Tonight in Seattle:  

The Crocodile

Countdown to Bizarro: "Don't Talk Just Kiss" and "Be Honest" {or how to select an accomplice}


In an unlimited-part series, we're going to celebrate and countdown to the upcoming Wedding Present show at the Crocodile. On Wednesday, April 21, our Balladeers for the Brokenhearted will take the stage and play their influential 1989 album,Bizarro, it its entirety from "Brassneck" to "Be Honest" and some (fingers crossed) b-sides. {Enter to win a pair of tickets to the show}

To mark this momentous event, I asked some fellow weddoes fans to share their Bizarro story, explaining what their favorite song from the album is and why.

Want to share your Bizarro story? Email your story to us at tig @ threeimaginarygirls . com with the subject line of Bizarro.

I completely identify with today's installment from Jill Zak.  In all the Wedding Present shows I've been to on both sides of the pond, I've noticed that a majority of the audience is male. So, it's extra sweet to have a fellow female weddoes fan chime in *and* point out that using Wedding Present quotes is a great way to "test" a persepective date.

Thanks Jill Zak for sharing your Bizarro stories!



Countdown to Bizarro: "Kennedy" {Gedge as the patron saint of the ex-boyfriend}

In an unlimited-part series, we're going to celebrate and countdown to the upcoming Wedding Present show at the Crocodile. On Wednesday, April 21, our Balladeers for the Brokenhearted will take the stage and play their influential 1989 album, Bizarro, it its entirety from "Brassneck" to "Be Honest" and some (fingers crossed) b-sides. {Enter to win a pair of tickets to the show}

To mark this momentous event, I asked some fellow weddoes fans to share their Bizarro story, explaining what their favorite song from the album is and why.

We're going to kick off today's installment of Bizarro-ness with one entry that features one of my favorite Gedge titles of all time: Gedge as the patron saint of the ex-boyfriend.

Want to share your Bizarro story? Email your story to us at tig @ threeimaginarygirls . com with the subject line of Bizarro.

Big thanks to Derek for this tale of Bizarro love!


It really is very difficult to single out one song from Bizarro to focus on.  It was a landmark album in my development as a music fan.  But for me, I think it has to be the first single, “Kennedy".  Incredibly, I actually have MTV to thank for first introducing me to the band.


Latest comment by: Derek: "Thanks, Eric. Never occurred to me, and it makes so much more sense now. My confusion literally hinged on that one misheard name. I actually caught three shows this tour, and they were great, great, and...great. "

Win tickets to see The Wedding Present go Bizarro on April 21

Remember when, a couple years back, we could call the Wedding Present a local band while frontman David Gedge took up a brief residency in Seattle?  Well, let the good Gedge times roll once again as the full band returns to town as part of a small tour across the US to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the release of their seminal album Bizarro. On Wednesday, April 21, The Wedding Present will take the Crocodile stage and play the brilliant Bizarro album in it's entirety from "Brassneck" to "Be Honest" and some (fingers crossed) b-sides.

To unleash my WP geekus maximus in the healthiest of ways, I asked some of my favorite fellow Wedding Present fans (i.e. you, me and a Lucksmith) to let us know your Bizarro story. In an unlimited-part series, I'll spread out the joy starting next week as we countdown to the big show.

Of course, if you have a favorite piece of the Bizarro puzzle, feel free to join in the fun and post it below or me at tig @ threeimaginarygirls . com with the subject line of Bizarro.


Win tickets to see The Morning Benders at the Crocodile on Friday 4/2

This Morning Benders have been getting all kinds of buzz for their brand-new album Big Echo, including being awarded a prestigious "Best New Music" honor from Pitchfork. On Friday night, they'll be bringing those songs to the cozy confines of the Crocodile.

Even better: a) two of our favorite bands around here, Miniature Tigers and BOAT are opening and b) we have a pair of tickets to give to a lucky TIG reader.

If you want to go see The Morning Benders, BOAT and Miniature Tigers (and you surely do), but would prefer spending the money that would have gotten you in the door on drinks and/or t-shirts, send an e-mail to before 9am on Thursday, April 1 with "morningbenders" in the subject line.  Oh and be over 21 before Friday.

Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore bring Kentucky love to The Crocodile Tuesday, March 30


Photo by Jonathan Willis



Dear Companion, the recent rustic collaboration between young multi-instrumentalists and co-vocalists Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore, was recently praised by Pitchfork for its creative attack on mountaintop removal mining in their home state of Kentucky. With two astonishing, cello-stoked opening tracks ("Something, Somewhere, Sometime" and "My Wealth Comes To Me") the album protests artfully on the side of beauty and love for Cold Springs and Lexington boys Moore and Sollee for their Sub Pop debut, against an outrageously exploitative economic system of environmental damage.

This is the opener for the uniquely thematic Sub Pop album, and also my favorite track on the record:



Recommended show: The most raucous Spelling Bee ever... and for a good cause, this Thursday 3/25

Seattle Spelling Bee

The planets have aligned and have brought together the mightiest of Spelling Bees for a wonderful cause: to help fund the King and Snohomish County Regional Spelling Bee.

With the folding of the Seattle PI, so went the traditional funding for the Regional Spelling Bee. Now it's up to us, the former spelling nerds / current club goers and likely drinkers amongst us to put things back on track... to raise enough money so that lil Beatrice and Baxter can show off their Western Washington know it all "i before e" chops to the Scripps professionals! It is all going down at the Crocodile this Thursday 3/25.


