Day two of the Capitol Hill Block Party happens on Saturday, July 26th: start preserving your energy. From the Chain Gang of 1974 to Chromeo, Saturday – even with its spread of artists – seems especially strong in the electronic genre.
The Chain Gang of 1974 @ the Vera Stage
The Chain Gang of 1974 is an act I’ve followed for some time. Kamtin Mohager, the inventor of all this great music, is wonderful to witness. I’d expect many songs off the new album, Daydream Forever (first with Warner Bros.), but older ones will probably make an appearance, too.
Poolside @ the Main Stage
Los Angeles’ Poolside, made up of the duo Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise, have a plum Main Stage spot this year. Talented on their own, this combination has created the smooth disco soul song “Slow Down.” It just needs to roar through the streets of Seattle.
Future Shock @ the Barboza Stage
Maybe this band happened to have plague masks lying around. And if they did, why not use them? Although a plague mask is pretty high up there in scary things (along with some types of birds) that appear in my dreams, I checked out the band’s music. It’s very cool music, at that, bringing together glam, electroclash and ’80s RnB.
Katie Kate @ the Vera Stage
Whenever Katie Kate is involved, I’ll recommend seeing her set. She continues to perform fantastic live shows, and to release just as fantastic music. Katie Kate has a new album, Nation, coming out on August 5th; there should be some sneak peeks on her set list.
The Audacity @ Neumos
The Audacity, a Fullerton, California outfit, plays an awesome-sounding ’60s-garage type music. They do it very well, and though I have only seen them once, their opening slot for Ty Segall was really fun.
High Ends @ Barboza
High Ends, the solo project of Yukon Blonde’s Jeffrey Innes, is on Dine Alone Records, along with artists including the Wytches, Kate Nash and Cerebral Ballzy. I swear that’s one of the more unique labels. I recommend this show; I don’t see any other dates for High Ends, so this could be your chance of the summer. High Ends’ “The Weight” gets an appropriate review from this guy on soundcloud: “This song is from another, far cooler world.”
Fox and the Law @ Neumos
I saw Seattle’s Fox and the Law last weekend at the Tractor. It had been awhile since I had seen them last, and yes, although songs were new to me, they’re still hard rock awesomeness. Hear what I mean, with “Cheap Talk.” See?
Pillar Point @ the Vera Stage
Seattle’s Pillar Point is back from a huge tour with of Montreal! I want to be Pillar Point’s music – I love their songs that much. The self-titled debut keeps getting at me, no matter how many times I listen to it.
Pillar Point – photo by Dagmar
Chromeo @ the Main Stage
Chromeo’s most recent appearance was a show at Showbox at the Market in April. This is one of the biggest shows of the festival, so if you want to see Chromeo, get your spot early. I’m telling you now.