Three Imaginary Girls are having an Oscar-worthy week of local music

When I was looking at the show calendar for this week, I noticed that I could very easily have gotten myself double-booked on just about any night of this week. There is an abundance of kick ass shows this week, which is, of course, a sign of a thriving scene – even in this economic climate. There were about a half-dozen of other shows I could have just as easily listed below. But here are a few things I think are worth your time (in between trying to get caught up on the remaining Academy Award-nominated films I need to see before Sunday’s ceremony):

Romance at the Comet, Friday, February 20

Last weekend’s excellent Dancing on the Valentine show, a Factory Records tribute night, brought out a yearning for bands like Joy Division and A Certain Ration that I don’t remember experiencing so strongly. It makes sense, then, that I’m interested in Romance’s next show. Inspired by those bands, as well as The Cure and Bauhaus, Romance has a knack for melodic and dark pop.

Also on the bill are Born Anchors, The Prids and Venus Verse.

Here’s the video to their single “Killer in the World”:

Smile Brigade EP release at High Dive, Saturday, February 21

Folk-pop band Smile Brigade had just released their excellent Eering, Creaking EP this week and tonight they are celebrating the release of said album. When I first heard it, I was drawn in by the arrangements that rely heavily on string instruments (violin, cello, acoustic guitar, etc…). The five-song EP is the successful result of an interesting experiment. Recorded over a span of twenty-four hours, the melodies still sound expansive and complete and mesh well with haunting, Dylan-inspired harmonies and lyrics.

This is will be the band’s first (and possibly only) acoustic show and they’ll share the High Dive stage with The Globes, Lord Dog Bird and Spanish for 100.

Club Pop with TacocaT at Chop Suey, Thursday, February 26

There is no shortage of bands in Seattle that write funny or silly songs (Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, Team Gina) but what makes those bands successful is that they still craft catchy pop songs. Another band that it’s in the same mold that I’ve been enjoying lately is the post-riot grrrl band TacocaT. They have songs about Kevin Costner, muffin tops, amongst others. They are a sloppy punk band, but still have great pop instincts. I’m not sure what it says about me but I found myself walking to work one morning singing along to “UTI” on my iPod just a few mornings ago.

See ya out and about,

Chris Burlingame
*Three Imaginary Girls*

High iPod rotation:
The Fluid
Nana Grizol

(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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