Tonight in Seattle:  

The Crocodile

Win 2 tickets to see Helio Sequence and Tangerine at the Crocodile this Tuesday (9/29)

Helio Sequence - Photo: Beth Crook

The crafty and kind folks over at Do206 have put together a show with a brilliant line-up to celebrate the launch of their new app.

On Tuesday, September 29th at The Crocodile, Portland’s two-man indie-rock orchestra Helio Sequence will take the stage to share their beautiful synth-quirk-dream-pop. 

Opening up, Seattle’s Tangerine. They ooze with happy, smart pop songs that would be favorites on any John Hughes movie soundtrack. You can't beat a solid pairing of Pac NW goodness.

We already knew Do206 were crafty as they are the machine behind our show calendar. Now they’ve made life a little easier in our historically hard-to-commit-to-plans community with an events app. The free app features comprehensive event listings and expert local guides as well as easy to use maps.  So as long as we have our mobile phone in our hands, we can stop with the questions of who’s playing tonight and where is that show!

It’s free and yours to download!

Oh, and remember how we mentioned the Do206 folks are kind? They gave us two tickets to the show to giveaway! Just email us at with the subject line “Helio Tangerine” to enter. We’ll notify the winner by email on Saturday 9/26.

Don’t miss out on seeing these two bands - especially if we can help you get in for free!

{Beautiful photo at the top of this page, of Helio Sequence at MFNW2012, by Beth Crook}

The Catch to reunite {for just one show} and make some of our imaginary dreams come true

The Catch Reunite!

You know those bands that capture your heart and whose songs auto-trigger some of your happiest memories? The Catch is that band for many on the imaginary team.

Their story is the stuff of legend.  When banded, Carly Nicklaus, Alissa Newton, Jenny Jimenez and Amy Rockwell were a force to be reckoned with from the moment they formed The Catch. With fetching songs that blend poptastic Go-Gos charms with searing riot grrrl anthems and equally fetching charisma, it'd be really easy to be jealous of them if they each weren't the most kind and disarming of gals. The Stranger even declared singer-guitarist Carly as "Seattle's own Beyonce" and bassist Jenny was crowned "Sexiest Band Girl" - both titles are undeniable.

TIG first met them in 2003 and were intranced.  At each show, we always made our way up front of the stage.  We couldn't help but be super-charged by each lyric, baseline, keyboard lick and drum riff the band threw our way. It seemed like forever before they released Get Cool, their debut (and only) album.  It was a perfect succict soundtrack for all our adventures on the town. 

Their sassy and coy chants turn lipstick and heels into weapons of self-confidence and girl-power revelry.  Their infectious lines like "And if you know me, you can join us anytime / And when it's over, we'll step into the sunshine" make me want to turn every night into a party and stay up with my best pals making the most (FUN!!!) of our time together.

Our hearts broke nine years ago when we found out that the four ladies weren't going to continue to play shows together every month for the rest of our lives.  How were we supposed to find the will to ever hang out past last call again?

Well, thankfully in the months and years that followed, they split off into other bands, kept in touch, met up with us at karaoke nights, and… now, on Wednesday, June 25th, THE CATCH WILL PLAY A REUNION SHOW at the Crocodile!

The fangirl scream we shouted at the top of our lungs the moment we found out could be heard from as far as Seatac. The night includes more than just our beloved Catch reuniting: Opening up the night is Tennis Pro (you. must. go. see Big in Japan, a movie starting them that recently played at SIFF) and Aqueduct is topping off the night (and hopefully debuting some new material).

It's going to be a night for the record books.  For so many reasons… the amazing bands, the amazing friends (which means YOU have to be there)... and so we can all sing along at the top of our longs when they yell, "FIRE! FIRE FIRE!"

The big show night is fast approaching and tickets are going fast.  Go get your ticket now and let's toast all things imaginary.

Need a refresher of just how cool The Catch is and how amazing this show is going to be?


Latest comment by: imaginary liz: "

I bet that's true! But, TIG didn't meet them until 2003.  I totally wish we met them in 2001 -- an extra two years with these gals would have been rad.


