Tonight in Seattle:  

The Crocodile

The weekend in photos: John Vanderslice at the Croc, Lovesick Empire at the Comet

{John Vanderslice / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

In the onslaught of "I think I can smell spring tour" shows that took over the city this weekend, we found ourselves front-and-center for some of the best sets we've seen yet this year.

Thursday night, John Vanderslice played to a mostly-attentive yet less-than-capacity crowd at the Crocodile. Despite some technical difficulties, he put on the kind of performance we've come to expect: both the physical set and the vibe of the night were warm, inviting, and mindbendingly good. A night with JV is about as close as you can get as a fan to a night where you're sharing the stage-time with an old friend -- the familiar selections he chose to play were as excellent and comforting as ever, and the newest songs were folded in perfectly, leaving us wanting more of both. Which is not the easy feat for an artist with a compelling back catalog, mind you. Add in three parts local notable / designstress / musician Dianna Potter on accompanying vocals and one part audience participation bit, and our swoon-meters were absolutely done for.

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Trying to get a handle on my excitement for the Pains of Being Pure at Heart show {this Friday}

 

It's been a tough past couple days as I whittle down the countdown clock to Friday night and the big Pains of Being Pure at Heart show at The Crocodile!

The tick tock on the clock started months ago when I first heard whispers from the blazingly pretty new album, Belong {listen to a full stream here}, and began fantasizing about how they are going to tear the stage up {in the nicest way possible} with fuzzy pop the next time they visit town {read Chris Estey's spot on imaginary review}.

An added bonus is that Seattle twee-phenom Seapony will be opening up. Their recent signing to Hardly Art Records only confirms my suspicion that they are poised to take over the indie-pop scene.

The show has recently sold-out {score one point for all the shy guys in the room!}, so I'm extra proud of myself for procuring tickets early.

Are you headed to the show too? What songs do you want them to include in the set?

Have other plans/suggestions for this weekend? Details please!

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Latest comment by: Jeremy Jensen: "The only time I regret living in Boise is when I hear of shows like these. TPOBPAH made it through Boise maybe a year and a half ago, and they were astoundingly good. I completely agree that Seapony are poised to take over too. Everything I've heard from their ...

Photoessay: Telekinesis at the Crocodile

{Telekinesis / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

The text placeholder during this photo upload read as follows: fill in here RE super mega-ballertasticness show. While a departure from proper journalistic prowess, that verbage is so close to on-the-money that we're just going to have to leave it.

Saturday night at the Crocodile was indeed a super mega-ballertasticness kind of night. Between the bump-bump of the house music between sets, Mal de Mer's melancholy-but-upbeat indie pop, the beats of the Globes, and the general mindbendingness of Telekinesis -- we literally couldn't have asked for anything more. We bopped until our feet were sore, and we've even got the photos to prove it:

Mal de Mer

{Mal de Mer / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

{Mal de Mer / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

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Latest comment by: Chris Estey: "

I love that. Often, the band waits to play it at the encore (or near the end of the regular set), as if it's the pudding and we all have to eat the meat first (thanks, Pink Floyd, for the harrowing lifelong image). You got a smart new song, kick it out ...

Recommended show + free tickets (and a 7") from Mal de Mer!

Heard of Mal de Mer? No, not that Mal de Mer. This Mal de Mer. If you're anything like me, you've heard of them, as well as lots of good things about them, but haven't done nearly enough listening to them.

Today, my friends, is when that changes for the good. Because MdM is a hell of a good band. Period. If you haven't caught an earful yet -- well, they're hard to describe. The vibe varies from a Henry Clay People-esque alt.dirty-pop on songs like "Bubble Bobble" to the more melancholy, moderately anthematic sad-pop sound of "All I Want" -- but there's a running consistency through all the songs they've put out, and that consistency is one of No Bullshit. MdM isn't out to please the herd or become the next-best-something-or-other, they're just making the sounds that they need to get made. This, coupled with their all-star lineup (Michael Lee, Lesli Wood, Jimmy Curran, and Eric Wennberg), would make it appear as though the band itself could do no wrong. And based on the attention they've gotten so far, that might just be the rightest thing we've heard all week.

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Damien Jurado + Viva Voce + Loch Lomond = SWOON.


{Photo courtesy of Sarah Jurado, all-around gorgeous human.}

A few thoughts on why you should find yourself at the Crocodile this Saturday, March 5th:

1. Damien Jurado is a king amongst men. He is a beautiful person who makes music so personal, it's hard not to shed copious tears upon hearing the opening notes of a song, or when he opens his mouth to sing. Saint Bartlett is his newest release, and has been called everything from "an achievement" (Pitchfork) to a "welcome fork in the road" (PopMatters) in terms of sound, which may have a lot to do with his collaboration with Richard Swift for this album.

He'll be headlining the evening, the frosting on top of a delicious indie rock cake of awesome.


