Seattle's 15th annual Capitol Hill Block Party will lure 15,000 music lovers to the city's hippest neighborhood from July 22-24 to check out 70-plus bands over three music-packed days. Headliners include TV on the Radio, Battles, Explosions in the Sky, Ghostland Observatory, and the Emerald City's own the Head and the Heart. But Block Party's soul lies in the up-and-comers that make up the rest of the fest. Here are six local heroes you should know.
If you pay attention to the sort of media that reasonably expects its audience to scroll through a list of 300 albums, you already know the fetching story of Shamir Bailey. A 20-year-old, male-pronoun-approving, gender-fluid African-American who grew up in Vegas and played country music until enough bizzers told him they didn’t know how to… More »