July 27, 2007
V 35 Issue 30

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WEEKEND-Capitol Hill Block Party features hot bands
Silversun Pickups and Spoon headline; Daft Punk treats Seattle fans at WAMU ?to one of only five national performances

by Albert Rodriguez and Jessica Browning - SGN A&E Writers

Capitol Hill Block Party
July 27-28 - 3pm to 11pm
Pike and Broadway
(main entrance) - $15

Remember when the Capitol Hill Block Party took place in a, well - a block? It's now stretched to a multi-street mini festival with recognizable acts, like Silversun Pickups and Spoon. This might be a good time to mention that Spoon's newest CD, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, debuted last week at #10 on Billboard's 200 Albums chart. And, Silversun Pickups toured with Snow Patrol earlier this year and has sold over 200,000 copies of their breakthrough record Carnavas (SGN's Top Ten Albums/ CDs, 2006). Alas, you can see two fast-rising national acts in the heart of Capitol Hill this weekend.

Besides Silversun Pickups and Spoon, who I highly recommend checking out, the Block Party roster is filled with aspiring regional acts that include The Blood Brothers, The Cops, Blue Scholars, The Trucks, Kane Hodder and The Saturday Knights. I admit to being clueless to music made by many of these artists, mainly because I focus a lot of my attention on larger scale talent, but word on the street is that these artists are putting the Northwest on the music map, again. I have listened to Seattle-based punk ensemble The Blood Brothers and they rock hard and loud.

Last year, the Capitol Hill Block Party sold out before it even started - meaning no additional tickets at the gate. It could happen again, so buy advance tickets at Neumos or Urban Outfitters. Inside the festival, you'll find food vendors, jewelry sellers, social and political booths, outdoor beer patios and lots of excited party people listening to great music. Don't miss Silversun Pickups, on the Main Stage at 9:45 pm tonight (July 27), in such a unique and intimate space. You can read an interview with drummer Christopher Guanlao in last week's installment of "The Music Lounge" (, July 20 issue). A. Rodriguez

Artist essentials: Carnavas by Silversun Pickups featuring "Lazy Eye" and "Well Thought Out Twinkles" (SGN's Single/Track of the Year, 2006) and Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga by Spoon.

Daft Punk w/ The Rapture,
Sebastian & Kavinsky
Sunday, July 29 - 8pm
WaMu Theater - $40

If you were anywhere near a dance floor in the late 90's or early 2000's, you couldn't have missed the slamming electro-house sounds of French duo Daft Punk. Paris musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter began performing together under the Daft Punk moniker in 1993, and their brand of propulsive technoclash beats quickly took both the dance and alternative worlds by storm. In fact, Daft Punk (alongside breakbeat giants The Chemical Brothers) is credited among the first to successfully usher in a new era of dance music that achieved mainstream appeal to rock fans as well. Even if you don't know them by name, it's guaranteed you've tapped your foot or heard them pounding out of speakers near you at some point in the last decade.

Acclaimed director Spike Jonze began his rise to fame around the same time, and his videos for Daft Punk's "Da Funk" and "Around the World" caught on quickly and helped propel the debut album Homework to massive critical success. The white-hot blend of funk, dance, and synthesized vocals actually helped inspire the work of today's current crop of electronic success stories, such as LCD Soundsystem's first major hit - the lovingly titled "Daft Punk Is Playing At My House". "One More Time" (from sophomore release Discovery) was nominated for a Grammy in 2002, followed by another nomination for Best Dance Recording for 2005's Human ?After All.

This performance is going to be a very big event for club boys (and girls!) in the Northwest. Daft Punk's "Alive 2007" tour consists of only five US dates, one of which is a stop at Seattle's WaMu Theater. Say what you will about the WaMu; for a visual show as elaborate as this pair is known to put on, I actually believe that the large indoor setting will be perfect. No other local venue could contain an electronic, rave-inspired dance party this stunning.

Sneak peek clips making their rounds online have revealed Bangalter and De Homem-Christo decked out, dancing and pounding away in LED light helmets and their usual glammed-up robotic disguises. All you fashionistas will be pleased to note that the jumpsuits worn onstage were designed by Dior Homme designer Hedi Slimane. A pyramid-enclosed platform and grid formation of lasers and video screens flashes and gets the audience charged up and ready to dance like there's no tomorrow. It's going to be a legendary concert, mark my words.

New York City's The Rapture will be appearing as well, which is a treat in itself on such a spacious stage. Who could forget 2002's runaway groove "House of Jealous Lovers"? Appearing also will be newcomers Sebastian and Kavinsky. Arrive early to catch them all or grab a drink at one of the WaMu Theater's many newly installed full bars. The lighting is improved and there's never too much of a line in the lounge area. ?J. Browning

Artist Essentials: Check out Daft Punk's performance of "One More Time" during the 2007 Wireless Festival on ? AMAZING!

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