YOURYOUNGBODY AT THE BARBOZA STAGE
Maybe it's the moodiness of midsummer, or maybe it's the end of Cancer season, but this time of the year always makes me horny for synth-pop. My yearly synth-pop spell has returned this week, the most obvious indicator is that I've been playing Poliça's "Give You the Ghost" on repeat. Another indicator is how blissed out I was when Youryoungbody started their early Saturday set at Barboza. Duh Cripe, the band's chanteuse, sauntered onstage in a black cowboy hat, black goth jeans, and a black tee featuring Shania Twain. Visually, it was all very dark and spooky, from the venue to the performance. And sure, witchiness is trendy right now, but it was Cripe's melancholic sound and swagger that made my little gay heart swell.Continue reading »
The final day of Capitol Hill Block Party, the festival featuring more than 100 local and international music acts in the Pike/Pine corridor, will start up at 2 p.m. On our Capitol Hill Block Party calendar, you can see the complete schedule that's sortable by venue and date, find a printable version of the schedule, and read descriptions about and listen to music from every artist. If that's overwhelming, look no further—below, you'll find just our critics' picks for Sunday, sorted by genre. Plus, to make it even easier for you, we've even made you a Spotify playlist for all of these artists* —find it at the end of the list. Don't have tickets yet? You can grab them here.
Angel Olsen just has one of those voices that knocks you down—visceral and versatile, familiar but foreign, public yet private, equally compelling in wail and whisper. And after three increasingly killer records, last year Olsen delivered a proper masterpiece with My Woman. Last time she brought her (killer) band to Block Party, in 2015, people seemed caught off guard. No excuse for that this year. SEAN NELSON
(Main Stage, 8 pm)
Finally! The Republican effort to repeal Obamacare has collapsed and Amber Cortes, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders are here to pick through the pieces of a shattered long con.
Plus: It’s time to take a brief bow, Resisters. And then it’s time to think seriously, and strategically, about what Democrats should be doing with this opportunity. Right now, only 37 percent of Americans think the Democratic Party stands for something. That needs to change, fast.
After that, Charles Mudede is on to discuss the police shooting in Minneapolis and how it scrambles the reflexive responses to police killings in the era of Black Lives Matter.
And Chase Burns is back to talk about a righteous Teen Vogue tweet storm regarding anal sex and a Mama Vogue misstep regarding genderqueer identity.
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I knew my CHBP was going to get off to a good start when Sloucher's guitarist began soundchecking with Three Dog Night's crowning achievement, "Shambala." The drummer's DAMN. T-shirt also portended good things. And one of Sean Nelson's favorite Seattle bands did not disappoint.Continue reading »
Day two of Capitol Hill Block Party, the festival featuring more than 100 local and international music acts in the Pike/Pine corridor, will start up at 2 p.m. On our Capitol Hill Block Party calendar, you can see the complete schedule that's sortable by venue and date, find a printable version of the schedule, and read descriptions about and listen to music from every artist. If that's overwhelming, look no further—below, you'll find just our critics' picks for Saturday, sorted by genre. Plus, to make it even easier for you, we've even made you a Spotify playlist for all of these artists* —find it at the end of the list. For more, check out our critics' picks for Sunday. Don't have tickets yet? You can grab them here.
Seattle sextet Cosmos won 2016’s EMP Sound Off!, a battle-of-the-bands competition among the Northwest’s under-21 demographic. Often, such awards inspire skepticism, but Cosmos exhibit genuine national-class talent. Their sound’s a brash commingling of rap, funk, jazz, and electronic music, capped by vocalist Campana’s Kanye-esque lyrical bravado. No joke: Cosmos have the potential to become the next BADBADNOTGOOD. DAVE SEGAL
(Main Stage, 2:15 pm)
The Incest Diary, which was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux on July 18, is an anonymously written memoir about a woman who was violently and repeatedly raped by her father as a child. The abuse continued into her teenage years and ceased, at least bodily, in her early 20s.
As the author writes in the second paragraph of the book, the characters in father-daughter incest myths were horrified by their father’s sexual advances. But the dark twist on her own narrative is that when she was old enough to run, she didn’t exactly want to.
“My father controlled my mind, my body, my desire,” she explains. And later on: “My father is my secret. That he raped me is my secret. But the secret under the secret is that sometimes I liked it. Sometimes I wanted it, and sometimes I seduced him and made him fuck me.”
The author’s desire for her father is only matched by her urge to kill him, a psychological drama she deftly summarizes: “My father still excites me and he still scares me… I need to be obedient to him and to make him laugh and smile and feel pleasure. I want him to be proud of me. I want him to think that I’m clever. I want him to think that I’m sexy. And I want to savagely mutilate his body and feed his corpse to dogs.”Read article »
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In less than two months, if all goes according to plan, I will marry my long-term boyfriend “Jake.” My best friend “Ivy” will be my maid of honor. The two of them are my biggest cheerleaders and supporters. They see me, with all of my flaws, and still believe I'm a brilliant human being. Everyone should be so lucky as to have people like them in their lives.
Seven years ago, not long after I began dating Jake, I was out of town for Ivy's annual birthday bacchanalia. I suggested Jake go on his own to get to know my friends better. He did, and he and Ivy got so drunk that they ended up sleeping together. I found out last week. A third-party was aware of the tryst and, after falling out with Ivy, told me. Neither Jake nor Ivy remembers much about the encounter. Both were horrified when they awoke the next morning and swore never to speak of it again. They have told me it was the biggest mistake either of them has ever made. I believe them.
