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Happy 13th birthday to TIG! We need your help!

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It's a very imaginary 13th birthday!

On June 10, 2002, published our first set of reviews.  In the blog world that's like we're.... well, it feels like we've been around since before there were blogs.

To help usher in the next era of TIG, we're reaching out to you for help.

We're at a crossroads. With 13 years and 8,300 reviews and articles in the imaginary archive, the time has come to convert the entire site to WordPress; it's a more economical and friendly web platform than what we're on now that will enable us to continue spreading the imaginary word and keep those reviews of the amazing shows or bands you love alive.

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Let your Brit-Pop flag fly!!! {with a dance party, brit-pop karaoke, unibrows and more...}

Britpop Seattle!

Britpop runs in my veins.  For the anglophile music geeks amongst us, there is no greater way to electrify the room than to say words like Pulp, Supergrass, Lush, Suede, Elastica, James, Ride, Charlatans, Ash, Blur … oh yeah, and Oasis.

Finally there is way for us to celebrate our love of the parklife.  Mark your calendars for:

The Good Mixer: a britpop dance party
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Lo-Fi | 21+ | $8

The evening marks the 20 year anniversary of two very important britpop albums: Blur's Parklife + Pulp's His-n-Hers with a  dance party hosted by Marco Collins with DJ sets by Erik Blood, DJ Shannon (KEXP), Kurt Bloch and more!

Also of very important note, there will be BRITPOP KARAOKE!  I feel like I've waited my whole life for this. Finally, we can have a sing along to Lush's "Ladykillers" and do our best Jarvis impression as we sing, "I said I'll see what I can do."  Imaginary Dana and I will be hosting this karaoke portion and we are ready to cheer on all your Stone Roses / La's / Adorable / Happy Mondays dreams. (I know we have a lot of them!)

Speaking of sweet Jarvis, there's going to be a Jarvis Cocker dance-off (judged by Imaginary Amie, Imaginary Dana, and myself). And if you don't feel like dancing, there will be giveaways for the most surly Oasis unibrows and you can power up with fish-n-chips from Nosh Food Truck or one of the themed drinks:  “Common Peeber” (PBR + shot of whiskey), “Beetlerum” (rum + coca-cola)... AND there will also be a photo booth complete with 90’s gear (accessories provided by Red Light Vintage)!


Countdown to the Imaginary Spectacular: Lesli Wood (of The Redwood Plan)

It’s probably impossible that you haven’t heard Lesli Wood sing, either from her awesome Ms. Led days, or covering songs for Jenny George’s annual Dancing on the Valentine benefit, or fronting her kick-ass band The Redwood Plan.

It also goes without saying that the imaginary girls LOVE the heck out of Ms. Wood, and are beyond thrilled that she’s agreed to sing at our Imaginary Holiday Spectacular this Friday! (that’s the 21st, people! SO CLOSE!) Every time she takes the stage, I’m personally blown away by her powerhouse vocals and amazing presence. Hell, sometimes when I see her out and about in Seattle I’m too awe-struck to say “Hi” because I’m rendered unable by my starstruck fandom.

I can’t imagine anyone NOT loving Lesli Wood, and I’m so looking forward to seeing her play on Friday. You’re coming too, right?

Head on over to the StrangerTickets site to grab some $10 tix before they sell out, because we really really really really want you to be there to celebrate the holidays with us!

Photo by Victoria VanBruinisse. 

Join us Sat 11/10 for Seattle Grunge: A Dream of the 90s

It's time for another TIG event to celebrate our 10th Anniversary! And this time, it's a film event, because y'all know how I feel about the film. So ... dig out your flannel and Docs, because we're taking you back to the 90s with a showing of HYPE! at the Grand Illusion!

If you haven't heard of it before, or you know, in case you're not quite as old as I am, HYPE! is a great documentary about the Grunge scene, including interviews and performances from TAD, Mudhoney, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Coffin Break, The Gits, Love Battery, Flop, The Melvins, Mono Men, Supersuckers, Zipgun, Seaweed, Pearl Jam, 7 Year Bitch, Hovercraft, Gas Huffer and the Fastbacks.

We've planned a BIG evening of fun, starting with some nostalgic clips of Seattle bands, and Grunge Trivia hosted by Jen from Scarecrow Video -- complete with prizes! (Don't worry; we've got a mix of easy and hard questions to satisfy both grunge amateurs and aficionados.) We even have the cutest Three Imaginary Girls film buttons to give away, thanks to the extreme craftenating skillz of imaginary liz. 

