- Common: Writer of raps both rugged and sensitive. (publicity photo)
SATURDAY: Common at the Park
Drake gets credit for the current popularity of emo rap, but the Canadian MC owes a huge debt to Common, who can deliver a tough verse with the best of them, but also has regularly penned rap ballads such as "The Light," and "Come Close" long before sensitive, introspective hip-hop became so popular. 8 p.m. doors. Free before 10 p.m. for Going Out Guide readers.
SATURDAY: Brad Paisley/ WMZQ Fest at Jiffy Lube Live
Brad Paisley is on tour, promoting his most recent album, This Is Country Music, and also a book. Diary of a Player—which Paisley co-wrote with Rolling Stone contributor David Wild, and is out Nov. 1—is a music memoir, heavily focused on the country music star's relationship with the guitar. 4 p.m. $25-85.
FRIDAY: Fleet Foxes at Merriweather Post Pavilion
There are just a handful of shows left in the Merriweather Post Pavilion season; hearing the Seattle band's superb sophomore album Helplessness Blues live is a great way to close out the summer. 6 p.m. $25-45.
SATURDAY: Project Pat at Layla Lounge
The Memphis rapper behind such hits as "Don't Call Me No Mo," and "Chickenhead," performs music from his new album, Loud Pack. 9 p.m. doors. $25.