Your Complete Guide to Capitol Hill Block Party

Michete's Dick-Sucking Anthems Slap at Capitol Hill Block Party

Michete played Saturday evening at Barboza
Michete played Saturday evening at Barboza. Timothy Kenney

Last night was the last Michete performance of 2019. As she tweeted a couple of days ago, the Seattle pop star won't be performing outside of her standing spot at MUGZ—Americano's drag monthly—for the rest of the year.

Michete told Barboza's packed out crowd she was going to take this time to take care of the woman behind Michete, Mimi, and get into a new creative space. And also to get bigger titties.

“It’s our constitutional right to have big titties,” she said. She's right—I remember having to memorize that part of the Constitution in junior high.

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✨Photos of Lizzo at Capitol Hill Block Party 2019✨

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Last Day! Here's Today's Full Schedule for Capitol Hill Block Party 2019

The last day of Capitol Hill Block Party is here! For your convenience, here's today's full schedule (click the image to see a larger version).

Our top picks for today are Aminé, Cuco, Spesh, TERMINATor, Toe Jam, and Yves Tumor.

See more information about all of these artists on our Capitol Hill Block Party calendar, see our critics' picks here, find a map here, and get tickets here. Plus, check out the artists performing all weekend at the Pettirosso and Wildrose stages here, and the Runaway stage here.

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It's Time for Capitol Hill Block Party, Baby!

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JPEGMAFIA Timothy Kenney

JPEGMAFIA AT THE MAIN STAGE

JPEGMAFIA’s raw-ass set might be the best that’ll happen at Block Party, if only for his between-song chatter and unconventional stage presence. “I am SO tired,” he announced before dedicating the first track to Denzel Curry. JPEG forgot his laptop, so he plugged his phone into the mixer. “I just hope nobody texts me during the set,” he said. “This next song was produced by a police officer; who knew cops could make good beats?”

This Jamaican-American rapper stalked the stage like Black Flag-era Henry Rollins and barked like Bad Brains’ H.R. Dude is punk af, staggering into the crowd, surfing on bodies, and inspiring moshpits. The splenetic beats of “Real Nega” would make Minutemen’s George Hurley proud.

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For Pride This Year, Uncle Ike’s Gave Entre Hermanos a Big Lift

Do you ever sit up at night, or in the morning, afternoon, early evening, and all other times, dwelling on how absolutely fucked our immigration system is and how powerless most of us are to do anything about it? Haha same! But while none of us can personally abolish ICE, there are things we can do right here in Seattle to improve the lives of immigrants and asylum seekers. Specifically the LGBTQ+ ones served by Entre Hermanos.

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Day Two! Here's Today's Full Schedule for Capitol Hill Block Party 2019

Day two of Capitol Hill Block Party is here! For your convenience, here's today's full schedule (click the image to see a larger version).

Our top picks for today are DYED, Lizzo, Michete, Spesh, Still Woozy, Tres Leches, and A Tribe Called Red.

You can also see more information about all of these artists on our Capitol Hill Block Party calendar, see our critics' picks here, find a map here, get tickets here, and see tomorrow's schedule here. Plus, check out the artists performing all weekend at the Pettirosso and Wildrose stages here, and the Runaway stage here.

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17 Ways to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing in Seattle

Dont miss the Smithsonians touring exhibit Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission, on view in its only West Coast appearance at the Museum of Flight, where you can see images like this one of astronaut Buzz Aldrin walking on the surface of the moon, plus artifacts like the Apollo 11 command module.
Don't miss the Smithsonian's touring exhibit Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission, on view in its only West Coast appearance at the Museum of Flight, where you can see images like this one of astronaut Buzz Aldrin walking on the surface of the moon, plus artifacts like the Apollo 11 command module. Photo courtesy of NASA

Today marks 50 years since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land on the moon. If you want to geek out over the epoch-making accomplishment and marvel at the power of space science, there’s plenty in store, from the Museum of Flight's three-day Lunar Block Party to a screening of the 1989 documentary For All Mankind to a moon-watching party with the Seattle Astronomical Society. Find them all below and on our Apollo Anniversary calendar.

JULY 19-21
'For All Mankind'
Brian Eno scored this 1989 documentary about NASA's Apollo missions, featuring footage shot by astronauts and unseen by the public until the release of this film. It'll be a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing.
SIFF Film Center, Seattle Center

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Slog PM: Shit Is Everywhere, Maybe We're Going to War This Weekend, Watch This Gay-Ass Movie

Not porn. Diamantino is playing at SIFF this weekend. You should see it.
Not porn. Diamantino is playing at SIFF this weekend. You should see it. Courtesy Kino Lorber

The man killed outside ICE's Tacoma detention center "had a complex life": Reports the Seattle Times, which just released an in-depth profile on the man, Will Van Spronsen. Some quick takeaways: He lived on a creepy bus on Vashon Island. He used to be in a band. He wrote a manifesto. He was "always venting." He died in a "hail of bullets."

