August means the return of the Outside Lands Festival, the latest installment of which deftly balances the expected big name headliners with a healthy serving of compelling indie artists. There are certainly plenty of good options to keep attendees satisfied all weekend long, but if you're considering a single day ticket, we'd recommend skipping work on Friday, as opening day looks to have the strongest all-around bill.
There are plenty of compelling musical offerings beyond Outside Lands, though, as locals like Birds & Batteries and Young Moon celebrate the release of their fourth and first LPs, respectively. Twin Shadow brings its simmering new retro-pop album Confess to the Great American Music Hall for two shows, while Portland's The Memories bring their Underwater Peoples-endorsed indie pop to a Northwest-centric show at Cafe Du Nord. As always, take a listen, then go see some shows!
About the bands:
Young Moon -- "Winds Light"
Danny Paul Grody and Vestals open Young Moon's Navigated Like The Swan record release party at the Hemlock Tavern on August 9.