Kendrick Lamar 4, KeyArena Mainstage – Last year's album good kid, m.A.A.d city transformed Kendrick Lamar from buzzworthy MC to a headlining star. Earlier this month, Lamar made serious waves in the hip hop community when he dubbed himself "the king of New York" and ferociously called out almost every other major rapper on a verse of Big Sean's "Control." Since then, he's been the target of an avalanche of diss tracks. At Bumbershoot, he'll do his best to deliver substance to back up all the boasting.
The Physics 5:15, Fountain Lawn Stage – As we mentioned in our July music feature, the Physics are poised for big things. The trio makes the most eclectic hip hop in Seattle, mixing live instrumental samples, electronic beats, and finely crafted raps that manage to be substantive even when a song is about drinking and partying. Kick back and enjoy the group's cool grooves on the fountain lawn. It'll fit perfectly with the fest's end of summer vibe.
Patton Oswalt and Friends 6:30, Bagley Wright Theatre – Whether he's delivering an amazing impromptu speech on Star Wars for Parks and Recreation or performing his stand-up routine, Patton Oswalt is always a bubbling pot of comedic nerd rage waiting to blow his lid. Despite occasionally pulling out an ultra obscure reference, his humor connects in a universal way because of its genuine passion. Each night at Bumbershoot, Oswalt hosts a stand-up showcase featuring his comedy pals.
Fantagraphics Follies 6, Words and Ideas Stage (Leo K. Theatre) – Ever wonder what it'd be like if some of Seattle's top cartoonists put on a late night talk show? Of course not. But it still sounds like a cool idea, right? Curious observers can see the conceptual talk show in action when Jim Woodring, Ellen Forney, Eroyn Franklin, and more come together for Fantagraphics Follies.
Gary Numan 8, Tunein Stage (Fisher Green) – Electronic music would not be where it is today without Gary Numan. The synthpop pioneer's 1979 album The Pleasure Principle—and the album's hit single "Cars"—laid the groundwork for the entire synth-heavy new wave movement of the 1980s. His set at the Tunein Stage won't just be a rock show; it'll be a pop music history lesson.
Heart 9:45, KeyArena Mainstage – In its 1970s heyday, Heart didn't just rock; it rocked hard. Earlier this year the band, led by Seattle sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, finally earned its rightful place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Don't miss Heart busting out the classic licks and proving it can still rock an arena with the best of them.