PREVIEW: Capitol Hill Block Party Must-See Acts
Written by Lanny Lieu on July 15, 2015
Hello, KPSU Blog-readers. Thank you so much for gracing us with your presence. You are dearly loved.
The bad news is, Treefort Music Festival is over and Lanny and I (Mo) cry and miss it every day. The good new is, Lanny and Momo are takin’ Capitol Hill Block Party. That’s right folks, That One Asian Girl and That Other Black Girl are headin’ up into the great state of WASHINGTON to watch some PEOPLE sing SONGS in front of OTHER PEOPLE but let’s be real – the only reason Lanny and I are actually going is so we can truly find The Best Sandwich in America. Lanny and I actually have really clashing music tastes so good thing we agree on food. Without further ado, here’s a rundown of each of our must-see lists.
Mo’s Must-See Acts:
What’s up, fam? Ya gurl, Lanny Lieu here and I second everything Mo has already said. Yes, we love sandwiches and music festivals and we both have quite different music tastes so I guess this preview will sort of be the best of both worlds for everyone, right? One thing Mo did not mention that I am just going to bring up right now is, I really hope I run into Macklemore so I can congratulate him on legalizing same-sex marriage… we ran into Youth Lagoon in Boise so why not Macklemore in Seattle?
Lanny’s Must-See Acts:
What is cooler than two 18-year-old girls killin’ it in the lo-fi punk rock scene? Pretty much nothing!!! Girlpool is a rather new duo based out of L.A., consisting of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad and us Capitol Hill Block Party attendees will have the opportunity to be graced by their lovely tunes. I first heard of Girlpool when their EP was sent to my music office last year. Since then, they’ve released their full-length debut album, Before The World Was Big (Witchita), one of my favorite albums of the year so far. It’s also one of the most sincere albums I’ve heard in a while. It’s amazing how much raw emotion these ladies can convey through just their guitar, bass, and vocal harmonies. If you want to cry your heart out and watch an incredibly young, talented, and fresh act, I highly recommend seeing Girlpool. P.S. they’ll be touring with Alex G, Joyce Manor, and Frankie Cosmos very soon!!
Charlie Yin, who might be better known as Giraffage, might be one of the best producers in the game right now. Everything he touches is gold. From his original work to remixes (just check out his R. Kelly remix), Yin never disappoints. In addition to his two full-length LPs, he just dropped a cut earlier this week called “Impression of You” with Viceroy, featuring Patrick Baker and it’s perhaps one of the sickest tracks of the summer. It honestly would not surprise me if this kid ends up collaborating with some big name artists in the near future. I’m 110% sure if you don’t go to this set, you’ll regret it for the rest of your life!!
Ooh if anything, these boys are GOOD-GOOD-NOT-BAD. BADBADNOTGOOD is an instrumental trio who play hip-hop inspired jazz with a modern twist to things. I highly suggest you listen to their collaborative record with Ghostface Killah, if you haven’t already. I’ve missed these guys twice this year due to a set cancellation at Treefort and an age restriction in Portland so I am super pumped to see these guys in a few weeks, if things go accordingly.
Crater is a trip-hop duo out of Seattle, Washington. Huffington Post recently praised as a band that needs to be known and I could not agree more! I’m so ready to see these ladies transcend beyond genres and transform their choreographed dances into a live performance and you should be too!!!
I first discovered this trio a while back while I was looking for tunes to get me hyped for a radio show. If I had to describe Wet to someone, I’d say Wet is like the love child of Los Angeles’ Banks and the New Zealand electronic duo, Klo. If you’re into electronic pop, chances are, Wet will be everything you’re looking for. Be sure to catch them on Sunday afternoon at Capitol Hill Block Party!