Category Archives: Capitol Hill Block Party

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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Capitol Hill Block Party: Day 3

by Ian Robinson and Jacob Webb Dam-Funk – 2:15 – Main Stage It’s a shame that Dam-Funk, the champion of modern west-coast electro-funk, had to get caught in traffic and was forced to shorten his set, but it’s not at all surprising how smoothly he handled it. Getting started close to half-an-hour after his setRead more…

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Live from Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 3: Porcelain Raft

In an “open letter to minimalism” on his website, Italian-born singer/songwriter Mauro Remiddi writes “I’m not just against you as a concept, I’m running towards your opposite.” Remiddi has been hard at work for over a decade, scoring soundtracks and perfecting indie-pop with his band Sunny Days Set Fire, but earlier this year he releasedRead more…

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Live from Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 3: Gold Leaves

In the four years between the release of In Camera, the debut (and only) album from his indie-folk duo Arthur & Yu, singer-songwriter Grant Olsen reportedly wavered between making an R&B record, a doo-wop record, and a country record. As a record junkie-turned-musician, Olsen’s struggle to refine and define his influences out of his encyclopedicRead more…

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Live from Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 3: Cloud Nothings

One of the year’s fastest growing bands, the profile Cleveland’s Cloud Nothings have gained in the last six months is probably much bigger than anything their leader Dylan Baldi would have ever imagined when he was recording the band’s first record in his bedroom. They’ve spent the last six months touring relentlessly behind the band’sRead more…

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