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  • JACK NEWTON

Boise, Idaho's Trevor Powers, aka one-man lo-fi project Youth Lagoon, took the main stage after one of those awkward introductions by a guy named Bob Ferguson who's running for an Attorney General position in Washington State. Seated behind a keyboard and joined by a friend on guitar, Powers' chord-driven pop numbers were stripped of most of the swirly production texture found on Year of Hibernation, but still sounded good drifting over the anxious midday crowd on an uncharacteristically cool, grey July evening.

There wasn't much to look at — a drum set sat at the back of the stage unplayed, while prerecorded drum tracks backed Powers and friend — but as Seattle Weekly writer Eric Grandy said while I ran into him towards the back of the crowd, "it's good to walk around to." It was a bit boring if you just stood there and watched, but was great for easing the way into Friday night, and a calm on the Block Party main stage before the storm that is Thee Oh Sees.