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Monday, July 21, 2008

Playing the Capitol Hill Block Party: Black Whales, Abe Vigoda, Grand Ole Party

posted by on July 21 at 11:11 AM

We all know Vampire Weekend, the Hold Steady, Devotchka, and Girl Talk will be here this week, but there are dozens of other bands on the Block Party line-up that shouldn’t go ignored.




Black Whales are a new band with some members of old bands like the Catheters, Tallbirds, Tourist, and Spacesuit. Like many acts in this city, they’re reviving a sound that could’ve been born during a back-porch jam session fueled by whiskey and tambourines—but they beef up their foot-stomping folk with some classic rock guitar and the rough edges of early garage. They’ve got that folk feeling, but with a little more attitude and swagger.

Black Whales play the King Cobra stage Friday at 4–4:30 pm. Hear them via MySpace here.



Grand Ole Party are, in fact, a party, fueled by bluesy riffs and head-rattling bass. Frontwoman Kristin Gundred is both the drummer and the sexy siren belting out lyrics like: “I must be the devil’s daughter, what a dark father to dwell in me.” She’s a female Jack White. But hotter.

Grand Ole Party play the Vera stage Saturday at 9–9:45 pm.

Grand Ole Party - “Look Out Young Son



L.A.’s Abe Vigoda have a sound that will sit nicely with fans of local rock trio Talbot Tagora, who are also playing the Block Party. Just like TT, Abe Vigoda craft songs that magically waiver between messy blasts and surprisingly well-structured nods to post punk (which has been regurgitated so many times, it usually sounds watered down, artless, and shallow). Their sound succeeds on one part talent and one part youthful enthusiasm.

Abe Vigoda play the Vera Stage Friday at 5:15–6 pm.

Abe Vigoda - “Dead City/Waste Wilderness

Want to win two weekend passes to the Block Party? Listen to this week’s Setlist to find out how!

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I caught BLACK WHALES in Portland earlier this month when I went to Slabtown to see Slender Means. What a kick in the ass!

They gave away their CD and I've been spinning it ever since. KEXP's John Richards has their CD on his list of "Top Northwest CD's of 2008".

Thanks for the tips, Megan!

Posted by thirsty | July 22, 2008 8:59 AM

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