Three Imaginary Girls support denial and escapism through live shows

It’s the first week of autumn and here in Seattle it didn’t take any time to weather to get cold and dark. That means I will probably not leave my home without a jacket until sometime in the spring and I’ll stop complaining about how hot it gets inside of Neumo’s. The upcoming concert calendar looks very strong in the next few months, with literally dozens of shows I am very excited about. This week is especially strong. In fact, it will probably keep me too busy from making it to the excellent Decibel Festival this weekend. Here’s a few things I advise:

Blue Scholars at the Showbox at the Market, Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27

This is a homecoming show of sorts for Blue Scholars, who have not played a proper Seattle show since last year’s triumphant Program series. The biggest and best stars in Seattle hip hop curated and headlined five consecutive nights of all Northwest hip hop and sold out all five nights. The night I night I attended, MC Geologic and DJ Sabzi were backed by full band and had a cameo from Gabriel Teodros show up. This weekend they are performing two nights at the Showbox with Hieroglyphics. I don’t know what to expect but during The Program, Geologic was insistent that everyone knew they didn’t show up for a show, but “a motherfucking party.” I wouldn’t expect anything less.

Here’s a video to their song “North by Northwest”, performed at the 2007 KEXP BBQ:

Monotonix at the Comet Saturday, September 27, and the Sunset on Sunday, September 28 at 2pm

Montonix’s set at Bumbershoot earlier this month was, by all accounts, cut short after about 12 minutes. Why is another matter. I’ve heard people who were there (I was busy watching The Offspring, if anyone is curious as to just how cool I am), tell me that the show was halted due to members of Tel Aviv’s hardest rocking band mooning the crowd, lighting their equipment on fire and because of people excessively crowd surfing (including some people crowd surfing inside of trashcans. The truth is probably one of those reasons but none of them imply anything other than this band is complete rock and roll.

Noah and the Whale with Grand Hallway, Monday, September 29 at Chop Suey

The well-regarded twee pop band from the UK just released their debut album, Peaceful the World Lays Me Down, last week and is touring the US in support of it, including several free shows along the way. This is one such free show. Opening is the lush, melodic pop band Grand Hallway, who have long been a favorite of mine. This show is probably going to fill up very fast, so I’d recommend getting there early (which I’d recommend anyway just for the chance to see Grand Hallway).

Here’s a video of Grand Hallway covering Neil Young:

And here’s a video of Noah and the Whale’s single “Five Years Time”:

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

High iPod rotation:
Okkervil River
Nextdoor Neighbors

(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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