chbp picks for friday, july 23rd

holy fuck

Weirdo, beat-driven noise from Nova Scotia. Unexpected great dance music. -KC
MAIN STAGE @ 9:15PM

shabazz palaces

Intelligent rap featuring Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler of Digable Planets’ fame, that breaks the standard rap mold and reinvents it all at the same time. -PW
MAIN STAGE @ 6:00PM

bear in heaven

These Brooklynites create super catchy, emotive music and have great taste in synthesizers. -KC
(VIDEO INTERVIEW)
+ MAIN STAGE @ 5:00PM

head like a kite

The ultimate party band. Expect back up sings, guest MC’s, pandas, grim reapers and more from this dynamic duo. -KC
+ NEUMO’S @ 8:45PM

mahjongg

K Records band blending worldly influences into an experimental, tropical noise mash-up. Whoa. -VH
VERA STAGE @ 8:15PM

chris pureka

Coming all the way from Northhampton, MA, Chris Pureka is a singer-songwriter with deliciously androgynous stylings and just plain solid songwriting. -VH
VERA STAGE @ 7:00PM

usf

U.S.F. (aka Universal Studios Florida) are Seattle locals who have transformed their bright starbursts of sound into a multimedia experience. -VH
VERA STAGE @ 5:00PM

helms alee

An absurdly loud noise trio from Seattle put on this Earth solely to destroy eardrums through massive waves of distortion. -PW
CHA CHA STAGE @ 9:45PM

the absolute monarchs

These Seattle-based garage rockers with post-punk leanings sound as though they put on a helluva show. Yet another reason to hit up the Cha. -VH
CHA CHA STAGE @ 7:45PM


chbp picks for saturday, july 24th

blonde redhead

Female-led dreamy, shoegazey pop from NYC. This is their only Seattle performance prior to the release of their new album, Penny Sparkle, so you can expect to hear a lot of new material.
+ MAIN STAGE @ 9:00PM

obits

These dudes have been in bands like Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, and Pitchfork, and practiced for a whopping three years before ever playing live. After that many rehearsals, they’re guaranteed to put on a killer show. -KC
+ MAIN STAGE @ 3:30PM

Here We Go Magic

Luke Temple leads this quintet through windy psychedlic folk masterpieces. -KC
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!!!

!!! (aka Chk Chk Chk) fuse electronic, dance, funk, world, and punk into something way too likeable. -PW
MAIN STAGE @ 7:30PM

atmosphere

Atmosphere are the flag-bearers of introspective and self-deprecating rap. Slug is a bi-polar kid on stage — just one whose ups and downs you don’t feel bad about witnessing. -PW
MAIN STAGE @ 10:30PM

blitzen trapper

This Portland folk-rock outfit is becoming the new standard bearers for the Americana sound. Plus, with all that plaid and beards, they are Northwest to the core. -PW
(DESTROYER OF THE VOID REVIEW)
+ MAIN STAGE @ 6:00PM

black breath

A Seattle metal outfit with a penchant for ruthlessly evil riffs. Bring a neck brace; your head will need it afterwards. -PW
VERA STAGE @ 6:30PM

zola jesus

The project of opera-trained vocalist Nika Roza Danilova, Zola Jesus craft an all-encompassing moody atmosphere that explores beauty in the mind’s dark places. -VH
VERA STAGE @ 10:45PM

grand hallway

With eight members and a diverse slew of lush instrumentation, Grand Hallway are a brilliant live band to see. -VH
(INTERVIEW)
+ VERA STAGE @ 9:30PM

spurm

A playful band influenced by electronica, funk, and jazz in the most unpredictable of ways. -VH
CHA CHA STAGE @ 4:45PM

past lives

“… a torrent of angular carnage and righteous fury.”
(TAPESTRY OF WEBS ALBUM REVIEW)
+ NEUMOS @ 9:00PM

feral children

Combining boatloads of energy with drumming fury and an unconventional stage setup, Feral Children have consistently blown away showgoing crowds. -VH
(INTERVIEW)
+ CHA CHA STAGE @ 9:45PM


chbp picks for sunday, july 25th

real estate

If Delorean is the soundtrack to a summer beach party in Ibiza, then Real Estate is the soundtrack to a beach party in the Pacific Northwest. For those who enjoy breezy vocals, twangy guitars, and well-crafted pop songs. -KC
MAIN STAGE @ 5:00PM

the maldives

The Maldives are a local country rock outfit that is all the rage right now, and with good reason. They are classic enough to appease the old timers, but pack a rock punch for all the young’uns as well. -PW
+ MAIN STAGE @ 2:45PM

truckasauras

The “Truck” are comprised of four dudes, a bunch of sequencers, drum machines, Game Boys, and a live video editor who mashes up VHS tapes of WWF matches from the ’80s. Not to be missed. Enough said. -KC
NEUMOS @ 9:15PM

cynic

Cynic practically wrote the book on fusing death metal and jazz over a decade ago. After a long hiatus, the band that helped defined the term tech-metal is back and shredding across the nation again. -PW
VERA STAGE @ 8:15PM

victor shade

The new alter-ego from local MC, Ra Scion, whose previous group Common Market created some of the most literary sound raps on the planet. Expect the same intensity, and the same intelligence. -PW
VERA STAGE @ 7:00PM

ravenna woods

Three clever bearded lads from Seattle who play some foot-stomping acoustic jams. The guitarwork alone puts this band a notch above the competition. -KC
+ VERA STAGE @ 4:15PM

wet paint dmm

Yelping, drumming, and boatloads of reverb make Wet Paint DMM an explosive band that runs the energetic all-ages show circuit. -VH
CHA CHA STAGE @ 7:45PM

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