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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Playing the Block Party: Talbot Tagora, Little Party and the Bad Business, New Faces, and Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head

posted by on July 23 at 16:00 PM

The Block Party is very all-ages friendly—not only are two of the stages (the Mainstage and the Vera stage) both open to the underage fans, but a lot of the bands feature under 21 folks too. Here’s a look at some of the young talent you’ll see at the ol’ Block Party:

Talbot Tagora - “You Look Like a Human”
Perhaps the most promising young band in Seattle today, Talbot Tagora make ebullient music steeped in the full spectrum of post-punk tradition (strange that such a thing exists). Their metal-shaving guitars and rollicking, tom-buoyed beats lumber over their songs with as much wobbly kineticism as Howl’s Moving Castle, but the steam that powers their beast is a classic, pop-leaning emotionality. Huzzah for winning primitivism and those that employ it artfully! (SAM MICKENS)

Talbot Tagora play the Vera stage Friday at 4-4:45. Click here to read more about them.


Admit it, you want to dance and have a good time. You want fun, simple songs with catchy sing-alongs. Little Party and the Bad Business are three young men who can help you with your desires. Their exuberant synth pop is a guaranteed dance party, a celebration of everything wonderful about youth and friends and hanging out. Go and sing and dance. Be young, even if you’re old. (JEFF KIRBY)

Little Party and the Bad Business play the Vera stage Saturday at 2-2:30. Click here to hear them.

newfaceskexp.jpgPhoto by Kyle Johnson

Congratulations to new wave New Faces—the young (still in high school) Port Townsend trio won EMP’s annual Sound Off! competition earlier this year. While riding high on that victory, they also got signed to local label Loveless, who’ll release the band’s debut, Two Years, in August. All the victory is deserved—the band freshen up a sound brought to the dance-happy masses by way of Interpol and Franz Ferdinand. (MEGAN SELING)

New Faces play King Cobra Saturday at 3-3:30. Click here to hear them.

Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head Live at Easy Street
NPSH’s aesthetic is hot-pink-and-fluorescent-blue school-supply chic—which is probably because these kids were in high school, like, months ago. Their songs are soaked in ’80s dance-hit production values, the sort of unselfconscious homage you’d only be able to pull off if you grew up in the ’90s (which they did). Their first album is just out; according to their MySpace page, it’s called Glistening Pleasure “because it glistens and is very pleasurable.” (Fri, Vera, 10:15–11:15) CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE

Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head play the Vera stage Friday at 10:15-11:15 pm.

Oh, and hey, wanna go? Wanna WIN FREE WEEKEND PASSES? Yeah, you do. Send an e-mail to with BLOCK PARTY PASSES in the subject line. You have until 5 pm today to enter. That gives you only one hour. Hurry! And good luck!

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No, we don't wanna go.

Posted by You call that music? | July 23, 2008 5:02 PM

The block party is a pain in my ass. I have to pay to be in my own neighborhood and listen to many local bands that are chosen by boring uptight taste makers.

Some of the bands are good, don't get me wrong, but alot of them sound the same- That's what happens when a small handful of people decide what sounds good.. It becomes saturated and dull-

Oh well the Bumbershoot lineup looks pretty good this year- at least for Bumbershoot, I don't feel like I am paying to walk down my street- and it feels like an actual event I am paying for. But I do have some issues with this festival as well, but I will say it's better than the Block Party.

Posted by Andrew | July 27, 2008 2:57 AM

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