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Festival Preview, Music

6 Must-See Artists at Capitol Hill Block Party 2016

By: Staff 

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Capitol Hill Block Party is a three-day music and arts festival, celebrating Seattle’s iconic arts and music center, Capitol Hill. CHBP takes over six city blocks in the heart of this Seattle neighborhood, and showcases over 100 local and national artists, with notable festival alumni that includes Macklemore, Atmosphere, MGMT, Sonic Youth, Mudhoney, Jack White, The Presidents of the United States of America, Dillon Francis, Blue Scholars, and The Hold Steady. The grounds house three indoor venues, dozens of restaurants and bars, in addition to two outdoor stages built for the event.

Tickets to the 2016 Capitol Hill Block Party are on-sale now here.

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Goldlink
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To call GoldLink an aspiring rapper would not do him justice. The DMV-bred emcee accrued over three million plays on his Soundcloud and captured the attention of an entire industry with the rst project he ever released.

GoldLink’s sound doesn’t throw it all the way back to the boom-bap, New York style, nor is it entirely a product of digital production. Instead, the music mixes the buttery grooves of 90’s R&B with classic hip-hop breaks to give it an essence of nostalgia, and then turns on its head with bouncy, forward-thinking production style led by the likes of Ta-Ku and Kaytranda. Add that to GoldLink’s ability to ll every pocket of the dynamic instrumentals he tackles with a roller-coaster delivery, and suddenly your head is bobbing to the self-proclaimed “future-bounce” genre.

The racing mind of a 20-year old is usually not a romantically stable place, so you will often hear GoldLink battling the worries and woes of his love life. However, with the mental and social acuity of someone far beyond his years, it is not out of the ordinary to nd GoldLink tackling a larger social injustice. Whether it be dealing cocaine, gun-toting friends, an absent father, or the general hardship of growing up in the ghetto, there is substance in the sound.

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Laura Gibson

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Laura Gibson released her newest record Empire Builder on April 1st via Barsuk. Musically this is bigger and newer sound from Gibson, and the story behind it is undeniably compelling – 18 months ago, Gibson packed her life and moved from Portland to NYC to start grad school at Hunter College. She left behind a lot including family and her boyfriend. Her arrival story included not only a badly broken foot but the loss of her apartment and every single thing she owned when it exploded (she lived in the East Village apt building that famously exploded due to a gas leak). Lyrically and musically this album reflects all of this and more.

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Big Wild
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Stemming from a relentless desire to create something new, Big Wild’s sound taps into the natural curiosity we all share by exploring beyond conventional boundaries in music. This spark was ignited when he first began creating music under the heavy influence of modern hip-hop producers. Since then, he has increasingly drawn inspiration from the limitless potential of electronic music, while at the same time building a style unique to him.

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Washed Out
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The music recorded by Ernest Greene as Washed Out has been nothing if not dreamy, but for his second full-length, he’s taken the idea of letting your mind wander to another state a huge leap further. On his latest album, Paracosm (2013), the Georgia-based musician explores the album’s namesake phenomenon, where people create detailed imaginary worlds. The concept has been used to describe fantasy lands like Tolkien’s Middle Earth and C.S. Lewis’ Narnia, and it’s at the heart of the 2004 documentary In The Realms Of The Unreal about outsider artist Henry Darger.

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STRFKR
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Since the release of their 2008 debut album, STRFKR have relentlessly toured across the globe, delivering to their fans a guaranteed non-stop dance party.

With three proper albums and another to come in 2016, the band has a wealth of dance party hits at their disposal and their career-spanning live set is a sweat drenched laser soaked affair highlighted by their home made light show.

STRFKR began as a vehicle for Josh Hodges songwriting but quickly transformed into a full-fledged band with members Shawn Glassford and Keil Corcoran.

Discussion

One thought on “6 Must-See Artists at Capitol Hill Block Party 2016

  1. This is really interesting! Nice posts 🙂 loving your blog x

    Posted by laurenloveslyrics | June 10, 2016, 6:25 pm

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