Trump takes it back: Yesterday, Trump told reporters he was "unhappy" with the racist "SEND HER BACK" chants that broke out at his recent rally in North Carolina in reference to Rep. Ilhan Omar. Today, he took it back, telling reporters that Ilhan is “lucky to be where she is, let me tell you. And the things that she has said are a disgrace to our country.” He went on to say that his supporters at his rally "are incredible people. Those are incredible patriots."

Iran has seized a British tanker and stopped another: Things are heating up—again—in the Strait of Hormuz. Tensions have been rising daily in the region. Iran claims the British ships were "violating international regulations," according to CNN. Trump, meanwhile, has seized on this seizure. "This only goes to show what I'm saying about Iran. Trouble. Nothing but trouble," he said. "It goes to show you I was right about Iran." The UK has also called the seizures "unacceptable" and "an escalation."

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Ballots Are in the Mail, Noam Chomsky Endorses Sawant, Rich Moms Love George Michael Michael George, And More City Council Election News

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Vote, ya dingus! Your ballot is in the mail, meaning it’s finally time to narrow the shitshow of 55 candidates down to just 14. If you don’t receive your ballot by Monday, July 22, give King County Elections a call at 206-296-VOTE (8683). Not registered to vote yet? Not to worry! My colleague Nathalie Graham breaks down how you can still register in person.

Noam Chomsky endorses Kshama Sawant: Seattle’s most famous socialist just got the support of one of the world’s most famous living philosophers. MIT’s Noam Chomsky said Sawant’s “accomplishments and plans are a model for what the country badly needs,” according to a post to Sawant’s Facebook page.

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It's Time to Lay the Old Northgate Mall to Rest

Put it out of its misery already.
Put it out of its misery already. DAVID COLE

Almost a year ago, it was announced that Northgate Mall was going to get a big, fat redesign. The light rail is on its way, the National Hockey League needs some practice rinks, and, though 90 percent of the new site will still be retail, the storied mall has run its course.

News has been trickling out that all the big flagship stores that seemed impervious to change like Nordstrom and Macy's—which was there originally as the Bon Marche when the mall first opened in 1950—are closing. Goodbye, JC Penney, so long, Old Navy. It's a fire sale for Northgate stores and, well, it turns out that everything must go.

If you're looking for some cheap shopping, spend your weekend pillaging Northgate's bones for any meat that's left.

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Inbox Jukebox Track of the Day: The Swervedriver-esque "The Souls of Lost and Found" by Seattle Shoegazers New Age Healers

These guys couldve recorded for Creation back in the day.
These guys could've recorded for Creation back in the day. Chris Schanz

New Age Healers, "The Souls of Lost and Found" (self-released)

Seattle quartet New Age Healers dropped their third album, Debris, last month, and its nine songs solidly recall shoegaze's moodily majestic, '90s halcyon daze. Recorded and mixed by Barrett Jones (Nirvana, Melvins, Foo Fighters) at Laundry Room Studio, Debris pushes those widescreen rock buttons: sky-strafing melodies, yearning vocals, plangent and fuzzy guitar tones, canyon-straddling choruses. It's a heady sound that's turning out to have some legs, as the careers of Swervedriver and Failure—bands NAH most resemble—have proved.

"The Souls of Lost and Found" closes out Debris on a euphonious note. If it sounds like a Swervedriver B-side from 1991, well, that Creation Records band's flipsides were always its best cuts and we should be grateful that somebody in town is still evoking such grandiose beauty. The mellifluity with which guitarist/songwriter Owen Murphy sings "You’re deep in space/But you’re not alone/So hold my hand/And welcome home" is worth the price of admission alone, but the rest of the song—especially those sighing "hey now"s—is a lustrous swirl of consoling calm in a mad world.

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On the Weekend We Celebrate the First Human Step on the Moon, We Should Also Watch Capricorn One Even Though It Stars O. J. Simpson

You will always find me in the same camp with the sane people who don't doubt that humans first visited the moon on July 20, 1969. In my opinion, which tends to side with non-violence, Buzz's 2002 jaw-clocking of a conspiracy cretin is understandable. But I'm also in the camp that can't deny Capricorn One. It's a masterpiece of '70s cinema. The film is about three American astronauts who, before a trip to Mars, are dragged out of their spaceship and forced to perform the journey on a flimsy Hollywood-like set. This is Nixon-era paranoia on turbo. And it's fun, with great performances all around. There's the father of Josh Brolin (James Brolin), Sam Waterston, and O.J. Simpson.