Bizarro turns 21! Let's celebrate...

The Wedding Present - Bizarro

You know those bands that always seem to be there for you when your heart gets mangled? The band that gets your groove back in gear? For me, that's the Wedding Present.

The wonderful thing I've come to learn over the years? The Wedding Present is *that* band for a bunch of you too!

It's a strange and glorious fact that Bizarro, the Wedding Present's classic second studio album and the one that includes our favorites like "Brassneck" and "Kennedy" (to name a couple), will turn 21 years old this year. To celebrate, Gedge and company will be playing the album live, in its entirety, at concerts across North America, Japan and Europe (full tour shed-jule below). Obviously, those of us in Seattle are counting the days until April 21 when the Wedding Present is set to play the Crocodile.

We here at Three Imaginary Girls, especially me, want to mark the occasion here as well! Let's gather forces and geek out all Bizarro stylee!

Here's the idea: Send me a few sentences, a paragraph, or a story about a favorite song from the Bizarro album.  Tell us all about why the song (or songs - feel free to take on more than one!) rules or how it has affected you. It can be short, long, quirky, solemn, desirous, uplifting or clinical (i.e why the particular chord progression is magical).


Latest comment by: Jay: "I first heard The Wedding Present on good old 120 minutes. The song was "Kennedy" and I was immediately blown away-it was so different at that time from most of the current music out there and I had always been a huge fan of The Fall. The next day I immediately went out ...

Great new band alert: Pepper Rabbit

A few weeks ago, a band from LA came across my radar called Pepper Rabbit. They're a lo-fi, two-piece pop rock band getting a lot of comparisons to Atlas Sound, Mercury Rev and Beirut, all of which sound surprisingly fair, even if I don't think any of those bands sound that similar. What I found so compelling about this band is how the duo of Xander Singh and Luc Laurent are able to use loops with a lot of different instruments (guitar, keyboards/piano, ukelele, trumpet, clarinet, etc...) to still get a cohesive pop sound behind Singh's harmonies. The song I've had in my head lately is "Red Wine", (right-click here to download) which sounds like a straight-forward piano ballad, but delves into orchestral pop when the harmonies reverberate across the piano parts. It's a haunting, but a startling, pretty song.

They've self-released released two EPs thus far, Clicks and Shakes, and are playing their first show in Seattle tonight at the Crocodile with People Eating People (who are also fantastic and worth checking out) and Pepi Ginsberg. They'll also be on KEXP later today at noon.


Latest comment by: KiDupree: "Hey BOOM. You can download another track called "older brother" over at I cant wait to see this band when they come to San Francisco. "

Holy Itunes! Sasquatch 2010 Announcement

at The Crocodile


My Morning Jacket/Massive Attack/Pavement/Ween/Vampire Weekend/MGMT/Band of Horses/The Nationa/LCD Soundsystem/Tegan & Sara/Broken Social Scene/Passion Pit/She & Him/Public Enemy/Nada Sur/The New Pornographers/The XX, Dirty Projectors/Ok, Go/Drive By Truckers/Kid Kudi/Deadmaus/The Long Winters/Minus the Bear/The Mountain Goats/Quasi/Camera Obscura/Fruit Bats/Brother Ali/Midlake/Dr. Dog/The Hold Steady/Caribou/Simian Mobile Disco/City of Colour/No Age/the Temper Trap/Vetiver/Miike Snow/Portugal. The Man/Telekinesis/ The Middle East/Mayer Hawthorne/Why?/Girls/Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes/Wale/The Lonely Forest/Japandroids/Boys Noize/Yacht/Laura Marling/Patrick Watson/Freelance Whales/Past Lives/Cymbals Eat Guitars/The Low Anthem/The Very Best/Phantogram/Neon Indian/Hudson Mohawke/Nurses/The Tallest Man on Earth/Fresh Espresso/Mumford & Sons/Jets Overhead/Tune-yards/Shabazz Palaces/Fool's Gold/Morning Teleportation/Z-Trip, Dam-Funk/Local Natives/Avi Buffalo/Booka Shade/A-Trak/Yes Giantess/Craig Robinson/Rob Riggle/Garfunkel & Oates/Luke Burbank & more.....

Tickets go on sale Saturday... so, erm, what do ya think?



Latest comment by: Anonymous: "ef these overpriced, bloated shows. When i grow up, i'm going to have a festival on my farm and charge no more than twenty dollars a day. "

Tonight: Would you please welcome to the stage, Sloan!

There couldn't possibly be a better way to shake off your 3-day-weekend-back-at-work-blues then tonight's show at the Crocodile. There's a kind of showmanship that only comes from multiple decades worth of rocking and being unbelivably famous in your own country but relatively relegated to the indie rock nerds in the country that borders your own. Enter Sloan, a band that has opened for the Rolling Stones in their homeland of Canada and regularly headlines huge venues to thousands of screaming fans, but plays intimate rock clubs in the states.

Despite the smaller venue size on this side of the border, Sloan always brings arena-sized performance to the plate, consistently performing fan favorites from their nearly two decade career of hard hitting power-pop. And, as an added bonus, local alt-country pop favorites the Tripwires are set to open. I swear it's worth the Tuesday night show.

I hope that Sloan plays this song.

Latest comment by: imaginary liz: "And my pal Foot Foot is on the bill - this is a must see show. Call me old school - but I still go weak in the knees for "Underwhelmed.""