Tonight in Seattle:  

Asy and Chloe of Smoosh

Smoosh... imaginary girls!

Smoosh... imaginary girls!

By now you've surely all heard about Smoosh, the local duo featuring sisters Asy (age 11) and Chloe (age 9) who write and play excellent indie-pop songs. After seeing them open for Death Cab for Cutie and Nada Surf last fall, igLiz and I had the pleasure of talking with them (and their dad/gear-hauler, Mike) over donuts and cocoa. Assured beyond their years, yet joyously and refreshingly childlike, their speech was peppered with girlish expressions as they interrupted and flowed over one, just like sisters should.

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Catching Up with Jonny Polonsky

Jonny Polonsky. Photo by Ryan Schierling.

Jonny Polonsky. Photo by Ryan Schierling.

Jonny and imaginary girl Liz recently pummelled each other with emails and exchanged ideas on the indie rock musicals and Jonny's past, present, and future.

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Ted Leo

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists (promo photo)

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists (promo photo)

Ted Leo went through a lot to make it to Seattle. His van and amp broke in Austin. He drove through a tornado on the way to El Paso. He braved a freak snowstorm in the desert of West Texas. His guitar broke just before his Seattle in-store at Tower Records.

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Blonde Redhead

Blonde Redhead. Photo by William Anthony.

at The Showbox

Thursday was a big day for shows. It felt like everyone was in Belltown; scarce parking, busy crosswalks, and sidewalks teeming with people happily en route to see great music -- I was on my way to see Blonde Redhead, with the Helio Sequence and IQU.

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Beep Beep — Business Casual

Beep Beep -- Business Casual
Beep Beep is the perfect blend of kitty-cutting Blood Brothers vocals and Franz Ferdinand guitar violence.

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