Author Archive | Imaginary Karen

Noise for the Needy

Noise for the Needy 2014: the last goodbye

If you haven’t heard the news already, we hate to be the ones to break it to you. But here it goes – Noise for the Needy is ending. Not for the month or this year, like FOREVER. This Friday and Saturday will be the 10th and final installment of this epically generous and wonderful charity music fest […]

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Don’t miss: Tractor Tavern’s 20th anniversary celebration, featuring The Maldives {this weekend!}

If Ballard had a soundtrack, The Maldives would surely be it. Our favorite good old boys have played SeafoodFest, KEXP’s Ballard Hood to Hood party, and the venerable Tractor Tavern over fifty times. OMG, fifty! So fair warning to the new bougie Ballard, they’ll be leading a two night hipster hootenanny this Friday and Saturday […]

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NW hip hop showcase: Night of the LTD (CANCELLED)

Hello, imaginary friends! We just found out that this show has been cancelled, but wanted to pass along Imaginary Karen's thoughts on the matter regardless. Read on for some great insight: This week at the Kanye show, I nearly threw my beer in the face of the guy next to me after he confidently declared […]

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Desire Lines


It’s simply amazing to me that a group from the drizzly grey of Glasgow could consistently creates such effervescent, make-you-want-to-sing-along head-bopping pop music — but that's exactly what Camera Obscura does time and again. Their fifth album, Desire Lines, is a stunningly bright ray of musical sunshine. This latest release is grounded in beach music […]

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John Roderick + Jonathan Coulton are getting through the holidays, One Christmas at a Time

I know you haven’t even had the chance to gorge yourself on turkey yet — don’t get all in a panic you guys, but really, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. And not just what gift to give your new in-laws (liquor) but the more important questions, like what music will rock the seasonal […]

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