(Vera) Miami producer/rapper SpaceGhostPurrp and Sacramento hardcore outfit Trash Talk are helping close down the Capitol Hill Block Party for the 21+ crowd the previous night, but this all-ages show (the last stop of their joint West Coast tour) is the superior choice for those really looking to throw down. Expect much fewer mildly interested twentysomethings who have work tomorrow morning and way more teenagers on summer vacation ready to wild out and start circle pits to rap songs. Rap and punk go together better than you think. Rumor has it that a locally based "Key" member of Purrp's Raider Klan might even make a special guest appearance. MIKE RAMOS See also Underage and My Philosophy.
(KeyArena) Mock Neil Diamond if you must, but have you written songs as fabulously replayable as "Cherry, Cherry" (covered by the Music Machine, buddy), "A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You" (turned into teen-dream immortality by the Monkees), "Sweet Caroline," "Cracklin' Rosie," "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon," and "Solitary Man"? No, you have not. But do you want to spend $52 to $117 for the privilege to hear 71-year-old Diamond run through his sublimely hooky folk-pop and bombastic adult-contemporary hits? And if so, can you lend me a hundo? DAVE SEGAL
(Triple Door) I last paid any attention to Owl City in 2009, when he said in a New York Times interview that, in response to Postal Service comparisons, it's possible Owl City is the "next chapter" of the Postal Service. Then I barfed on myself and ignored him until this summer, when he released a new single with "Call Me Maybe" singer Carly Rae Jepsen. The song, "Good Time," is, wait for it, about having a good time! It's only slightly less obnoxiously saccharine and empty than Rebecca Black's "Friday." Instead of singing about waking up and eating cereal, he sings about waking up with a Prince song stuck in his head and BLECHT! Ah, shit. I barfed on myself again. MEGAN SELING