The Black Tones are a Seattle power trio (guitar-slinging frontwoman Eva Walker, skins-pounding twin bro Cedric David Walker, and bass-banging Robby Little) that’s self-described as a “mixture of Kurt Cobain and cornbread.” (Recent single "The Key of Black [They Want Us Dead]" was recorded with Jack Endino—behind Nirvana's Bleach and Incesticide, among so many other grunge-era classics—and a forthcoming TBA album with Endino is currently in the works.)
Eva has a rich, throaty howl that can be a sultry siren call or a demanding call to arms that soars over a seething, churning mix of hard rock, blues, punk, and old school heavy metal. It's righteous as hell and definitely worthy of your Block Party attention. RIYL: Earl Greyhound, Led Zeppelin, The London Souls, Death Grips.
The Black Tones play Friday, July 20, 7:30–8 pm, at Barboza. Find a complete list of (40) must-see acts here, check out The Stranger's full Capitol Hill Block Party calendar, and see schedules broken up by day—Friday, July 20; Saturday, July 21; and Sunday, July 22. Listen to some Black Tones (and peep a few videos) below.