I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that I’m barely dragging along. But I can’t really complain — all of yesterday’s acts were phenomenal. Chromeo’s crowd, especially, was probably the wildest Block Party crowd I’ve witnessed since the 2012 Major Lazer crowd. With the exception of having to wait in that massively long and frustrating line for free Jameson (I swear I don’t have a problem, I just like free stuff!), I had a fantastic time. So congrats, Seattle, you really brought it yesterday.
And despite the fact that I need to catch up on a good 24 hours or so of sleep, I’m really excited to see what’s ahead for Day 3. Today’s picks are going to be comprised of three of my personal favorites for the day. I feel kind of funny about this, but I’ll probably just be kicking it at the Main Stage today. So let’s get to it:
XXYYXX | 3:45pm @ The Main Stage
XXYYXX is Marcel Everett, an electronic experimental Lo-Fi project produced out of his bedroom studio in Orlando, FL. Everett is only 18 years old and has been producing music since 2009. He has self described his sound as “Doing drugs on a freeway…underwater.” His style is likened to artists such as Shlohmo, Clams Casino, and even yesterday’s pick, Starslinger. I’m excited to hear his ethereal sounds echo along Pike St.
Why I’ll be there: I discovered XXYYXX two summers ago and have been following his music ever since. He’s been featured at Seattle’s Decibel Festival before and it’s been exciting to watch him break through.
The War On Drugs | 6:45pm @ The Main Stage
When trying to find words to describe The War On Drugs, which in its early days was formed by Kurt Vile and a few others, I looked to their recent release and third album. “Lost in the Dream” took home a Pitchfork “Best New Music” label, and one review described it as “wistful but not resigned, invigorated but not wide-awake.” I think The War On Drugs can best be described that way, as they combine elements of Indie, Americana, Lo-Fi and Shoegaze to produce a sound that pushes against my perception of today’s state of “Indie music,” in an extremely good way.
Why I’ll be there: A friend of mine told me that by next year, The War On Drugs will be headlining Block Party — that’s quite a rep to live up to!
A$AP Rocky | 8:15pm @ The Main Stage
A$AP Rocky, hailing from Harlem, New York, has skyrocketed to fame in the past couple of years. When I heard his first couple of tracks off his mixtape, Live. Love. A$AP, I didn’t expect him to blow up like this. His impact has been far-reaching: multiple award nominations from MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) and BET Hip Hop Awards, recognition by national press, and a cover for Complex’s December 2012/January 2013 issue. His sense of style was cited by The New Times as “…wholly real — it’s how he’s always dressed — and resonates with his indie fan base more authentically than that of other more established musicians.”
If you got the opportunity to witness fellow A$AP Mob member A$AP Ferg on Friday, be prepared to experience the same kind of energy for Rocky, and maybe even more intensely.
Why I’ll be there: I’ve been extremely curious to see what has changed since I saw him at the Showbox in 2012. Besides, let’s not kid ourselves, A$AP Rocky is what a lot of you have been waiting for this weekend.
Scenes from Block Party thus far: