Category Archives: Capitol Hill Block Party

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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Capitol Hill Block Party: Day 2

by Ian Robinson and Jacob Webb Absolute Monarchs - 2:15 - Main Stage Describing noise rock duo Lightning Bolt’s noon set at an installment of All Tomorrow’s Parties, Steve Albini said their loud thrashing was “the best alarm clock I’ve ever had.” It’s likely that the sleepier residents of Capitol Hill had a similar feelingRead more...

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Live from Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 2: Absolute Monarchs

Absolute Monarchs played their first show at the 2010 Capitol Hill Block Party, and two years later, they’ve returned to open the Main Stage. Driven by the wrecking ball rhythm section of Joel Schneider and Mike Stubz and amplified by the interlocking guitars of Shawn Kock and Miki Sodos, Absolute Monarchs’ mix of post-hardcore energyRead more...

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Live from Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 2: Lemolo

Gleaming with crystalline textures and glowing melodies, Seattle’s Lemolo have been quietly developing their dreamy sounds across the past few years, but that growth has recently manifested itself in The Kaleidoscope, the duo’s full-length debut. Composed of Kendra Cox and Meagan Grandall, the Seattle pair have proven to be one of the fastest rising localRead more...

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Live from Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 2: Reignwolf

When he visited KEXP’s studios earlier this year, the one-man shred army known as Reignwolf brought his own fog machine - for a radio broadcast. Once he plugged in and started shredding though, he made every artist without a fog machine look inferior. Visual aesthetics aside, Reignwolf’s visceral stomp is nothing short of a tourRead more...

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Capitol Hill Block Party: Day 1

by Ian Robinson and Jacob Webb Father John Misty - 4:00 - Main Stage “When I was kid, my dad, my brother, and I would play a block party”, said Josh Tillman near the beginning of his set, “we’d play ‘Louie Louie’ for 35 minutes, the chorus of ‘Wild Thing’ for 45 more, and thenRead more...

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Live from Capitol Hill Block Party 2012, Day 1: Fitz and the Tantrums

Barboza was packed and buzzing with excitement a good 20 minutes or more before Fitz and the Tantrums came onstage with the crowd-pleasing “Breaking the Chains of Love”. With the October 9th release date of their sophomore album approaching fast, the Los Angeles six-piece is making the most of their last few dates supporting theirRead more...

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Live from Capitol Hill Block Party 2012, Day 1: Crystal Stilts

The music of noise-pop quintet Crystal Stilts has a versatility to it that not many bands can achieve - it can be equally enjoyed while energetically moving around near the front of the stage or while soaking up the fuzzy vibes in the back. The one constant is that their wall of melodic distortion isRead more...

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