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Photo essay: more from Bumbershoot 2013!

We don't know about you guys, but we just can't stop basking in the glory that was this year's Bumbershoot! Lucky for us, long-time TIG friend (and one-time imaginary contributor) Laura Duffy was shooting with our own Imaginary Victoria this year, and has contributed some out-and-out GORGEOUS shots to our photo pool.

Have you checked them out yet? Why don't you spin our "We Miss You, Bumbershoot!" playlist while you scroll?

{Charles Bradley / by Laura Duffy}

{Charles Bradley / by Laura Duffy}
Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires

{ZZ Ward / by Laura Duffy}
ZZ Ward

{Bumbershoot fans / by Laura Duffy}

{!!! / by Laura Duffy}
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Saturday at Bumbershoot: so many Charles Bradley Feelings!

{Charles Bradley / by Victoria VanBruinisse}
"Oooooooooooooooh." Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires at the Mural Stage.

So, I think the Bumbershoot day with the most back-to-back Peak Experiences {Bob Mould! Death Cab! the Breeders! Patton Oswalt!} had to be Sunday -- but the runner up, just by a hair, was Saturday, AKA Charles Bradley Day. He bookended my day, playing early on at the KEXP Music Lounge, and at 8pm on the Starbucks stage (at the Mural, above). I say this without hyperbole: both performances were nothing short of incredible, because every time I see him, Charles takes me straight to church. A gritty, guts-of-New York church; a dirty, funky church where no one judges me, and where I can get up in the aisle and do the robot in a crop top if I feel like it.

Performing with his Extraordinaires, the morning vibe was set off just right, wall-to-wall with killer jams and followed by a hug -- quite literally -- for everyone in the first three rows.

{Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

It was just as good at the evening performance, with a little more strut and a lot more sequins (photos are only permitted during the first few songs, but just imagine Charles having a sparkly jacket costume-change mid set AND IT BEING SUPER AWESOME):

{Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

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Sunday at Bumbershoot: BEST DAY EVER

{The Breeders / by Victoria VanBruinisse}
the Breeders

I really don't know how this year's Sunday installment of Bumbershoot could have been any better, save for maybe being carried around on a fluffy couch while being fanned and fed grapes, I guess? In all seriousness, though: Sunday really was the best fucking day ever. From the moment I stepped foot on Seattle Center grounds to finally flopping into the passenger seat of my buddy's car sometime before midnight, I had an absolute blast. Here's a few shots of what I managed to pack into my day:

{Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside / by Victoria VanBruinisse}
Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside

After grabbing a quad iced espresso at the LQA Caffe Vita, I beelined over to KEXP's Music Lounge for Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside. I know I've said it over and over and over again, but I really, REALLY love this band, you guys. Since first seeing them at the Fremont Abbey with Hey Marseilles back in 2009, I've watched (and heard) their whole band-persona evolve from sweet-sounding alt.rock-a-betty to a matured, melodic-yet-gritty storytelling vibe -- with each show that passes, they just keep getting better and better. True to recent form, Sunday's set did not disappoint, as the band delivered thirty straight minutes of super-tight jams, mostly off of the new record, Untamed Beast. {You'll be able to hear the whole session in the KEXP archive here, as soon as they have it posted. Highly recommended!!}

At the stroke of 12:30, I hightailed it over to the Words and Ideas stage to catch the last portion of the Barsuk panel, featuring Sean Nelson, Dave Bazan, and John Roderick talking all things Barsuk-y with label co-founder Josh Rosenfeld. It was most excellent to hear such lengthy, knowledgeable discussion in such an intimate setting, with topics ranging from Death Cab for Cutie to the saga of Pitchfork v. the Travis Morrison solo album and the indoctrination of Nada Surf into the Barsuk family. A+, gents.

{Ramona Falls / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Ramona Falls / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Ramona Falls / by Victoria VanBruinisse}
Ramona Falls

{Bob Mould / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Bob Mould / by Victoria VanBruinisse}
Bob Mould

We caught a couple of tunes from Portland's Ramona Falls before hustling back to the KEXP lounge for a set from Bob Mould. Holy fucking shit. BOB MOULD, you guys. These pictures don't really do the set any justice -- Bob & Co. were tearing around the stage shredding the crap out of the performance, and I was sitting in the second row all mouth-agape, barely able to take it in. Almost every photo I took was a blurred mess, so you'll just have to imagine how truly excellent it was to behold, at least until KEXP archives the performance at their site {keep an eye here for it to pop up sometime in the next week or two} and until our friend Laura gets more photos to us to post. Full frontal face-rocking-off!! So. Good.

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Highlights from Pickathon 2013

It was another incredible year out on Pendarvis Farm for this year's installment of Pickathon. Having had our inaugural visit last year, blistering temperatures and all, we knew that this year's trip would be nothing short of fantastic! With a great lineup (and cooler forecast) on the horizon, we went into the weekend with high expectations, and every single one of them was met. Here's a few highlights that made the weekend downright magical:

{Andrew Bird / by Victoria VanBruinisse}
Andrew Bird with Tift Merritt & Band

Hiking out to a stage built out of (mostly) branches in the middle of the woods to see Andrew Bird do an offbeat, slightly bluegrass-tinged set on opening night was without a doubt order of business number one for us this year. Greeted upon arrival to the catchy beats and gritty guitar hooks of Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside wafting out into the parking lot, we wandered onto the grounds and took in most of their mainstage set, immediately following it with that hike to the Woods Stage -- where we found throngs of people amassed around progressive African electro-pop band Vieux Farke, who delivered an unexpectedly blistering, make-the-whole-audience dance performance. And suddenly, a mere two hours into this year's whirlwind Farm Experience, it was already time for Andrew Bird.

{Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside / by Victoria VanBruinisse}
Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside

{Andrew Bird / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Andrew Bird / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Andrew Bird / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Andrew Bird / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Andrew Bird / by Victoria VanBruinisse}
Andrew Bird with Tift Merritt & Band

In a fit of total perfection, Andrew Bird proceeded to enrapture us with an easy-breezy Bowl Of Fire vibe that we hadn't experienced in-person before, and it was downright incredible. Living up to every ounce of expecatation we'd collectively put on him, Bird played the bulk of his hour-long set with Tift Merritt and members of her band huddled around a single mic, crooning out into the darkness to an attentive mass of festivalgoers:

And that was just the first night!

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Photo Essay: SIFF hip-hop documentary The Otherside Premiere

Imaginary Rich hit the SIFF red carpet once again for the premiere of The Otherside last Friday night, and got some great photos of everyone who showed up to support the film, including Macklemore! Below are a some highlights, and you can see the whole set on Flickr here

TJ Santos and Macklemore

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Photo Essay: SIFF Rock Doc Red Carpets! The Punk Singer & Her Aim is True

Imaginary Rich has done it again! His red carpet coverage is UNSTOPPABLE. This time he captured the arrivals for both The Punk Singer and Her Aim is True: two rock-related documentaries that screened at SIFF this past weekend.

We ♥ the spirit showing in these! Thanks, Rich.

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Photo essay: DOTV 8 at Neumos = success!

We were elbow-to-elbow with all our best pals in the front row at Neumos Saturday night, in the name of love, fundraising, and the one and only Jenny George. Yep, this past weekend was the 8th annual Dancing on the Valentine fundraiser, and it was jam-packed with great local bands belting out our favorite Cure tracks. The money's still being tallied, but judging by the crowd, we're sure that the night went a long way toward the annual Leukemia and Lymphoma Society donation -- take a peek at the photos below and relive all the fun! We were particularly enamored with Lesli Wood (as usual), Adra Boo, NighTrain, Panama Gold, and those fellows in Fox and the Law:

{Dancing on the Valentine / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Lesli Wood with Jupe Jupe / by Victoria VanBruinisse}
Lesli Wood with Jupe Jupe

{Atticus and Dana! / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Dancing on the Valentine / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

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Latest comment by: Imaginary Amie: "Agreed. Simply gorg, V! And seeing all the amazing photo-ness makes me feel a little less sad that I couldn't be there. xoxoxo"

Two Gallants rock a sold-out Barboza

Two Gallants played to a sold-out crowd at Barboza this past Friday night, showcasing their folk rock prowess from their latest release, The Bloom and the Blight (along with songs from their past albums). From the very beginning the room held an appreciative vibe, singing along to close to every song, and the band gave it right back. 

If you've only heard Two Gallants via album, you'd assume that they were a full (multi-piece) band. They produce a sound that is astonishing on the albums, and in person even more impressive as a duo. Adam Stephens (vocals, guitar, harmonica) plays with a unique finger style, reproducing the intricate folk sounds as well as the strong rock melodies off The Bloom and the Blight. Coupled with his raw vocal style and literary lyrics, it makes for an interesting and intimate show setting. Equally as astounding is Tyson Vogel (drums, vocals) who creaties a ferocious sound that's especially apparent on songs like "Ride Away" and "My Love Won't Wait."

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Patrick Watson and Half Moon Run bring bitchin' Canadian jams to the Crocodile!

Last Friday was a pretty sweet little surprise for me (and for anyone else that was at the Crocodile). Maybe it's the shift in weather, but I always seem hungry for a intimate concert experience this time of year -- and this show was just that.

The headliner was Patrick Watson, Montreal Quebec's very own mix of Andrew Bird, Grizzly Bear and Jeff Buckley (???). Now, I had just been referred to Watson's recently released album, Adventures In Your Own Backyard, and had been hooked by the warmth and genuine emotion of it, almost right away. Watson and his band walked onto a completely blacked out stage with small lights strapped to each member's hand, casting a faint light onto their instruments and the stage itself, before starting off with the eerily beautiful opening track off of the new album, "Lighthouse." It served at once to draw everyone's attention to Watson's silky, ghostly vocals and the tasteful build-up of the band behind him. I knew about half the songs that were played as I have been listening to the latest album on repeat for the last week -- but every song I didn't know was just another reason to like the band even a little bit more. I was most taken by the craft of the band and their ability to manipulate their instruments in order to get sounds that truly gave the songs a personality of its own, the guitarist even using a toothbrush on his strings at one point in the show.

{Patrick Watson}

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Local goodness (and more!) at 2012's City Arts Fest

Now that this year's City Arts Fest is over, I can take a step back and realize that I have been blown away by four solid days of an amazing array of (mostly) local bands, all giving Seattle some truly amazing sets. Each night showcased what the Pacific Northwest had to offer, and it was difficult to decide what venues to hit and who to see. Packing in as much as I could, I witnessed an incredible display of music spanning from pop to country to rock, and of course, took tons of photos.

The David Byrne / St. Vincent show was housed in the most perfect venue, that being the 5th Avenue Theater. The performance was brilliantly theatrical, with a choreographed horn section and Byrne and Clark's synchronized dancing (!!!) it really was entertainment of the highest caliber. It was almost overwhelmingly unreal. Love This Giant is one of my favorite albums that's come out this year and live, and I'm happy to report that the songs are even more over the top than they are on the record. What became clear about St. Vincent's songs -- especially those like "Cheerleader", "Cruel", and "Marrow" -- was how downright grand they became with the addition of an array of brass instuments. The crowd was pretty packed with David Byrne/Talking Heads fans or at least my section was; and yes, "Burnin' Down the House" was played in amazing fashion.

St. Vincent & David Byrne

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