Three Imaginary Girls recommend a way to fill that Le Tigre hole in your heart

Paper Dolls (photo from MySpace)

This week there are no shortage of worthwhile excuses to leave the apartment local and otherwise (Grand Archives and Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground’s separate CD release shows at the Triple Door, Drive-By Truckers two night stand at the Showbox, etc…), but I’ll try to highlight a couple more that are equally deserving of attention.

Paper Dolls with the Earaches, the Greatest Hits and the Foxgloves, February 16 at the Comet Tavern, 9pm doors, $6, 21+
Saturday night finds the garage-y female-fronted Paper Dolls at the Comet. In the tradition of the Gore Gore Girls or the Fucking Eagles, they blend elements of a pre-classic rock sound with surf guitars and a punk exuberance that immediately recalls the Ramones. They’re smart, sassy, fun, and play kick-ass, upbeat rock and roll and they are playing it in one of the northwest’s best dive bars. Plan on having a great time; just don’t forget your earplugs.

Sleepy Eyes of Death with Foals and the Heavenly States, February 16 at Chop Suey, free, 8pm doors, 21+
Also on Saturday night, recent Sub Pop signees and Brit-rockers Foals are playing a rare and free (!) show at Chop Suey. Doors are at 8 and showing up early is a good idea. In this case, I would be remiss to not recommend getting there on time to check out Sleepy Eyes of Death (who, in the interest of full disclosure, I recommend in spite of being friends with one of the members, not because of). Atmospheric electronica in the tradition of M83 or even Kraftwerk, Sleepy Eyes put on an a carefully crafted, mostly instrumental, set that employs Moog synths and a smoke machine, each show is a minor epic.

Sunday Bloody Sunset with Thee Sgt. Major III plus guests, February 17 at the Sunset, $5, 4pm, 21+
Sunday Bloody Sunset is the new weekly, early evening event debuting this weekend at the, uhh, Sunset. With cheap drinks and a cheap cover and an early start, you really can’t go wrong regardless, but the music promises to be pretty great as well. I’m most excited to see Thee Sgt. Major III, the closest thing to a local powerpop supergroup. With members of the Fastbacks, Cantona, and the Posies amongst their ranks and a natural instinct for clever pop songs with lots of hooks, it’s definitely band worth checking out.

Men with Hey Willpower, February 20 at Nectar, $10, 21+
Wednesday night promises to have one of the most fun dance parties around. One of my favorite bands of all time is Le Tigre, the electro-feminist dance punks who combine righteous liberal politics with ass-shaking better than anyone else on the planet. Unfortunately, they’re on hiatus for now, so Men (who are decidedly not), is the closest we’re going to get for the time being. They are Le Tigre sans Kathleen Hanna; still, JD Samson and Johanna Fateman continue the same commitment to lo-fi beats and catchy songwriting that their more famous project is known for.

Also on that bill is Hey Willpower, which sounds like what you would expect R. Kelly to sound like if he were white and gay. Or maybe they sound like Justin Timberlake if he were gay; I can’t be certain. Anyway, Imperial Teen’s Will Schwartz teams up with Tomo Yasuda from Tussle to explore their love of Top 40 pop and R&B. Their debut album PDA was just released domestically a few weeks ago and is one of the most fun records I’ve heard this early in the year.

Chris Burlingame
***Three Imaginary Girls***

High iPod rotation:
Hazelwood Motel
The High Violets
DJ Shadow

(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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