Holy cannoli! Did you know there’s a new bar opening in West Seattle this Friday? Did you know that Georgetown is hosting their first ever music festival this Saturday? Did you know that you can be inches away from Lady Sovereign this Wednesday? 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.
Grand Opening Show, Skylark CafÃ© & Club
Add to the list of reasons to kick it West Seattle stylee â€“ thereâ€™s a new rock club opening up there named Skylark. The opening night festivities will include performances by Daylight Basementâ€™s Bre Loughlin, The Snakebites, and Shotty. With bubblegum and roller-skates cited as influences and their self-proclaimed â€œGreatest Lounge Band in the Worldâ€ title (is there a coffee mug for that?), we look forward to seeing The Snakebites duo break in the brand-spanking new venue in befitting style.
The Georgetown Music Festival (Saturday, June 3)
Seattle’s Summer Festival season is upon us! Before the Capitol Hill Block Party, before Bumbershoot, we get to relish in the first ever Georgetown Music Festival. Head South to the land of Stellar Pizzas and Smarty Pants for a full afternoon. We are so excited that the G-town powers that be have pulled together an outstanding line-up ranging from the new bands that everyone should know about (Boat, The Treatment, Bicycle) to an out of town band that is so close to Seattle’s heart that they should have a drink named after them at the B&O Espresso (Okkervil River).Here’s how our day is looking: Get there by early afternoon, in time to see Boat, the band who always debut ten new songs per show and disarm with their Shins-flavored catchy / quirky, usually educational songs. Next up, The Treatment will channel their modern day Pat Benatar over dancey, slightly metal instrumentation. Catch Kane Hodder with their screamo melodies that make metal founding fathers beg for more. igLiz is excited to see Bicycle, who’s song “High Plains Drifter” (not a Beastie Boys cover) has quickly become one of her favorite songs of the moment, and she has oft wondered what they will be like live. The Divorce, oh, the Divorce. As witnessed at the first KEXP BBQ, The Divorce know how to rock out in the sunshine. Austin-ites Okkervill River will close out the night with their Dylan-cum-Neutral Milk Hotel hymns of isolation and introspection. Whether their sets are alcohol-soaked or dry and dapper, they’re always captivating.
Don’t forget to stop by the local businesses that you hear your scooter friends talking about all the time. Scones fresh out of the Two Tartes Bakery oven, the remarkable pizza at Stellar’s, and pints at Jules Mae’s Saloon. Best yet, the whole day (which runs from noon to 9.30p) is all ages. Pack the sun block and head South!
Kristin Allen-Zito, Nectar Lounge (Tuesday, June 6)
Seattlelite Kristen Allen-Zito seems unassuming, but thatâ€™s how she traps you into a corner and fills your ears with glorious filth. Imagine if Jenny Lewis were to cover Peaches songs and you’ve come close to Kristen Allen-Zito’s sound. Her use of acoustic guitar chords and her sugary, childlike vocals, and an unexpected expletive now and again will leave you singing aloud while stuck in traffic.
The Streets/Lady Sovereign, Showbox (Wednesday, June 7)
It’s a UK invasion! If youâ€™re an M.I.A. fan, we guarantee youâ€™ll dig Lady Sovereign. With faster â€œspittinâ€™â€ atop breakbeats, Sovereign is a grittier version of her Arular counterpart. She is touring with The Streets â€“ a perfect match for her highness with their coordinating English accents and hip-hop stylings.
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.)