Today/Tonight: KEXP BBQ with The Lonely Forest, Dinosaur Feathers at Vera, Woven Bones at the Wild Rose

8th Annual KEXP BBQ with The Lonely Forest, The Joy Formidable, Dinosaur Feathers, Victor Shade, Suckers, Quasi. Mural Amphitheater, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., 684-7200. 2 p.m. Free. All ages. For their annual summer blowout, KEXP snagged Anacortes boy wonder John Van Deusen and his irresistible indie-pop band The Lonely Forest. Normally a mainstay around Seattle's live music scene, The Lonely Forest's been AWOL since playing Sasquatch! in May. That's because they've spent their summer jumping between L.A., San Francisco, and Portland recording The Lonely Forest EP with Chris Walla - the EP will be released on September 14th, marking the band's first release since signing with Trans, Walla's Atlantic Records imprint. The boys are sure to play some of that new material at today's event, along with favorites from last year's breakout We Sing the Body Electric. Oh, and girls? I know it's hard, but keep your hands to yourselves - as of last month Van Deusen is also a newlywed. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Dinosaur Feathers, with Kids and Animals, Listening Party, Lonnie Walker. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372. 7:30 p.m. All ages. Vampire Weekend get a lot of love as NYC's Afropop-informed indie rock darlings, and that's fair. But they're not the only ones in the game, and Dinosaur Feathers does it with a lot more quirky experimentation. They create the kind of music that goes well with a pleasant smile and an Otter Pop, surf pop that feels freshly modern, tropical grooves that don't feel like kitsch and novelty, synthy beats with primitive playfulness. And while the Ivy Leaguers in Vampire Weekend may have had their heads in the books, the dancey, dreamy Dinosaur Feathers do just fine with their heads in the clouds. MARY PAULINE DIAZ

Woven Bones, with Idle Times. Wild Rose, 1021 E. Pike St., 324-9210. 8 p.m. $8. As highly as I recommend getting a taste of Austin's Woven Bones, they should come with a warning label. WV's deliciously fuzzy, wanton take on garage rock will leave you with a jones so major you'll find yourself in Olympia tomorrow night at the Northern to see them again. The band's allure can be somewhat attributed to their driving beats, precisely executed by drummer Carolyn Cunningham, whose killer take on Moe Tucker's style and "everygirl" quality will inspire no less than four girls per show to pick up some sticks of their own. MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR

Also, two more of our favorites:

John Roderick will play the second date of his Triple Door residency. It's at 8pm, all ages, and tickets are $20. Check out photos of his last month's show here.

State of the Artist headlines the Columbia City Theater tonight, supported by Hi Life Sound System and The Good Sin. That show starts at 8pm and tickets are $10. Click here to watch SOTA's super-cool new video for "Extrahelladope."

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