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Recommended Show: The Sounds at Neumos {3/19}

You guys! One of my favorite Swedish Bands, The Sounds, are coming to Seattle soon!!!

This fun indie rock band has had my attention since their 2003 debut album, Living in America, and 10 years later, they’re still making me “Shake Shake Shake” with their newest release, Weekend. And as if their awesome blend of rock, new wave, and pop wasn’t enough to make me love them, lead singer Maja Ivarsson also participated in a hilarious song and video for Snakes on a Plane … which still makes me laugh every single time I watch it.

They’re playing Neumos on Wednesday, March 19 with LA-pop band Blondfire, and I’m betting this will be one of the only shows in Seattle where the whole room will be dancing (For real. EVERYONE will dance. They won't have any other choice). Come with me and dust off your best moves!!



{The Sounds with Blondfire | Wednesday, 3/19 | Neumos | $20 advance | Doors at 7 | all ages}

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.}

Don't miss: Tom Brosseau at the Fremont Abbey {2/26}

{Tom Brosseau / by Nathaniel Wood}

No surprises here: I've been looking forward to this show since it hit my radar almost two months ago, when I was making my best-of-2013 lists and had to throw in an honorable mention for this guy's pending release. Yes, I'm talking about Tom Brosseau and yes, the final cut of the record is as good as I'd hoped. He'll be at the Fremont Abbey this Wednesday night with Shelby Earl, and if you know what's good for you, you won't miss it.

To speak to the album for a moment, Grass Punks is hands-down my favorite release since 2005's what I mean to say is goodbye, and as I type this I can't believe that nearly ten years have passed between them. While a beautiful body of work has been birthed in that decade, Grass Punks rings my bells so specifically because it's just very... well, Tom: a perfect fusing of traditional roots sound with a razor-sharp edge; a hybrid of North Dakota wheatfields and blistering days on the streets of Los Angeles. His dense, multi-faceted prowess shines through in separate-but-equal ways in standout tracks "Love High John The Conqueror Root" and "Today Is A Bright New Day," both of which are yours for the listening and purchasing here (and below).

The Northwest leg of the tour kicks off tonight at Mississippi Studios, with a handful of left-coast dates that dip down into California and an appearance at SXSW before Tom heads off to Europe:

2.25 // Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
2.26 // Fremont Abbey, Seattle WA
2.27 // Axe and Fiddle, Cottage Grove OR
2.28
// Veterans Memorial Theatre, Davis CA
3.01 // House concert, Sacramento CA
3.03 //
Freight and Salvage, Berkeley CA
3.04 // House concert, San Francisco CA
3.06 // North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe, San Diego CA
3.07 // Sanctuary, Santa Monica CA
3.08
// House Concert, Lompoc CA
3.11 // Javelina, Riot Act Media SXSW Showcase, Austin TX

Tickets for the Fremont Abbey show are right around nine dollars with fees, and are available through Brown Paper Tickets here (first two rows reserved are sold out). 7p doors / 8p show, all ages welcome. We'll see you there!

{Photo courtesy of Nathaniel Wood / Mary Jones Management.}

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}

Recommended show & ticket giveaway: Dancing on the Valentine 9: You Can Dance for Inspiration {2/8}

Dancing on the Valentine Feb 8 at NeumosIt's time once again for us to tell you how much we love Jenny George's annual fundraising event, Dancing on the Valentine!!

This year the theme is MADONNA! YAYYYYY! Dancing on the Valentine 9: You Can Dance for Inspiration, is on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8pm at Neumos!!! This awesome event will have raffle prizes from local businesses, a performance by aerialist Kelly Ward, photobooth goodness by Ben Haley, tunes spun by DJ Doc Blammer, and our own Dana as the emcee!

And of course, there's the music!!! This year features Madonna covers by:

Adra Boo from Fly Moon Royalty
The Redwood Plan
The Young Evils
Fox and the Law
XVIII Eyes
Lazer Kitty
Gibraltar the Band
Three Beats Two
The Hotels
The Swearengens
Trick Candles

In honor of survivor Jenny George, all proceeds from this event go the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, whose mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, as well as improve the quality of life of patients and their families. This is the BEST way to celebrate Valentine's! So good. And we've got two tickets to giveaway to this super boss event! For a chance to win them, email us at tig {at} threeimaginarygirls {dot} com with the subject line "Into the Groove" anytime between now and 9am Thursday, 2/6. We will pick a winner and email them that afternoon!

OH man. Can't wait to see all the costumes!! Any bets on who's going to writhe around on stage in a wedding dress singing "Like a Virgin?"

{Dancing on the Valentine: You Can Dance for Inspiration -- A Tribute to Madonna Benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society | Saturday, February 8 | Neumos | $15 Adv | Doors at 8pm} 

Don't miss: Tractor Tavern's 20th anniversary celebration, featuring The Maldives {this weekend!}

If Ballard had a soundtrack, The Maldives would surely be it. Our favorite good old boys have played SeafoodFest, KEXP’s Ballard Hood to Hood party, and the venerable Tractor Tavern over fifty times. OMG, fifty! So fair warning to the new bougie Ballard, they’ll be leading a two night hipster hootenanny this Friday and Saturday to celebrate the Tractor’s 20th Anniversary. It’s time to get dirty.