Recommended show: Brite Lines at the Crocodile

Mark your calendars, imaginary friends! Brite Lines, who stole the show at last year's Imaginary Holiday Spectacular {and are currently taking over the immediate internet with their recent mockumentary} will be middle slot at the Crocodile this Friday, and we highly recommend their set! Here's what we had to say about them last year, which still rings true today:

Brite Lines is fronted by our pal Zach Gore, and even in the band's simplicity, they span such a wide array of adjective from song to song (as evidenced on this year2012's EP Make Shift) that they're hard to sum up in a few short sentences. The music is earnest, rooted in New America; part haunted songwriter; broken-hearted and hopeful, with an all-encompassing catchy post-indie rock-folk vibe. Somewhere between the pain of breaking up with your last girlfriend and the day that the sun finally shines through the clouds on your face lies your allegiance to this band.

In addition to everything we know and love about Brite Lines already, you can hear a beautiful and evolving facet of their signature sound on a single that came out earlier this year, "Greenville, WA":


Recommended show: The Besnard Lakes {Crocodile, 11/12}

There are so many great bands that have come out of Montreal in the past decade, you have to wonder what it is about the French Canadian city that spawns such a diversity of great acts like Wolf Parade, Stars, Grimes, Purity Ring, and Arcade Fire -- just to name a few. The Besnard Lakes founders, husband and wife duo of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, are no stranger to the prolific Montreal music scene -- as the owner of Breakglass Studios in Montreal, Lasek has produced and engineered albums for Wolf Parade, The Dears, and Stars among others.

It was this immediate access to a recording studio that helped the duo when it came time to make their own music as The Besnard Lakes, beginning with their 2003 debut album Volume 1. They really found their stride, however, on their 2007 release The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse, the first release for their current label Jagjaguwar. The album found them honing their dynamic sound of crashy, explosive guitar riffs with gentle melodic instrumentation, laid over Lasek's falsetto vocals. They further expounded on that sound with their 2010 release The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night, and again earlier this year with their fourth full length Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO. Each of their last three releases have all been nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, which goes to the best album released by a Canadian artist.

Check out the video for their song "Albatross", featuring vocals from Goreas:


Don't miss: The Orwells, Wimps at the Crocodile {2/16}

If you've been within shouting distance of me anytime in the last two weeks, you've undoubtedly heard me talking about The Orwells, specifically their 2012 release, Remember When. I first heard these kids on Greg Vandy's Best-Of-The-Year Roadhouse show on KEXP at the end of December, and now that I've got the album in-hand, I can't listen to anything else. It's gritty, sloppy-tight Chicago post-garage, mostly about girls and death. Take a listen to "In My Bed" (below).

This band makes me want to bust out of a high school classroom and blow off my classes to take pills, hang out with my friends, and pretend to be disinterested in girls -- all in some kind of lo-fi frame-skipping movie sequence. Get the whole album direct and leave it on repeat until Saturday, when they come to town to play The Crocodile with Wimps (!!!!!).

While you're picking up that Orwells album, PS, click above and go get the Wimps demo FOR FREE. These will be the best two moves you make today, I promise.

{All ages / $12 adv / Wimps and Grim Smiley open. Tickets available here. Orwells photo courtesy of the band.}

Patrick Watson and Half Moon Run bring bitchin' Canadian jams to the Crocodile!

Last Friday was a pretty sweet little surprise for me (and for anyone else that was at the Crocodile). Maybe it's the shift in weather, but I always seem hungry for a intimate concert experience this time of year -- and this show was just that.

The headliner was Patrick Watson, Montreal Quebec's very own mix of Andrew Bird, Grizzly Bear and Jeff Buckley (???). Now, I had just been referred to Watson's recently released album, Adventures In Your Own Backyard, and had been hooked by the warmth and genuine emotion of it, almost right away. Watson and his band walked onto a completely blacked out stage with small lights strapped to each member's hand, casting a faint light onto their instruments and the stage itself, before starting off with the eerily beautiful opening track off of the new album, "Lighthouse." It served at once to draw everyone's attention to Watson's silky, ghostly vocals and the tasteful build-up of the band behind him. I knew about half the songs that were played as I have been listening to the latest album on repeat for the last week -- but every song I didn't know was just another reason to like the band even a little bit more. I was most taken by the craft of the band and their ability to manipulate their instruments in order to get sounds that truly gave the songs a personality of its own, the guitarist even using a toothbrush on his strings at one point in the show.

