Three Imaginary Girls: It’s not really mid-August is it?

It’s hard to believe that we’re already into the second week of August. There has been so many great shows and events this summer that it is easy to see why it has gone so fast. There has never been a shortage of interesting things to pass the summer days quicker than usual. It seems like there’s always a big music event — SP20, Capitol Hill Block Party recently passed and this weekend has the KEXP BBQ that I am very excited for.

Here are a few more things worth of your attention in the next seven days:

“You Say Good-bye, I Say Hello” at Tigertail, through September
I had just found out about this photo exhibit just a few hours before it opened. Had I learned earlier, I would have certainly mentioned the opening night party in last week’s column. KEXP/Seattle Weekly’s Hannah Levin curates an exhibit of three of her favorite local photographers: Jenny Jimenez, Sarah Joann Murphy and Laura Musselman and each has a few photos dedicated to a very important Northwest band. Full disclosure: I am friendly with the curator and all three artists. Musselman’s photographs are of a Death Cab for Cutie from a show in Bremerton, Murphy captures an intimate show at the Sunset Tavern with Mudhoney earlier and Jimenez’s photos are of (what I hope is not) the final Sleater-Kinney show ever. Every music fan has a favorite band and SK is mine — and that is what makes it especially fulfilling to see Jimenez’s photography capture just how epic that show undoubtedly was.

The exhibit runs through September, so you’ve got time to check it out but I’d recommend it sooner rather than later.

The Whole Damn City, Thee Sgt Major III and The Small Change at the Sunset Tavern, Friday, August 8
Thee Sgt Major III and The Small Change are two excellent power-pop bands and they were originally scheduled to open this show for Australian rocker Tim Rogers, frontman for one of the best rock bands out there, You Am I. Sadly, Rogers had his visa denied and had to cancel. So, as my understand goes, Greg Collinsworth from The Small Change put together a You Am I tribute band for this evening. It features members of The Young Sportsmen, The Riffbrokers, The Tripwires, The Presidents of the United States of America and The Doll Test.

Grand Hallway and “Awesome” at the Vera Project, Wednesday, August 13, free
This show is part of Vera’s “Veracity” series, which means it’s free (and you can buy a vegan dinner for only $3). Admittedly, I’ve written quite a bit about Grand Hallway, whose beautiful album Yes Is the Answer was my favorite Northwest album last year and here I am doing it again. Yet, “Awesome” is another band that I really enjoy. “Awesome” is the most literate Northwest band this side of The Decemberists — and one of the best. They once wrote songs based on the novels of Jonathan Safran Foer for a reading of the author’s books. Their songs are clever and catchy that use a multitude of instruments. Each Veracity show I’ve attended (which I admit has not been very many) has been stripped-down and acoustic. I can’t imagine that fitting either band but regardless, this show has excellent bands and is free — what more could you ask for?

Nellie McKay at Neumo’s, Thursday, August 14
Last fall when McKay played at the Crocodile, I went into the show liking her, by the time I left I think I fell in love. She is a fabulous performer and very, very funny. Last year’s Obligatory Villagers was, I thought, her best to date (and my second favorite album of 2007). That night she played for over 90 minutes and something like 26 songs. Here’s a clip of her from that show performing her song “Zombie”:

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

High iPod rotation:
Team Gina
Half Light
Conor Oberst

(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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