Tonight in Seattle:  

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KEXP is having a party, and you're invited! {TODAY at 6pm}

{KEXP // on air}

You read that right!

Our beloved KEXP is holding a pre-housewarming party at their new home -- Seattle Center! -- today, starting at 6pm. And you, you, and you (yep, you too! yay!) are all invited to come down and celebrate. The party is tonight from 6pm - 8pm, features music by The Cave Singers, and is free free free!

Here's a little more official word on the event:

This is the first public event at the site of KEXP’s New Home in the Northwest Rooms of Seattle Center, and the culmination of an on-air celebration of the musical history of Seattle Center. The rally kicks off KEXP’s “All In” music match, an opportunity for music lovers to double their New Home donations. From July 10 through Tuesday, August 5, all gifts to help build KEXP’s new facility will be matched with funds contributed by a pool of artists including Pearl Jam, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Dave Matthews.  

In its new facility, KEXP will offer public access to in-studio performances, educational opportunities for all ages, world-class tools to connect worldwide audiences to more “music that matters,” and improved hospitality for touring bands, so they sound, feel, and smell their best when performing for the KEXP community. In order to build its New Home, KEXP has launched Breaking New Ground Together: The Campaign to Build KEXP’s New Home, a $15 million capital campaign. The “All In” music match enables KEXP music lovers worldwide a way to maximize their support for the New Home and the benefits KEXP brings to music fans, artists, and the city of Seattle.

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The Catch to reunite {for just one show} and make some of our imaginary dreams come true

The Catch Reunite!

You know those bands that capture your heart and whose songs auto-trigger some of your happiest memories? The Catch is that band for many on the imaginary team.

Their story is the stuff of legend.  When banded, Carly Nicklaus, Alissa Newton, Jenny Jimenez and Amy Rockwell were a force to be reckoned with from the moment they formed The Catch. With fetching songs that blend poptastic Go-Gos charms with searing riot grrrl anthems and equally fetching charisma, it'd be really easy to be jealous of them if they each weren't the most kind and disarming of gals. The Stranger even declared singer-guitarist Carly as "Seattle's own Beyonce" and bassist Jenny was crowned "Sexiest Band Girl" - both titles are undeniable.

TIG first met them in 2003 and were intranced.  At each show, we always made our way up front of the stage.  We couldn't help but be super-charged by each lyric, baseline, keyboard lick and drum riff the band threw our way. It seemed like forever before they released Get Cool, their debut (and only) album.  It was a perfect succict soundtrack for all our adventures on the town. 

Their sassy and coy chants turn lipstick and heels into weapons of self-confidence and girl-power revelry.  Their infectious lines like "And if you know me, you can join us anytime / And when it's over, we'll step into the sunshine" make me want to turn every night into a party and stay up with my best pals making the most (FUN!!!) of our time together.

Our hearts broke nine years ago when we found out that the four ladies weren't going to continue to play shows together every month for the rest of our lives.  How were we supposed to find the will to ever hang out past last call again?

Well, thankfully in the months and years that followed, they split off into other bands, kept in touch, met up with us at karaoke nights, and… now, on Wednesday, June 25th, THE CATCH WILL PLAY A REUNION SHOW at the Crocodile!

The fangirl scream we shouted at the top of our lungs the moment we found out could be heard from as far as Seatac. The night includes more than just our beloved Catch reuniting: Opening up the night is Tennis Pro (you. must. go. see Big in Japan, a movie starting them that recently played at SIFF) and Aqueduct is topping off the night (and hopefully debuting some new material).

It's going to be a night for the record books.  For so many reasons… the amazing bands, the amazing friends (which means YOU have to be there)... and so we can all sing along at the top of our longs when they yell, "FIRE! FIRE FIRE!"

The big show night is fast approaching and tickets are going fast.  Go get your ticket now and let's toast all things imaginary.

Need a refresher of just how cool The Catch is and how amazing this show is going to be?
 

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Latest comment by: imaginary liz: "

I bet that's true! But, TIG didn't meet them until 2003.  I totally wish we met them in 2001 -- an extra two years with these gals would have been rad.

