Three Imaginary Girls: SIFF and a big Friday night!

As usual, there is a lot of stuff going on here in Seattle this week. SIFF enters its second full week (and John Waters comes along for the ride); lots of great bands are coming through town. Here are a few things that I think are better than staying at home (and they’re all on Friday):

Paul Green’s School of Rock All Stars Perform Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Friday, May 30, 2008 at the Vera Project.
“Hey Teacher, leave those kids alone!” If you’ve seen the movie Rock School you should be intimately familiar with Paul Green and his school. Originally based out of Philadelphia but with a recent chapter opened here in Seattle (as well as other locales across the country), the students learn what it takes to become rock stars. Tonight, some of the school’s best students will perform the epic Pink Floyd album The Wall. I outed myself as a not-so-secret-Pink Floyd fan to some friends over dinner this week, so this is a show I am very anxious to catch and endorse unequivocally (even if I’m more of a Dark Side of the Moon devotee).

Here’s some footage of some of the Seattle kids playing “Comfortably Numb”:

Panda & Angel, with Foals at Neumo’s, Friday, March 30, 2008 at Neumo’s.
My favorite band to come out of the ruins of Carissa’s Weird is not Band of Horses or Grand Archives or Sera Cahoone (although we’re getting warmer) but Panda & Angel. Tonight, the wistful indie pop band with the most Cat-like and Powerful singer in Carrie Murphy finds their way at the Neumo’s stage opening for hot shit, Sub Pop band Foals. They’ve got 6 songs up on their MySpace page, all of which are available for free download. So far “Sirens” and “San Diego” are my favorites but all are well-constructed pop numbers. I know it’s Friday but skip the pre-show dinner and get to Neumo’s early enough to catch Panda & Angel.

The Fucking Eagles with Das Llamas and Black Eyes and Neck Ties, Friday, May 30, 2008 at the Fun House.
The Fucking Eagles rock the way that anyone who uses the f-word as an adjective in their name should. Unpretentious, with loud guitar parts and choruses you want to sing along and drink cheap beer to. One of the best rock bands in the Northwest (they call Tacoma home), they are always one of the most consistent and entertaining rock bands around and never fail to deliver an excellent set. In The Big Lebowski, the Dude hated “the fucking Eagles” but if you like solid garage rock that also rawks, you’ll love the Fucking Eagles.

You also can’t go wrong with Los Campesinos! at Neumo’s on Saturday, May 31 or Mouseheart Factor and the Color Bars at the High Dive on Wednesday, June 4 or Friday Mile and the Dimes at Nectar on Thursday, June 5, or…

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

High iPod rotation:
Jim Noir

(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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