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
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