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CAIRO'S VIBRATIONS FESTIVAL
Capitol Hill underground-music hub Cairo hosts the third annual Vibrations festival, another sizzling celebration of the local arts community, in Volunteer Park. Be sure to catch unstoppable local punks Wimps, whose latest banger, "Distraction," can be found on the Cairo-curated compilation Cold Jungle II (out August 5), as well as electronic highlights USF, whose new Simism album is their most feel-good and dance-insistent yet. Musically, the fest also boasts psychotropic transmissions from Midday Veil; the very first show from Gazebos; Table & Chairs–backed, post-music-school production netcat; DJAO's elegant beat manifestos; and moss-punk trio Naomi Punk. There'll also be countless visual artists and assorted vendors/doers of cool things. Volunteer Park, 2 pm–dusk, free.
LEATHERDADDY, STOIC, CAGED BIRD SONGS, CLANK
Seattle four-piece Leatherdaddy's titanic metal-haze is big (post) rock at its best, and should stir excitement in those intrigued by math-ish rhythmic dexterity and/or massive stoner feelings. This bill's sad-dude vibes are also supported by two Wyoming hardcore bands—Stoic and Caged Bird Songs—and Bainbridge Island's promising noisy punks and purveyors of fine post-hardcore sludge Clank. Black Lodge, 9 pm.
PARQUET COURTS, NAOMI PUNK, GAG
With ex–Fergus and Geronimo songwriter Andrew Savage at the helm, Brooklyn's Parquet Courts' jangly, rumbling "Americana punk" garnered immediate attention in the illustrious independent music world. While his former Denton, Texas–based project ricocheted from Mothersbaugh-inflected punk quirks to in-the-garage-I-feel-safe fun, the Courts have a more shimmering-indie-rock, less punchy-pop feel. Their latest, Sunbathing Animal (What's Your Rupture?), also involves lots of cats, which eternally warrants approval from this feline-parasite-infected writer. Though it's been out on vinyl for nearly two years, Olympia trio Naomi Punk's The Feeling is now being released digitally and on CD via Brooklyn tastemakers Captured Tracks. I recommend showing up early for their set, if slowed-down, deconstructed swamp-punk riffs—"grunge"—is your vibe (and it is). Show up even earlier for Olympia noise/hardcore freaks Gag, whose "Locker Room" 7-inch provides a fruitful taste of their upcoming full-length vinyl for the local penultimate punk label Iron Lung Records. Vera Project, 7:30 pm, $12.