It’s a week of shows for the kids. Our two topmost rock picks feature an all-ages lineup of soon-to-be-superstars at the downtown YMCA Fusion CafÃ©, and a splendorous show from the Decemberists (standing on the peek of massive superstardom) at the Woodland Park Zoo â€“ a location sure to bring out your inner wee one.
Japanther/This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb/The Pharmacy/Underground Railroad To Candyland, Downtown YMCAâ€™s Fusion CafÃ© (Saturday, August 19)
The word on the street is that this Saturdayâ€™s line up of Japanther, This Bike is a Pipe Bomb, The Pharmacy, Underground Railroad to Candyland is going to be foaming over with DIY raucous goodness. It is amazing that the Vera Project was able to gather four bands on one bill that each has the strength of 10 rockstar superheroes having a music festival in the Hall of Justice. Brooklynâ€™s Japanther is a two-piece who specialize in noisy evolved punk. They have made a name for themselves with their no holds barred nonstop touring habits and their thick stew of electronic samples, layers of guitars and jarring drums. This Bike is a Pipe Bomb, from Pensacola, play a minimalist version of punk in the veinâ€¦ as if members of Jawbreaker were to work on The Dead Kennedys covers with Neutral Milk Hotelâ€™s Jeff Mangum acting as producer. Also on the bill is The Pharmacy, Seattleâ€™s own trio of art-punk masterminds, and The Underground Railroad to Candyland from San Pedro, CA. Get your crafty self to the Downtown YMCAâ€™s Cafe Fusion for an evening of unadulterated mayhemic fun. Itâ€™s all-ages and put together by the Vera Project!
The Decemberists, Woodland Park Zoo (Wed, August 23, 6pm)
With their latest release, Picaresque, the Decemberists have become an indie household name. Right now is the sweet spot where you can still see them in small venues and zoos. Yes, zoos. We always thought the perfect backdrop to a Decemberists live show would be an ancient shipwreck, but with Colin Meloyâ€™s bleating vocals and lyrics about whales, the zoo is a close second. Besides, the next time someone asks you (since youâ€™re reading the KEXP blog, your friends must come to you for music advice) â€œHave you heard of the Decemberists?â€ you can answer â€œOh yeah, I saw them play at the zoo* once.â€
*It should also be noted that the show is at the Woodland Park Zoo, not the awesomely crappy dive bar on Eastlake.
(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 as well as album and film reviews.)