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Another week, another Mercury music section to read while you ponder the fate of poor Ted Nugent, who is too "divisive" for the Rick Perry campaign. Man up, Perry. He wrote "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang," that's at least good enough for a position in your cabinet. Secretary of Bow Hunting and Partying Down!

Holy fuckballs, it's our first annual Officially Unofficial Guide to MusicfestNW. What's that? Oh, it's just your handy guide to experiencing the festival without spending a dime, or for those who have dimes to spend, a best-of guide to all things MFNW. Plus, a corporate sponsor quiz for you to complete while you eat your Tuna Helper Ultra-Ooey Parm-Alfredo™. Oh, and we actually wrote about some bands as well: Charles Bradley, Archers of Loaf, Givers, Shabazz Palaces, The Antlers, and Blind Pilot.

Oh hello, non-MFNW shows!

On her new mixtape the one and only Jean Grae lays all other emcees—and, ugh, femcees—to waste.
LISTEN:

Jean Grae - "RIP" (featuring Styles P & Talib Kweli)

Ska! Well, sort of. The Slackers transcend the two-toned genre over the course of their diverse two decade long career.
LISTEN:

The Slackers - "How It Feels"