Three Imaginary Girls recommended shows for the weekend: the ladies who rock

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The members of Ms. Led on the Morning Show 6/22/07

This first weekend of summer highlights a couple of special shows with ladies who bring out the ROCK....

Friday, 6/22: Ms. Led {album release}/Vindaloo/Shorthand For Epic/The Snakebites, Sunset Tavern
Seattle has been anxiously awaiting Ms. Led’s follow-up to their 2004 release These Things We Say, which was voted #7 in our Top 50 Northwest Releases of 2004 reader’s poll. A lot has happened to pop-punkers Ms. Led in the past couple of years. Lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Lesli Wood has been battling Multiple Sclerosis, finishing up law school, keeping up with her songwriting, and running her label, Fish the Cat Records. Wood was quoted as saying, “I have dealt with being told what I can and can’t do on so many levels. Having MS, I was told that I wouldn’t be able to continue playing music. I was told to slow down, rest more, maybe giving up parts of my life. We always put so many restrictions on ourselves. We make excuses bout stability, money, relationships, careers… Who says you can’t do what you want?”

And what they want to do is rock.

As a supplement to the show this evening, you should definitely listen to them as they make an appearance on the John in the Morning show at 9:30 am today!

Saturday, 6/23: Marnie Stern, Chop Suey
Marnie Stern is everyone’s favorite shredder rocker (sound-wise) meets soccer mom (looks-wise) and we’re all lucky she’s finding her way back to Seattle for a stop at Chop Suey on Saturday night, and she’s got Zach Hill of the bad Hella on drums and guitarist Robby Moncrieff (of the band The Advantage) joining her instead of just using her iPod for the drum parts and she’s done at other performances.

Watching Stern live is a unique experience. When she’s onstage she moves her fingertips up and down the neck of her guitar and gets sounds from it that appear possessed at times. She told another magazine, “I taught myself everything and I think that has helped me have a really different style. I was never interested in learning other people’s songs.” She is truly unique and really doesn’t sound like anyone else making “indie rock” right now.
Stern must certainly revel in the contradictions surrounding her and her style of rocking: Her album is challenging but accessible; she can sound noodling at times but it’s never masturbatory; she looks like a girl next door but plays like an evil guitar god. Or, in this case, goddess.

While we’re talking about the summertime rock, we have a whole conversation going on Three Imaginary Girls about it; specifically: What are you favorite summertime records? Join in the fun and let us know what you think.

rock of ages, keep rolling,
three imaginary girls

In high iPod rotation:
Pale Young Gentlemen
The Veils
Rocky Votolato

(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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