Tonight in Seattle:  

Neumos

Recommended all ages show: The Thermals @Neumos {Friday, 1/21}

Another discovery via my boyfriend - I love, love, LOVE the way this Portland band rocks my socks off! I can’t really put a label on what they do (they call it indie/alternative/pop-post-punk, so I guess they can’t either), all I know is: it is awesome. Watching them live in this KEXP video at Bumbershoot last year makes me all giddy with anticipation.

I’m unsure if I’ll be able to make it to the show on Friday, but you absolutely should because it’s going to be a bouncy night of super-fun with The Thermals, Unnatural Helpers and White Fang. Swing on by Moe Bar to buy some tix, or pick them up online here.

Friday, 1.21 at Neumos
Doors @8pm
Cover: $12 (Advance)
All Ages, Bar w/ID

Photo essay: The Head and the Heart at Neumos

{The Head and the Heart / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

The Head and the Heart, Curtains for You and Lemolo slayed the pants off the sold-out show at Neumos this past Friday night, and we've got the pictures to prove it. HATH amazed, as per usual, and we couldn't have been prouder of our home-town showing of love for them. Curtains for You brought their best warmup, and Lemolo blew our minds with their two-girl show of achy post-White Stripes sound. All in all, an evening to remember, for sure.

Lemolo stealing the start of the show:

{Lemolo / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Lemolo / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

The Head and the Heart:

{The Head and the Heart / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

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Recommended show: The Head and the Heart at Neumos {Friday, 1/14}

{The Head and the Heart}

Sweet Pacific Northwest!

We know this post's title show is sold out -- the Head and the Heart's headlining gig at Neumos has been out of tickets for weeks already -- but HATH is playing several shows regionally before they head out for tour, and it's our .02 that you should get yourself to at least one of them:

Thursday, 1/13 - Bellingham, WA @ The Green Frog
Friday, 1/14 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Saturday, 1/15 - Spokane, WA @ the Empyrean
Wednesday, 1/19 - Portland, OR @ the Doug Fir

Of course we're particularly excited about our hometown show, where we'll get to see one of our 2010 faves take the stage with Curtains for You and Lemolo. We'll have plenty of photos to post come Monday, so check back for a recap of the night!

{Keep an eye on the Neumos twitter feed to see if any tickets get released day of show! Photo courtesy of Robertsen Ashman, via the band's Facebook page.}

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Win two tickets to see Bronze Fawn's last show at Neumo's {11/18}

[Bronze Fawn / by Dan Wick]

Listen up: November 18th will be the last time Bronze Fawn graces any stage. Their bio mentions the sound of the band being "lush... shoegaze with 70's-inspired prog-psychedelia" which, in my book, translates to GOOD TIMES. Get your drink on (this is a 21+ show) if you drink, smoke if you got 'em, or whatever your pleasure may be. Also, if you show up, we can whisper all sorts of things about Bryce Shoemaker... he plays guitar in Bronze Fawn and is a former school-mate of mine. Can anyone say "drama club"?

You. Me. Bronze Fawn. Last show. November 18th. Neumos. 21+. And guess what? We've got two tickets to give away!

To enter the contest, simply email tig {at} threeimaginarygirls dot com with the subject line DontStopBelievinInBryce, and tell us why you deserve to win. The more creative, the better! And you only have until November 16th at noon to enter... so don't delay.

As if you need more convincing, Bronze Fawn will be playing with Eighteen Individual Eyes. Think Blonde Redhead with a healthy side of rock, and just a smidge of late 90's/early 00's mathiness. If any of you out there were ever into Primrosa, you will probably be into Eighteen Individual Eyes -- point is, they're not to be missed.

Basically, you will totally cry into your Four Loco if you miss this show. No joke-o.

{Photo courtesy of Dan Wick / BronzeFawn.com}

Tonight's recommended show: Black Light Black Out Halloween Dance Party at Neumos {free!}

It's that time of year again where I dust off my Meg White wig and head towards buckets of fun-sized candy {a year-round weakness of mine}. There are a bunch of ghoulish places to zombie-walk towards this time of year, but the ghoulish fun starts tonight {10/28} at Neumos as the Capitol Hill venue hosts a FREE Black Light Black Out Halloween Dance Party.

Champagne Champagne, Ononos, DJ sean cee, and DJ res will be supplying a soundtrack to the monster mash with pumpkin jello shots on top! Heck, if you're feeling fairly superior about your costume this year, there will even be costume contests with some pretty cool prizes. I personally would don a Four Loco costume if it meant I could win a year of free Nuemos shows.

