Amelia’s Capitol Hill Block Party preview and #1 don’t-miss band – Sleepy Eyes of Death

I’ve got a tight schedule planned for the Capitol Hill Block Party, and wondered how I’d pull it off until I saw the new layout. Last year was my first CHBP and it was packed and difficult to get around the mainstage area, which was in the center of everything. This year, the main stage is tucked against a dead end, freeing up the intersection for traffic and creating a dedicated audience space. Yay!

I’ll be bouncing from stage to stage both days, trying to see and hear everyone, and will be carrying a list of not-to-miss acts, including the one I built my schedule around, Sleepy Eyes of Death. If you’ve not yet seen this incredible live band, take this chance to see them at Neumos, where the sound system allows them to truly shine.

Friday 6 pm Bow + Arrow – VERA Stage


 7:45 Sleepy Eyes of Death – Neumos

9:15 Built to Spill – Main Stage


You’re not going to miss the band that let us choose their setlist are you? I voted for this one. Following Sleepy Eyes with Built to Spill is the best idea ever and I can’t wait for this nice chunk of evening music. I’ll hopefully see Starfucker in between, but am sure Sleepy Eyes will be sticking with me into Built to Spill’s set.

10:30 They Live! – Neumos

10:45 The Jesus Lizard – Main Stage

I doubt I’ll have anything left after The Jesus Lizard, but may try for a bit of Sing Sing at 11:45. Then home to dump photos, sleep, and get ready to do it all again.

Saturday 1pm Wild Orchid Children – VERA Stage

3pm Hotels – Neumos

3:15 The Moondoggies – Main Stage

4:45 New Faces – VERA Stage

7:15 The Lonely Forest – VERA Stage

7:45 Truckasauras – Neumos — Be there for this set!!!

9:00 The Gossip – Main Stage

9:45 Japandroids – VERA Stage

10:30 Sonic Youth – Main Stage

See you there!


The Raveonettes to Play Seattle November 6th

What a pleasing thing to see today on the Raveonettes’ myspace blog:

Today we have announced the dates for our US tour in the fall to support the release of “In & Out Of Control”.
We’re also very excited to reveal that one of our favorite bands is supporting us on the East Coast, the majestic “Black Angels” from Austin, Texas. Support for West coast dates still a secret.
Tickets should go on sale this Friday, july 24.

Nov. 6 – Seattle, Wash. (Neumo’s)

In this heat I am already looking forward to a moody and dark night in November. Listen to a demo of Boys Who Rape and check out more demos and studio videos on their Vice Records page.


Photos: No Doubt and Paramore @ White River Amphitheatre

No Doubt played a frenzied set at Auburn’s White River Amphitheatre, Sunday 19 July,  as part of their triumphant reunion tour.  An 18,000-strong crowd of all ages warmed up to pop by Swedish darlings The Sounds and Tennessee’s Paramore, both notably led by female vocalists.

Photos from Paramore:








No Doubt emerged in full force, putting to rest any fears that the performance could disappoint.  The band grooved their way through all the old favourites, opening with the contagious Spiderwebs, and closing the set with the bouncy anthem, Just A Girl.   A reverent audience proudly waved lighters, cellphones, and cameras during the much-anticipated Don’t Speak, while hits such as Hey Baby proved sure to get the dancers moving.

Far from what you’d expect from a mother-of-two pushing forty, energy levels ran high as the infamous Gwen Stefani impressed with push-ups, aerobic high-kicks, and maintained a hummingbird-like degree of movement throughout the set.  The atmosphere was joyous and truly fit for summer, with drummer Adrian Young sporting a mohawk and tutu, and band members exchanging grins amid familiar tunes.  Stefani managed three costume changes ranging from a black and silver sequinned romper to acid-washed jeans dripping with chains.

Gwen did her best to win over the audience, singling out a fan at the front of the crowd who was bearing a sign reading “Sign my tattoo, Gwen!”.  Playing it up, Stefani mused aloud “Hmm…do you really want me to sign your arm there, and then you’re going to go away and get that tattooed on you?”.  After what must have felt like eternity for one dedicated fan, she was rewarded when Gwen ushered her up onstage, had the band drum up a fanfare fit for a Harajuku queen, and dutifully took pen to fangirl flesh.  Further fan service was dished up with Stefani crouching down to have her picture taken with an adoring fan, and dedicating another song to all those sticking it out in the grassy seated area toward the back of the venue.  Spanning an hour and a half, the crowd left on a high as they jived, moshed, and sang their way through Sunday Morning.

Hella Good
Underneath It All
Excuse Me Mr.
End It On This
Simple Kind of Life
Guns of Navarone
Hey Baby
Different People
Don’t Speak
It’s My Life
Just A Girl

Rock Steady
Stand and Deliver
Sunday Morning

Photos from No Doubt:
















No Doubt are set to release a new album next year – we at Back Beat Seattle will be keenly anticipating its arrival!

By Nicky Andrews


Show Preview: The Oregon Donor @ the Comet, July 23rd

The Oregon Donor is scheduled to play a show this Thursday, July 23rd at the Comet. I think this band has cool lead vocals provided by one Christopher Rabbit. Okay it’s got cool backup vocals too. They just sound all-around groovy.


Show Preview: Block Party Day Two According to Dagmar

Day two of the Capitol Hill Block Party brings one of the best bands I have ever heard, Future of the Left, to a cushy spot on the lineup. They’re Welsh and are musical miracles.

So here are some of my picks for Saturday July 25th:

Neumos Stage:
Hotels at 3:00 pm
The Girls at 4:00 pm
Truckasauras at 7:45 pm
Future of the Left at 9:00 pm

Vera Stage:
New Faces at 4:45 pm
The Lonely Forest at 7:15 pm
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at 8:30 pm
Japandroids at 9:45 pm