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.
Vince Staples is hardly the ingratiating type. “Don’t shake my hands unless you passing payment,” instructs the redoubtable young’un on “C.M.B.,” a paean to ruthlessly mercenary, Randian capitalism. “Keep your salutation / I need my 40 acres.” This ice-grilling Left Coaster is more Mack 10 than Myka 9, a verbal marksman who refuses to placate… More »