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Come get your corduroys charmed off by Tomten at Columbia City Theater {3/31}


As was reported earlier on this sparkling site, I was one of the judges at this year's Sound Off! battle of the bands at EMP last month. I could write a book about the weird tension at events like these, pitched between melodramatic mainstream rock bands (and their pressuring fans) -- and those of us who like the weird, the wild, and the wonderful: like Tomten, the "wild card" draw. They are a foursome who are playing with M. Bison and Annabel Lee Thursday night at the majestic Columbia City Theater, starting at 9 PM. Don't miss them -- they will tickle your tea and pour pure joy into a jewel-speckled cup, bowing as they hand it to you.


Recommended show:Fishboy, Filkoe, and M. Bison at the Vera Project this Sunday night

Fishboy photo by Steve Louie

Denton, Texas foursome Fishboy are wrapping up a huge US tour in support of their new album, Nom. Before they head back to "All Hail West Texas," they are stopping by the Vera Project this Sunday night for an all ages show.

For those of you not on my Best of 2007 mix tape mailing list, one of my favorite albums of 2007 was Fishboy's Albatross: How We Failed to Save the Lone Star State with the Power of Rock and Roll.  It's packed with wicked guitar hooks, lyrical punch, and is ready made for a brilliant indie-pop musical.  Fishboy must agree that you should hear it right away too because they posted the album online so you can hear a stream of it anytime (now's good for you, right?).


Win Tickets to We Wrote the Book on Connectors' Sweet Dreams Prom Night

On Friday night, three very imaginary bands are playing what is billed as "Sweet Dreams Prom 2009" at the Crocodile. It's headlined by We Wrote the Book on Connectors, a fun rock band that will write a song about you if you pay them $18. They're a riot live, which their set consists of playing a bunch of silly but catchy pop rock songs.

They explain about this night:

Every so often this town needs to dress up, grab a date, throw some salt on the dance floor and get down like it was high school all over again. Only this time your high school is the Crocodile, and your lunch tickets get you PBR.

We Wrote the Book on Connectors, M. Bison, and Tennis Pro are ready to serve you from the punchbowl of good times at this once in a lifetime event full of formal wear, music, hairstyles from yester-year, and the sexiest chaperones you’ll ever call “coach”.  Come on down to the Croc for a Prom that would make a wallflower pull down their pants and dance.

All these bands have been a staple of the Seattle music scene and are known for putting on incredibly enthusiastic and entertaining performances.  The music is catchy fun, and they’re not afraid to have a good time on stage. Each band will be playing a few nostalgic hits to share with you a big ‘ol good time and celebrate returning to the Crocodile.  So grab your gal, your guy, or your parents, join corsage covered hands on the pedestal of rock and smile for your prom photo (yes there will be prom photos).  No expense has been spared to blow out a Prom with all the fixin’s. This show promises to get you laid, even if we have to do it ourselves.

WE guarantees their $18 songwriting service, so I full expect them to stay with their word in their promise for this show.


Latest comment by: ig victoria: "nothing says "I love you" like a custom-penned song about hooker gladiator wars..."

Join us for the Winter Holiday Spectacular tomorrow night at Chop Suey

Tomorrow night (Saturday, December 27th) is the night of the BIG Three Imaginary Girls Winter Holiday Spectacular at Chop Suey and we'd love to have you there to celebrate all those December holidays and raise funds for a great local charity (Soild Ground).


TIG presents: Winter Holiday Spectacular with Telekinesis,The Kindness Kind, Hey Marseilles, M. Bison, Indie-Rock Santa and more

Poster by Seattle Show Posters

Poster by Seattle Show Posters

Join us for the TIG Winter Holiday Spectacular at Chop Suey on Saturday, December 27th.


Latest comment by: Amelia Gydé: "Can't wait! And not just because I'm going weather-related stir crazy - great lineup!"

Best of 2008: it's half-yearly check-in time

As of today, we're officially in the second half of 2008. Welcome! To gear you up for another fabulous six months of local Northwest releases, we here at imaginary headquarters have brainstormed an imaginary mix for all of you, containing some of our favorite songs by Northwest artists released this year to date thus far.

No promises that each of these will make our Best of 2008 Reader's Poll final list, but at least this way you have the next six months to follow-up and listen to these releases before you have to decide. To paraphrase imaginary ChrisB, we feel like this list is pretty unfuckwithable. But that doesn't mean that we didn't inadvertently overlook something great. If you have additions for our list, please chime in with your comments below.


Latest comment by: Mike: "Including mbison on your half-year list will turn out to be a insightful and an early prediction for this bands' success. Caught them this weekend at the Hi-Dive, and got their EP. Great stuff- they're here to stay."

Celebrating six years of TIG at Exile in {Imaginary} Girlville

Tennis Pro get Girlvilled. Photo by Laura Musselman.

at Chop Suey

See the setlist and some amazing photos from last night's Exile in {Imaginary} Girlville bash!


Latest comment by: yelahneb: "looks like it was a blast! so bummed i was out of town... yay for TIG!"

Exile in {Imaginary} Girlville

Exile in {Imaginary} Guyville poster by Seattle Show Posters

Exile in {Imaginary} Guyville

Practice all your moves, and mark your calendars: Celebrate TIGs sixth anniversary with us at Chop Suey on June 25!


Latest comment by: jim: "Oooo that was fun. Leslie and Gina and Gina and (who was that other person on the mic?) were completely cool in a way that I haven't seen in a long time. "

Exile in {Imaginary} Girlville, TONIGHT!!!

Chop Suey. Tonight, Wednesday night, June 25th. Doors at 8p, "6'1"" starts promptly at 9p. Come celebrate six fabulous years of TIG with us.


Latest comment by: imaginary chona: "have fun you guys!"

Our first podcast in a year!

It is with great pleasure and pride that we can say we're back to our old podcasting ways! Our brand new podcast highlights the nine amazing bands who will play at our Exile in {Imaginary} Girlville} show on June 25 at Chop Suey.