SPIN MAGAZINE NAMES THEY LIVE! ONE OF “THE FOUR BEST SEATTLE BANDS YOU DON’T KNOW”
Grunge may be long gone, but a handful of the Seattle bands that played at the Capitol Hill Block Party festival in their hometown this past weekend proved that the Emerald City’s music scene is still one of the country’s best.
Competing for the attention of the 16, 000 strong crowd with the likes of headliners Sonic Youth, Built to Spill, Gossip, and Deerhunter, the following four local bands put on some of the weekend’s best shows.
There can never be too much weed rap, and They Live! does bouncy, blunted hip-hop with a love that can’t be faked. Backed by head-spinning members of the Mash Hall b-boy crew, MCs Dro Boy and Bruce Illest blew up the indoor Neumo’s stage on Friday night with tracks like “Weed Murder” and “(It’s) My Weed,” but the place really erupted when Dro Boy dropped verses over Illest’s remix of the Dirty Projectors’ “Stillness is the Move.”
– Jonathan Zwickel/SPIN
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