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    Vampire Weekend, Hold Steady, and More Take Over Seattle

    A massive crowd of Seattle scenesters clogged the arteries of the main drag of one of the city's most eclectic neighborhoods to celebrate the Capitol Hill Block Party this past weekend (July 25 – 26). On day one, Girl Talk dominated the main stage, inviting a slew of dance fanatics on stage. While the long-haired, headbanded DJ mixed everyone's favorite '90s anthems, fans were lucky to catch a glimpse of the man himself between the bouncing teens, who resembled an MTV spring break audience. The streets turned into complete gridlock as the crowd continued to expand to catch a few Girl Talk songs, or to observe the dancers, several of which were armed with squirt guns that emulated Seattle rain in the warmth of the summer afternoon. In an abrupt shift of musical styles, Les Savy Fav took the stage.

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    Earlimart Lifts the Seattle Clouds at Chop Suey

    It was a dreary, cloudy evening in Seattle last night (July 22). It was hard to believe it was the middle of summer... that is, until Earlimart took the stage at Chop Suey to share a bit of California sunshine with the city's weary denizens. With dried flowers and garlands of white Christmas lights adorning the stage, Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray brought an atmosphere of warm festivity to the intimate gathering of fans. Backed not only by a projection screen flashing calm and haunting visuals, they were also joined by former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle on backup vocals. The group kicked off the well-rounded set with several tracks from their latest album, Hymn and Her, released just a couple weeks ago. The sleepy Seattle fans perked up as soon as the first few notes of the title track permeated the room.

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    Little Ones Brighten Seattle's Monday Blues

    Despite the late hour on a Monday night (May 12), Los Angeles' the Little Ones brought out their big guns as fans stoically gathered at Seattle's Chop Suey to hear the quintet's shiny indie-pop blast out in a grande-sized set. With hints of 1970's surf rock in attire and arrangement, the five gents kicked off the evening with a smiley performance of fan favorite, "Oh, MJ!" And with huge, toothy grins and a bit of bounce in their step, the Little Ones easily turned a sleepy, I-can't-believe-it's-only-Monday audience into a jumping, clapping mob in no time at all; soon the venue was bursting with bouts of laughter, happy-go-lucky dancing, and spirited sing-alongs. Using tambourines, hand claps, cowbell, shakers, and a woodwind-flavored synth, the shaggy-haired quintet didn't hesitate to preview their latest LP, Morning Tide (originally set for release in April, but pushed back to later t

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    Fans Worship Sun Kil Moon's Sonic Scripture

    In the Cathedral-like auditorium of Seattle's Town Hall venue last night (April 16), a thrift store-clad crowd waited in hushed anticipation while Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek tuned the strings of his black acoustic guitar and timidly requested for the lights to be dimmed. With guitarist Phil Carney seated at his side, Kozelek then gently tore the curtain of silence with the opening chords of "Heron Blue" off Sun Kil Moon's latest release, April. Like tea-light candles, the dimmed bulbs overhead allowed the audience to lose themselves in the delicate, trickling echoes of guitar strings and Kozelek's soft yet rugged chants.

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    British Sea Power Drop Anchor in Seattle

    A British Sea Power show is never without its share of regalia -- nautical outfits, an assortment of signal flags, a bear mascot -- and last night's set at Seattle's Neumo's was no exception. Opening with "No Lucifer," the single from their recently released third LP, Do You Like Rock Music?, frontman Yan (aka Scott Wilkinson) paraded about as red and white flags flapped overhead. Later, after rolling through a handful of gems from their 2003 debut, The Decline of British Sea Power, BSP stunted the pacing with a gentle, meandering performance of Rock Music's "Canvey Island." BSP's antics had the crowd in stitches, particularly when attempting amateur acrobatics or during an appearance by Ursine Ultra, the aforementioned bear mascot.

  • Ben Kweller Gets Crafty with MGD

    A crowd of no more than 300 gathered within the cozy confines ofSeattle's Neumo's venue last night (Nov. 28) to catch indie rocktroubadour Ben Kweller offer a light-hearted spin on songwriting for Miller Genuine Draft's final installment of the Craft.Donning a white Bermuda-style fedora, Kweller, with drummer Mark Steproand bassist Chris Morrissey in tow, kicked the evening off with a veryhonest and playful performance of "The Rules." The NYCsinger/songwriter also described his time with first band Radish ("Iknew I didn't want to be in the limelight at 17. No one takes youseriously."), dished about his passion as a musician ("The Beatles gotme into writing music ...Nirvana really made me want to have a band."),and life on the road with 18-month-old son Dorian ("He's been on theroad since he's been like a month old. We're a gypsy family.

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