Three Imaginary Girls recommend The Turn-Ons, Kay Kay, & Record Store Day

Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground at Neumo’s
photo by Jeanine Anderson

Over the next seven days, Stars of the Lid, the Teenagers, Caribou, MGMT, the Raconteurs, Hot Chip and Simian Mobile Disco find their respective ways through Seattle (and I will probably be at four of those shows) but there is still an excess of first-rate local shows as well. This week I endorse:

The Turn-Ons at the Sunset on Friday, April 18

The Turn-Ons have long been one of my favorite Northwest bands. They have a sound that is equally shoegaze, psychedelic rock and indie pop. Or, as they call label themselves “Skagit Brit psych-pop”. In the grand scheme of things, though, labels don’t matter. What really matters is that the Turn-Ons will be playing songs from their brand-new album Curse on Friday night with the Charmparticles and Hypatia Lake.

Even better: the band is making Curse available free on their website. Go to and you’ll find it there (along with other versions of some of the songs on their previous albums).

Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground at Neumo’s on Wednesday, April 23

Kay Kay et al is probably my favorite Northwest band right now. I have probably seen the band live about half a dozen times and each time they’ve gotten progressively better. Somehow finding a way to fit over a dozen people on stage and not have any one get in each other’s way is impressive in and of itself but while listening to their self-titled album you can hear each instrument perfectly. The production is egalitarian by nature but executed brilliantly.

Their music is like Ragtime or vaudeville-era pop songs, so they are one of the more unique bands you’ll see in a Seattle rock club. Each song of theirs is epic in its scope but still catchy. Here’s a video of their single “Hey Momma”:

I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention Record Store Day, which, as DJ El Toro already mentioned, is Saturday. Easy Street is getting Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands and Jesse Sykes and Sweet Hereafter to play their Queen Anne store while Sonic Boom has a whole day of events planned at both the Ballard and Capitol Hill locations. Check out, and for full details.

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

High iPod rotation:
Colin Meloy
Lo Fine
Tokyo Police Club

(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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