I'm going to be running around taking in as much music as I can this weekend -- I'm stoked to see the Thermals, Jenny & Johnny, and Weezer, among many others, and I hope Courtney goes a little crazy, because nothing's more fun to watch than a trainwreck, but this is the stuff that I'm absolutely not going to be missing:
Delorean, Sunday, 7:30-8:30, Broad Street Stage:
If I'm outside in nature the Seattle Center, I want to watch some dance music. Something about fresh air and open skies makes me feel less inhibited than being crammed into a sweaty nightclub. Barcelona's four-piece synth-pop outfit Delorean put out one of the year's most beautiful dance records, Subiza. Check out the album's first single, "Stay Close," here; it's a dream.
Neko Case, Saturday, 7:15-8:30, Mainstage:
Unlike old man Kornelis, I've never been disappointed the many, many times I've seen Neko Case live. At every show I've been to, she gives a spirited shout-out to our shared hometown of Tacoma and has fun jibing with her band; I'll never forget her braving the hailstones hitting her face that one year at Sasquatch!; and like her records, her live shows are all about that inimitable voice. The lady never misses a single chillingly beautiful note, and if she plays "The Tigers Have Spoken" like she did at Bumbershoot 2008, it'll probably make me cry like it did at Bumbershoot 2008.
Surfer Blood, Monday, 7:30-8:30, Broad Street Stage:
This happens to me a lot -- I'm a little late on this bandwagon, but lately I've been going nuts over Surfer Blood's Astro Coast. Better late than never, right? The precision of the guitars and the overwhelming energy these kids bring to their music bowls me over. Plus I'm going on a date with them next week -- more details on this later....
Flatstock, all festival long, Fisher Pavilion:
Flatstock is always a highlight of my Bumbershoot weekend; no matter how broke I am, every year I allow myself one poster purchase. It must be chosen very carefully, and that means I have to walk through every aisle and examine every artist's offerings. They blow me away every year. The best of the best are going to be there this year too; my favorites include Dan Stiles and Frida Clements.