Seattle Weekend Picks from Three Imaginary Girls

Friday, 4/20: Rocky Votolato/Slender Means {ep release}, Drag The River, Street To Nowhere at Neumo’s

After two long years, Seattle band Slender Means has finally graced us with some new tunes! Of course, it’s only a four-song EP (and one of those is actually a live recording from their KEXP in-studio of the song “The Comet” from their previous full-length, Neon & Ruin). But no matter. Three new Slender Means songs are still three new Slender Means songs, and we’ll celebrate whatever music we can get from this melodic, lilting pop band. Friday night at Neumo’s, the band will celebrate with all their Seattle fans when they have an all-ages EP release show for Rock & Roll Machine with Barsuk artist Rocky Votolato (as well as Drag the River and Street To Nowhere). Slender Means features Rocky’s brother Sonny Votolato on guitar, and he and other Slender Means members have been touring as Rocky’s supporting band for the past few months – and we’re hoping we’ll have a chance to hear the brothers Votolato play for the hometown crowd.

Thursday, 4/19-Sunday 4/22: Pop Conference at the EMP

This year’s Pop Conference is this weekend (running from Thursday to Sunday) and is packed full of fancy smartie-pants panelists and scholarly discussion all focused on our favorite topic: Music and its affects. Specifically the Pop Conference is centered on the relationship between where and when music comes from and where and when it goes. Thought provoking, huh?

Friday, Saturday and Sunday are packed (and double-packed) with happenings; there’s something for every sub-genre loving member of your posse. We’re particularly excited about the panels on Iconography (“Selling Sad: How Hot Topic Made the Mall (Safe for the) Miserable”) and Indieland (“Time, Space, Identity and Indie Music Production in West Central Scotland”). We’re a-twitter with excitement. Nerds unite!

This year, for the first time, it is totally and absolutely FREE (thanks to a gift from Rhapsody), so you can learn about music and still have a few bucks to satiate your peaked enthusiasm at the record store on the way home.

Love ya mean it!
three imaginary girls

In high iPod rotation:

  • Mouthful of Bees
  • We Wrote the Book on Connectors
  • Brown Recluse Sings
  • (Three Imaginary Girls is a Seattle-based website that showcases the great music of the Northwest and beyond 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 record reviews, live show reviews, and an imagi-blog to entertain you throughout the day.)

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