The 5 bands to see at Capitol Hill Block Party

Don't miss our picks for this weekend's event!

July 20, 2016

Capitol Hill Block Party is upon us again, which means 104 bands are descending on our great city for some live music shenanigans across the three-day festival. 

104 bands is A LOT of music, but I whittled the list down to the five acts I don't think you should miss (and then a few more that I would highly recommend if you have the time) while you are traipsing around Capitol Hill this weekend.

1. Car Seat Headrest (Saturday - 6:00 p.m. - Main Stage)

This once-one-man band of Will Toledo has grown to a full band who surprised the scene with their latest record Teens of Denial. It's the 13th entry into the catalogue of music for the frontman, but each addition gets better and the latest is the cherry on top (so far). The album received stellar reviews, and Toledo is known for his honest lyrics and performances, making this a set certified "must-see."


2. Tangerine (Saturday - 3:00 p.m. - Vera Stage)

Not only is Tangerine already a dope band, but if you catch their set at CHBP, it'll be a small glimpse at this year's Summer Camp (they play Day 1). Tangerine is this month's Locals Only Artist of the Month and the band kicks ass. Their latest EP Behemoth! has been getting overall positive reviews from the likes of Vice, and if their live set is as fun as their music, this could be one of the best shows on a sunny day in Seattle this weekend.


3. The Joy Formidable (Sunday - 4:45 p.m. - Main Stage)

Yeah, you know "Whirring" is the jam and The Joy Formidable doesn't need much introduction, but this is your one reminder to NOT MISS THIS SET. They are fresh off releasing their fourth full-length album Hitch and they haven't lost a step. If their dedicated social media following has any merit, it is sure to be a packed house when they play the main stage Sunday at 4:45 p.m.


4. Manatee Commune (Sunday - 10:00 p.m. - Neumos Stage)

This Bellingham electronic artist Grant Eadie is another electronic artist that should be on your radar as you head to the hill this weekend. He is playing a late set on Sunday night (10:00 p.m. @ Neumos). Don't let the late spot fool you, if you are the type that makes it three days and still has the energy, this is where you will want to be. 


5. ODESZA (Saturday -10:30 p.m. - Main Stage)

This might seem obvious, almost so obvious that you might skip it for a little New Music Discovery, which we can respect. But seriously, don't miss ODESZA's set. These WWU kids (shoutouts to Bellingham) took the world by storm with their song "How Did I Get Here" in 2012, but firmly asserted themselves as brilliant minds with their single "Say My Name" from their 2014 album In Return. Make sure to fight your way into a good spot to check out this local group's live set.

Other bands you should see if you have time:

Iska Dhaaf (Friday @ 6:00 p.m.)

The Good Wives (Saturday @ 4:45 p.m.)

The Grizzled Mighty (Saturday @ 9:00 p.m.)

Chvrches (Sunday @ 8:45 p.m.)

Cave Singers (Sunday @ 9:00 p.m.)

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