Three Imaginary Girls recommend: Book your weekend with local band shows


There’s never a shortage of great shows or great local bands in our fair city, and this weekend looks particularly delectable. Here’s our imaginary three-day plan for maximum weekend music satisfaction, brought to you by all Northwest-based bands (mostly Seattle based, even).

Friday, November 9: The Purrs {album release}/Black Nite Crash/The Upsidedown, at the Sunset

The Purrs have a new record (their third full-length, for those of you keeping count), called The Chemistry That Keeps Us Together. They’re celebrating the release with a fantastic lineup of darkly great Northwest shoegaze-pop at the Sunset in Ballard, with Seattle’s Black Nite Crash (reunited once again for the event) and Portland’s The Upsidedown. We haven’t heard anything from the new Purrs record, yet, but something tells us we’ll hear it in rotation on KEXP soon [it already is!], as they’ve been long-time supporters of this up-and-coming local band.

Saturday, November 10: Minus The Bear/The Helio Sequence/Grand Archives, at the Showbox

This is a bill of Northwest heavyweights, bands who’ve signed to super cool indie labels and had success touring outside our Evergreen home and around the country. Together, they make for a triple whammie of a Saturday night. Get there early and don’t miss Grand Archives, which — in case you’ve been hiding under a (indie) rock, is the latest project of Mat Brooke (Carissa’s Wierd, Band of Horses). We’ve had the pleasure of seeing the band live on several occasions, and their four-part male harmonies and soothing, sonorous melodies get stronger each time. See them now before they release their Sub Pop debut and the whole world catches on…

Sunday, November 11: Stars Of Track & Field/Eskimo Joe/Bre Loughlin {album release}, at Neumo’s

Bre Loughlin, former front-woman for Seattle bands Kuma and Daylight Basement, has just self-released her debut full-length record Modern American Photo Album and will celebrate with not one but two CD release show this weekend: first on Friday night at Easy Street in West Seattle (with Seattle band Cantona), and then at Neumo’s Sunday night, opening for Portland shoegaze-pop band Stars of Track and Field. Check out some new songs by visiting Bre’s MySpace.

Keep on a’rockin’ me baby,
three imaginary girls

High iPod rotation:
Cats on Fire
Jens Lekman

(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 Settle 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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