Today/Tonight: Sasquatch! Day One, Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek, Carrie Underwood

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Sasquatch! Festival. Gorge Amphitheater, 754 Silica Rd. N.W., Quincy, 628-0888. Today through Monday, May 31. Sold out. If you're a music fan in the Northwest, Memorial Day weekend doesn't mean veterans and barbecues - it means Sasquatch! This year's lineup might not have the celebrity (remember Kanye West in '04?) or the wackiness (Bjork, '06?) of festivals past, but that certainly doesn't mean there's any shortage of fine acts to see. LCD Soundsystem and MGMT released two of the most talked-about records of the year; indie snobs can thrill to Pavement and the Dirty Projectors; and hip-hop fans can check out Kid Cudi and Public Enemy. My personal picks for the weekend? Swedish pop scions Miike Snow and Anacortes wunderkinds the Lonely Forest on Saturday and electro-grooving duo Phantogram on Monday. That is, if you can procure a ticket. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek, with U-N-I, Mad Rad. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. 8 p.m. $30. Forever underground MC Talib Kweli's collabo with producer/DJ Hi-Tek, Reflection Eternal, had already begun its slow but steady descent into the ash-bin of hip-hop history, where its best hope for preservation rested on the spindly shoulders of an enterprising blogger. It had been 10 years since their philosophically-minded, soulfully-oriented classic Train of Thought dropped, and it appeared that was gonna be it--a sad (lack of) development, since the two shared a chemistry that rightfully placed them among the all-time great MC-producer duos. Thankfully, however, Kweli and Hi-Tek decided to re-team, and the result is the recently released Revolutions Per Minute, which features the kind of upbeat, grown-man cuts we expect from the two. KEVIN CAPP

Carrie Underwood. Everett Events Center, Everett, 2000 Hewitt Ave., 425-322-2645. 7:30 p.m. $35-$55. All ages. Carrie Underwood's enormous success since winning American Idol has become a double-edged sword for the television sensation in decline. Her dominance during their fourth season finally gave the crown legitimacy, but there hasn't been a winner since that's come close to reaching the standard that she's set. In five years, she's gone from the sweet girl next door ("Jesus Take the Wheel") to a tough country chick you don't want to mess with ("Before He Cheats"). She's a vocally mature Taylor Swift, with a few more bad relationships and bitterness under her belt. This gives her music a woman-power, don't-give-me-your-BS edge that makes her country music's Pat Benatar. JEFF ROMAN

 
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