Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood is the hard-partying heart of the city's music scene, and this past weekend the 14th annual Capitol Hill Block Party brought some 20,000 people into the streets to watch more than 60 bands over three gloriously sunny days, including MGMT, Atmosphere, the Dead Weather, and Yeasayer. The Block Party is also an important incubator of local talent, a national-caliber festival proud of its hometown roots.
For such a compact eventa mere three city blocksBlock Party offered astounding musical variety. Culled from a weekend of superlatives, here's our best of the best. -- Jonathan Zwickel
Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing as a murky guitar yowls in the background. Coming so soon after a silky smooth, Steely Dan-referencing guitar solo courtesy of his equally musical father Chris Nielson, it’s a tonally… More »