{Photo courtesy of Laura Musselman, expert kitten wrangler.}

2. There is a rumor floating around that Viva Voce will be playing the show on Saturday as a two-piece. Not that the Viva Voce extended family is a bad thing, because it's quite the opposite -- however, there is something soul-affirming and lift-you-to-the-risers exciting about the core duo performing. There's less people to watch, more time to spend on marveling at how G-D amazing Anita Robinson is as a guitar player. The shredding she unleashes is unstoppable. And there is nothing like watching Kevin Robinson play drums, keyboards and guitar at the same time, without missing a beat. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT miss their set.

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Latest comment by: Imaginary Amie: "Jacob - The Croc usually has tix at the door day of for about $2 more (so like $14). "

Photo Essay: Dancing on the Valentine 6 - Strange Highs & Strange Lows

Dancing on the Valentine 2011 - photo by: Ben Haley

Fantastic news (just in case you haven't heard) - Dancing on the Valentine 6 SOLD OUT The Crocodile for the 2nd year in a row on February 11th! Event organizers are still calculating the total donation monies, but we'll keep you posted on the results. For now, enjoy a preview of the amazing work of photobooth master Ben Haley - I think this year's B&W with pops of color theme is my favorite!

{Ben is working furiously to get all photos up, but with 500+, he's got his work cut out for him. Check the DOTV6 flickr pool & FB page for updates}

More photos after the jump...

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Latest comment by: Imaginary Amie: "You're welcome, Ben! We heart you and heart you and heart you. :) "

Photo Essay: Get ready for Dancing on the Valentine 6 @The Crocodile {Friday, 2/11}

Us Imaginaries are getting SUPER EXCITED for this year's Dancing on the Valentine benefit show next Friday, February 11! Host and organizer miss Jenny George has outdone herself; putting together a Depeche Mode cover night entitled Strangelove to satisfy our nostalgic Goth hearts. Photographer extraordinaire Ben Haley will once again be manning the fun photo booth.

Here's a preview of what to expect using photos from DOTV 2010: the David Bowie tribute. (psst: you should totally buy your tix now at Sonic Boom or The Croc!!! $12/$10 of which goes to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.)

DOTV 5

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Latest comment by: yelahneb: "Woot! See you all then :)"

Recommended Show TONIGHT: Tennis @The Croc {2/1}

I recently heard some tracks from Tennis, and it resulted in an insta-crush! I love this husband and wife team's fun, 60s-ish poppy tunes and the story behind their music - they took a year off and sailed all over the place, writing songs along the way. I'm beyond excited that their full-length album, Cape Drory, was recently released by Fat Possum Records. Tonight, they're playing at The Crocodile with the mellow/joyful stylings of Lord Huron and Air Waves.

Take a listen to "Marathon" above...and once your own crush kicks in, head on over to The Croc tonight for a bouncy, sun-shiney, feel-good show.

Tennis
Lord Huron
Air Waves
The Crocodile
Tuesday, 2/1
Doors @8pm
$14 | 21+

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Recommended Show: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger @The Crocodile {1.29}

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth TigerThis seems like a perfect show for this grey weekend: Tomorrow night, Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl take the stage at The Crocodile as The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (also known as GOASTT).

GOASTT plays dreamy, trippy, sway-inducing songs with beautiful harmonies that make me all squishy inside. I'm particularly fond of their acoustic version of "Jardin Du Luxembourg", but the regular version is awesomesauce also. IN addition, their costume-tastic video for "Schroedinger's Cat" fills me with giddy indie-pop glee.

If you're in the mood for an intimate indie-pop-folk rock show, I definitely recommend you head over to The Croc on Saturday to see these guys. Bonus: they're both pretty damn easy on the eyes (I'm just sayin!).

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger
Laura Gibson
Duma Love
The Crocodile | 2200 Second Ave
Saturday, January 29
8pm | $14 at the door

 

Latest comment by: Imaginary Amie: "Hey thanks Chris! Was it at least talking you enjoyed? I like a bit of banter at my shows. :) "

Recommended Show TONIGHT: School of Rock presents The Cure Vs. The Smiths @The Croc {1/22}

School of Rock The Cure Vs. The SmithsMy brain fell out of my head when I saw the poster for this show, because it combines 3 things I love to death: the Seattle School of Rock, The Smiths, and The Cure (ok, so secretly maybe I want The Cure to win).

Head over to The Crocodile tonight at 5:30pm to see a bunch of rockin' kids (ages 7-18) take the stage and duel each other with vintage Goth melodies. It's totally unfair that I didn't get to go to rock school when I was young, but at least I can live through these guys vicariously!

And I know I already recommended Another Rainy Saturday's show for tonight, but I also have to recommend this because SERIOUSLY. This show is going to be the most adorable thing ever in the history of ever. Also it starts so early you'll totally have time to go to both!

Saturday, 1/22 @The Croc
Doors @5:30pm/ Show @6pm
Cover: $12 at the door
All Ages

Latest comment by: Imaginary Amie: "I look forward to reading that book Chris! (and I get the most horrible glares and protests when I say I prefer the Stones to the Beatles). :) "