Playlist: Capitol Hill Block Party Edition
With sunlight stretching into hours typically reserved for night, and mild Washington summer reaching it’s peak it can only mean it’s the time of year for Capitol Hill Block Party to return. No matter your motivation for buying a ticket, make sure you check out some local acts this weekend, on top of everyone's festival favs.
Must Listen: Julie Byrne - Natural Blue
A little over 3 years ago I threw a house show in my tiny apartment in Pullman where Julie Byrne, Suno Deko, and Little Spoon played. Byrne was transfixing as we sat on the floor huddled around her. I had barely heard her music before this and was instantly in love. Her new album Not Even Happiness is a quiet triumph and I’m so excited and proud of the fact that she’s now playing the Main Stage at CHBP when she was in my living room not so long ago (although it feels like ages ago). If I’m able to make it to CHBP this year, I’m making it a priority to check out her set and if you know what’s good for you you’ll be at the Main Stage on Sunday at 2:30pm.
Other Artists to Check Out: Perfume Genius, Diet Cig, Youryoungbody, Dream Journal
Must Listen: Run The Jewels - Close Your Eyes
Run The Jewels is a group made for festivals. I saw them two years ago at Austin City Limits. It was right in the midst of the Presidential election, and their set was political in the most genuine way. The set made the crowd want to pay attention to more than just them. Run The Jewels is the perfect example of using your audience to affect the change we need in the world. Go see them at the Main Stage Friday at 10:45.
Other Artists to Check Out: Lizzo, Headwaves, Nick Weaver, TRACE
Must Listen: Angel Olsen - Shut Up Kiss Me
Capitol Hill Block Party is hosting badass Angel Olsen at 8:00PM on Sunday night. Damn I can't wait to hear that lofi alto buzz over the city. Her track "Shut Up and Kiss Me" is a powerhouse track and that's why I chose it for my favorite tune for our CHBP Playlist. When the guitar buzzes in your ears, it feels warm and welcoming. You can truly feel her yearning when she swoons "We could end all this pain right here". Angel Olsen isn't asking, she's telling. When I listen to "Shut Up and Kiss Me" I want to give her whatever the hell she wants. She's demanding and I love it. Playful lyricism is Angel Olsen's strong suit. Not to mention Angel Olsen's My Woman was one of the best records of 2016. So you know where to find me this weekend... I'll be howling along to Angel Olsen.
Other Artists to Check Out: Ca$h Bandicoot, Noname, Kung Foo Grip, Cuff Lynx
Must Listen: Mura Masa - 1 Night (ft. Charli XCX)
Mura Masa finally released his debut self-titled album this month following his highly successful debut EP Someday Somewhere. He's definitely going to be a must see this weekend, because is it really a festival without some British electronic music? His album really infused his future bass sound with the diversity of the London scene, and while it's pretty star-studded, Mura Masa manages to use his features to boost his own sound, without getting lost in the back ground. Make sure to catch him on the Main Stage this Friday from 7:45-8:45.
Other Artists to Check Out: Jai Wolf (maybe he'll finally have pupils), Danny Brown, Snakehips, Trippy Turtle, Cherry Glazerr
Kate's Local Favorites:
With a sound including elements of psych-rock, synth, noise and post-punk, head bang to your sweet little heart’s content at Charms Sunday, July 23 at Cha Cha. Keep your ears peeled for “C.O.D.,” the opener from their new release Human Error, other driving tracks include “Dream Fever” and “Separator.”
Self-described as ‘doom wop,’ Prom Queen’s music infuses 60’s surf and rockabilly/western vibes with seductive melodies. Tracks like “Daddy’s Got A Big Bad Gun” and “Can’t Seem To Cry” are at times reminiscent of Nancy Sinatra in the best way; and “The Golden One” brings the spirit of the West alive. Catch them at the Neumos stage July 23.
A quick listen to Mommy Long Legs instantly makes you excited to chug a beer and bop around a mosh pit. Try to keep still while hearing the quartet jam through “Bitch Island” or their cover of The Cramps’ “People Ain’t No Good;” both on their new EP Rock Product. Be at Cha Cha on Friday, July 21, to catch their set.
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