Tanlines at the Vera Stage
  • Photo by Amber Cortes
  • Tanlines at the Vera Stage

The side stages were filled with undiscovered sonic delights today. The CHBP was dropping it like it's hot (and it was!) on the third (and final) day. It was a day for making new friends, dancing to amazing beats, spacing out to dreamy shoegaze, and discovering bands you never knew existed, but now are glad you do.

And isn't that what it's all about?

Tanlines

Tanlines: music that makes you smile!
  • Photo by Amber Cortes
  • Tanlines: music that makes you smile!

With clean, electronic beats, synth infused tunes, and a pop sensibility, Brooklyn-based Tanlines delivered the dance! You couldn't help but be happy when listening to their bright, poppy beats, and want to just bounce along. "I want you all to still believe it's the weekend," vocalist Eric Emm told the crowd, "We're not going to think about how tomorrow is Monday." Way to stretch out the good vibes, Tanlines!

Gaytheist

Working up a sweat with Gaytheist
  • Photo by Amber Cortes
  • Working up a sweat with Gaytheist

I was so excited about seeing this band, mostly because Gaytheist is one of the best band names ever (members of Gaytheist also play in another CHBP band, Power Bottom)! And boy did they sure power through the set with massive energy, screaming, drumming, and raging as the crowd enthusiastically head-banged along.

Goodbye Heart

Goodbye Heart goes straight to the heart.
  • Photo by Amber Cortes
  • Goodbye Heart goes straight to the heart.

Ahhhh...dreamy, swelling, pretty songs to make you feel like you are floating on top of the world. Seattle band Goodbye Heart brings a driving, full flow to their dream pop landscape, complete with lush vocals and drum machine rhythms. With such a full sound, it's hard to believe there are only two of them!

Paralyzer

Paralyzer, ripping it to shreds.
  • Photo by Amber Cortes
  • Paralyzer, ripping it to shreds.

The Cha Cha stage, home to all that's heavy, has seen it's share of throbbing guitars and mosh pits at this Block Party. And true to form, Tennessee based band Paralyzer has little bit of everything: pure cock rock guitar riffing blended with slamming drums and grinding, thrash-metal glory.

Valley Maker

Valley Maker: refreshing, relaxed tunes at the Neumos Stage
  • Photo by Amber Cortes
  • Valley Maker: refreshing, relaxed tunes at the Neumos Stage

After a full day of seeing everything from dance pop to heavy metal, Valley Maker was a welcome surprise: chill, low-key, and almost serene, their sound is natural and magnetic, drawing you in slowly with their acoustic, rambling, folk-like songs. Something to listen to in a field, near a campfire, or on the beach, preferably as the sun sets.