Hey Marseilles at the Bloedel Reserve

A family of Northwest timber barons—and arts philanthropists—built the Bloedel Reserve, a 150-acre spread of houses and gardens perched on the bluffs of Puget Sound. It used to be an attraction for gardening nerds (there's a moss garden, a Japanese garden, a rhododendron grove, etc.). But the Reserve has opened its arms to the rest of the world and begun a concert series. On August 3, the Reserve will swoon to the majestic, orchestral-pop-rock tunes of local band Hey Marseilles. The whooshing of the waves against the bluffs will be a perfect frame for Hey Marseilles's sweeping sound. (Fri Aug 3, Bloedel Reserve, 7571 NE Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Island, www.bloedelreserve.org, 7:30 pm, $30, all ages) BRENDAN KILEY


There was a period when I listened to Refused's "New Noise" every morning—it was the only way to drag my ass out of bed. The song starts with a menacing but unthreatening guitar riff, then the racing bass and drums kick in, leading up to the moment when the song explodes and singer Dennis Lyxzen screeches, "Can I scream!?" Few songs make me lose my shit like "New Noise" does. When Refused play the iconic song at the Paramount, it's possible the theater won't survive. The highly influential Swedish band has been broken up for more than 10 years, after all—there's a lot of pent-up aggression waiting to be released. So don't panic if the earth starts to quake. (Tues Aug 28, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St, www.stgpresents.org, 7:30 pm, $31.25 adv/$36.25 DOS, all ages) MEGAN SELING

Substrata 1.2

Substrata Fest, the ambitious idea of Seattle electronic-music producer/guitarist Rafael Anton Irisarri, is a summit meeting of high-achieving experimental, ambient, and drone composers in an intimate, collegial atmosphere. Combining performances, workshops, and a Sunday morning trip into the mountains for field recordings, Substrata offers immersion into music that explores everything from microscopic tonalities to celestial symphonies. This year's lineup—Scanner, Daniel Menche, Loscil, Tim Hecker, Pan•American, Lawrence English, and Widesky—presents some of the world's most acute sonic scientists. (Aug 3–5, Chapel Performance Space, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, www.substratafestival.com, $35–$150, all ages) DAVE SEGAL

Latterman Reunion at New Direction Fest

Yup, I'm recommending you make the drive down to Olympia to see a pop punk band. Don't check your calendar, it's not 1998! But Latterman are back after breaking up five years ago. The Long Island–based band plays unabashedly enthusiastic songs about friendship and treating everyone with respect. Their lyrics might come off as precious—"Let's make our homes in each other's hearts" goes the chorus of "If Batman Was Real, He Would've Beaten the Crap out of My Friends"—but their passion is infectious, and their set will be filled with more sweaty pop punk sing-alongs than you've experienced in your entire life. (Fri Aug 3, Eagles Ballroom, 805 Fourth Ave E, Olympia, www.newdirectionfest.net, all ages) MEGAN SELING

The Next 50 Plays the First 50

Fuck the grunge years, man. Seattle has been the home of amazing, influential music for many decades. On Saturday, we can spend the afternoon watching all those generations collide as today's beloved locals—Grand Hallway, Fly Moon Royalty, Special Explosion, Brothers from Another, Seacats, Candysound, Dungeon Science, and Vendetta Red—cover some of their favorite Northwest music icons, including Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, and more. The bands will also be playing some of their own music, so you can see for yourself why they're considered to be some of today's greats. (Sat July 7, Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre, 2–8 pm, free, all ages) MEGAN SELING

Seattle Rock Orchestra Performs Music by THEESatisfaction, Lori Goldston, and Master Musicians of Bukkake

The Genius Awards party at the Moore Theatre is the only party in the city where writers and artists and filmmakers and theater-makers and musicians and you all get wasted together. For the 10th anniversary, we're planning something extra special: Seattle Rock Orchestra will perform original orchestrations of work by the three acts nominated for this year's music award (listed above). The nominees in the other four categories (art, film, literature, theater) will be in the house, too—and no one will know who the winners are until they're announced live from the stage. SRO will handle the drumrolls. (Sept 22, Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave, 7:30 pm, $12 adv/$18 DOS/$50 VIP including drinks and private lounge, www.strangertickets.com, 21+) CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE

Capitol Hill Block Party

This is my favorite music festival of the entire year. No driving to Eastern Washington to sleep facedown in a parking lot... and no riding crowded buses or begging on your hands and knees for that taxi ride home from Seattle Center. This full-blown three-day music fest, with more than 100 bands and DJs on six different stages, happens within walking distance of home sweet home. It's the neighborhood street party for Seattle's most hated and beloved neighborhood. Don't let everyone have more fun than you—hurry up and get your tickets before it sells out. Performers include Neko Case, Grimes, Diplo, and Thee Oh Sees. (July 20–22, E Pike St and 12th Ave, www.strangertickets.com) KELLY O