Live This Weekend: Bumbershoot, Northwest Timber Revival, Dave Matthews Band, and More!

Friday, August 29

The Brooklyn-based duo of Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant, collectively known as She Keeps Bees, have been described as “the White Stripes in reverse,” meaning she plays guitar and sings while he plays drums, but the idea is true in lineup only, not sound. The music they make is much more indebted to Cat Power and classic soul than to garage rock. Larrabee’s voice is sultry and strong, earning her comparisons to PJ Harvey and Amy Winehouse. The band’s fourth album, Eight Houses, is out September 16, and boasts an appearance from Sharon Van Etten, a fellow Brooklynite, who asked the pair to open several shows for her earlier this year. With Shilpa Ray, Star Meets Sea, Vin Voleur, Hooves and Beak. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 262-0482, 9 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. 21 and over. DAVE LAKE

Few bands can fully command an audience’s attention while playing an awe-inspiring venue like the Gorge, but Dave Matthews Band has been doing just that for more than 15 years. This summer, the seven-piece will add another element to its visit: multiple sets each night. After a day of music from various artists and a performance from singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile, DMB will play an acoustic set. Then it’ll be time to don your dancing shoes as the band kicks up its blend of rock, jazz, and funk during an electric set. With the amount of material the band has, each night should be a collection of DMB deep cuts and radio hits. Through Sunday. With Moon Taxi, JD McPherson, Shovels and Rope, Betsy Olson, Bombino, Ana Tijoux, David Ryan Harris, Dumpstaphunk. The Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Rd., Quincy, Wash., 509-785-6262, 7:30 p.m. $61.50 and up. All ages. ACP

So many blissed-out rays of sunshine are packed into every song from Low Hums, it’s almost blinding. The eerie-pop coming from this ensemble is something to behold, and you can almost see bright color fields emitting from every ripping guitar solo. Waves of lush, fuzzed-out guitar textures cascade over you with ominous vocals embedded within walls of noises. Such music is the perfect soundtrack to a late-day beach trip: Fun and foreboding, something lurks in the shadows, yet there’s a comfort that everything will be OK when the sun finally rises again. With The Entrance Band, Cabana. The Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372, 7:30 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS. All ages. STIRLING MYLES

Saturday, August 30

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It’s difficult to imagine that anything in the U.S. is ready to disappear, given the Internet’s interminable memory. But Horses Cut Shop’s provenance is collecting the logos of small-time businesses and emblazoning them on T-shirts, simultaneously helping mom-and-pop shops (like Smith Brothers Farms) continue while serving as an interesting bit of design. Taking a similar tack with music and the legacy of Grays Harbor, the Cut Shop-organized Northwest Timber Revival aims to enlist Seattle-area roots acts to showcase a bit of Northwest life that may well become endangered. Reasonably traditional country acts like the Swearengens are contrasted with the Maldives, a more rock-inflected ensemble. But there’ll be more than enough pedal steel and honky-tonk to go around. With Ole Tinder, Evening Bell, the Ganges River Band. Polson Museum, 1611 Riverside Ave., Hoquiam, Wash., 360-533-5862, Noon. Free. DAVE CANTOR

NIN and Soundgarden Talk about a one-two punch of intense alt-rock awesomeness. In one corner you have Trent Reznor assuming the guise of his industrial, synth-heavy powerhouse bringing a catalog of songs as deep as it is eclectic. And in the other you have the hometown boys making their triumphant return to the land of their first success while marking the 20th anniversary of their biggest hit, Superunknown. Sure, the two acts aren’t exactly the most logical pairing given their sonic palettes, but with ’90s nostalgia at an all-time high, what the hell, right? Fingers crossed for a Temple of the Dog reunion either way. White River Amphitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd. S.E., Auburn, Wash., 360-825-6200, 7 p.m. $39 and up. CORBIN REIFF

Sunday, August 31

Brand New was releasing emo records when it wasn’t cool to be emo anymore. Sure, it could be called post-hardcore or “alternative,” but its stirring songs of death and horror fit the label all too well. Still, it’s difficult to align the group precisely with the moody pop-punk of the mid-2000s. Brand New wasn’t writing odes to ex-girlfriends and rants about high-school jocks; they were tapping into the bleak thoughts that most are afraid to consider. Time will tell if the band’s disillusioned disposition will mark it as the Jawbreaker or Sunny Day Real Estate of the aughts, but either way, records like The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me have found a cult following, and for a lot of people hit those emotional lows perfectly. With Joyce Manor, Broncho. The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, 7 p.m. $31 adv./$35 DOS. 21 and over. DH

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