CHBP Preview: Five to watch

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Speok Mathambo Photo by Sean Metelerkamp

Capitol Hill Block Party is a few days away and this year’s lineup is filled with notable names from the indie rock realm. Chances are you will already be checking out sets by the likes of Grimes, Major Lazer, Phantogram, Aesop Rock and the other major acts of note. But what about some of the national artists who are off the beaten path? Here are five worth seeking out this weekend.

Spoek Mathambo (3:30 Saturday, Main stage)

Afro-furturistic hip-hip brought to you by the fine folks at Sub Pop.

Jaill (5:15 Sunday, Neumos)

I’ve written about Jaill previously. All you need to know is that they are great and you will like them.

Doomtree (5:15 Friday, Main stage)

High-quality hip-hop in  the collective form brought to you by the great state of Minnesota.

El Ten Eleven (7:45 p.m. Sunday, Neumos)

Not only are they a great rock band, but they have a song called “I Like Van Halen Because My Sister Says They Are Cool,” which is, well, cool.

Dam-Funk (2:15 Sunday, Main stage)

Start your Sunday with some funky grooves. Oh, and it’s pronounced “Dame” not damn.

Travis Hay

About Travis Hay

Travis Hay is a professional music journalist who has spent the past 14 years documenting and enjoying Seattle's diverse music scene. In 2009 he established Guerrilla Candy and is currently the site's editor and publisher. He has written for various media outlets including MSN Music, the Seattle-Post Intelligencer, Seattle Weekly, and others and was the founder and editor of defunct music site Ear Candy.