I like to think that I'm realistic about monogamy. It's what I want in a relationship, but it's a struggle, and one affair doesn't outweigh years of monogamy. So I'm surprised at how sad this revelation makes me. Sometimes I'm inexplicably angry; most of the time though, I'm just really, really sad.
When I look at my relationships with Jake and with Ivy, years of acceptance and love and support, it's obvious that one instance of drunk sex is the anomaly. I don't blame them for keeping it a secret. I'd have been happier if it remained that way. Why can't I stop being sad then? Why do I feel like a fool? Why can't I shake this off as something that happened in the past and has had little bearing on my life until now?
I don't want to lose these relationships (I think). But these insidious thoughts are dragging me down in. I'd be eternally grateful for any advice or insight you can offer. Am I being an idiot?
Bitter Reality Incites Dreadful Emotions
There's not much time left before Pickathon, but there's always time for another episode in our ongoing Pickathon Starlight Series. Today's is extra special, as it features an exceptional performance from one of last year's breakout performers, Daniel Norgren. Pickathon 2016 marked the Swedish singer/songwriter's first US appearance, and he definitely left an impression on those who were lucky enough to catch him. If you missed it, all is not lost—this great performance clip was captured for posterity, in which Norgren and his rhythm section perform a haunting rendition of "Are We Running Out of Love?"Continue reading »
From its awe-inspiring opening montage, Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets immediately immerses its audience in a brilliant, idiosyncratic sci-fi universe—one that’s unlike anything we’ve seen for 20 years, since Besson’s last brilliant, idiosyncratic sci-fi universe, in The Fifth Element. Those of us who loved The Fifth Element will get exactly what we’ve been missing with Valerian. It’s a delight.
If you’ve read the comics Valerian is based on—text-heavy, 1970s French sci-fi exploration comics that Besson loved as a child—be prepared for Valerian to stray heavily. In the comics, Laureline (Cara Delevingne) is a French woman from the 11th century who radically advances to become the equal of space adventurer Valerian (Dane DeHaan) in the space of a few issues.Read article »
It’s been an intense week of ups and downs for the privacy rights of pot users: Sessions is pushing for civil asset forfeiture, Colorado cops won’t search cars even if their K-9s smell weed, but in Connecticut, they can search your house without seeking homeowner permission. Also, can weed be used for working out? Read on…Continue reading »
In Tagalog, the word gigil refers to the irresistible urge to squeeze something absurdly cute. And I am feeling a lot of that right now.
AND LOOK HOW STINKIN' CUTE SHE IS.Continue reading »
The officer who last month pursued Giovonn Joseph-McDade before another backup officer fatally shot the 20-year-old student wrongly suspected that McDade's car was stolen, new documents released by the Kent Police Department show.
The trove of records, including videos, interviews and photographs, includes a statement from Officer Matthew Rausch saying he observed "suspicious behavior" before pursuing McDade. During that pursuit, officers twice attempted to cause McDade's vehicle to spin to a stop before Officer William Davis exited his patrol car and pointed his weapon at McDade's car. Both officers claim McDade accelerated in Davis' direction before the officer fired the fatal shots through the windshield.
Officer Matthew Rausch's written statement offers new insight into the timeline of events that lead up to the fatal shooting. Shortly after midnight in the early morning of June 24, Rausch saw McDade's Honda at an AMPM gas station while on patrol. Rausch, who has served in Kent for two years, said he saw two men in the car. A third man approached the vehicle and "had a scared look on his face" after turning and seeing the officer. The man then entered the vehicle in the back passenger seat.
"I know based on my training and experience that 1990's-early 2000s sedans are commonly stolen vehicles," Officer Rausch continued. "Vehicle theft is a significant problem in Kent." Rausch ran the plates and found that they had expired, and the registration had been cancelled.Continue reading »
Skipping out on Capitol Hill Block Party in favor of cheaper options? Look no further. Below, find all of your options for last-minute entertainment that won't cost more than $10, including the Bite of Seattle, Renegade Craft Fair, Music Under the Stars, and Rainier BAAMFest—all of which are free to attend. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.
1. Shrinky Dink #10
Revert to childhood as you experience the magic of Shrinky Dinks. Entry cost covers a full sheet of Shrink Film, coloring supplies, and snack/refreshments (but BYOB). Buy more sheets for $5 and go crazy. They'll have a toaster oven handy, so you can walk out with some artistic masterpieces or a brand new box of very classy jewelry.
There are a lot of art-house movies about grief and grieving, and most of them are bad. A Ghost Story is so much more than that, but to understand what writer/director David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) is playing at, you have to forget what you’ve learned from other grief narratives. A Ghost Story will take you somewhere, if you let it. Probably its most impressive quality is that it teaches you how to watch it.
Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara play “C” and “M,” a young married couple living in a quaint country house that might be haunted. We don’t know much more about them, other than C (Affleck) is some kind of composer, that he and M seem to be having relationship trouble, and that the two never, ever smile. A Ghost Story seems to take itself ultra seriously, and Mara and Affleck gloom and glower for all they’re worth, even before a death fractures the narrative.Read article »