The next two days are replete with a long awaited Iron Composer battle, twangie goodness from a brand new Seattle label, and local label Suicide Squeeze’s anniversary parties.
A Drink for the Kids Benefit for the Vera Project, The Showbox (Friday, June 30)
Friday is a rare opportunity to see a renowned Saturday Night Live cast member (and the drummer of 90s punk band Trenchmouth) match songwriting wits against a couple of indie-rock darlings. Behold the spectacle that will be Fred Armisen pitted against The Shins‘ Marty Crandell & Dave Hernandez in a 45-minute songwriting competition chock full of classic Iron Composer distractions and peculiarities. The end product, a song based on a random interview with an audience member, will be performed in front of a live (and slightly inebriated, likely confetti-drenched) audience. It will be critiqued by an illustrious panel of judges composed of big-shot comedians David Cross, Todd Barry and Jon Benjamin. The night will be filled with hilarity, shenanigans, and be worth scrapbooking. Visit the event’s website to learn about some of the great raffle items you can win, how to get VIP seating for the grand finale, andâ€¨ why The Vera Project is so important to Seattle. One thing is for sure, there’s no finer way to have a Drink for the Kids and support the Vera Project than with the Iron Composer crew.
Anna Coogan & North 19/Conrad Ford/Vivian Linden, Crocodile Cafe (Saturday, July 1)
Tarnished Records is a brand new Seattle-based label with upcoming releases from Mike Dumovich, Vivian Linden, Conrad Ford, and Palodine. While we haven’t heard all these releases yet, all indicators point to Tarnished as a new champion for somber, off-the-beaten-bath, twang-tinged artists. Saturday night Tarnished will host their first-ever music showcase at the Croc. Make sure you get there early for Vivian Linden, a contemplative, country chanteuse whose debut release Watch the Light Fade releases July 17. The release features performances by members of many alt-rock luminary bands, including Jessie Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter, Transmissionary Six, Downpilot Come see what all the fuss is about.
Suicide Squeeze 10th Anniversary Party, Neumos (Sat, July 1)
Suicide Squeeze, the local record label that has brought you indie-rock staples such as Hint Hint, The Aislers Set, Pedro the Lion, is having their 10th Anniversary triathalon of music fest at Neumos on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It’s three nights of local rock-packed good times. Our favorite night features Earlimart, Headphones, Metal Hearts, Eugene Mirman, and Minus the Bear. Minus the Bear is like the best friend you’ve had for years but all of a sudden realize you’re in love with. We’ve known about Minus the Bear for years but it took their latest release, Menos El Oso to make us realize just how much their syncopated smart rock meant to us. Their math rockclammer, crisp beats and structured guitar sound like the invention of a blue collar overachiever. Lead singer, Jake Snider, has an unwittingly sultry voice’ which is downplayed by the intricate, spacey guitar and concise drum beats. With Eugene Mirman MC’ing the event (the comedian who set his credit card identity confirmation question to “What are you wearing?” with the correct response being “I don’t think that’s appropriate!”) Saturday night will be a night to rock and roll with laughter.
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.)