"

A very imaginary 2014 Sasquatch! schedule

{Damien Jurado + Band / by Victoria VanBruinisse

Another year, and another weekend at the Gorge is upon us! That's right -- this weekend brings with it our favorite northwest festival season opener, Sasquatch!. Running this year from Friday through Sunday (and thus avoiding the whole, "I really should have taken Tuesday off from work!" mess), the 2014 lineup is no slouch, with a little something each day for everyone. So, without further ado, here are our cream-of-the-crop picks for each day of the fest:

Friday, May 23rd

The day starts off with a bang from the barrier in front of the Yeti Stage, where you can catch Old 97s frontman Rhett Miller noodle through classic favorites and hopefully a spin through the new record the band is touring behind. (KEXP has been spinning "Most Messed Up," the title track from the most recent Old 97s album, and We. Are. Loving. It.) After a dip by the mainstage and a few comedy acts, the night runs back-to-back with killer sets from Phosphorescent, Foals, Phantogram, and Damien Jurado -- and that's just the tip of the iceberg!

Check out the day's schedule here, and our recommended stops below:

1:00pm // Yeti Stage: Modern Kin
2:00pm // Yeti Stage: Rhett Miller
3:10pm // Sasquatch Stage: De La Soul
4:45pm // El Chupacabra Stage: Eugene Mirman
6:00pm // El Chupacabra Stage: Princess feat. Maya Rudolph
6:35pm // Bigfoot Stage: Phosphorescent
7:15pm // Sasquatch Stage: Foals
8:00pm // Bigfoot Stage: Phantogram
9:15pm // Yeti Stage: Damien Jurado
10:40pm // Sasquatch Stage: Outkast

Saturday, May 24th

Day two out at the Gorge gets rolling with one of our favorite east-coast-turned-Seattle bands, Pela We are Augustines Augustines down on the mainstage. They'll bleed nicely into vibes from First Aid Kit to warm up the afternoon, followed by what we're sure will be the sleeper hit of the weekend, Jonathan Wilson (who is up the hill on the Yeti Stage at 4:10pm). Wilson's "Can We Really Party Today" has been a mixtape staple since Fanfare's release last year, and we can't wait to get a taste of what depths he can go to live! We'll be spending most of the rest of the night on the genre-rollercoaster down on the mainstage, with sets from Violent Femmes, Neko Case, and the National, among others.

Saturday's full schedule is here, and our can't-miss sets of the day are as follows:

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Happy birthday, Seattle Living Room Shows!

at Lively Lounge

How do you throw yourself a surprise party? If you’re Kristen and Carrie Watt, you book a festival’s worth of the Pacific Northwest’s favorite indie musicians and a glamorous private venue in SoDo and then sell tickets announcing only the date and time. And if you’re the Watt sisters, fans and friends of Seattle Living Room Shows will trust you and flock to see your mystery acts. And they will love it.

The venue was the Lively Lounge, a recording studio cum concert hall atmospherically decorated with chandeliers and candles, with two bars serving drinks and room for 300 people. The crowd was uncharacteristically chatty for a Living Room Show; Kristen had to put her bossy pants on and remind the audience that SLRS is a listening room experience. Maybe it was the size of the venue that made people forget themselves, but common courtesy would have led the conversationally inclined to one of the couch-filled side rooms where they wouldn’t have disturbed those who’d rather hear the music than their neighbors.

Iska Dhaaf opened the celebration. The drums and guitar/keyboard duo sounds heavier live than recorded. Reverb-drenched vocals and Doorsy keyboards give them a bit of a ‘60s sound, but the songs have more of an angular Alt-J feel than a retro one. Every aspect of their performance had clear intentionality that you rarely see in a live show. Even the guitar feedback was controlled. In fact they talked to the sound guy more than the audience, but all this attention to detail did nothing to diminish the intensity of the performance. People on either side of me were asking, “Who is this again?” as they danced. Yes, that’s right folks. Seattleites danced to unfamiliar music.