Join us as we relive Seattle's 15 minutes of fame. (jk! we love our city!) Bonus points if you come in (almost vintage, right? gawd, it pains me to say that) clothes you actually wore in the 90s. 

Three Imaginary Girls presents Seattle Grunge: A Dream of the 90s

Featuring: a screening of HYPE!
Grunge Trivia by Scarecrow Video w/prizes!
and a short clip show packed full of 90s nostalgia*

at the Grand Illusion Cinema
Saturday, November 10, 8:45pm, $8

*Videos provided by Scarecrow Video; editing by Brian Alter. THANKS, GUYS!

Another rad anniversary event: the imaginary poster show! (FREE and all-ages)

It's like chocolate and peanut butter! Peanut butter and chocolate! However you like to do it, rad shows and killer posters are two great tastes that taste great together. Posters can be a tangible reminder of a night that changed your life, or a beautiful piece of art to commemorate a show, and in most cases, they're both. And in the last ten years of our existence, we have definitely had our hand in helping to assemble a lot of great shows, and subsequently, a lot of great posters have been birthed as a result.

We've had the good fortune of working with art shops and designers like at Seattle Show Posters, Corianton Hale, Pete Hilgendorf, Sam Trout, and Killorn O'Neill, among others. But you don't have to just take our word for how visually impressive this past decade has been -- you can get together with us for a very special First Friday at 112 Printworks on October 5th and come and see for yourselves... and Theo from two of our favorite bands, Nana Grizol and Defiance, Ohio, will be playing a set!

You guessed it: there's another anniversary event brewing, and you're invited!


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Rockstar New Wave Karaoke Bash: What a way to celebrate the 10th Imagi-versary

{Sean Nelson / by Laura Musselman}

We can't thank you enough for helping us celebrate our 10th Anniversary in Rockstar New Wave Karaoke style last Friday {June 1, 2012} at Chop Suey!!! The evening was so much fun and having you all there really made it all super special.  There were so many amazing moments, some that we can't even believe actually happened!  If we weren't already in love with every one of the performers that took the stage, we are certainly over the moon with them now.

There were so many amazing performances it's impossible to list all the amazing moments here... but here are just a couple off the top of our heads:

Ben Hooker re-writing Duran Duran's "Girls on Film" to "Three Imaginary Girls On-Line."  We still don't know how he did it and really wish it was caught "on film." We are still blushing from the honor of having a Ben Hooker-penned song about us!

Patrick from Your Favorite Book singing "99 Luft Balloons" IN GERMAN!  We're not sure if you noticed, but the words on the karaoke monitor were in English, which means Patrick actually memorized the German version. From seeing YFB shows in the past, we knew he was going to go all the way.  But, blow up red balloons and fill the crowd with them as he broke out into song? While singing in German?

{Jenny Jiminez / by Laura Musselman}

Jenny Jimenez capturing all that is "She Bop" by Cyndi Lauper. The face paint, the outfit, the dance moves, AND a spot on rendition of this classic Cyndi tune.  It was a big undertaking and Jenny nailed it!

Sean Nelson singing "Peace, Love, and Understanding."  Sean not only covered the Elvis Costello song beautifully, he got so into the moment that he left the stage with a hole ripped in the knee of his pants and a bloody knee! We admire his new wave devotion!

{Jenny and Chris of Tullycraft / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Jenny and Chris of Tullycraft's version of "Come On Eileen."  The overalls, the dance moves pulled directly from a Dexy's Midnight Runners video and the over-the-top vocals. Thank goodness it was captured on video (posted below)!


Rockstar New Wave Karaoke Countdown: The Young Evils

{Cody Hurd of the Young Evils / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

We've loved the Young Evils something fierce since those first strains of Enchanted Chapel made their way onto our iPods and into our headphones back in 2010. Since then, the music they make has proven the perfect soundtrack for those beautiful, sunny Seattle days, the mornings covered with grey when we need a little pick-me-up, and everything in-between. We've emphatically featured the YEs on our best-of-2010 playlists, faithfully recommended show after show, leapt into the air with glee when they agreed to come on the bill for our oh-ten holiday party, shimmied stage left when they played a killer set at the 2011 Sasquatch! Music Festival... the list goes on and on.

So, you can imagine how beside ourselves with happy we were when Cody Hurd agreed to come and spend some time at our 10th Anniversary Rockstar Karaoke New Wave Bash this Friday! He'll be taking the stage at Chop Suey with the likes of Sean Nelson, Lesli Wood, Alicia Amiri, Cristina Bautista, and more all-stars than you can shake a stick at. As is the case with the rest of our performers, there's no divulging which song he's going to serenade us with -- but we can tell you that it's going to be completely spectacular and that you won't want to miss it! A duo with Cristina Bautista, perhaps? Or with bandmate and Mal de Mer member Michael Lee? The possibilities are endless!

