Category Archives: Capitol Hill Block Party

Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 3: Julie Byrne, Cloud Nothings, Angel Olsen

Julie Byrne makes a face when she doesn’t have to sing, one that expresses a sheer contentment with what’s going on around her. She leaned back and made this face – which is featured on the cover her sublime sophomore outing, Not Even Happiness – at least six times during her Sunday afternoon set onRead more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 3: Danny Brown, Torres, Angel Olsen, Perfume Genius

Day 3 of 2017’s Capitol Hill Block Party proved to be the fest’s most musically satisfying, stellar sets from Danny Brown, Torres, Angel Olsen, and Perfume Genius sounding great against the urban Capitol Hill backdrop. Coming on at 5:15 to the sounds of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man,” Danny Brown effortlessly delighted a frat house crowd, performing tracks from his second (XXX), thirdRead more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 3: Diet Cig, Diplo

Energy. That’s what a good live performance boils down to, and that’s what both Diet Cig and Diplo (who have little more than the letter “D” in common) delivered at the Capitol Hill Block Party on Sunday night. Performing in completely different genres to completely different audiences, they both put on thrilling performances to closeRead more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 3: Remember Face, Sashay, Charms, Ravenna Woods

After three days of drunken fun in the streets and more tank tops than you’ve ever seen in one place, Capitol Hill Block Party came through with one last hurrah. Sunday was non-stop for exceptional local music from the opening sets to the last minutes of Perfume Genius‘ set on the Vera stage. From screechingRead more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 2: The Last Artful Dodgr, Bad Luck, YourYoungBody, Naked Giants

If day one of Capitol Hill Block Party had that much energy with everyone arriving after work, day two never stood a chance. Fully rested, hangovers nursed, and a fresh set of bands to gawk over; fans at CHBP were ready to up the ante. Thankfully there was a wealth of local artists to helpRead more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 1: Haunted Horses, Gifted Gab, Constant Lovers, My Goodness

In its 21st year, Capitol Hill Block Party feels more like a party than ever. The first day alone proved that people were willing to forgo their post-work tiredness and rage in the streets to Run The Jewels, Wolf Parade, and Mura Masa. CHBP may have the budget to keep bringing in larger and larger nationalRead more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 1: Wolf Parade, Austra

Another year of Capitol Hill Block Party has arrived, bringing with it a sea of bro-tank tops, increased public intoxication, and a variety of local and national music acts. The music of Day 1 was quite good, with sets from Noname, Thundercat, and Katie Kate starting off the festival on an upbeat note. Wolf Parade and AustraRead more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 1: Run the Jewels

“They’re a festival band”, a friend said. “That’s so true, they know exactly how to get a crowd going in less than a minute and keep ‘em going for nearly an hour; like one big party!” I said back. Though, what I really love about Run the Jewels is the ease with which one passesRead more…

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SIFF Face the Music: Interview with Give Me Future Director, Austin Peters

Here’s a piece of Capitol Hill Block Party trivia for you: Diplo is the only artist on the bill this weekend who has performed for 500,000 people at one time. At a free show in Havana, Cuba, in 2016, the first by an American artist since the US and Cuba re-established diplomatic relations in 2015, Diplo’s dance hall-EDMRead more…

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10 Local Bands to Check Out at Capitol Hill Block Party

Every year that Capitol Hill Block Party returns, I can’t wait to be uncomfortable with a bunch of sweaty people in the red-lit basement that is Cha Cha Lounge. That’s not sarcasm. This year’s lineup boasts some incredible headliners like Run The Jewels, Angel Olsen, Thundercat, Wolf Parade, and more. But this year’s local lineup,Read more…

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