Seattle’s been known to have its share of obscure, up-and-coming acts. It doesn’t hurt that the city’s home to Sub Pop and half a dozen other indie labels, which might explain the endless creative output the Emerald City thrives on. Capitalizing on this energy, The Stranger, KEXP 90.3 FM and Caffe Vita have put together one impressive line up for this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party, which takes place July 24th-25th in Seattle’s popular Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Given the festival’s mantra of celebrating independent music, the promoters have done their homework. Sonic Youth, The Jesus Lizard, and The Thermals are just three names that pop up on first glance, but a deeper look will find other scorching acts like Black Lips, Deerhunter, and indie darlings, The Pain of Being Pure at Heart. They’ve even managed to throw in some obscure early ’90s acts like Sol. This should win over some hipsters hearts, no doubt!
Akimbo, Audacity, Black Lips, The Blakes, Bow + Arrow, Deerhunter, The Dutchess and the Duke, Earth, Faux Pink, Flexions, Future of the Left, Girls, The Gossip, Hey Marseilles, Hotels, Japanroids, The Jesus Lizard, The Maldives, Micachu, Mika Miko, Moondoggies, New Faces, The Pain of Being Pure at Heart, Past Lives, Pica Beats, Sleepy Eyes of Death, Sol, Sonic Youth, Spinnerette, Starfucker, The Thermals, They Live!, Truckasaurus
Then again, when Thurston Moore is just about the biggest celebrity of your festival, you don’t necessarily have to worry about your indie credibility being mistaken. Regardless of which troupe you belong to, this should be one July weekend not to miss.
There’s a pre-sale starting tomorrow for the festival’s partners; however, early-bird tickets will be available starting May 1-15. One day passes will be set at $22, while two-day passes are only $40.