• Tim Root
This week's issue is packed to the gills with MusicfestNW, the multi-day music festival put on by that other weekly paper. Since we're not at all invested in it financially, we're giving you the true-blue scoop—which bands to see and which to skip. Check out our officially unofficial guide to all things MFNW, which includes:
     • Our comprehensive list of show previews (almost twice as big as what appears in the paper!)
     • Thoughtful, emotionally moving articles on Typhoon, Neko Case, Superchunk, Sonny and the Sunsets, Charles Bradley, and Baroness
     • The Mercury's exclusive guide to how you can see tons of great music without a wristband... or dollars!

And we even found room for some non-Musicfest shows, including Adam Ant, who's back, and ABBA, who's not. Plus your customary list of Up & Coming shows!