Category Archives: Capitol Hill Block Party

Song of the Day: Bleached – Looking For a Fight

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. This week, we’re featuring songs exclusively from artists playing the 2013 Capitol Hill Block Party.Read more…

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2013 Capitol Hill Block Party: Initial Lineup Revealed!

It’s hard to believe that the Capitol Hill Block Party is on its 17th year, but it’s no surprise that it keeps getting better each year. Now a premiere Northwest festival, the Capitol Hill Block Party has announced a stellar lineup for 2013. On July 26th through 28th, you’ll be able to see The FlamingRead more…

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Live Video: Cloud Nothings at CHBP

Cloud Nothings frontman Dylan Baldi is a man of few words onstage, so when he spoke two songs into the Cleveland band’s set at Barboza during the 2012 Capitol Hill Block Party, it was somewhat of a surprise. Even more surprising what that he announced that the band were only going to play one moreRead more…

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Live Video: Lemolo at CHBP

Seattle duo Lemolo have only been a band for a few years, but despite their relative freshness as a group, they have a control of dynamics that most bands never even begin to grasp. When Meagan Grandall strikes the first shimmering, echo-drenched chord of “On Again, Off Again”, Kendra Cox follows suit with crashing drums,Read more…

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Live Video: Gold Leaves at CHBP

During the Capitol Hill Block Party, many of the bands who played Barboza used the venue’s acoustics to amplify the punch of their electric guitars, but Seattle’s Gold Leaves took a different approach – the Grant Olsen led group allowed their glittering strums and echoing voices resonate throughout the hall. Each element carefully arranged andRead more…

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Live Video: Reignwolf at CHBP

When asked about the meaning behind the name Reignwolf in an interview on Luke Burbank’s Too Beautiful To Live podcast, 27-year-old Jordan Cook responded without hesitation: “Just a feeling. It’s just a feeling.” That feeling, whatever it is, is curated by howling, screaming, pounding, shredding, distortion, and sweat, lots of sweat. Often performing as aRead more…

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Live Video: Crystal Stilts at CHBP

Drawing equally from post-punk and garage rock to make a singular, pop-infused brand of noise pop, Brooklyn quintet Crystal Stilts are one of those bands whose sounds always echo within the halls of a club regardless of its acoustics. The band produces a think, but not overpowering, wall of sound with their shimmering guitar andRead more…

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Live Video: Fitz and the Tantrums at CHBP

Fitz and the Tantrums‘ music is tailor-made for huge crowds – it’s full of anthemic choruses, dance-friendly rhythms, and the baddest saxophone lines this side of George Michael. So what happens when you pack a band that’s known for starting huge parties into a small club? Simple – you just get a smaller, but noRead more…

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Live Video: Absolute Monarchs at CHBP

A set from Seattle’s Absolute Monarchs is sure to be filled with one thing – lean, muscular rock. Easily one of the loudest bands to grace Barboza all weekend during KEXP’s broadcast at the Capitol Hill Block Party, the Joel Schneider (My Goodness) led quartet unleashed a five-song sonic assault on a rapturous audience onRead more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2012 In Photos

This year’s Captiol Hill Block Party was a colorful, exciting weekend for all of those who were able to make it, and for those of you weren’t able to attend, the KEXP Blog has exhaustive coverage of the event so that you can experience this year’s festivities. To get a glimpse of the weekend, we’veRead more…

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