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    Best of Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival

    THE BEST BEST HOME-SUBURB HEROES: MODEST MOUSEFormed 16 years ago in Issaquah, a Seattle bedroom community, Modest Mouse regaled fans with a generous set spanning their entire career, from "Dramamine" (found on their debut album, This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About) to "Satellite Skin" (from the new EP, No One's First and You're Next). Singer Isaac Brock may have been hampered by a set of broken ribs ("I did it to myself," he lamented from the stage) but there was nothing restraining new guitarist Jim Fairchild (replacing former Smith Johnny Marr) and the double wallop of drummers Jeremiah Green and Joe Plummer. BEST GIANT STRAWBERRIES: KATY PERRYKaty Perry's on-stage inflatables, including strawberries and a giant tube of cherry Chapstick, helped buoy a set that sagged as it went along.

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    Harvey Danger Play Final Show

    Favorites of indie-rock bookworms everywhere, Harvey Danger went out where they came in, wrapping up their career with a three-hour, 29-song "final finale" Saturday night at the Crocodile Cafe in the group's hometown of Seattle. In the words of frontman Sean Nelson, the show was a "funmotional" end to the band's 17-year run. The Croc was, "The first place we felt like we were a real band," the chatty Nelson said from stage. Of course, the club isn't quite the same as it was in its heyday; it's been spruced up over the years ("If you remember, it was pretty crappy," admitted the singer.) Fittingly, Harvey Danger, best known for their irrepressible 1998 pop hit "Flagpole Sitta," has changed too, re-emerging five years ago after a hiatus from 2001-2003 with new members Rob Knop on keyboards and Michael Welke on drums joining original Harveys Nelson, guitarist Jeff J.

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    The Shins Kick Off U.S. Tour

    The Shins' new tour, a 12-city nationwide swing that's their first in over a year, got off to a soggy start Saturday night in Bellingham, WA. While most of the band's gigs will be in relatively intimate clubs, this concert took place in Western Washington University's central quad, Red Square. Outdoors. In the Pacific Northwest. Yes, it rained. A lot. And the blowing wind turned each droplet into a BB-like weapon to pelt the boys onstage. The conditions were, as elegantly expressed by brainy frontman James Mercer, "cuckoo caca." "But luckily, Eric's superpower is breathing underwater," he quipped about nearly inundated keyboardist (and sometime Fruit Bat) Eric Johnson. The weather, however, didn't dampen the crowd's enthusiasm. They greeted the lilting "New Slang" with locked eyes and ears like it would, in fact, change their lives as Natalie Portman said so convincingly back in 2004.

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