KEXP SESSIONS: THEE OH SEES, THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH, BOBBY BARE JR., BLUE GIANT
FREE—Can't break the bank with a MusicfestNW wristband? No worries, just play hooky from work and take in two days of totally free KEXP-sponsored shows at Doug Fir. The Tallest Man on Earth, Thee Oh Sees, the Cave Singers, and plenty more will all be there, but whatever you do, don't miss
Ted Leo. The man is a rock god. EAC
Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, Thurs & Fri 10:30 am-5:30 pm, FREE, all ages, visit kexp.org for full lineup
KNIFEFEST: FEDERALE, JIM WILLIG, HAWKEYE, DENNIS WILLIAMS, THE PINK SNOWFLAKES, SEVEN FINGERED PHAROAH, ARLO STONE, HOLY CHILDREN, AGNOSPEL CHOIR, BRUSH PRAIRIE
STAB FACTORY—If you like your music fests more local, more free, and with more sharp objects, head on over to Knifefest, the Knife Shop's three-day bash celebrating their one-year anniversary. Friday's acts are more rock oriented with spaghetti westerners Federale headlining; Saturday's shows have an indie bent (Wow & Flutter); while Sunday's shows are of the acoustic variety. Get knifed! AM
The Knife Shop at Kelly's Olympian, 426 SW Washington, Fri & Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, FREE
MUSICFESTNW: THE GORIES, THEE OH SEES, HAUNTED GEORGE, PURE COUNTRY GOLD
Wiz Khalifa, Okkervil River and Cloudy October after the jump!
And that's not all—not even close. There are loads more shows to be found in our complete live music listings.
MUSICFESTNW: WIZ KHALIFA, GRIEVES, BUDO, ANIMAL FARM
MUSICFESTNW: OKKERVIL RIVER, BOBBY BARE JR., DAN MANGAN
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Its no secret we have a majestic Santeria altar dedicated to Will Sheff of Okkervil River in our office—we're just a lock of his hair away from completion—so we were more than a wee bit thrilled to hear a song from the follow-up to 2007's The Stage Names leak to the interwebs last week. "Lay of the Last Survivor" was performed solo by Sheff at a recent New York show, hinting that the new album will be just as dramatic and lyrically rich as the Austin band's deep, deep catalog. Now that Okkervil is done making the rounds as Roky Erickson's backing band, let's all pray to Olodumare that a new record is on its way shortly. EAC
NW HIPHOP FEST: DARK TIME SUNSHINE, CLOUDY OCTOBER, HIVES INQUIRY SQUAD, IAME & MORE
(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) To anyone hungry for a taste of what our hiphop scene has to offer, NW Hiphop Fest is offering up a buffet of tantalizing proportions. As an appetizer I'd suggest the innovative stylings of Cloudy October, whose work is cerebral enough to tickle your intellect while also remaining humorous and playful enough to not take itself too seriously. Throw in the extra ingredient of an ultra-energetic performance style and you might find yourself having so much fun that you almost forget you're getting schooled. Recent Midwest transplants Hives Inquiry Squad offer up a filling main course with subject matter that has its feet in the street and its head in the sky, spit acrobatically over kaleidoscopic soundscapes. Scene vet IAMe's latest work is so rich that you'll most likely end up asking for some to-go in order to chew on it later. Regardless what you sample, you'll likely leave satiated. RYAN FEIGH