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Mariachi El Bronx brings its punk rock take on Mexican folk music to the Crocodile.

Tue, Aug 4
Metz
While Metz’s new album II rips, it still can’t capture the glory of the band’s live show. In concert, the group delivers an unrelenting avalanche of grungy rock energy that beautifully pummels all who witness it. There are a lot of great touring bands out there, but no one goes harder than Metz. Neumos, $15

Wed, Aug 5
Mariachi El Bronx
What do you call a hardcore punk band with a mariachi side project? Mariachi El Bronx. The alter ego of L.A.-based band the Bronx, Mariachi El Brox has been one of the most unique fixtures in the alternative rock world since its 2009 debut, touring with acts like the Killers and the Hold Steady. The group’s latest LP Mariachi El Bronx III takes a turn toward mariachi-inspired tunes rather than pure mariachi music, as tracks like “Wildfire” blend the traditional Mexican folk music with sweeping violins and a distinctly American songwriting vibe. The Crocodile, $15

Fri, Aug 7
South Lake Union Block Party
Prepare for more music than ever before at the latest edition of South Lake Union Block Party. The free festivities include performances by Seattle favorites THEESatisfaction, Kithkin, and Tomo Nakayama in addition to annual non-sonic favorites like burger grilling, lawn games, and the beer garden. South Lake Union, Free

Fri, Aug 7
Three Dollar Bill Cinema's Bedtime Stories: The Princess Bride
Rob Reiner’s 1987 fantasy-comedy-adventure classic The Princess Bride is the first installment in Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s Bedtime Stories series. Bring a chair, snacks, and friends and prepare for the inevitable re-quoting of “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” and “Inconceivable!” for weeks to come. Cal Anderson Park, Free

Sat, Aug 8
Asian Wildlife Conservation Day
School may not be in session, but there are still plenty of opportunities for field trips. Take the young ’uns to Woodland Park Zoo’s Asian Wildlife Day for a plethora of educational activities (keeper talks, etc.) and straight-up fun (face painting!). Woodland Park Zoo, $20 (children $12)

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