Flatstock 22Meet the artists, buy their wares, get them signed if you like. Illustration geeks will be scanning music posters and swapping stories all weekend at this 22nd annual event, organized by the American Poster Institute. More than 70 artists will be in attendance, with hundreds of posters on view. Among local talent, expect to see Brad Klausen, Jon Smith, Jeff Kleinsmith, Jesse LeDoux, and Invisible Creature (aka brothers Don and Ryan Clark), all of whose work is included in Gig Posters Vol. 1, edited by Clay Hayes of gigposters.com. He too will be at Flatstock to help you curate your own growing collection. Fisher Pavilion, 11 a.m-8 p.m. BRIAN MILLERPast Lives It's damn near impossible to talk about Seattle's Past Lives without mentioning their past life (ahem) as three-fifths of the Blood Brothers. Some of the hyperactive bombast and acid-throated growl of the Brothers Blood is still there, but Past Lives are a bit less bratty and more focused. Unafraid of building a tidal wave of gorgeous atmosphere or tossing in a pop hook now and again, Past Lives seems a lot less interested in starting a shouting match than in starting a danceable riot. EMP Sky Church, 3:30 p.m. GREG FRANKLINCorderoWhile the initial lineup for Ani Cordero's self-titled band included members of Calexico and Giant Sand, it wasn't until Ani moved from Tucson to New York City that the band's haunting Latin pop tunes, which she sings in both Spanish and English, shot to prominence. Like Belle & Sebastian channeling Sergio Mendes, Cordero's bright, brassy horns, ba-da-ba pseudo-scatting, and lounge guitar combine the best of Ani's Puerto Rican heritage [and of Latin music in general] with the hip NYC indie scene she left almost 10 years ago. Northwest Court Stage, 5 p.m. SARA BRICKNERThe Animated Life Wordless, as any short film about animals should be, Kyle Bell's The Mouse That Soared is an absolute charmer among this package of cartoons. The humor and CG animation owe a debt to Pixar, but that's a sign of quality, not plagiarism. From circus ring to treetop, we learn how an orphaned mouse was adopted by an unlikely surrogate mother, a bird. And since birds fly, yes, the mother does everything possible to coax her adorable mouse baby out of the nest. Aided by a fellow member of her flock, various flying contraptions are attempted, many of them worthy of Wile E. Coyote for their sheer lunatic implausibility and—your kids will be delighted—reckless disregard for safety. This ugly ducking is a very daring rodent. SIFF Cinema (McCaw Hall), 5:30–6:30 p.m. BRIAN MILLERThe Whore Moans "The Whore Moans Present: The Black Atom" is not the death-metal opus chronicling the end of the world one would expect from the title. In fact, these local rockers will show off their chops in a more theatrical fashion while bringing it back home Stax-style. Expect these boys to be dreamily dressed to the nines while delivering stripped-down and reworked renditions of some of their best songs from their two most recent albums, along with newbies from The Black Atom. Borrowing backup singers from the Cute Lepers and an organist and horns from the Hands, this show promises the Whore Moans like you've never seen them before. EMP Sky Church, 6:30 p.m. MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSARGang Gang Dance For Brooklyn band Gang Gang Dance to name its 2008 album of techy jams Saint Dymphna, the patron saint of confusion and madness, sums up its penchant for sonic chaos more aptly than any two other English words could. Gang Gang Dance's sound resides in the magical fairyland where math rock and house music intersect, a place where Battles' perfectly measured, booming rockers, Animal Collective's frantic pop experimentalism, and Deerhoof's adorably undecipherable vocals fuse into an uninhibited, precisely messy melee. Gang Gang Dance's avant-antics incorporate all the most interesting elements of contemporary pop into an unbelievably hypnotic display of glorious madness. This will no doubt be the best set of the day—if not the whole damn festival. Rockstar Stage, 7 p.m. SARA BRICKNEROs Mutantes Watching Os Mutantes in 2009 on American soil necessarily entails a separation from the social context from which they first emerged. But that might actually be an ideal way to witness the band in action. Because, even 40 years after the tropicalia movement, and even without a nuanced understanding of the Brazilian cultural revolution of which Os Mutantes was an integral part, their work still delivers a clear, invigorating musical message. The band's verve, funky outfits, and obvious elements of psychedelic rock need no explanation, and Os Mutantes suggests tropicalia was no mere flash in the pan. Fisher Green Stage, 7:30 p.m. SABY REYES-KULKARNIElvis Perkins in Dearland Festivals have their roots in folk music, you know, and the roots-folk music of Elvis Perkins in Dearland has been well honed during the past year, thanks to the band's lengthy touring schedule. Their soothing-yet-stirring compositions—like poppy track "While You Were Sleeping," roots party jam "Hey," the workingman vibe of "Shampoo," or the bittersweet "1 2 3 Goodbye"—make a great soundtrack for a cool late-summer night. After the manufactured kinetics of Katy Perry, energy drink–sponsored skate punks, and improv comedy, Elvis Perkins in Dearland should prove a pleasant end-of-day tonic. Northwest Court Stage, 8:30 p.m. ROSE MARTELLIWorld Party Much like Scritti Politti leader Green Gartside, World Party founder/nucleus Karl Wallinger demonstrates British musicians' seemingly innate ability to adopt American-soul influences with both originality and taste. Wallinger couldn't be more obvious about wanting to sound like Curtis Mayfield, but even as he sings "here comes the future" through a haze of vintage funk, his flowery optimism still rings truer than that of his American counterparts. In the group's 25th year, World Party's skillful, production-heavy grafting of classic soul to '80s-style pop still comes across as surprisingly fresh. Starbucks Stage, 8:45 p.m. SABY REYES-KULKARNIOtep A welcome antidote to the tired male angst that continues to plague heavy music, Otep bashes your head in...from a female perspective. But don't get the wrong idea: There's nothing kinder or gentler at work here. Frontwoman/howler Otep Shamaya has a knack for being herself without making a point of being herself. She doesn't make a spectacle of being an out lesbian, but instead sticks to her convictions with an unyielding certainty of purpose. Meanwhile, the band swerves from death metal to industrial and even touches on hip-hop without screeching into the rap-metal ditch. Rockstar Stage, 8:45 p.m. SABY REYES-KULKARNIDe La SoulHard as it may be to believe, it's been 20 years since New York hip-hop trio De La Soul unleashed its groundbreaking, eye-popping debut 3 Feet High and Rising. Its jazz-inflected grooves, conscious lyrics, and clever skits and interludes helped usher in hip-hop's Native Tongues positivity era, and influenced (and opened doors for) countless rappers both mainstream and underground. Granted, their subsequent recordings, while mostly impressive artistically, haven't earned quite the same props or sales, but Posdnuos, Trugoy, and Maseo continue to look forward even as they celebrate the past by spotlighting 3 Feet High and Rising material for this set. Fisher Green Stage, 9:30 p.m. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG
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