Capitol Hill Block Party
July 26-28, 2013
By Matt Ashworth
Attempting to listen to at least three tracks from every artists performing at the 2013 Capitol Hill Block Party and Tweet my thoughts (@ashmatty) was a fun project that got me excited to see old favorites like the Flaming Lips, reminded me why I like great local bands like the Young Evils, and introduced me to a slew of new stuff like Naomi Punk. It’s that balance (alongside the setting) that makes Block Party so unique: you can see the Flaming Lips and check out your barista’s band smack dab in the heart of the city.
There’s tons to choose from, and I didn’t get through all of it, but I came close. Here are my top three recommendations for Saturday.
Survival Knife (3 p.m. at Neumos)
This band features two members of seminal K Records noise rock band Unwound, which gives them a leg up on most guitar bands on the planet.
Spaceneedles (4:45pm at the Cha Cha Lounge)
Feautring members of two good local bands, Grand Archives and Feral Children, four piece band Spaceneedles already have two songs I like better than anything its members did with their previous acts, “7/1” and “Wake Up,” both of which you can stream on their website at spaceneedles.com.
Run The Jewels (6 p.m. on the Main Stage)
Sorry Flaming Lips, but this is THE premiere show of this year’s Block Party. It’s the first time that Seattle gets to see the 2013 collaboration between two of the best MCs in the world right now, El-P and Killer Mike.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_rwa4ZbKgA]