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Ticket Giveaways

Win tickets to see Dean Wareham perform Galaxie 500 songs at the Crocodile

The summer between my junior and senior years of college I saved up all summer to reward myself with the best Back to School gift ever, the Galaxie 500 boxset that featured their three records, a cd of covers and rarities, and the required 48-page booklet. Since then it has been my go-to boxset whenever I need to bask in the loneliest reverb or find comfort in the stark ivy league crackles of guitar.

Now fast-forward a few years to the first time I heard Frank Black (many moons post-Pixies) sneak into the opening chards of "Where Is My Mind" at the Showbox almost a decade ago. My knees turned to mush and I got lightheaded. I remember I had to look directly into the stage lights just to regain composure and convince myself that it was really happening: I was really hearing a favorite song performed live even though I had long thought it impossible.

I think something very similar is going to happen next Tuesday {11/16} at the Crocodile is going to go seconds into hearing Dean Wareham and band mosey into his 2010 version of "Strange" {or "King of Spain" for that matter}... and I want you there next to me.


Win tickets to this Friday's Black Whales / Dan Mangan show

[the black whales]

There's a ton of great shows going on Friday -- but we're particularly excited about the Black Whales / Dan Mangan / Jared Mees and the Grown Children show that's happening over at Columbia City Theater. The Black Whales are releasing a 7", it's Dan Mangan's first Seattle show in over three years, and the whole thing is being presented by our friends over at Sound on the Sound. And we've got tickets to give away!

We would love to send you and a friend to this 21+ show, and here's how we're going to do it: just sent an email to tig {at} threeimaginarygirls dot com, and tell us why you should be the winner of these ticktes! Be sure to use the subject line "WhalesAndManganAndMeesOhMy" so that we know it's you.

Get those entries in soon, because we'll be picking a winner Thursday afternoon at 3pm... and should you be the type that doesn't like to tempt fate, just mosey on over to the Columbia City Theater website and pick up some tickets the old-fashioned way. In either case, while you're waiting on that email confirmation, make good use of your internets and dig on Dan Mangan's latest album, "Nice, Nice, Very Nice." Trust us -- you'll be glad you did.

We'll see you at the show!

A double shot of ticket giveaways: She & Him and Cat Power {more tix!}

There's so much amazing show options swirling around, many of us are on overload with our red warning lights blinking.  One reason this month is so packed with some of our favorite bands is thanks to the folks at City Arts who have put together a three day schedule that makes even SXSW and CMJ festers weep.

To push things a little bit closer over the overloaded-with-giddiness edge, we've got TWO chances for you to see an amazing show for free!

Cat Power at the the 5th Avenue Theater on Thursday, October 21
Enter to win tickets by emailing tig @ threeimaginarygirls . com with the subject "Lived In Bars" by Tuesday 10/19 at noon.

She & Him at the 5th Avenue Theater on Saturday, October 23
Enter to win tickets by emailing tig @ threeimaginarygirls . com with the subject "I'd LikeYou For My Own" by Tuesday 10/19 at noon.

Want a sampler for what your evening at one of these shows could include?

Cat Power covering Oasis's's's Wonderwall

She & Him with the coy cutie anthem "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?"


Latest comment by: Nikki: "hope I'm the lucky girl! Would LOVE to see these shows. Times are tough."

Win tickets to see Apples in Stereo at the Croc plus a signed copy of their new album on vinyl

It's been over three years since Apples In Stereo were last in town, touring their fabulous 2006 masterpiece New Magnetic Wonder. Now they're back with a new fantastic album Travelers In Space and Time.

You want to Go! see Apples In Stereo at the Crocodile October 26th (with crush band Fol Chen and local heroes BOAT!)? Plus win a signed copy of their new record Travelers In Space and Time on vinyl? You're screaming "Please! Tell me what to do!" Just e-mail by 9am on Friday October 22nd with the subject line "IWantToTravelInSpaceandTime", and please make sure to include your full name, especially if your e-mail address is something like

Check out the unbelievably charming video for "Dance Floor" (which we featured on our latest Imaginary Mixtape, and is definitely one of my favorite jams of the year) featuring the ever adorable Elijah Wood and start prepping for the instant dance party on October 26th.


Win two tickets to see Cobirds Unite / The Young Evils at Columbia City Theater {9/24}

{R. Willoughby / R. Flotard}

{The Young Evils / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Come nurse your hangover from Thursday night's Vampire Weekend show at the Columbia City Theater this Friday! Cobirds Unite (featuring Rusty Willoughby and Rachel Flotard) are headlining not one, but two shows -- an all-ages set at 7p, and a 21+ show at 10p. It's their album release party! And the Young Evils are playing -- both shows! And it's their album release party too! Sounds like a whole barrel full of fun to us, for sure.

Want to go -- for free? Well, we've got a pair of tickets to give away to both shows! Just send in an email to before 3p on Thursday (yes, this Thursday, September 23rd) with the subject line "BirdIsTheWord" -- and please don't forget to specify which show you'd like a chance to go to! Don't forget, the later performance is 21+ only.

