Three Imaginary Girls support denial and escapism through live shows

With the economy in shambles, the Seahawks 0-2 and a vice presidential candidate who had her private e-mail account (but used for official business to avoid Freedom of Information Act requests and subpeonas) hacked by someone who just used the “forgot your password?” feature on Yahoo, this is as good of a week as any to escape into the clubs. Denial and escapism are perfectly acceptable responses to the world around us and what better way to get away from it all than being surrounded by many, many decibels of live music and/or a few drinks?

Here’s a few ways we recommend rocking in the free (for now) world:

Peter Parker, Ms. Led, Lucy Bland and The Shondes at the High Dive, Friday, September 19
The Shondes put out a press release rhetorically asking if they were “the new Sleater-Kinney” or not. The correct answer is “of course not” but they are still a worthwhile band to check out (especially on a bill with three fantastic, local rock bands). They are an outspoken (mostly) Jewish queercore band from Brooklyn and, if memory serves, the last band I saw play a full set at the Crocodile CafĂ©. I remember an energetic, punk set that had equal parts shredding guitars and violins.

With Lucy Bland, Ms. Led and Peter Parker also on the bill, this is the can’t miss show of the weekend. Here’s a video of the band playing that aforementioned show at the Crocodile:

The Nextdoor Neighbors CD release at The Vera Project, Saturday, September 20
The Nextdoor Neighbors were runners-up in the EMP’s Sound Off! competition earlier in the year and they’re celebrating the release of their debut record Magic vs. The Machine on Saturday night. The band is a duo of two young women from Olympia who blend catchy, pop harmonies over lo-fi electronic beats.

I’ve yet to catch The Nextdoor Neighbors live but all accounts I’ve heard indicate that they are fun and charming live. From the songs I’ve heard on their MySpace page, they sound like an enormously promising young band with tons of potential. It’ll be a lot of fun to watch them grow as artists over the next several years. Here’s a clip of the band performing their song “Liars” at Sound Off!:

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

High iPod rotation:
The Republic Tigers
Walter Meego
Parenthetical Girls

(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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