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August 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle music: Dave Matthews Band, Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden and more

The star this week is Bumbershoot, returning to the Seattle Center its 43rd year. But there’s plenty of other Labor Day weekend live-music offerings, including a young EDM producer’s reformation, an Animal Collective member’s new project and a casino performance from one of American pop music’s classic bands.

1 Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks

8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $15 (206-709-9442 or With Raleigh Moncrief

This new project finds the Animal Collective vocalist/guitarist exploring the same sort of warped, inward-looking pop that made his main band indie famous. Slasher Flickers, however, has the look of a more-traditional band, supplanting AnCo’s samplers and sequencers with a drummer and keyboardist.

2 Little Dragon

8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $25–$30 (206-628-3151 or With Dam-Funk (DJ set)

Some of this Swedish electronic group’s best work has come on collaborations, which makes sense: singer Yukimi Nagano’s smoky vocals and her band’s malleable instrumentals sound good in many contexts. New album “Nabuma Rubberband,” its fourth, was inspired in part by Janet Jackson.

3 Black Weirdo Party

9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., Seattle; $12–$15 (206-324-8005 or With DJ Chocolate Chuck, DJ Mursi Layne

Local hip-hop/R&B group THEESatisfaction’s “black weirdo” parties, all featuring boundary-pushing artists and DJs, have become a semi-regular fixture here in Seattle. This edition includes DJ sets from Shabazz Palaces, who released its second album earlier this month, and revered KEXP DJ Riz Rollins.

4 Dave Matthews Band

3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at the Gorge Amphitheater, 754 Silica Rd., Quincy, Wash.; $61.50–$89.90 (509-705-6262 or With Brandi Carlile

The end of summer is a yearly high point for Dave Matthews Band fans, because it means their leader is about to begin his annual Labor Day weekend concert at The Gorge. Attendees can elect to stay for one, two or three nights, each of which will feature two of DMB’s freewheeling, jam-heavy sets.

5 Porter Robinson

8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $40 (206-381-7555 OR With Girraffage, Lemaitre

One need only look at the charts to see that hyper-aggressive masculinity is EDM’s default mode of expression. For his debut album “Worlds,” 22-year-old producer Porter Robinson—already a star DJ—went in the opposite direction, creating a resplendent, introspective record named for the self-contained universes of cartoons and video games. Though he told the New York Times his new tour “is not meant to be this craziest party of all time,” his new tunes can certainly fill arenas.

6 The Beach Boys

5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie; $25–$90 (425-888-1234 or

Even without founding (and arguably most important) member Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys continue to tour incessantly some 60 years after the band’s formation. Mike Love and Bruce Johnston are the only original members in the current lineup, who are hitting the road to celebrate the 50th anniversary of 1964 single “Fun, Fun, Fun.”

7 Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden

7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at White River Ampitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd. S.E., Auburn; $29.50–$99.50 (206-825-6200 or With Cold Cave

Though they don’t sound much alike, what Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden have in common is that they’re both ’90s rock acts putting out interesting material well into the 2010s. It helps that both groups have a reputation as killer live acts, making this the rare legacy rock tour that’s more than a cash-grab nostalgia trip.

8 Metz

9:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $13 (206-441-7416 or With Posse

Sub Pop signee Metz plays strident punk music that’s loud, driving and a lot of fun. This show, organized by Pitchfork as a sort of Bumbershoot after party, will present an unexpected pairing: opening is local group Posse, whose calm, stripped-down tunes are an odd counterpoint to Metz’s vicious racket.

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9 Blu

8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $10 (206-709-9951 or With DJ Romes, DJ Bianca G, Nu Era, Yirim Seck

Los Angeles rapper Blu grabbed attention with his 2007 debut “Below the Heavens,” a lyrically focused record that established his credentials among underground hip-hop fans. He’s touring behind “Good to Be Home,” an album he calls “the most G album I’ve made so far.”

10 Earth

8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $12 (206-441-7416 or With King Dude

Drone music isn’t for everyone, or even for most people, but when it’s done well, it can have a transcendent, meditative quality. Long-running Seattle band Earth is one of the genre’s foremost practitioners, melding minimalist guitar, bass and cello lines into an ambient sum much larger (and heavier) than its parts.

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