Tickets are only ten dollars {whoa!} and are going fast, so pick up a few here before the night sells out. Don't forget, the show is 21+ and doors open at 8:30pm!

{Photo of Cody Hurd at Sasquatch! 2011 by Victoria VanBruinisse.}

Rockstar New Wave Karaoke Countdown: Shane Tutmarc

Shane Tutmarc at the Three Imaginary Girls Karaoke Bash!

Shane Tutmarc might have picked up and moved to Nashville a few years back, but in our hearts, he's always going to be a fixture in the Seattle music community.  It's safe to say that Shane has written hundreds of songs under the monikers of Dolour, Shane Tutmarc and the Traveling Mercenaries, or simply, Shane Tutmarc. The guy can hold a spotlight and captivate an audience with a melodic chorus, a hook and a slight twang.  You could say he's our very own Rhett Miller.  

We can't believe our luck that Shane is going to be in town for a series of shows the week of our big 10th Anniversary Rockstar New Wave Karaoke Bash at Chop Suey{tix} this Friday, June 1st!  It's total imaginary kismet if I do say so myself.

We know the new wave karaoke song he's going to do is going to amazing (it's such a great pick too!) and it surely wont be enough Shane for us all. You can also catch him on Saturday night {June 2nd} at the Columbia City Theater when he takes the stage for the Noise for the Needy benefit, with Side Saddle, The Outlaws (a Waylon Jennings tribute band) and Country Lips.

Speaking of an extra dose of Shane Tutmarc, Shane was kind enough to donate an exclusive song to the Imaginary Zine mix cd!  The Imaginary Zine is a printed old school zine recounting our first 10 years in stories and recounted memories from our imaginary friends. As I eluded to, it comes with a cd chock full of rare, live, or exclusive songs by some of our favorite local artists, including The Long Winters, BOAT, Exohxo, The Femurs, Tullycraft and MORE!  It's limited to a hand-numbered print run of only 333, so you should make plans to pick up your copy at the show.


Rockstar New Wave Karaoke Countdown: Exohxo

Exohxo Jasen Samburg and Danny OlesonIn the venn diagram of talent, kindness, enthusiasm and sincerity, Exohxo's Jasen Samford and Danny Oleson are certainly in the middle of it all.

For years they made Seattle smile with pop-goodness as part of Speaker Speaker, and now, with their current band, Exohxo, they have taken their enchanting chamber pop one step further.  They not only spread joy at the holidays, releasing three holiday Exohxmas albums (mostly) of original songs, but all year long they take the stage to fill the air with brilliant songs like "These Are The Days" and "Beacons."  

In fact, they are so talented that they didn't even flinch when I asked them if they had a song for our Imaginary Zine mix cd.  They jumped to the task recording a brand new song just for us and delivered it in record time.


Rockstar New Wave Karaoke Countdown: The Mangles

The ManglesThe Mangles are an illusive group of guys.  We were lucky enough to meet them in TIG's infancy and immediately BFF'd over all things vinyl, indie, and rad.

Even though the group only comes out of their Mangle den a few times a year, it's always to the extreme delight of all at the show.  Whether they  use the moniker of The Mangles or the long-retired Scottish Men of Science or as some of the fellas behind Blue Disguise Records (responsible for the early Visqueen releases, among other things), they treat every show as a covert basement show, bringing everyone into the fold of secret handshakes in the name of an authentic college-rock show, minus the attitude and fake poses. 

Beyond that, they translate their genuine love and respect of everything from Linda Ronstadt to Quasi to Hüsker Dü into an unforgettable performance that reminds you of the giddiness you felt the first time you snuck into an over 21 show.

Their songs gather a most exquisite range of influences, from The Replacements to The Bangles to Gang of Four to the Clash.  They are smart guys, and their writing and performance style reflects that (and I'm not just saying that because they are responsible for writing the best song ever, "Liz Riley").

They've taken the TIG stage in the past, notably at our 2008 Holiday Spectacular, 2004 Shamrock the Vote show (at which they were an all-boy Bangles tribute band) and on the karaoke mic at our Suicide Karaoke show to mark our 2nd anniversary.

We're not sure what song they are going to do this year at our 10th Anniversary Rockstar New Wave Karaoke Bash at Chop Suey {tix} on Friday, June 1st, but we know it's not to be missed!