June’s been a big month for Seattle rapper Sol—aside from being named to the Bumbershoot lineup, a long-time goal, the self-proclaimed academic graduated with honors from the University of Washington. And since he dropped one full-length album and two EPs during his four years there—with another EP, the phenomenal five-track endpiece Dear Friends, Vol. III, on the horizon for July—it’s only right he adds on another achievement as the EMP sponsors its first hip-hop “After Hours” lineup: his first headlining gig. While the entirety of the EMP will be open to concertgoers, the main attraction will definitely be in its Sky Church; support comes from a familiar presence in Grynch, aka the King of Ballard, as well as some of the scene’s most exciting fresh faces in smooth-flowing Kirkland duo Kung Foo Grip. With DJ Nphared. NICK FELDMAN

Sat., June 25, 8 p.m., 2011

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