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With Colin Meloy’s hyperliterate lyrical storytelling and his band’s baroque instrumentation, the Decemberists served as the stereotypical modern Portland band before the stereotype even formed. While things feel a touch more straightforward on the band’s new album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, any act that’s good enough to play the Pawnee/Eagleton Unity Concert (on Parks and Recreation) is worth seeing at Marymoor Park.  July 16 at Marymoor Park, decemberists.com

 

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Ernest Cline at UW

“I’m incredibly nostalgic for the ’80s, because I think that’s when geek culture really kicked into high gear.”  —Ernest Cline 

No author revels in nostalgia like Ernest Cline. With an unreal ’80s-reference-per-sentence ratio, his virtual-reality sci-fi epic Ready Player One might be the most pop culture-dense novel ever written. Cline returns with Armada, his new novel about a boy who must save humanity from an alien invasion using his video game skills.   July 16 UW Bookstore, ernestcline.com

 

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Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy

Sporting 64 titles in its 28-year history, the role-playing video game series Final Fantasy might be the ultimate misnomer. But one thing’s remained consistently superb throughout the prolonged finality: the music. Epic soundtracks have underscored every sweeping sword and magic battle, tragic loss, and victorious thrill. The Seattle Symphony recreates some of the storied franchise’s most stirring musical moments in Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy
July 10 & 11 Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org

West Seattle Fest

Score a victory for West Seattle in the neighborhood-summer-block-party battle. Despite being free, West Seattle Summer Fest boasts a better musical lineup (featuring the Thermals and local favorites like La Luz, the Cave Singers, Kithkin, and S) than its Capitol Hill counterpart, while sporting a much more laid-back, family-friendly vibe.  
July 10–12 West Seattle, westseattlefestival.com

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You’re the Show That I Want (oo, oo, oo)

♫  Grease is coming, it’s such a blast.
Classic style, young local cast. 

Music by the Dusty 45s
’Cause its sound totally jives. 

Summer at 5th Avenue
with (uh-oh) this musical. 

(Uh, well-ah, well-ah, well-ah, well-ah, huh)
Tell me more, tell me more.
Songs that burrow like mites.
Tell me more, tell me more.
Runs for 22 nights.
Check it out, if you’ve the time.
On (oh oh) those summer nights. 

July 9–Aug 2 5th Avenue Theatre, 5thavenue.org

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