Capitol Hill Block Party 2012

Allen Stone on the Main Stage / photo by Dave Lichterman

Once again, KEXP broadcast live during the Capitol Hill Block Party, this time from the new club Barboza beneath Neumos and featuring intimate live performances with Fitz & the Tantrums, Cloud Nothings, Reignwolf and more. You can relive the experience through the write-ups, photos and videos gathered here:

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Crystal Stilts - 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 and vintage ’60s harmonies... (read more)
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Fitz & 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 their debut... (read more)

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Saturday, July 21st, 2012

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 tour... (read more)

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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 local... (read more)
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Absolute Monarchs - The Seattle band 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 energy... (read more)

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Sunday, July 22nd, 2012


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’s... (read more)

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Gold Leaves - 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 and... (read more)

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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 released... (read more)

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