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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

That could be the motto of the Capitol Hill Block Party (CHBP), as presenters yesterday announced the lineup for the 17th edition of the popular summer festival.

The Flaming Lips — veterans of bigger venues regionally, such as Sasquatch! and the Puyallup Fair — will be the biggest marquee name to grace CHBP’s main stage.

But the winning formula for this beery, bustling, urban blowout remains the same: lots of indie rock, including local bands you’ve heard of and others on the way up; DJs and electronica; a little punk rock; and a little hip-hop.

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Certain to create buzz are a pair of high profile DJs — eccentric laptop sample man Gregg Gillis — aka Girl Talk — and Kanye West right-hand man A-Trak, who won the DMC World DJ Championship when he was only 15.

Fans of local neo-soul will be happy to see Pickwick on the bill, and Hey Marseilles will sooth the souls of neo-folkies, as will Scottish folk-rockers Frightened Rabbit, who recently played the Showbox.

Connoisseurs ahead of the curve will note with pleasure Portland’s Chromatics and, from Seattle, the duo Pony Time and Sub Pop rising stars Rose Windows.

Other bands of note include Portland electronica meisters STRFKR; rappers Danny Brown and El P, with Killer Mike; and “moombahcore” dance party man Dillon Francis.

Capitol Hill Block Party takes place July 26-28 and has for a long time been the only game in town that weekend. This year, however, the more folk-oriented Timber! festival will be presented July 26-27 in Tolt Macdonald Park in Carnation. If the weather is fine, attendance at CHBP could be affected.

Meantime, CHBP plans to announce more acts June 4.

Three-day passes for CHBP are available through Friday at a discounted price of $75 ( On Saturday, the price goes up to $95.

Paul de Barros: 206-464-3247 or

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