Check out our picks for Day 1 of Bumbershoot, including Health, the Maldives, See Me River, Visqueen, and much, much more right here.
Bumblefuck, with Naomi Punk, A Gun That Shoots Knives, Brad Dunn, KLED, Spurm, Resets, Stephanie, Valu-Pak, Contraband Countryband, Country Lips, Dudamana, DJ Leopold Bloom. Belltown Underground Events Center, 2407 1st Ave., 957-8076. 3 p.m. $5 suggestion donation. Bumbershoot tends to Hoover up most of the quality local bands you might want to see in the weeks surrounding Labor Day, but hey: The economy still bites and not all of us have the cash to drop on one of Bumbershoot's graduated tickets. Fortunately, this bill of garage rock bands (Partman Parthorse), psychedelic doom (Labyrinth & the Desert), ambient alt-psych (the Curious Mystery), straight metal (Throne of Bone) and a whole bunch of local bands of other rock sub-genres would be thrilled to play their crusty little hearts out for you for a fraction of the cost of Bumbershoot -- and without all those pesky small children harshing your mellow. Or, if you're attending Bumbershoot but would like to escape the aforementioned children for a hot minute, the Belltown Underground Events Center is but a modest walk from Seattle Center. I promise you, it will be better than Weezer. SARA BRICKNER
Dave Matthews Band, with Ben Harper, Relentless7, Alberta Cross. Gorge Amphitheater, 754 Silica Rd. N.W., Quincy, 628-0888. 6 p.m. $48.50 GA/$70 reserved seating. It's very chic for connoisseurs of "cool" music to trash the Dave Matthews Band. Yes, they crank out jammy songs that tend to be indistinguishable from one another, they're so prolific they come off as annoyingly ubiquitous, and they attract inebriated throngs of former Greek system undergrads to their shows. But you should be thanking their asses: DMB's three-show run at the Gorge every Labor Day weekend means these same people won't be showing up for Dylan or Neko at Memorial or stumbling around one of Bumbershoot's smaller stages. And you should also lighten up and consider both their roots (they slaved away on the bar band circuit for years before attaining mega-stardom) and where Dave's put down his (Wallingford). Plus, best of luck assailing the bang--three-hour concerts are de rigueur--they give their fans for the buck. MIKE SEELY