Tonight in Seattle:  

Shane Tutmarc and the Traveling Mercies

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.

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Best of 2008: Top Northwest Releases of 2008 Readers' Poll Winners

Upset. The word of the our 2008 Best Northwest Releases of 2008 Readers' Poll is upset.

With the Fleet Foxes winning readers and critical polls alike, who would've thought they wouldn't get top honors in our humble little Northwest poll? But they didn't -- they placed a distant second to New Faces, another debut record from some very talented, very young Northwest fellas.

We had other surprises as well, with unsigned newcomers such as Hey Marseilles, the Kindness Kind, and Kaylee Cole cracking the top ten, beating out Northwest heavyweights such as Death Cab for Cutie. We did not expect that. And we love it when you surprise us, dear readers.

We imaginaries like to champion the up-and-comers from the Northwest, and our results indicate that you do as well. We think you all also have fabulous taste, as always. Thanks to everyone who participated in our poll. We couldn't be more proud or thrilled to present the top 50 winners on your behalf...

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Latest comment by: platypusrex256: "i've never heard of the new faces =( and i volunteer at kexp!"

Shane Tutmarc and the Traveling Mercies — Hey Lazarus!

Shane Tutmarc and the Traveling Mercies -- Hey Lazarus!
Tutmarc’s voice isn’t quite as assured singing about green grass and summertime as it once sang about stolen kisses and other people’s drugs, but a few plays helps it settle right on in.

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Latest comment by: Alex: "Wild thing :)"

Shane Tutmarc solo love tonight. Have Mercy!

Don't miss Shane Tutmarc PLAYING SOLO tonight at the Rendevous' Jewel Box Theatre.

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Flickr photo of the day: Shane Tutmarc and Star Anna

Shane Tutmarc and Star Anna at the Easy Street Records International Record Store Day on April 18, 2008.

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Latest comment by: imaginary dana: "Um, YES."

Tonight! A local show that should not be missed: Shane Tutmarc and the Traveling Mercies, PWRFL Power, Grand Hallway

While I do thoroughly enjoy both PWRFL Power and Shane Tutmarc and the Traveling Mercies, the band I'm most excited about is Grand Hallway.

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Latest comment by: veronica: "Just like Dumbledore."