From the moment that I typed my post last week until the time of writing this one, I’ve been pretty much snowed in at my apartment and have been kept away from shows due to inclement weather. Although I believe everything I recommended last week went on without a cancellation, I’m anxious to get back out to clubs. It’s been so warm inside and so cold outside that I’ve been largely kept home, upset at the things I was missing.
Fortunately, this is an excellent week to make up for it with lots of great shows all week long. A few highlights to get you through the first weekend:
Connecticut Four at the High Dive on Friday, December 26
I’ve been meaning to check out this all-girl, three-piece band for quite some time but shows in Seattle have been somewhat rare and this Boxing Day show will finally be the time I get to. Led by singer-songwriter Cristina Bautista (formerly of the band Paxil Rose) and Meghan Kessinger (from the excellent but missed pop-rock band Racetrack), Connecticut Four brings to mind neo-riot grrrl bands like Sleater-Kinney with their upbeat tempo and guitar-driven rock songs. From the songs I’ve heard, they are well-constructed and catchy. Definitely a band I’m expecting to have a pretty big 2009.
Imaginary Liz’s Birthday Party with The Kindness Kind, Hey Marseilles, M. Bison, The Femurs and guests at Chop Suey, Saturday, December 27
Of course it should go without saying that this show is Three Imaginary Girls’ annual Christmas party and birthday party for Imaginary Liz and there’s an obvious conflict of interest. Liz is a dear friend (who was even kind enough to turn over this space on the KEXP blog to me) and I’ve been a writer at TIG for over four years but I can also say that this annual show is my favorite holiday tradition. The bands are always fantastic – and this year is no exception. The Kindness Kind has become one of my favorite Northwest bands and their new, self-titled album is fantastic. I’m also excited by the return of The Mangles, who cover songs by artists like The Go-Go’s and (naturally) The Bangles (basically the stuff I grew up listening to). And it wouldn’t be TIG’s Christmas party without The Long Winters’ John Roderick playing the part of Santa Claus, albeit one who has too much PBR-spiked eggnog.
See you out and about,
*Three Imaginary 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.)