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May 18, 2011 at 9:50 AM

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2011: lineup, thoughts

Posted by Andrew Matson

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Photo by Seattle Times, from last year's extensive and lovingly packaged live/mobile CHBP coverage

The 15th annual Capitol Hill Block Party — Seattle's in-the-streets music festival, aka Bumbershoot edited for hipness — happens July 22 - 24. Tickets go on sale May 20 at 10:00 a.m. at capitolhillblockparty.com.

The lineup is below, with more announcements to come.

Local bands are bolded, counting the whole Pacific Northwest as local. If I missed some, please let me know in the comments and I'll make changes. I've starred bands I'm personally excited to see.

My general impression of the lineup: weak headliners, excellent middle tier and local acts. Selections in some cases appear to reflect what booking agencies are pushing this summer, and some are managed by companies that Block Party organizers have a stake in. But mostly we are looking at a very strong lineup of regional talent.

Luckily for Capitol Hill Block Party, the scene in/around Seattle is cracking these days, and musicians really do see playing the festival as a big deal, a rite of passage, something that matters. That all works to the CHBP goer's benefit, especially those interested in music, and not just the amorphous "festival experience."

And to clear up an inevitable confusion: "The Rolling Stones" is a Seattle Rolling Stones cover band featuring members of Truckasauras, Flexions, Blood Brothers/Past Lives and Whalebones.


TV ON THE RADIO
EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY
GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY
THURSTON MOORE*
THE CAVE SINGERS*
BATTLES*
RA RA RIOT*
LES SAVY FAV*
HANDSOME FURS*
THE POSIES*
KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS*
YUCK
F____D UP
TELEKINESIS
CULTS
COLD CAVE*
WOODS
FENCES
PINK MOUNTAINTOPS
MY GOODNESS
PAPERCUTS
AUSTRA
THE FRESH AND ONLYS*
MAD RAD
FRESH ESPRESSO*
CHAMPAGNE CHAMPAGNE*
FEDERATION X
THEESATISFACTION*
RAVENNA WOODS*
AKIMBO*
YOUNG EVILS*
BLACK BREATH*
GRYNCH*
ABSOLUTE MONARCHS*
ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER
GRAVE BABIES*
BEAT CONNECTION*
GRAND HALLWAY
CAMPFIRE O.K.
LOCH LOMOND
SKARP
LISA DANK
SOL*
PAINTED PALMS*
MASH HALL*
METAL CHOCOLATES*
UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA*
TEEN DAZE
CRAFT SPELLS*
BOAT*
LAKE*
VIRGIN ISLANDS
SPURM*
ELEPHANT RIDER
THE PHARMACY*
LOVESICK EMPIRE*
CONSTANT LOVERS
SLOW DANCE
DON'T TALK TO THE COPS*
NAZCA LINES
THOMAS WRIGHT TRIO
LOVERS
YARN OWL
THE FIRST TIMES
REPORTER*
LUMERIANS
SEAPONY*
WHEELIES*
SLOW DANCE
THE LUMINEERS
WITCH GARDENS*
HE WHOSE OX IS GORED*
LAND OF PINES
BUSTER BLUE
THE FIRST TIMES
"THE ROLLING STONES"*
HAUSU*
YUNI IN TAXCO
SPORTS
SPACE NEEDLE*
OHNONOS
FOUR COLOR ZACK
DJ TIGERBEAT
DJ SEAN CEE
DJ N8

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