Visqueen/Llama/The Rheas, Tractor Tavern (Fri, June 16)
We have yet to meet a person â€“ gay or straight, male or female â€“ who hasn’t fallen in love with Rachel Flotard of Visqueen within five minutes of meeting her (regardless of whether it was in person, or from a spot in the audience at a show). She’s got that self-deprecating sass and sharp-shooter wit that knocks we mortals googly-eyed. Fresh off her globetrotting back-up singer duties touring with Neko Case, she and her ever-cute kingpin drummer (Ben Hooker) and new kid on the block bassist (Bill Coury of Once for Kicks fame) are sure to light up your Friday night at the Tractor Tavern. The trio pumps out songs that are an amalgam of catchy, feisty-sweet of Patsy Cline vocals set to the backbeat kick of AC/DC guitar hooks. With a new album slated to release on Justice Records sometime before we die, fingers are crossed that they’ll debut some of those young tunes this Friday. Make sure to check out their version of “Centerfield” on their MySpace profile, as well as those incredible pictures floating around the web of a super-stunning Rachel. To the Visqueen newbies: you’ve just fallen in love, haven’t you!?
The Cops/Thee Emergency (album release)/Iceage Cobra, Crocodile (Sat, June 17, two show â€“ all-ages at 5p, 21+ at 9p)
We had the great pleasure of catching KEXP Audioasis benefit show last month. Front-woman Dita Fox bellowed her soulful pipes over the band’s gritty garage rock sound. The band played a positively kinetic set, thanks in no small part to the most agile and flexible guitar player in town, Sonic Smith. This show celebrates the band’s debut full-length release Can You Dig It?(on fabulous local label Blue Disguise). If there’s been a catchier local single than the title track, we can’t think of it (though this beguiling little ditty by Portland band Miraflores and this grimy Olympia girl chant by Nicky Click are making us very happy these days too!). But we digress. Go see Thee Emergency. Dig it? We thought that you could.
Twilight Singers/Afterhours/Jeff Klein, Neumo’s (Sat, June 17)
Greg Dulli (former Afghan Wigs founder and frontman) and his band The Twilight Singers are touring to promote their fourth album, Powder Burns, which was recorded in his adopted hometown, New Orleans, in the middle of the Katrina disaster. Equipment had to be run off generators, and four songs were written immediately after the storm. In fact, recording time was limited because of the curfew enforced by the National Guard. Joining him on the album are notable guests Ani DiFranco, Joseph Arthur and the former A.W. bassist John Curley. The Twilight Singers will share the Neumo’s stage with label mates, Jeff Klein and Afterhours to make this a show that shouldn’t be missed.
Tapes N Tapes/Figurines/Cold War Kids, Crocodile (Mon, June 19)
The Figurines’ Skeletons is a favorite imaginary and Pitchfork record of 2006. The Danish fellas are touring full speed ahead with fellow critic faves Tapes N Tapes, and are dueling that night with fellow critically acclaimed Scandinavian act Jose Gonzalez (who will be at Neumo’s that night with Juana Molina). Without digressing into Jose’s finer attributes, folks should lay witness to Figurines’ spot on guitar work, inspiring lyrics, rugged hooks, and distinctive and appealing vocals. Add in their swagger, pout, sweet dispositions, hipster good looks, and great footwearâ€¦ and you’ve got an evening worthy of a Monday night out on the town. If you need more proof, Figurines’ single The Wonder just might be the greatest hook-filled song of 2006. Or of the entire aught’s decade. Come see for yourself just how worthy they are of the hyperbole.
Yours in rock, yours in roll,
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 great shows. ig Liz also bakes a mean vegan chocolate chip cookie.)