Capitol Hill Block Party: What not to miss, Day 3
After a mostly-mellow day of surprisingly warm weather and soothing lo-fi music (aside from that raucous set by Killer Mike and, of course, the foot-stomping sounds of Seattle's own Pickwick), Sunday at the Capitol Hill Block Party is slated to a bit more indie-heavy, with acts like Hey Marseilles, Cults and Ravenna Woods. There's also a lot of hip-hop on today's schedule -- keep an eye out for Katie Kate and Sam Lachow, both locals -- in addition to the biggest and most-anticipated headliner of them all, the Flaming Lips.
Here are some picks for what not to miss on the final day of the Block Party:
Odesza: 2:30, Main Described (by themselves) as "a delicate balance between dreamy sun trickled melodies, glitched out vocals, crunchy drums and large sweeping basslines," Odesza is a homegrown two-piece act that's perfect for kicking off a day of dancing. You'll see these young guys moving up the bill in the coming years, so see them now when you can still get right up front.
Dave B: 3:00, Vera Yet another incredible MC to come out of the 206, Dave B is a highly-talented rapper who's helping get the "Seattle sound" some well-deserved attention. Go for the playful, slick lyrics and stay for the beats, which come courtesy of producers like The Physics' Justo.
Hey Marseilles: 3:45, Main Something of a homecoming for the Seattle-born band of six, playing the Main Stage at the Block Party is a big deal for a band that came into success "accidentally." Their 2013 release, "Lines We Trace" features impassioned, orchestral indie music that tugs your heart and, somehow, also makes you want to move.
Cults: 5:00, Main Upbeat, poppy music made by ladies, Cults is a two-piece indie act from New York who have been garnering attention from Pitchfork and the College Music Journal since 2011. It's definitely summer afternoon music, whether the sun decides to come out today or not.
Poor Moon: 5:45, Barboza Those who attended the Block Party All-Brow Art Show kick-off party last week were treated to a pre-show performance by this Sub Pop-signed quartet. Comprised of former Fleet Foxes, Crystal Skulls and Pedro the Lion members, these four are pedigreed for indie rock.
Frightened Rabbit: 6:30, Main Cranking out Scottish folk-infused indie, these guys have come all the way from Scotland to delight your ears with surprisingly upbeat songs, considering the material they cover includes the war in Iraq.
Sam Lachow and Raz Simone: 7:00, Vera You don't know much about Seattle's burgeoning hip-hop scene if you haven't yet heard at least one of Sam Lachow's self-aware, tongue-in-cheek (but very legitimately well-produced) songs. Paired up with Raz Simone, a talented producer in his own right, Lachow is a must-see for anyone who wants to be in on the new wave of Seattle rap.
The Grizzled Mighty: 8:00, Neumos 2013 has been a good year for the Grizzled Mighty, a two-piece bluesy-rock group who call themselves "Seattle's loudest rock duo." Playing shows all over town with groups like The Maldives and The Comettes, the Mighty are also slated to play Bumbershoot. But you should see them here first.
The Flaming Lips: 8:15, Main I shouldn't have to tell you this. Wayne Coyne et al. is what you came here to see. It is going to be bananas. Hold on to your helmet.
Katie Kate: 8:30, Barboza If the crush of sweating bodies at the Lips is just a little too much (which it very well might be -- this is a band that sells out stadiums, packed onto one Seattle street), slip over to the Barboza stage to end your night with the soothing, sly lyrics and beats of Katie Kate, a Seattle favorite and one of the rare women in Seattle's hip-hop scene.