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Capitol Hill Block Party Day 1, with MGMT, Yeasayer, Holy Fuck, Shabazz Palaces, Bear In Heaven, Head Like A Kite, Macklemore, Unnatural Helpers, Jaguar Love,

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Tonight: Capitol Hill Block Party Day 1, Bobby Valentino, Red Heart Alarm

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Capitol Hill Block Party Day 1, with MGMT, Yeasayer, Holy Fuck, Shabazz Palaces, Bear In Heaven, Head Like A Kite, Macklemore, Unnatural Helpers, Jaguar Love, Champagne Champagne, Fences, Chris Pureka, Stay Hi Brothers, The Physics, Candidt, J.Pinder, Helladope, Mahjongg, Police Teeth, Naomi Punk, USF. South Capitol Hill, Pike & Pine. 4 p.m. $30. All ages. CHBP organizers really outdid themselves this year. The three-day event's lineup is current, big-name, and ultra hipster-friendly - which is exactly the spirit of Seattle' most holier-than-thou neighborhood. MGMT, Yeasayer, Blonde Redhead, and Atmosphere have all made favorable waves in the music scene this year, as have hometown heroes like Shabazz Palaces, Unnatural Helpers, The Physics, The Globes, and many more. The festival's biggest coup, though, is snagging The Dead Weather to headline Day 3 on Sunday. Jack White is a god among mortal rockers, and the fact that he's deigned to set foot on the humble, dirty streets of Pike and Pine is truly an honor. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Bobby Valentino, with JugaHill. King Cat Theater, 2130 Sixth Ave., 448-2829. 8 p.m. $37. Apparently in R&B the fall from the top is a long one. One minute you could be singing the hook on Lil' Wayne's platinum hit "Mrs. Officer" and have your own gold-selling record on Def Jam. The next, you could be penning sexist commentary for VIBE and posting groupie-sex cellphone snapshots to the Internet. At least that's what happened to Bobby Valentino. The Atlanta-based singer has a knack for highly sexual tracks, including "Beep," "Butterfly Tattoo" and his most recent Jazze Pha-produced single from his upcoming fourth studio album Fly On The Wall called "Phone #" about--you guessed it--phone sex. Bobby just can't get his mind out of the gutter. NICK FELDMAN

Red Heart Alarm, with Scrubjays, The Boxcar Rebellion. Slim's Last Chance Chili Shack & Watering Hole, 5606 First Ave. S., 762-7900. 9 p.m. Free. Last Saturday, the Dusty 45s headlined an impressive local lineup at the PBRBQ (i.e, a barbecue sponsored by Pabst) at Slim's Last Chance. If Seattle had its own search engine, and you typed in "reliably crowd-pleasing, highly competent, traditional rockabilly band," the Dustys would be the very first return. But to some, their refusal to deviate much from the rockabilly purist's canon can be a bit boring. The same cannot be said of Red Heart Alarm, who play Slim's this Friday, a gig that serves as a release party for the band's debut LP, White Elephants. They describe themselves as "gruntry"--grunge meets country, as if that wasn't instantly obvious. And as awful as that label sounds, their music is anything but. Creatively, they're the type of band the Dusty 45s should aspire to be. MIKE SEELY

 
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