victor Shade
photo by Patrick Richardson Wright

Seattle’s hip-hop acts turns up the beat with performances by Victor Shade and duo Blue Scholars. Common Market’s frontman, Ra Scion, now perhaps better known by his alter ego stage name, Victor Shade, conquered the scene with the track “Soothsayer”, relaying his lyrical analogies about humans and superheroes. On the other hand, Blue Scholars, who first gained recognition with their self-titled album back in 2004, and Bayani in 2007, received attention through songs about social issues like “Joe Metro”, “Loyalty” and “New People”.

Victor Shade ‒ Autograffiti (MP3)

Photos by Tomika Davis

With the release of the album Glamour, Fresh Espresso became a main attraction to Seattle hip-hop fans. Their radical glam, alternative hip-hop and stylistic indie pop beat all compose an overall sound that’s catchy and exciting. Songs like “Big or Small”, “Lazerbeams” and “Something New” are proof that the duo can create funky and dynamic melodies with meaningful lyrics. P Smoov, one half of Espresso, also has an excellent side project, Mad Rad. While similar to Fresh Espresso, the trio from Seattle is more electronic and punk oriented. Besides being known for their trouble making, the group has attracted the attention of scenesters with undeniable stage presence and an experimental debut LP, White Gold.

Fresh Espresso ‒ Big or Small (MP3)

photo by Doron Gild

Harlem just formed a couple of years ago, although members Michael Coomers, Curtis O’Mara and Jose Boyer have quickly solidified their garage rock sound with craft fuzz pedal embellished guitar jams. The trio from Arizona has since their debut seen acclaim for their ability to comprise melodies with deep lyrics, charming tenors and hazy rock guitar sounds.

photo by Miguel Edwards

The primitive and elementary sound of Ravenna Woods has placed them as one of Seattle’s favorites conceptual bands. Their debut album, Dreams and Lakes delivers organic content that incorporates acoustic guitar, percussions, xylophone and Chris Cunningham’s strong vocals to evoke natural rhythms. They leave aside any kind of artificial sound as they lyrically incorporate issues around the world.

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  1. Posted July 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the preview write up on Ravenna Woods…just one correction. Their album title is Demons and Lakes not dreams and lakes. We are just trying to stay on top of the correct information getting out there to their fans.


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