Three Imaginary Girls: A super secret* show and a super not-secret show

grandarchives_smaller.jpgTonight marks two very special Seattle band showcases, at two venues that aren’t nearly close enough together to effortlessly hop back and forth (tragically). One show celebrates three favorite imaginary bands from a couple years back and promises a hipster dance party for the ages. The other celebrates a couple of brand new bands in town and promises to be a solemn yet glorious night for music fans – and perhaps the only chance to catch a budding Seattle star in a small venue like the Croc.

What’s an imaginary girl to do?

Friday, 4/27: Grand Archives/Welcome {album release}/The Lights, Crocodile

For those of you living under a music-blog rock, Grand Archives is the latest project of Mat Brooke (formerly of Carissa’s Wierd* and Band of Horses). Brooke met with considerable fame with both of his previous bands, leaving just as things were flourishing both times. Apparently, this sort of musical hard-to-get works for him; within mere moments of their debut show and the release of their demo recordings, Grand Archives not only got extensive Pitchfork coverage and praise, but also earned themselves and opening slot on the Modest Mouse tour and a recording contract at Sub Pop.

While most of the press has focused on Brooke’s musical career, the band is a bit of a Seattle super-group, also featuring Ron Lewis (ex-Mines, ex-Joggers, Ghost Stories), Curtis Hall (aka DJ Curtis, ex-the Jeunes), Jeff Montano (ex-New Mexican’s), and Thomas Wright (ex-Aveo, we think). This show just might be what Seattle musical dreams are made of, being able to claim you heard them when.

Or the band might dissolve as it achieves fame and success. All the more reason to catch them tonight.

*It’s been so long since I typed their name that my copy of Word had to be retrained not to auto-correct the spelling to “weird.”

Friday, 4/27: The Lashes, the Catch and a super secret** mystery band called U.S.E. at the Comet

We at Three Imaginary Girls feel we don’t spend enough time at the Comet. It’s the perfect blend of location, griminess, and tradition that we love (especially since they added a full bar a few months back). Tonight the Lashes, the Catch, and U.S.E. (oops, we guess we let that slip) will rock, sass, and dance the Comet into a crazy flurry of white belts and jet black dyed hair. The most interesting twist will be how all of those high-fashion dancing hipsters will fit in such a confined area. We predict grinding. Here is an unofficial hilarious poster for the event courtesy of The Stranger/LineOut.

**well, secret in an imaginary way.

You’re the best and that’s no secret!
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In high iPod rotation:

  • Elk City
  • The Klaxons
  • Slender Means
  • (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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