{Patrick Watson}


Digging in to Wintersong: Naomi Wachira and Kevin Long

{Team Up Presents: Wintersong}

As promised, we're coming to you today with a bit more of an in-depth look at some of the artists playing Wintersong, the Team Up for Nonprofits benefit we told you about last week. On the odd chance you're holding off on buying a ticket and putting fifteen of your hard-earned dollars to work for the cause, let's see if we can't get you on board with the lineup:

Naomi Wachira

{Naomi Wachira}

Naomi Wachira is going to be one of the artists starting the evening off at the Crocodile in a few weeks, and are we sure glad that we took the time to listen to what she's been putting out into the ether. Holy heaven in a soundbyte! Rooted in Kenya and now hailing from Seattle, this local artist has got a style all her own, with a sound that "blends elements of African rhythm, American folk, and soul" -- all while dropping vocals like fine-tuned bells: punchy, clear and poignant in their every tone. Take your ears on over to the few tracks she's got up on her ReverbNation page, and be immediately sold. We can't wait to hear more at the show, and we'll be up front early on in the night to make sure we don't miss a minute.

Go-to track: "You Better." If you can get with Nathaniel Rateliff's hits-to-the-gut crosshatched through with African soul-sensibility, you'll love this brand of groove.


Latest comment by: Anonymous: "Can not wait! "

On sale today: Wintersong {a Gigs4Good / Team Up for Nonprofits benefit}

Today, tickets go on sale at 10am for the latest Gigs4Good benefit, "Wintersong," which will be taking place on Wednesday, November 28th at the Crocodile. This go-'round, the money by G4G raised will be going to Team Up for Nonprofits, a radical nonprofit that brings awareness, resources, and funding together to -- you guessed it -- help out other nonprofits in the community. Awesome!

There's a great selection of local artists on the roster for this event, including Ivan and Alyosha, Shelby Earl, Tea Cozies, Tom Eddy, Kevin Long, Ben Fisher, Naoimi Wachira, and more TBA -- and they'll all be performing winter-themed songs. Over the next few weeks, we'll be showcasing more information about these folks, so stay tuned for a few in-depth features about why we think this would be a great way to invest a few (specifically: fifteen) of your budgeted holiday dollars this season.

You can get more information Gigs4Good here, Team Up for Nonprofits here, and learn more about the show via the Facebook page here.

Happy almost-holidays!

Photoessay: A Place to Bury Strangers at the Crocodile

{A Place to Bury Strangers / by Jon Kaplan}

We've got some killer rock-portraitry shots from new imaginary photographer Jon Kaplan and his trip to the A Place to Bury Strangers / This Will Destroy You / Duster show last week at the Crocodile -- check 'em out! It was a killer time, up to the brim with awesome -- here's a few pics from the night so you can see for yourself:


{Duster / by Jon Kaplan}


Latest comment by: Anonymous: "Best shots I have seen in a long while. This Jon Kaplan character has some mad skills. Glad ya'll have him on board. Cant wait to see what is to come! Cheers!"

Breaking news: Dancing on the Valentine 7 {and Ben Haley} just won the internet

Remember that killer time you had at this year's Dancing on the Valentine celebration at the Croc? Of course you do. It was wall-to-wall with killer performances from John Roderick, Katie Kate, Lesli Wood, Daniel G. Harmann and the Trouble Starts, Noddy, Hotels, NighTrain, Princess, Exhoxo and Fly Moon Royalty (just to name a few), raised close to $8,000.00 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and was basically the best thing to happen to your February!

Ringing any bells? We thought so. Well, on top of the actual show and all the do-goodness that it does every year, one of our favorite parts of the Dancing on the Valentine celebrations {besides Jenny George herself, of course!} has got to be Ben Haley's photobooth -- and this year, he's truly outdone himself. On top of generating a ton of incredible photos, he's stitched them all together for a fully titled, freeze-frame style video for "The Reflex" that very well may be our favorite thing ever to exist on the internet.

Go check it out and relive all the fun! And get excited for DOTV8 {in 2013} while you're at it!!

Latest comment by: imaginary victoria: "PS, has anyone sent this to Simon LeBon yet??"