Beat Connection
Natasha Kmeto

It is Capital Hill Block Party weekend! What this actually means is that 10 square blocks of the neighborhood is taken over by loads of people excited to see live music from 100+ acts on six stages. Three years ago, I braved the crowds and somehow ended up on the roof of Neumo's for the main stage headliners on Friday - Ghostland Observatory and Explosions in the Sky.  Would have been perfect if it weren't for that damn tree. You could actually see nothing but the people below. And the girls in the window of the building across the street who could see the stage and were, clearly, having more fun than us. This year I am going on Saturday night and this time I am looking to hang with the girls in the window. Watch me! Below are my top PNW acts who are performing this year. Catch them this weekend or watch for their shows around town. 

For my electronic fix...
ODESZA was founded in 2012 as a recording project Western grads. After making the rounds on the festival circuit in 2013, Pretty Lights asked ODESZA to remix "One Day They'll Die" and the rest is history. 
ODESZA's 45 minute set soundtracked what is the most awe-inspiring event to witness at a concert: audience members chucking all inhibition behind.
-FILTER Magazine

First heard on KEXP and dumbfounded they were "local"...
Beat Connection counts Seattle as their hometown. They studied avant-garde composition at college and have worked with Toro y Moi, STRFKR, Holy Ghost!, and ODESZA.

Hits my addiction to dance & R&B...
Natasha Kmeto is a PDX based singer and electronic producer. She has worked with Flying Lotus, Kid Cudi and Gold Panda. Those are some big names to count as conspirators. Kid Cudi, for one, is on constant rotation in this studio. 

Blown away at first concert...
Katie Kate is self-described as a "little white girl from Upstate New York." Like this big white girl, she loves rap. Duh. She's not all about rhymes, the girl can play 15 instruments. 

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Katie Kate