A Drummer's Death

They weren't native Seattleites, but Seattle loved having the members of Silkworm call our city home, and many in our music community are mourning the death of drummer Michael Dahlquist, who died in a car accident in Chicago last Thursday. Silkworm and Dahlquist were based here throughout the '90s, when they patented their sometimes dissonant, sometimes melodic guitar-based sound. Associations with noted producer Steve Albini and Pavement singer/guitarist Steve Malkmus and a deal with influential label Matador Records helped push the band into the indie-rock spotlight. After moving to Chicago in 2000, Silkworm continued in a newly tooled blues- and classic-rock direction and remained admirably unattached to the idea of commercial success, even as critics and fans lavished them with attention. The accident that killed Dahlquist and two other Chicago-based musicians was allegedly caused by a young driver intent on suicide; she survived and was charged with three counts of first-degree murder. Singer/bassist Tim Midgett told The Chicago Tribune that the band is over; Dahlquist "can't be replaced." LAURA CASSIDY


The good news: Bumbershoot's got a lot of decent names in its musical lineup this year. The bad news: It's the festival's safest outlay in ages, with only a couple of left-field picks, including Monday night headliners Devo. Otherwise, it's fairly standard (for a family-friendly music festival) stuff: Friday, the big names include Garbage, a reconstituted New York Dolls (with only two original members), the Donnas, and Maktub. Saturday might as well be dubbed "Herb-Friendly Day," thanks to Trey Anastasio, Citizen Cope, the reunion of boho-rappers Digable Planets, and jazz crossover faves the Charlie Hunter Trio. Sunday is groove-heavy, with rappers Common, the Pharcyde, and Talib Kweli, as well as Latin jazz great Joe Bataan and reggae legends Israel Vibration. And Monday is an alt-rock haven; in addition to Devo, the Decemberists and Ted Leo/Pharmacists play, as well as the execrable Dashboard Confessional. For a complete lineup, see www.bumbershoot.org. MICHAELANGELO MATOS


Next time you go to McCaw Hall, you won't be able to miss the gigantic new gerbil habitat of a sculpture hung from the ceiling of the grand lobby. Sarah Sze's untitled work, installed last week and due to be officially unveiled on July 25, looks like the handiwork of some mischievous god who decided to play Tinkertoys with the contents of the hardware aisle at Sears. Tape measures, light fixtures, clamps, twisted ladders, pet cages, and other household items are all ingeniously configured into a big cyclone. Paid for by your tax dollars (the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall 1 percent for the arts fund), the piece appears perfectly tailored to the opera house's lobby: sweeping, imaginative, and somewhat coldly metallic. LYNN JACOBSON


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