Capitol Hill Block Party

Any great summer festival compresses three months' worth of shows into a matter of days, and Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party does exactly that, mixing local and national talent across five stages in what has long been the city's best neighborhood for music and nightlife. Indie rock and hip hop dominate (Twin Shadow and Cloud Nothings, Aesop Rock and Nacho Picasso). Metal and general heaviness makes a decent showing (Black Breath, Helms Alee, Skarp). Indie folk and vintage-style soul battle it out at the top of the bill for most annoying, over-saturated trend of the year (the Lumineers vs. Fitz and the Tantrums and Allen Stone). Decibel provides the electronic after-parties. And as usual, the most interesting stuff happens in the outliers: Grimes' wispy electro-pop, Miracles Club's live house antics, Pollens' polyglot rhythmic jams, Spaceghostpurrp's possibly terrible cloud rap. Then there's Diplo/Major Lazer's populist party music, Thee Oh Sees' scorcher garage rock, Father John Misty's louche Laurel Canyon routine, TRUST's goth pop, Spoek Mathambo's globalist beats, and frankly too much other good stuff to fit here. Prepare yourself for a long weekend. ERIC GRANDY

Fri., July 20; Sat., July 21; Sun., July 22, 2012

 
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