We'll see you there!


Latest comment by: Starr : "I will be there either way, but free tickets would be SWEET!!! "

Win tickets to see Matt & Kim at the Showbox

You know those friends who can cheer you up no matter what mood you're in? The ones who's genuine love of you and everyone and everything is infectious and helps set everything right with the chemicals in your brain?

For me those 'friends' are not so much a couple on my holiday card list (it'd be a bit too stalker to add them to it, right?), but rather Matt & Kim, my favorite happy hip-electro-keys-punk-pop-indie-rad duo. The only thing that is helping me get through until the release of their third full-length album, Sidewalks, on November 2, 2010 (hear the brilliant new single) is counting down to their next visit to Seattle on September 28 at the Showbox.

If you want to go restore your faith in humanity with me, we've got a pair of tickets to giveaway to the show! To enter, email tig @ with your name and the subject line MattAndKimAndAllOurFriends by Sunday, September 26 at noon. We'll notify the winner soon thereafter.

To confirm that they are as great as you (and I) think they are, here's a video of a recent show:

Win two tickets to see Vampire Weekend at the Paramount {9/23}

Vampire Weekend

That's right! The indie.synthpop quartet known as Vampire Weekend will be playing this Thursday and Friday at the Paramount Theater, as a double-makeup date for their last-minute cancellation out at Marymoor a few weeks ago. The good news? It's closer and more weatherproof than the park. The better news? Seattle's very own The Head and the Heart will be taking the opening spots both nights! We're not sure it gets much better than that.

Want a crack at a pair of tickets to Thursday's show? Just send an email to and tell us why we should send you! Be sure to include the subject line ICareAboutAnOxfordComma, and act fast -- we'll be choosing a winner tomorrow (yikes!) and need your entry before 3pm on Tuesday, the 21st.


Win two tickets to The National at Marymoor {9/11}

Sprawling lawns, stellar sound, The National, and you.

{the national}

And your plus one. And Okkervil River. And for free.

Sound good? Great! Because that's what's in store for you this Saturday up at Marymoor Park if you're our lucky winner! We've got not one, but two bright-and-shiny tickets to give away to one lucky fan. Maybe that's you! So take a break from poring over all those pretty Bumbershoot pictures you took this weekend and enter our contest:

Send an email to with the subject line WaitForTheClick -- and tell us why we should choose you to attend this bliss-extravaganza of a show. Make us swoon with your adjective, drop a haiku, do whatever you like -- but just act fast, because we need your entry by 5pm on Tuesday, September 8th.

And while you're manually refreshing that auto-refresh to see if you've won, do yourself a favor and put this ish on repeat:

Good luck, everyone! We'll see you at the park!


Somebody pinch us: we've got Pavement tickets to give away!

[pavement, by victoria vanbruinisse]

If you're anything like the rest of the free world, you haven't seen much of Pavement since sometime in the late nineties. Recording, releasing, and playing live music for the better part of a decade, Pavement firmly established themselves in the lo-fi pool of the 'alternative' world in 1989 -- that's just shy of pre-indie, kids -- and fizzled out after their final show almost exactly ten years later. Both fringe- and cult-level fans alike have been clamoring for live performances and speculating on reunion tours ever since, and for those of us lucky enough to have come across / stood in line for / offered our next-born for tickets, the time has finally come!

After a decade-long hiatus, Pavement finally hit the road again this year for a European tour and stateside festival circuit (including Sasquatch, Coachella, and Pitchfork Fest), toting along a best-of comp that was released back in March. They're playing twenty-eight dates in September, and we're lucky enough to have show number two this month taking place at our very own Paramount Theater on Sunday, September 5th. We'll be there with bells on, and we'd love for you to join us! Here's how you can win a pair of tickets to the show:


Latest comment by: ig viva: "check your emails, kittens! I just emailed our lucky winner..."

Win two tickets to the 2010 No Depression Festival at Marymoor {8/21}

no depression 2010

Check it out!

We're giving away two tickets to this year's No Depression festival!

On August 21st, the grounds of Marymoor Park (Redmond, WA) will be graced with not just one or two, but seven swoonworthy acts to fit the taste of every alt.americana,, and modern-folk indie-roots enthusiast within driving distance. Performers like Lucinda Williams and the Cave Singers will be sharing the stage at the second annual installment of ND, following in the footsteps of stellar sets from last year's big name headliners -- Gillian Welch, Iron & Wine, and Jessica Lea Mayfield, just to name a few.

Did we forget to mention that the Swell Season is headling? Silly us! If you haven't bought yourself some tickets already -- and even if you already have -- you might want to take a moment right now to enter our ticket giveaway. Send an email to with the subject line SummerIsTheSwellestSeason and tell us why you think we should send you off to the Park for the day!

The only full-font fine-print is that entries must be recieved by midnight on Wednesday, August 11th to be entered into the drawing. Winners will be announced on Friday, August 13th. There's no catch! You can even bring your underagers, since No Depression is an all-ages event.