This weekend, musicians from all over the Northwest will grace an array of as-yet-undisclosed houses and DIY spaces throughout Bellingham for the second annual Yellingham. Last year delivered some great performances and pancake breakfasts. This year boasts more than twice as many bands across a swath of genres—bluegrass, hardcore, emo, folk, ambient—you name it. Heavy-hitters like Karl Blau (and Your Heart Breaks) as well all kinds of lesser-known NW acts and praiseworthy up-and-comers from Olympia, Portland, Port Townsend, and Vancouver, BC, are all slated. Seattle is sending up some real talent, too, like Wildildlife, Mountainss, and Footwork, the latter of whom rock swiftly and savagely with academic precision and abstractionist instincts. Go online for info on Yellingham (including where to get your schedule and map, and to find out where the hell the actual shows are going to be). Bellingham, www.yellingham.org.
BirthDIYfest: Wild Orchid Children, the Pharmacy, Kids and Animals, Iji
Prefer something a little closer to home? Vera is hosting the third annual BirthDIY-fest this weekend, which, in addition to a wicked performance by third-eye-opening rockers Wild Orchid Children, also includes a raffle (with prizes from KEXP, Sonic Boom, and Silver Platters) and a DIY marketplace featuring merch and info booths for over 18 local labels, stores, and organizations. For one day, the disparate strands of Seattle's DIY community will converge at a single point in space and time. Cosmic! Vera Project, 7:30 pm, $10/$9 with club card.