Three Imaginary Girls support a bunch of things, among them BRMC and Common Market

Ron Henry

Ron Henry

This is the week, at least for me, which makes the transition from summer into autumn. Bumbershoot was quite exhausting, yes, but confusing as to how I could have disliked Beck‘s performance so much but completely enjoyed Death Cab for Cutie‘s set. Fortunately, the Republican National Convention this week proved that I was not living in some bizarro world: yes, Beck was terrible and Death Cab was fantastic but Rudy Giuliani is still a patronizing asshole, Mike Huckabee is still full of shit and Sarah Palin is still unqualified to be vice president.

There is an awful lot to do this week, as there, of course, is every other week. Here are a few things that I throw my support behind:

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at the Showbox at the Market, Sunday, September 7
With Bumbershoot 2008 now a memory, it goes into the canon of previous Bumbershoot memories. As I mentioned here last week, my favorite moment from Bumbershoot 2007 was seeing BRMC inside the KEXP Lounge (that magical, quasi-secret location where more new memories were formed, like meeting my favorite band of B’shoot 2008, Sons and Daughters). BRMC, that Sunday afternoon, played a stripped down, short, acoustic set but it was a revelation just how gorgeous the harmonies are from Peter Hayes and Robert Levon Been.

This show, presumably, will be plugged in and rocking. The garage band plays loud, reverb-heavy rock and roll, and yet has some shoegaze tendencies. They also know to make an anthem you can’t help but want to sing along to. Here’s the video to my favorite BRMC song, “Whatever Happened to My Rock and Roll?”

Common Market at Queen Anne Easy Street Records on Monday, September 8; Northgate Silver Platters on Tuesday, September 9 and Neumo’s on Thursday, September 11
Common Market is one of the best and most talented hip hop groups in the Northwest. With beats supplied by Blue Scholars’ DJ Sabzi and rhymes by RA Scion. When I saw the duo at the Capitol Hill Block Party, RA Scion rhymed over the same beat to Lil Wayne’s “A Milli” but CM was the antithesis of Weezy (who I also enjoy immensely). Common Market was tight, smart and politically aware. They were the perfect group to kick of the CHBP.

The shows this week are to celebrate the release of their brand new album, Tobacco Road. Here’s a clip of what to expect this week (this is the duo performing the title track at the Vera Project earlier in the year):

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

High iPod rotation:
Cars Can Be Blue
The Broken Letters
Old 97s

(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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