The Block Party boasts the best musical lineup of any summer festival in Seattle: from elders (avant-rockers Sonic Youth, pioneering provocateurs the Jesus Lizard, gentle guitar-giants Built to Spill) to young Turks (queered soul-punks Gossip, twee indie-popsters the Pains of Being Pure at Heart) to locals (stoned rappers They Live!, electronic monsters Truckasauras and Sleepy Eyes of Death) to so, so many more. Plus: vendors and a beer garden and tons of neighborhood bars and restaurants to escape to both in and around the festival grounds. It starts Friday. See the guide in this issue. (Twelfth Ave and E Pike St, Fri 3 pm/Sat 1 pm, $23 adv./$25 DOS/$42 adv. two-day pass, all ages/Neumos Stage 21+.)