March Show Madness

We’ve flipped over our calendars to March and have found ourselves in a quandary for this weekend. How can there be so many fantastic shows in one town over the course of just two nights? Show us some mercy, Seattle!

Friday, March 2 – Matt and Kim {Chop Suey}
Since the moment imaginary Liz first heard her first Matt and Kim, that “White Stripes haven’t released an album since 2005” hole in her heart was filled. This Brooklyn boy/girl duo (lady on the drums, of course) writes tunes that infect with their simple, lo-fi enthusiasm. They’ve got a DIY craftiness about them that makes Liz want to dance in her finest thrift store skirt and make chocolate chip cookies for the band. And for the under 21ers amongst us, Matt and Kim are sticking around Seattle for a Saturday night all-ages performance at the Vera Project. {White Stripes-related side note: Is it coincidence that just as Liz is able to fill that White Stripes void in her life, that Jack and Meg announce details about their next album? And, yes, she’s already loving the fact that Jack White is putting wacky posts that sound like he’s doing a Willy Wonka impression up on their website. Sometimes we can’t explain her behavior.}

But, really, have you looked at the a calendar We wouldn’t blame you if you’re already planning to attend:

  • The Mountain Goats at the Triple Door – it’s all ages, the venue is like an elegant cruise ship, and it’s John Darnielle – his songs of confusion and heartache are going to sound beautiful there.
  • Albert Hammond Jr. and The Mooney Suzuki at the Crocodile – it’s all ages too! And dude… it’s the GUY FROM THE STROKES! Aren’t you tired of hearing those stories about the time the Strokes played the Crocodile…? Now you can have a folk tale of your own. And the show is with one of the most underrated bands out of NYC, the Mooney Suzuki, who are going to kick off the night with Ramones-infused black leather rock.
  • The Hot Rollers at the Sunset Tavern – it’s their last show ever! Let’s go say goodbye to these naughty good girls with guitars. With Tennis Pro opening up, hopefully with brand spankin’ new tennis gear to smash, the night will be a hoot.

Saturday, March 3 – KEXP Audioasis Live Remote Broadcast and Benefit One-Year Anniversary Show {High Dive}
Is there anything better than a six-band bill for the price of $8? Tack on the fact that it’s a benefit show for The Fremont Abbey Arts AND the fact that at this show you get to hang out with fellow KEXP listeners (they really are the cream of the indie-rocker crop) AND the KEXP team of Audioasis DJs. Well, this Saturday, March 3rd, there is such a show. As a matter of fact, it’s an all-night marathon of sorts, starting at 6:30p with two on-air performances from Man Plus and Optimus Rhyme, and raging on into the night with performance from even more of Seattle’s finest, including Shorthand for Epic, Gabriel Teodros, Smoosh, and Tim Seely. We even heard a rumor that Smoosh will be debuting the bass skills of younger sister Maia at this show (yes, there are more Smoosh sisters waiting in the wings!)

We know, we know… temptations are everywhere. But if you’re looking for another worthy contender for the evening’s activities, note that Matt and Kim will be at the Vera Project this night {tired of hearing about them already?}. As outlined above (see Friday), MaK are going to rock the house, and on this night, they’ll be doing it all-ages stylee.

Sunday, March 4 – Sebadoh Reunion! {Neumo’s}
Join hands with your comrades and shout “Gimme Indie Rock!!!” The classic Sebadoh line-up of Lou Barlow, Eric Gaffney, and Jason Loewenstein has re-united and will be on the beginning leg of their first US tour in 14 years when they arrive in Seattle on Sunday. Are you one of the folks that coyly snuck in a track from Bubble and Scrape on a mixtape to seal the deal on impressing that guy/gal you sat next to in English class? This is your chance to have a little reunion of your own with the other too-indie-smart-for-their-own-good kids you were too shy to talk to years ago.

Bang on boxes like drums,
dana, liz, char
*three imaginary girls *

High iPod rotation:
The Faintest Ideas
The Broken West

(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.)

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