It feels odd to think of Capitol Hill Block Party as an established entity instead of a plucky upstart, but this year marks the 20th anniversary of the neighborhood music festival. Don't miss these acts at the vicennial bash...
Friday, July 22
Dilly Dally (8:15 at Vera Stage) - Dilly Dally vocalist Katie Monks has a voice that sounds like fingernails scraping across flesh in the best possible way (one that brings to mind Nirvana and the Pixies). Embrace the alt rock pain on display during the Toronto band's Friday set.
Head Wound City (9:20 at Vera Stage) - Need to blow off some frustration from the work week? Hardcore supergroup Head Wound City has just the prescription for that. Featuring members of the Blood Brothers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the Locust, the group delivers short chaotic bursts of thrashcore frenzy; a soundtrack for screaming away your problems.
DJDS (10:45 at Vera Stage) - House music duo DJDS (formerly DJ Dodger Stadium) established itself as one of the premiere purveyors of modern techno with its 2014 debut LP, Friends of Mine. The group's knack for sampling caught the ear of Kanye West, who brought in DJDS for The Life of Pablo ("Fade," to be specific). There won't be a better dance party on night one of CHBP.
Also check out: Iska Dhaaf (6 at Vera Stage) | MØ (7:45 at Main Stage)
Saturday, July 23
Lisa Prank (3:45 at Cha Cha) - There's a teenager lurking inside all of us, and Seattle's pop punk princess Lisa Prank excels at tapping into those bottled up lovestruck and angsty emotions.
Mommy Long Legs (4:45 at Cha Cha) - If Josie and the Pussycats went on a month-long bender where it only listened to Olympia riot grrrl bands, it'd probably come out the other side as Seattle's own Mommy Long Legs.
Car Seat Headrest (6 at Main Stage) - Car Seat Headrest's Teens of Denial is without a doubt the most buzzed about album to come out of Seattle so far in 2016, and it's easy to see why. With huge, anthemic rock songs like "Fill in the Blank" and "Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales," Car Seat Headrest has a chance to sustain its breakthrough and have festival audiences singing along for years to come.
Odesza (10:30 at Main Stage) - Odesza has become the quintessential Capitol Hill Block Party act. The laid back chill of the local electronic duo's compositions offer the perfect soundtrack for warm Seattle summer nights, embodying the very essence of CHBP. If nothing else, check out Odesza's set to see how massive the crowd can get (a lock to be the biggest one of the weekend).
Also check out: Porter Ray (2:15 at Main Stage) | Tangerine (3 at Vera Stage)
Sunday, July 24
The Joy Formidable (5:15 at Main Stage) - Few people make guitar shredding look more fun than the Joy Formidable's Ritzy Bryan. Soak in some of her rock glee as the Welsh trio rips through songs from its new album Hitch and massive tunes like "Whirring" and "This Ladder Is Ours."
Nu Era (6:30 at Neumos Stage) - Each of Nu Era's MCs (Turtle T, Andrew Savoie, Blaine Davis, Chima) possess a distinctive voice, and the blending of the four on the Seattle group's sophomore album Armadilla Lexus makes it one of city's best hip-hop releases in 2016. If you've slept on Nu Era, now's the time to wake up.
CHVRCHES (9:45 at Main Stage) - Quite simply, CHVRCHES is the best synthpop band on the planet. The Scottish trio fronted by Lauren Mayberry taps into the best aspects of '80s new wave pop while still carving out its own strong gorgeously melodic path. There's no better way to close out your CHBP weekend than with these soaring songs.
Also check out: Stallion (2:45 at Cha Cha) | Laura Gibson (6:10 at Vera Stage)
Capitol Hill Block Party
July 22–24, Capitol Hill, $50–$60; Festival pass $150–$300