Are you dressing up this year?
If so, please share your brilliance with us as there are some of us that are still brainstorming.

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Photo Essay: The Octopus Project and Starfucker

at Neumos

 

Photo:  Nicky Andrews

It's hard to believe it's not the weekend yet - if you happened to be at Neumos Tuesday night, there was definitely some Friday-night style action going on!

The Octopus Project played a mesmerizing set, wowing the audience with their ecclectic mixture of home-engineered instruments, whimsical animated stage props, and intricately layered music. The Octopus Project doesn't just make noise, they smash decibels, photons and surrealism together to create an all-encompassing atmosphere of awesome.

Check out some more amazing photos of The Octopus Project and Starfucker after the jump.

 

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Cello-rocking Rasputina returns to Seattle Wednesday, August 18

Rasputina is playing Neumos this Wednesday, August 18, with all-along-the-tour openers Larkin Grimm. Whenever Rasputina plays here it tends to be at crowd capacity, as the leader is a genius with cracked, sort-of steampunk art song, and roils a big-ass cello.

Rasputina has been wicked wild woman fun for over seven albums. The latest is Sister Kinderhook, and on blood red gems like "Holocaust of Giants" and "This, My Porcelain Life," it mistressly blends sweet singing, harsh buzz, spoken word segues, and a one-woman blitzkrieg string section as the phalanx. It's big and loud and soft and dangerous cello-fueled chamber rock, created by a corseted visionary named Melora Creager with a couple of other cello players, and occasionally a drummer.

Whenever she comes to Seattle with her contemporary gang, it stirs the souls of murdered sailors and ghosts of harlots as well as a whole lot of prog-rock kids, Goths, Velvet Underground dark-minimalist rock fans, and assorted musical freaks who pack out their performances. Every show is special, an explosion of bow-scraping boldness, and Creager usually treats audiences not only to her own songs about the extinction of Nephilim and eternal "Dark February," but  covers of Pat Benatar ("Fire & Ice") and of course the VU ("All Tomorrow's Parties").

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Recommended All-Ages Show: Girls Rock! at Neumos, Saturday {7/31}

Girls Rock! ShowcaseAwhile ago, I urged everyone with daughters to send them to the Girls Rock! 2010 Summer Camp, because it's the most awesome thing of all awesome things for girls to do. For one week, girls learn how to play instruments, sing, write songs, and then put on a kick-ass show!

This Saturday, July 31st at 1pm, this year's girls will get on stage at Neumos and blow you away with rockin' goodness. I've seen this show a few times, and it is completley AMAZING. There is nothing better than seeing a group of kids/pre-teens/teens work together and really have fun doing it.

Tickets are only $10 (in advance), and you can buy them online here to support future Girls Rock! camps. And why'll I'm at it, I'll plug the movie again, because it's also 100 kinds of awesome and everyone needs to see it:

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i'd like to point out that this movie is EXCELLENT. i watched it on the netflix instant streaming thingie a while back.. i hope it's still on there!

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Anatomy of a venue: Neumos

 

neumo's

{Photos by Victoria VanBruinisse}

To the concertgoer in the know, knowing the difference between a good venue and a bad one is not unlike knowing the difference between Van Halen with Diamond Dave and Van Halen with Sammy Haggar.

As Schoolhouse Rock told us, “knowledge is power,” and we hope to give you, our beloved readers the info you need to make your live music experiences the best! We will be featuring information about local venues including where they can be found, a little about them, and some insider info from the people who work in them.

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Recommended show: Frightened Rabbit at Neumo's on Sunday

So if you're anything like me, you're just about done hemmorhaging from missing the Frightened Rabbit / We Were Promised Jetpacks Show -- and yes, it's deemed deserving of a capital 'S' -- over a year ago at Neumos. All Scots, all rage, and more big-guitar sad-bastard than you could possibly shake a stick (or several sticks, for that matter) at.

Well, the lovely folks at Neumo's have decided to give us ample chance to make up for missed opportunity. The first knock came when We Were Promised Jetpacks played with the Lonely Forest recently, ripping our eardrums out in the loveliest of ways a few months ago, and the second is coming this Sunday when Frightened Rabbit takes the stage with Maps and Atlases.

We could insert a gush here about how de-lovely the band is, or how much the new album they're touring behind -- The Winter of Mixed Drinks -- is nothing short of sweet perfection and a near-flawless follow-up to The Midnight Organ Fight, or how much we'd like to throw a party to thank whomever managed to wrangle poor Scott Hutchison's heart so perfectly -- but instead, we'll just let you soak up some of the goodness for yourself:

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