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Latest comment by: Violette B: "The Marc Broussard show on 5/23 has sold out. Luckily another has been added 5/22 and tickets are still available (as of the time I am posting this comment. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/676604 "

Tennis Pro — Small Basement Encore

Hey, Seattle. Got a minute? We need to talk to you about something. Pull up a seat.

Here's the thing: you do a lot of stuff right. Those are great shoes, and we saw you out at that show last week. You're real cool! You listen to good records. You support small businesses. You like that weird shit that nobody else likes but you, and you've got all those rad posters to prove it. You're doing good work! But we're not sure if you're down with Tennis Pro yet. Are you? Because there's no excuse for you not to be. They've been putting albums out for the better part of a decade, and if you're not totally hooked, you're kinda doing it wrong.

Thankfully for you, this is an easy fix: Small Basement Encore was released last week, and it's a great place to start building out this corner of your wheelhouse. SBE is the very best of Tennis Pro's intelligent, infectious releases to date, and it's available as a digital-only release through iTunes (and cdbaby). It's kind of like your BFF made you an all-Tennis-Pro-hits side A to your new favorite mixtape.

What starts off as an intelligent, hilarious trip through some killer chord choices quickly turns the corner into a veritable symphony of awesomeness. If you don't catch the depth these guys dive to on the first listen, plug in your headphones and give it a second play. Then a third. Soon you'll be hollering "Rock Over Tokyo" in the shower before work, and tapping your pencil in a daydream to the tune of "Caught The Wrong Wave" without even realizing it. Scratch your symphony itch with "Rounding Up The Frightened Pets," find a new smart-kid fuck-you power jam in "We Put The Punk In Punctuation" -- whatever you do, just buy this album today and let it be your gateway drug to the band's catalog.

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Latest comment by: Imaginary Amie: "I LOVE this review so much! Just as much as I LOVE Tennis Pro. xoxoxoxoxo "

Record Store Day 2014 is here! {this Saturday}

{Record Store Day 2014}

It's time for Christmas in April, you guys! Yup, Record Store Day 2014 is here, and with it, no less than a few thousand RSD-only exclusive releases that you can't get anywhere else, on any other day. To try and help you wade through it all, here's a few helpful links for you to print / sort / map out as you see fit so you can have the best plan of attack possible on Saturday.

First things first: here's the main site for Record Store Day 2014, and here's the link for RSD-only releases and limited editions.

And while this is by no means exhaustive, here's some our favorite certified RSD-participating shops, in no particular order, with addresses, opening times, and any specials we've found advertised so far.

Easy Street
4559 California Ave SW, West Seattle
{website} // 206.938.EASY
They'll be open Saturday at 7am. Keep an eye out for in-store performance announcements here, and check out their blog for RSD recommendations!

Sonic Boom
2209 NW Market St, Ballard
{website} // 206.297.BOOM
Shopping starts at the regular opening bell (10am). Expect raffles, discounts, and even a live performance later in the day (St. Paul & The Broken Bones at 6pm).

Everyday Music
1520 10th Ave E, Capitol Hill
{website} // 206.568.3321
Everyday will be opening an hour early -- 8am -- with performances going strong from noon til 8:30pm, poster and more details here.

Light In The Attic Records
913 NW 50th St, Ballard
{website}
Per a recent blog post, the shop will be expanding their Saturday hours (usually 12-4p) to 9a - 5p on Saturday. LITA also will have tons of other hand-picked goodies available and a hefty 25% discount on non-RSD merch.

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Is it summer yet? Pickathon 2014 lineup announced {8/1-3}

Hoo-wee, friends! Adding Pickathon to our summer festival circuit schedule two years ago might have been the best, sunniest, dusty-boots-est move we've ever made, having spent long hot weekends steeped in performances by Andrew Bird, Dr. Dog, Langhorne Slim, the Mynabirds, Neko Case, Sharon van Etten, Thee Oh Sees, King Tuff, Phosphorescent -- just to name a few. And looking at this year's lineup, our time spent at Pickathon 2014 is going to be no exception.

