The Hold Steady rock the Neptune Theatre on Friday, July 18.


Fri, July 18
The Hold Steady
The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn has mastered the art of singing about burnt-out kids, down on their luck outcasts, and parties turned sour while still maintaining a glimmer of hope. The Hold Steady return to rock the Neptune with Teeth Dreams, the band’s first new album in four years. Neptune Theatre, $21.

Fri, July 18
Modest Mouse
It's been seven years since the indie powerhouse Modest Mouse released its last full-length album We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, but dreams of new tunes are not totally lost at sea. Catch Isaac Brock and company float on into the Showbox, where they'll hopefully provide a sneak preview of some new work (maybe even some of the tracks the band's been working on with Big Boi). The Showbox, sold out.

Sat, July 19
There aren't many brass players of renown in modern pop music, but if you've ever seen Macklemore and Ryan Lewis perform, you'd probably recognize trumpeter Owuor Arunga as the beacon of positive energy manically running around stage and blowing into his horn with childlike glee. The Kenyan native has been making waves in the Seattle music scene since his formative days playing in Garfield High School's jazz band and reconnects with those local roots Timeless. The free performance features talent that spans multiple generations including Arunga, some of the teachers who mentored him, the Seattle JazzED program's summer ambassadors, the Washington Middle School Drum Line, and more. Neptune Theatre, free.


July 18–21
The International 2014: Dota 2 Championship
Not only is this video game tournament big enough to take over KeyArena for a weekend, the multiplayer battle arena game Dota 2’s championship sold out the place—in under an hour. Even if you didn’t snag a ticket you can still watch the online stream as some of the world’s best gamers battle it out for millions (yes, millions) of dollars in prizes. KeyArena, sold out.

Sat, July 19
Seattle Sounders FC vs Tottenham Hotspur
Soccer fever is in full swing post-World Cup ends one week prior, so it's the perfect time to see the Seattle Sounders host Premier League power Tottenham Hotspur. CenturyLink Field, $30–$300.


Sat, July 19
Verse Chapter Verse: Bryan Lee O'Malley and Tacocat
You may know Canadian cartoonist Bryan Lee O'Malley for his New York Times bestselling Scott Pilgrim series. This weekend, he swings by Town Hall to talk about his newest work Seconds: A Graphic Novel, which follows a chef named Katie as she juggles her restaurant business with her personal life. As part of the Verse Chapter Verse series, the event will feature a Q&A with O'Malley between brief sets by rising local pop punk foursome Tacocat. Town Hall, $5.


July 17–19
Jay Pharoah
It took him a while to find his footing as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, but because of his mastery of impressions, there was never any doubt Jay Pharoah would succeed on the show. Expect him to bust out some of his best impersonations—Barack Obama, Denzel Washington, Jay-Z, Will Smith, Kanye West, etc.—during his standup set. Parlor Live Seattle, $25–$35.

Sat, July 19
Cheech and Chong + War
Stoner comedy icons Cheech and Chong team up with War (the band behind "Low Rider") for a night music and some of the duo's most infamous skits. Cheech and Chong's brand of irreverent, cannibus-infused comedy resulted in a slew of hit records and movies in the '70s and '80s, and with marajunana being legal in Washington, their live show has a perfect home. Marymoor Park, $30–$60.


Fri & Sat, July 18 & 19
Seattle’s 127th Street Dance offers young dancers a place to hone their skills and explore a variety of stylistic choices. It’s the type of small-scale operation that provides the art scene with depth. The company takes to Kirkland for Spirito, which includes multiple internally produced world premieres. Kirkland Performance Center, $25.


Sat, July 19
Fremont Outdoor Movies Opening Night: The Royal Tenenbaums
The hyperstylized worlds of director Wes Anderson burst with retro charm, twee quirk, and a dash of underlying darkness while (mostly) not becoming parodies of themselves. This summer Fremont Outdoor Movies honors the director with three screenings. This week's offering is The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Fremont Outdoor Cinema, $5.


July 18–20
Bite of Seattle
Taste the city at the Northwest's Premier Food Festival, Bite of Seattle. More than 50 Seattle restaurants will be showcased at the event. Seattle Center, free.

July 18–20
Kirkland Uncorked
Fill your belly at Kirkland Uncorked, a weekend-long food and wine fair benefiting Homeward Pet Adoption and featuring Washington wineries and food. Marina Park, Kirkland, $15–$60.

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