Three Imaginary Girls: Lushies, Knights, and Cozies

Lesli Wood at Three Imaginary Girls’ Exile in Guyville tribute night
photo by Nathan Howard

It’s Pride Weekend here in Seattle. That means a lot of things to a lot of different people. If you’re a culture warrior on the right you might see it as the first signs towards the Rapture – and may even be bullish on the prospects. For others, it means that Seattle is a big party all weekend long. It could just be me, but I prefer the latter.

While the events I’m recommending below aren’t official Pride events, the weekend does force everyone else to up their game.

Lushy at the High Dive, Friday, June 27 at 6pm
After a long work week at work, I’m often really eager to go directly from the office to a rock club. With that mind, bless the people at the High Dive for their Friday night Happy Hour shows.

Tonight, they have the lounge-pop band Lushy, who are one of the most fun to watch. In their songs, people drink martinis and ride Vespas but at their shows, everyone dances to the fun, upbeat, catchy tunes. Lushy is the ideal band to kick off this summer weekend.

The Saturday Knights CD Release at Nectar, Friday, June 27
You’ve been listening to the audio stream of the Saturday Knights’ brand new album Mingle, half here and half at My Old Kentucky Blog, all week long and tonight you can see the perfect hip hop soundtrack to your summer at Nectar.

Here’s the video to their single “45”:

The Tea Cozies at the High Dive, Saturday, June 28
I know I am more than a little biased, but I’m still recovering from TIG’s freaking amazing 6th birthday party and celebration of Liz Phair’s masterpiece debut, Exile in Guyville. 9 bands played the album’s 18 tracks in order and all were fantastic but I knew that Rachel Flotard and Lesli Wood would be phenomenal – and they most certainly were. The biggest, most pleasant surprise for me, though, was the Tea Cozies absolutely perfect version of “Gunshy”. They increased the volume and tempo but lost nothing in the power of the lyrics. It was stunning to watch.

I have yet to see the Tea Cozies play a live set of their own, but needless to say I am anxious to do so very soon. As luck would have it, they are playing at the High Dive on Saturday night with the Ice Age Cobra and the Who The Hells.

Glass Candy at Chop Suey, Saturday, June 28
This night kicks off a new dance party night at Chop Suey called Cassette! They lined up an excellent band to headline the inaugural night, too. Portland’s Glass Candy released their album B/E/A/T/B/O/X last year and it, borrowing heavily from Italo Disco (ditching most of their no-wave tendencies in the process) and created a dance floor classic. “Beatific” would sound equally fresh and exciting in 1975 as it does in 2008.

Here’s some footage playing “Beatific” about 3 months ago in San Francisco:

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

High iPod rotation:
Shane Tutmarc and the Traveling Mercies
Tea for Julie
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

(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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