As youâ€™ve been reading on the KEXP blog (and all over town) the Noise for the Needy week of shows benefiting Rise nâ€™ Shine, an organization that provides emotional support programs, advocacy, and mentoring for children and teens affected by HIV and AIDS starts on Tuesday.
Seattle-based non-profit Noise for the Needy has joined up with a slew of bands and venues to host 13 showcases around town. From Tuesday, June 5th, to Sunday, June 10th, the event organizers have cornered the market on great billsâ€¦ theyâ€™re so committed to the cause that theyâ€™ve put together shows at different venues on the same night. Case in point, their Thursday night list of line-ups is unbeatable â€“ the only thing is, no one person can attend them all.
How can a warm-hearted Seattle-ite choose? Weâ€™re not sure, but if youâ€™re looking for a list of reasons to head out on the town next Thursday (June 7th) and skip that overpriced Police show at Key Arena, weâ€™ve got â€˜em:
Cancer Rising/Shorthand For Epic/Shim/Key Note Speaker, Sunset Tavern
Shorthand for Epic adds their new wave punk pop almost danceable sounds to Thursday night’s Sunset Tavern show. Frontman Billy Corazon (of Mea Culpa fame) creates so much energy on stage you’d think he might injure himself (and possibly others) But, the members of Shorthand for Epic brag on their website that they’ve have had 0 work place accidents since May of 2006. Now there’s a reason to dance! Sharing the bill with Shorthand for Epic are Seattle’s hard hitting, powerpop quartet, Key Note Speaker. We don’t mean to over-fest you, but Key Note Speaker’s hit “Don’t be fooled” is the theme song for this year’s Georgetown Music Fest (going on this weekend). Good times!
YouTube video of the Georgetown Music Fest commercial featuring music by Key Note Speaker:
The Cops/Optimus Rhyme/Tall Birds/TV Coahran, Comet
From repeated listenings to their 2006 release (School the Indie Rockers), we knew that Optimus Rhyme could kick out the jams. But after seeing the band earlier this year at the KEXP Audioasis benefit, the OR boys really proved that they are a force to be reckoned with. They may rap about fictional robots but they are all business.
CSS/Bonde de Role/Matt & Kim/Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head/DJ Pretty Titty, Neumo’s (all ages)
Just when you think imaginary Liz has said all that she can say about Matt & Kim, she listens to their album 40 more times and comes up with 40 more reasons to love them. She talks endlessly about their cute and lovey vibe for each other and the audience that is infectious at their live shows. Their self-titled album is so chock full of goodness it is no wonder that the Brooklyn duo are taking the indie world by storm. Even the curmudgeons canâ€™t help but to jump up and down when they sing â€œLightspeed” — the best song ever written about playing centerfield on a little league baseball team.
Look at how darling they are here in this acoustic setting playing (basically) unplugged using a cardboard box for drums!
Did that help at all? If it helps at all we think that weâ€™re going to have to divide and conquer that night. Itâ€™s too hard to choose!
If you want to help from the comfort of your sofa, Noise for the Needy has also put together a fancy online auction. Items up for bid include: opening slots at the Comet and Nectar, studio recording time, guest list spots at the area clubs, and even some Three Imaginary Girls related prizes.
Happy festivaling and bidding,
three imaginary girls
(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.)