Bumbershoot starts in less than 24 hours! Do you have your schedule all sorted? Do you have a plan of attack for getting into the always overwhelmed comedy stages? Have you allowed time to refuel with a ShishkaBerry? It's important to have a game plan, otherwise you will be overcome by options, and just end up spending your weekend curled up in the fetal position at the base of the International Fountain. OH NO!
But we are here to help! We have EVERYTHING you need to know before heading out to the 'shoot. Is it okay if I call it the 'shoot? I'm gonna go ahead and call it the 'shoot.
Also, should there be some things you aren't familiar with, we have written words about EVERY SINGLE THING happening this weekend! All the bands, all the films, all the comedy, and, yes, even the zombie attacks. Yes, really, there will be zombie attacks.
A few of our music recommendations, if I may:
* BOB MOULD (Sun, 6:15 pm, Fisher Green) Performing at the Showbox late last year, Bob Mould busted out the whole of Sugar's beloved debut, Copper Blue, in order, and that was just the beginning. What followed was a mix of songs from Mould's then-brand-new solo release Silver Age alongside more Hüsker Dü classics than any fan has a right to expect. Mould clearly loves these songs as much as we do, and here's hoping his Bumbershoot gig traverses similar new-meets-old territory. (The man still sings "Chartered Trips" as if his life depends on it.) DAVID SCHMADER
* DOWN NORTH (Sat, 2 pm, Plaza Stage) I listened to this local funk band for the first time this morning (it's somewhere at the beginning of the last month of summer), and what's been said about them by Dave Segal ("Super-competent players and singers all") and Grant Brissey ("These guys can bring the goods") is actually as true as true can be. These cats are talented and have wonderful amounts of rocking energy. I'm really surprised it took so long to get with this program. CHARLES MUDEDE
* THE BREEDERS (Sun, 8 pm, Fisher Green) Though 20 years have passed since the Breeders released their glorious noisy/poppy masterpiece Last Splash—you know, the record that gave us alt-indie anthem "Cannonball" and the bass line to end all '90s bass lines—it still holds up, as does the band, as being unfuckwithably excellent. The chiming riffs, strange feedback, and ever-sweet harmonies of Kim and Kelley Deal just can't be touched. So take note, dear Bumbershooter: This is your chance to witness the Breeders in complete Last Splash lineup (the Deal sisters, Jim Macpherson on drums, Josephine Wiggs on bass) playing every gem on the album. EMILY NOKES
* NACHO PICASSO (Sat, 1:15 pm, Fisher Green) To say that Seattle's Nacho Picasso, aka "The Tat in the Hat," is blowing up would be putting it, uh, lightly. He was included in XXL's "The New New: 15 Seattle Rappers You Should Know," Pitchfork dubbed his second solo mixtape, For the Glory, "one of the best rap debuts of 2011," and Forbes put Lord of the Fly/Exalted on its list of the "Best Free Albums of 2012." Stranger hiphop columnist/KEXP Street Sounds DJ Larry Mizell Jr. once called him a "larger-than-life stoner-goon," and Spin described him as a "prolific, nerdy nihilist." All of this hype for some cocky songs about comics, bitches, and chronic. Funny how that works. I can't wait to see what he does next. KELLY O