Show Review & Photos: Capitol Hill Block Party 2010

By Nate Watters

Unfortunately, work kept me from attending the Block Party on Friday and also didn’t allow me to arrive Saturday and Sunday until late in the afternoon. Despite my late arrival, I still managed to see a lot of great performers and a few of the bands on my must-see list. Shooting from the crowd proved to be a bit difficult, especially for the main stage shows, but I wasn’t about to let that bring me down.
I cruised the streets, ate a corn dog at Unicorn, and hung out upstairs at Cafe Vita’s VIP lounge. I watched local band Dutchess and the Duke, who I’ve been wanting to see for a very long time. I (kind of) saw Jack White and the Dead Weather, but the crowd tired me and I decided to watch Hey Champ instead, which was easily the best show of the weekend. There were mayyybe fifty people inside Neumos for Hey Champ when I walked in. Word must have spread quickly to the Dead Weather crowd, because by the end of Hey Champ’s set, Neumos was pretty crowded. Their energetic dancey synth pop was the perfect way to end the weekend.  Here are some highlights:

Aveo played to a good sized crowd in the KEXP/Cafe Vita Bean Room – A nice, intimate setting perfect for the duo’s acoustic performance.

KEXP’s Marco Collins rocked tunes in the VIP lounge upstairs at Cafe Vita while the crowd enjoyed the hot weather and cold beers in the street below.

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Grand Hallway on the Vera Stage, Saturday
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Atmosphere played to a huge crowd.  I’d say the balcony crew had the best seats in the house.
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The Sunday balcony crew, armed with squirt guns.

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Photos: Hey Champ & Truckasauras @ CHBP/Neumos

Hey Champ and Truckasauras were totally on when they played the Capitol Hill Block Party last Sunday night. These two bands were top priorities for my Block Party experience this year and it was quite the luck that Truckasauras followed Hey Champ in the hot and sweaty Neumos.

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Gallery of Hey Champ @ Neumos
Gallery of Truckasauras @ Neumos

News & Photos: The Need, Bangs, C Average & Thrones @ the Crocodile

The Need, Bangs, C Average and Thrones all played a benefit for a great cause: musician, band manager and booker Natalie Cox. Cox is being treated for cancer and if you missed this show you can still go to her blog and offer support. Thanks to Simon Krane for attending the benefit and bringing back some mighty fine shots.

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Merch! – all photos by Simon Krane

Show Review & Photos: New Politics @ El Corazon

New Politics’ self-titled debut came out on July 13th and I have to say it’s one of my favorite CDs of the year. I was lucky to see them last week when they headlined at El Corazon. If things go as they should in this world, they will headline at much larger venues. They’ve got an opening spot lined up for 30 Seconds to Mars, which will expose them to a bigger audience for sure. So why do I like this Danish band? Their songs are just damn great, that’s why. I like the balance of the fast-talking done by David Boyd with the screaming melodies of Søren Hansen. The trio, including drummer Poul Amaliel is exciting live and Boyd does not stop at handstands to get your attention. I love all their songs and I am hoping next time I see them they do this one live too. New Politics is danceable, unrestricted rock.

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New Politics – all photos by Dagmar


Gallery of New Politics @ El Corazon