Katherine Calder of Immaculate Machine
photo by Dani Cantó
In Seattle we’re used to most of the prominent indie-rock shows, for better or worse, congregating around a few neighborhoods; specifically (but not exclusively) Ballard, Capitol Hill and Fremont. Rarely, though, does Eastlake beat the larger and denser neighborhoods. But that is exactly what is happening on this Saturday night, with two excellent shows on Eastlake Avenue.
The Fucking Eagles @ Studio 66, Lo-Fi Performance Gallery:
Studio 66 is a quarterly event at the Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, which, according to their MySpace page, features “DJ’s that spin 60’s mod & psychedelic rock, vintage soul, Brit-Pop, acid jazz and international pop sounds. Plus Go-Go Dancers and featured live bands.”
One of the bands featured on Saturday is Tacoma’s own The Fucking Eagles. They’ve been one of my favorite local acts since I caught their excellent show at the Sky Church for Bumbershoot. Borrowing their name from a scene in The Big Lebowski, the Fucking Eagles are a straight-forward garage band that would feel right at home in a pre-Beatles era. They are unafraid to break out an Irma Thomas cover and will play some of the catchiest, rockabilly-influenced rock and/or roll you’ll hear. Below you can watch them perform “He Won’t Love You Like I’ll Leave You.” [Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 429 Eastlake Ave E., $7, 21+].
Also scheduled to be on the bill was the also excellent Pop Machine, but they had just broken up last week. My understanding is that a replacement band was booked, but I’m not sure which. Still, though, with the exciting Fucking Eagles rocking one room and a DJ spinning classic mod rock or go-go pop in another, it’s bound to make for a fun evening regardless.
Immaculate Machine @ Mars Bar:
Another option would be to check out Immaculate Machine at the Mars Bar. Featuring vocals from Katherine Calder (who moonlights in the New Pornographers), the Victoria-based trio bring to mind Blondie with their upbeat female-fronted pop-punk.
The Mars Bar is one of the best-kept secrets in town. The space is small and the sound quality is far from perfect but it more than makes up for it by its lack of pretension, friendly staff, and it is collocated with the Café Venus so you can grab a bite to eat before the show. [Immaculate Machine with Gary Reynolds and the Brides of Obscurity and the Department of Energy, Mars Bar, 609 Eastlake Ave E., $7, 21+].
If you have any cash left over from the weekend, Tuesday sees the release of Nada Surf’s sublime Lucky (Barsuk). It delivers exactly what fans of the band have come to expect over the years: well-written power-pop songs with whip smart lyrics that you can’t help but want to sing along to. For now, you can stream the whole thing on the band’s MySpace page.
See you out and about!
ChrisB and Three Imaginary Girls
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