Now, we know that O.J. Simpson did this "something." But no matter how you feel about the outcome of the "crime of the century," is it really fair to blame it on Capricorn One's O.J.? What was done by this one? If truth be accepted, the star of this movie is exactly the man you saw: The most celebrated football star in the universe. To assume that there is only one O.J. reveals that, philosophically speaking, you adhere to the doctrine that there is no free will.

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It's Time! Here's Today's Full Schedule for Capitol Hill Block Party 2019

Capitol Hill Block Party is here! For your convenience, here's today's full schedule (click the image to see a larger version).

Our top picks for the first day of the festival are Actionesse, the Black Tones, Hanssen (Wildrose Stage), JPEGMAFIA, Mitski, Peach Pit, Phantogram, and Red Ribbon.

You can also see more information about all of these artists on our Capitol Hill Block Party calendar, see our critics' picks here, find a map here, get tickets here, see the Saturday schedule here, and see the Sunday schedule here. Plus, check out the artists performing all weekend at the Pettirosso and Wildrose stages here, and the Runaway stage here.

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2019 Must-See: Cuco

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Cuco Courtesy CHBP

It's hard not to sway to the bilingual dream pop of Cuco. His lo-fi lullabies are infectious; "Lo Que Siento," his most popular single, has more than 51 million streams on Spotify. But while his music is decidedly chill, this Hawthorne, California–based solo artist has been down a tumultuous path producing his first album, Para Mi, out July 26. Last October, Cuco and his band were involved in a terrible car accident that wiped out most of the album's material. But now, after recovering, the 21-year-old is one of the most sought after rising artists, recently the subject of a bidding war that culminated with Interscope—the record label that's been home to Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, and Lana Del Rey, among many others—buying him out for seven figures. SEVEN! His brokenhearted love songs are about to be everywhere. I'm not mad about it.

Cuco performs at at Capitol Hill Block Party 2019 Sunday, 9–10 pm, on the Vera Stage. Some media below.

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Where to Go for National Ice Cream Day This Sunday: The 25 Best Places in Seattle

The artisan ice creamery Salt and Straw is just one of many places you can celebrate Ice Cream Day this weekend.
The artisan ice creamery Salt and Straw is just one of many places you can celebrate Ice Cream Day this weekend. Salt and Straw via Facebook

This Sunday, July 21, is National Ice Cream Day, and, while we understand that you may view it as a fake holiday and an excuse to sell more ice cream, we also know that ice cream is delicious and it's the perfect weather for it. So we're using this day as an excuse to remind you that, on our Things To Do calendar, there are comprehensive listings of Seattle ice cream shops, complete with recommendations from our critics. Below, we've also compiled their picks, plus, at the end of the list, a few ice cream-related events coming up.

Bluebird Ice Cream
Bluebird crafts wonderful, ultra-smooth small-batch ice cream in flavors like chocolate pudding, Elysian stout, and snickerdoodle, as well as an array of from-scratch sodas. Both are good on their own, but even better together in an ice cream float.
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Our Favorite Online Vendors Coming to This Weekend's Northwest Thrift-Con


This coming Sunday, July 21, the city of Tacoma will play host to Northwest Thrift-Con, a vintage and streetwear clothing expo in the downtown’s historic Court House Square. Sporting over 40 vendors and featuring designers, educators, food, cocktails and DJ’s, Northwest Thrift-Con is part of a wider moment for vintage fashion happening right now around the world.

In advance of the event, The Stranger is profiling pickers and vintage dealers who make the Pacific Northwest’s vintage scene special, both online and IRL. Last week we featured some of Tacoma’s best year-round vintage vendors, many of whom will be exhibiting at the show. To follow that up, we’re exploring the world of online vintage sellers set to pop-up at Thrift-Con.

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The internet, we all can agree, is awful right now, a statement to which there are very few exceptions. One happens to be the pursuit of vintage clothing and collectibles online. It’s a pastime experiencing its Golden Era here at the end of the Twenty-Teens, serviced by a zeal of digital marketplaces like Etsy, DePop, Poshmark, Instagram and Ebay, each offering a direct-sale platform impossible to imagine even 20 years ago. Whatever it is you’re looking for—almost without limit—you can find it online, and indeed, connect with a seller who is passionate not just about taking your money, but about the piece itself.

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