Three Imaginary Girls recommend Cat Power and a Rock Lottery!

Another busy week coming up for shows and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ll definitely be at the Showbox Sodo tonight to see the ever so de-lovely Cat Power, but there is so much more going on in Seattle, including shows that won’t cost you upwards of $30 a ticket. Including…


Rock Lottery, Sunday April 13 @ Neumo’s
This week, or really any other week, the Rock Lottery would get my recommendation. It’s such a great idea in theory and always executed so well in practice. Here’s the idea (as best I understand it): 25 musicians meet at 10am on Sunday morning and are divided up into 5 bands. They’ve got until 10pm to create a three-to-five song set (with a limit of one cover). The possibilities truly are endless. Four bass players and no singer? No rhythm sections or guitars? Could happen!

Organizer Chris Weber of Good/Bad Art Collective has put together a list of who’s who of local rock stars. He really has found a diverse group of artists and avoided cliques, so many of these people will be meeting for the first time on Sunday morning. Here’s who signed up this year (pulled from the Rock Lottery MySpace page):

Paul Austin (Transmissionary Six)
Ty Bailie (Dept. of Energy, Mark Pickerel and his Praying Hands)
Mike Bayer (Amateur Radio Operator, Evangeline)
Larry Brady (Biography of Ferns, Shorthand for Epic)
T. Tacket Brown (Two Loons for Tea, Jonny Sonic, Hayley Sales)
D. Crane (BOAT)
Joel Cupland (The Hideous Thieves, Triumph of Lethargy)
DV One (Rock Steady Crew)
Jesy Fortino (Tiny Vipers)
Jen Gay (Kaliningrad, Minirex, Buttersprites)
Jorge Harada (Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers)
Jamie Henkensiefken (H Is for Hellgate)
Bill Horist (Master Musicians of Bukkake, Ghidra)
Laurie Kearney (Ships, Palmer AK)
Kevin Kmetz (God of Shamisen, Estradasphere)
Rory McAuley (Eastern Grip)
Tony Moore (Foscil, Scape)
Luc Reynaud (Luc Reynaud and the Lovingtons)
Paul Rucker (Paul Rucker LARGE Ensemble)
Whiting Tennis (Whiting Tennis)
J. Tillman (J. Tillman)
Tilson (The Saturday Knights)
Noah Star Weaver (USE)
Curt Weiss aka Lewis King (The Rockats, Beat Rodeo)
Brian Yeager (Elam, The Bromantics, Strap Straps)

David Karsten Daniels with Grand Hallway on Monday April 14 at Nectar
dcd_poster.jpgLast week I mentioned Daniels’ month-long residency at Nectar, but I’m plugging it again here because one of my absolute favorite Northwest bands is also on the bill.

When I compiled my list of favorite Northwest albums last year, I included Grand Hallway’s elegant and epic Yes Is The Answer as my number one. It was the only selection I didn’t second-guess – and for good reason. Each song is perfectly crafted and each instrument is fully brought to life. Add on Tomo Nakayama’s peerless harmonies and you’ve got one of the most unforgettable bands you’re likely to hear.

I mentioned it last week as well, but this show is free. What better reasons are there to get out of the house on a Monday night?

Below is the video to “Philadelphia”, a cover of a Neil Young song:

See you out and about,
Chris Burlingame
*Three Imaginary Girls*

High iPod rotation:
Mini People in Coney Island
Airport Girl
The Breeders

(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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