In case you're not familiar, Pickathon is an intimate, homegrown, multi-stage festival out on a farm (Pendarvis Farm, to be exact) in Happy Valley, Oregon that takes place every year in August. But contrary to popular belief, it's not all banjos and stardust -- although there are a little bit of both, in good and appropriate amounts. Pickathon showcases a wide spectrum of bands, with this year's lineup hosting gems like X and Blind Pilot next to indie bands Warpaint and Courtney Barnett. There really is something for everyone, and with each band playing multiple performances on different stages over the weekend, your chances are better-than-good to get a glimpse of all the music you'd like to take in.

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Maybe the best Tuesday night ever? John Roderick's Rendezvous is here!

We had the fortune of attending the opening night of John Roderick's most recent endeavor yesterday, a little something called John Roderick's Rendezvous. It's part lecture series, part guest, part Q and A, and even features a little music -- and by gosh, we. are. HOOKED.

For six bucks, just about every other Tuesday, you can hit the Jewelbox Theater (you guessed it, the show is at the Rendezvous) from 6-7ish pm, skip rush hour, have a bite and a drink, and soak in the hilarity John has to offer. Last night we were treated to a Marijuana 101 of sorts, on the heels of Washington having passed legalization laws this past election cycle; a charming guest, and a new-ish song of John's to close out the night.

The tickets went fast for the opening show and we anticipate the rest to be no exception, with guests potentially ranging from literal celebrities to a random person John met in the QFC parking lot pre-show -- not knowing is part of the fun! The next installment is on the 25th and the show will be on sale to the public this evening at 7pm, so set a timer and get on it!

{Photo courtesy of Stephanie at afar.com.}

Timber! lineup announced, tickets on sale Tuesday 2/25

Set a calendar reminder for next Tuesday, friends -- tickets for the second annual Timber! Outdoor Music Festival are going on sale at 10am, and you're not going to want to miss it. (We say that a lot here at Three Imaginary Girls, but really, you're going to want to get on this ASAP.)

The first round of artists -- with more TBA -- include none other than Charles Bradley, J Mascis, Damien Jurado, and a host of local favorites and up-and-comers that are sure to make your festival season a little bit sweeter. From Sasquatch! (the Memorial Day installment, we mean) to Pickathon and straight through to Bumbershoot and beyond, we are quite convinced that this year is going to be a doozy for beautiful, music-dense weekends in the great Northwest.

Learn more about Timber! at the official website here, and bookmark this page for refreshing at 9:58am next Tuesday {February 25th}.

We'll see you out in Carnation!

Recommended Shows: Loves Me and Loves Me Not Valentine shows at the Volterra Drawing Room {12/14 and 12/15}

Maybe you’re the kind of imaginary that LOVES Valentine’s Day! Or maybe you’re the kind of imaginary that HATES it! Either way, our friend Marco Collins has you covered. Marco is following up his amazing Acoustic Christmas nights with two shows around February’s most polarizing holiday: Loves Me for the lovers and Loves Me Not for the haters.

Both shows feature a range of diverse NW artists, and are at the Volterra Drawing Room. Tickets are just $15 GA, or $25 for reserved seating. If you haven’t been before, the Drawing Room is a cozy intimate venue with great acoustics. We had a blast at the Christmas shows, so we can’t wait to see what kind of surprises happen during these two!!

Grab some tix now and take your date—or not date—to a memorable show this weekend.

Loves Me performers:
SHELBY EARL
SHAPRECE (with IG88)
SHAWN SMITH (Brad/Satchel)
MAIAH MANSER
MARK SHIRTZ

Loves Me Not performers:
JASON DODSON (The Maldives)
MIKE HERRERA (MXPX)
NAOMI WACHIRA
RULER
S (JENN GHETTO)

Loves Me Not will also feature artwork by Ten Hundred (P Smoov)!

{Loves Me: Friday 2/14 | Loves Me Not: Saturday 2/15 | Volterra Drawing Room | Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm | All Ages | $15 GA, $25 reserved seats}