The Tractor remains a bar for the masses where PBR tallboys are the house specialty and mixed drinks don’t come with more than three ingredients (one of those being the ice). And we love it like that. Dance hall hospitality collides with punk rock enthusiasm to create the best type of dingy beer soaked venue. And while the graffiti covering the bathroom walls provides enough entertainment in itself, the Tractor’s real draw has always been the stellar talent they continue to book. Known for keeping the alt-country / Americana musical flame aglow here in Seattle, everyone from Wanda Jackson, Old 97’s, El Vez, Dale Watson, and Evan Dando have taken the stage. C’mon, where else in Seattle can you square dance every week under a garland of old cowboy boots? We’ve got our very own honky tonk and that’s definitely something to celebrate!

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Are you on the Seattle Living Room Shows list yet?

You know how in the movies all the beautiful people go to secret shows in lofts and warehouses where you can only get in if you’re on the list? And it’s always some band you’ve never heard of but when you watch the movie years later you’re like “Oh my god! Those guys are famous now!” Well, it turns out that actually happens in real life, and all you have to do to be one of the beautiful people is sign up for an email list.

Since 2008, sisters Carrie and Kristen Watt have been organizing Seattle Living Room Shows. Every month they put together a show in an unconventional space – often a real living room. You only find out the location and sometimes the final lineup after you buy your tickets. But the coolest thing about the Living Room Shows is that they’re not about being cool. They are about providing the best live listening experience possible.

Okay, that totally sounded like marketing copy, but everything about the shows is designed to get fans up close and personal with really great music. They get artists like Lemolo and Damien Jurado to play in lofts and galleries to a few dozen people. While the Quietus bemoans 2013 as the year the gig-talkers won, SLRS are providing intimate listening room experiences for people who actually want to hear the music. The only talking during the show is between the performers and the audience. I’ve only been to two of them so far, but SLRS are quickly becoming my favorite way to see live music.

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Latest comment by: David Leech: "Very excited about this"

Don't miss: Damien Jurado at the Neptune {1/17}

{Damien Jurado / Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son}

Rejoice, fans of the Saint Bartlett > Maraqopa trajectory: I have heard the new Damien Jurado album, and it is good.

As we reported back in October, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son is here (yeah, he's talking about Jesus -- don't worry, it's a rad trip; take a drag on what Father John Misty had to say about it) and with it, a release show at the Neptune this Friday. As the first official show endorsement of 2014, I would highly, highly recommend not missing this performance. Here's why: the first time I heard Brothers and Sisters, I immediately tried to figure out how to get some peyote, so I could go jam out in the desert someplace with "Silver Donna" fed through a transistor radio on infinite repeat, eventually disappearing completely.

Yeah -- it's really accesible, but it's that kind of record.

With the helping hand of Richard Swift, Damien Jurado continues to expand his consciousness -- and seemingly, his alignment with the art he wants to make, not the art that's expected of him -- with his most psych-tinged record yet. And while I'm still very much present, typing at this keyboard without said substance or desert experience coming to pass in real-time, it is crystal clear to me that this is for sure a trip that I want to be on. The very touchable, dimensional reality is that Jurado can go from a song like "Go First" to something like this:

and whoever has that kind of incredible range of work in them also has me at the front of the line, for all performances and record pre-orders, forever and ever. (Amen.)

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Ring in 2014 with The Black Angels {Moore Theater, 12/31}

 {The Black Angels}

There are an assortment of events taking place on New Year's Eve in Seattle, ranging from fireworks at the Space Needle to a Bollywood Masquerade at the Nectar Lounge in Fremont. As usual, there are a host of concerts around town, and our recommendation is one that is certain to include no party favors and a paucity of prom night attire: this year, celebrate the darker side of things with The Black Angels at The Moore Theatre. Their latest LP, the fantastic Indigo Meadow, came out earlier this year and it continues their murky trajectory through all things psychedelic.

One part Velvet Underground, one part Thirteenth Floor Elevators, and with a healthy tablespoon of Spectrum, The Doors, Love, Red Krayola and other late 60s influences, The Black Angels have been releasing dark, lysergic garage rock since 2005, when our very own Light in the Attic Records picked them up. Four full-lengths later, they are continuing their stride with little sign of diminishing quality. The only difference is that their third and fourth releases are slightly more pop-oriented than the first two, but the ingredients are all there.

The Black Angels stop in Seattle fairly frequently and always put on an excellent show. Their hypnotic live performances are powerful, featuring kaleidoscopic light shows and projected images, a perfect setting for their music. Whether you are a fan or a bystander, this is the perfect opportunity to catch a great show -- and the historic Moore Theatre is a wonderful venue to see anything at, really. It is gorgeous and is not too large (or small), providing the right amount of intimacy and charm.

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