The Weather Channel: The Dead Weather are everywhere you want to be. (Playing Thursday, 30th at War Memorial w/Screaming Females.)
Taking the Longview: Green Day's rock opera is nothing if not ambitious. (Playing Friday, 31st at the Sommet Center.)
Up Up Up Up: De La Soul's seminal debut, 3 Feet High and Rising, still blows minds. (Playing Wednesday, 5th at Cannery Ballroom.)
Audacious Siren: Even with Transmitter Failure, Jenny Owen Youngs' signal rings true. (Playing Tuesday, 4th at Mercy Lounge.)
Loudon Proud: Loudon Wainwright III pays tribute to Charlie Poole. (Aug. 1 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.)
In The Spin: Judas Priest, Neko Case & Nashville Cream '90s Night.
If the question is Critics' Picks, the answer is: Southern Girls Rock 'n' Roll Camp Showcase, Davila 666, Jim Rose Circus, The Crystal Method, Fontaine Family Benefit feat. Alison Krauss and a lot more.