Maximum Velocity 12:15, Bagley Wright Theatre – Velocity Dance Center brings some of Seattle’s top choreographers together to give the Bumbershoot audience a dose of modern dance. The lineup includes Kate Wallich, Amy O’Neal (Amy O/tinyrage), Markeith Wiley, and the premiere of like a cage without a bird, a new solo work by Zoe Scofield (zoe | juniper).
How Did This Get Made? 2:30, Bagley Wright Theatre – Man, there are a lot of terrible movies out there. Off the top of our heads: Battleship, Wild Wild West, Spider-Man 3, etc. But there’s also an art to failure; that's why they call it going down in a blaze of glory. Comedians Paul Scheer and Jason Mantzoukas of The League and June Diane Raphael riff on the best of the worst in this live version of their biweekly podcast.
LP 4:30, Starbucks Stage (Mural Ampitheatre) – Diminutive Los Angeles singer-songwriter LP may be a relative unknown (unless you frequently watch credit card commercials about rock climbing), but I can assure you she’s a vocal powerhouse. When I caught her unexpected drop-in set during a Kaylee Cole show at Vito’s in May, I couldn't believe that big voice belonged to her. While she’s written songs for the likes of Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, and the Backstreet Boys, her own music blow those pop ditties out of the water.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 5, Sub Pop Stage (Fountain Lawn) – When the New York indie poppers returned to the studio to record a followup to their acclaimed debut, they looked to the music of their youth—early '90s alt-rock—for inspiration. The band brought in producers who had worked with the Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, and PJ Harvey to give the album an alt-rock boost. The result—2011’s Belong—is a collection of inviting pop rock songs that teem with warm fuzziness.
Ken Jennings Trivia 7, Words and Ideas Stage (Leo K Theatre) – The Jeopardy superstar and Edmonds native has been keeping busy ever since his game show domination days ended. He’s written a New York Times bestseller about maps (Maphead), and it turns out he’s almost as good at Twitter as he was at Jeopardy (seriously, he is funnier than 99 percent of the professional comedians tweeting). At Bumbershoot he’ll host a trivia night focusing on Seattle’s past 50 years. Don’t worry, he won’t be competing.
Passion Pit 9:15, TuneIn Stage (Fisher Green) – It’s been an eventful summer for Passion Pit. In July, the electropop group released its second album, Gossamer, which debut at no. 4 on the Billboard charts. But July also saw the band cancel its summer tour so that vocalist Michael Angelakos could, in his words, "take the time to work on improving my mental health." Hopefully Angelakos has found a better headspace and is ready to entertain the throngs that will flock to Passion Pit’s set.
Sept 1–3, Seattle Center, single-day tickets ($45–$200); three-day passes ($125–$475)