Are you heading to the Gorge for the huger than huge Sasquatch Music Festival this Memorial Day weekend? Yeah, us neither. But don’t despair â€“ there are still tons of great show-going options that will surely be memorable. And lots of birthday celebrations too! You can see a full calendar listing for local Seattle shows where the calendar hung itself, and can read our extra-special recs-of-the-week below.
Buttersprites/ The Hot Rollers /Voxy /Tap Explosion, Jules Mae (Friday, May 26)
Seattle has hosted its share of awesome girl rock lineups of late. But we suspect this lineup will raise the bar for how bad girls can belt, how high skirts can hike, and how rowdy Georgetowners can rock. Headliners Buttersprites and The Hot Rollers both released records that placed in the Imaginary Top 10 Northwest Releases Reader’s Poll last year â€“ and holy hot outfits, both bands look even better than they sound. Speaking of hotness, make sure you make it to the show in time to catch both Tap Explosion â€“ featuring the awesome Anna Banana in a whimsical, macabre tap-off duet â€“ and Voxy, another girlie duet which features white girl MCs kicking whipsmart, audacious lyrics and beats (MC Vitamin P) and tantalizing Enid nerd cuteness (MC Rachel Rach).
Kultur Shock/ Vomiting Unicorns / Smoke Shake Oklestra, Crocodile (Sunday, May 28)
Kultur Shock is equal parts frightening and entertaining. We first saw them during their KEXP in-studio performance, where they jumped around like adolescents hopped up on pixie sticks, yelling in tongues (ok, so it’s a conglomeration of real languages, but no languages we speak fluently). For those of you who have never seen that hot-box of an in-studio performance space, it’s barely large enough to hold any band, let alone a band that needs personal dance space. They used the vertical space well. As far as well-chosen band names, Kultur Shock takes the award. And although we’ve never seen the Vomiting Unicorns live, their band name is…. the Vomiting Unicorns. It would be worth it to make an appearance to the show just to pick up a t-shirt. Look at their album art. Seriously.
Speaker Speaker / Sean Nelson / The Pharmacy / Juhu Beach / Spacesuit, Crocodile (Tuesday, May 30th)
Tonight’s theme is “Happy Birthday Megan Seling!” Megan’s unbridled enthusiasm and passion for music guide her as she packs each day covering the Seattle music scene (and studies in Martha Stewart cookie baking) at The Stranger. It’s no wonder that she’s gathered some of Seattle’s finest must-see folks to celebrate her birthday. This is what we predict: The Pharmacy will get everyone on the dance floor with their spastic-punky-disco-wisenheimer ditties, Sean Nelson will charm their pants off with his theatric-balladeer-showman banter, and Speaker Speaker will put the cherry on the night with their rebellious nice-guy sharp shooting punk pop songs. If that isn’t a grand birthday party, we don’t know what is.
Panda & Angel/ Young Sportsman/ Math and Physics Club/ Ghost Stories, Crocodile (Thursday, June 1)
Speaking of days of birth, did you know Three Imaginary Girls was conceived and born at the Crocodile CafÃ©? True story. The Crocodile celebrates its 15th birthday with a stellar Seattle lineup, featuring Panda & Angel, The Young Sportsman, Math and Physics Club, and Ghost Stories. While all four bands are incredibly deserving of your attention and adoration, Panda & Angel are especially noteworthy, not just for their stark, evocative melodies and Carrie Murphy’s indulgently husky, gorgeous voice â€“ but also because they’re about to release their debut EP on Jade Tree Records later this summer (on igDana’s birthday, incidentally. That’s July 25, for any of you keeping track, and The Long Winters and Harvey Danger are both dropping releases that day too. Happy Birthday to D, indeed!). But where were we? Ahh yes, Panda & Angel. You can read the brand spankin’ new review of their not-yet-released EP right here. And oh yeah! The show is free. Bring party favors.
love you mean it,
dana, liz, char
*three imaginary girls*
(Three Imaginary Girls is a Seattle-based website that showcases the great music of the Northwest to music lovers worldwide. We post a Seattle live show calendar to help you fill your day-planner with loads of rock.)