Three Imaginary Girls recommend escaping for the weekend

Every week I write this column and I try to list shows that I recommend as a means of escaping the larger world around us. This week, with the final presidential debate in the rearview mirror, the airwaves are going to be inundated with political ads. As if you haven’t already, you’ll be hearing tons about Charles Keating, Bill Ayers, ACORN (not to be confused with The Acorn, see below). Why not get away from that temporarily and let the outside noise be drowned out by some reverb or dance beats? Here are a few things I think are worth your time this week:

The Acorn and The Shaky Hands at the Tractor Tavern on Friday, October 17
The Acorn is a prolific, Dylan-inspired folk rock band from Ottawa that I’m sure John McCain doesn’t like them on name alone. They write deep, introspective songs on top of some fine musicianship with some moments of complete beauty. If that isn’t enough, they are sharing the stage with The Shaky Hands, a jangly rock band from Portland who kicked ass at TIG’s fifth anniversary party back in the summer of ’07.

Here’s The Acorn’s video to their song “The Flood, Part 1.”

Team Gina and Athens Boys Choir at Chop Suey, Wednesday, October 22

For an explanation of Team Gina’s manifesto, you only need to turn to the opening rhyme from Gina Bling on their song “Girl-on-Girl Crime”, “if I had superpower do you know what it would be? On my command, everyone would dance spontaneously. At the drop of a hat, everyone would start to tap and sing along to the exact same song, the dance moves would go off without a hitch and nobody would sing off-pitch. This may be a dream but it used to be reality; all you need is a top hat and a Broadway melody.”

This show is billed as a sock hop, so you’re encouraged to dress as your favorite character from Grease (or better, American Graffiti) but it’s a queer-friendly dance party with Team Gina and Athens Boys Choir. The video to ABC’s “Fagette” was a minor sensation on Youtube over the summer (here) but Team Gina is act to see on this bill. The lesbian duo of Ginas Genius and Bling use lo-fi, DIY beats and rhyme about pop culture or their sex lives and their songs are often very funny and very catchy. As they put it on “Rock the Like” (video below), “think that you can rap? Like the Lillian Vernon catalogue, you’re full of crap”:

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

High iPod rotation:
Soda Fountain Rag
Silver Jews

(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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