Best Coast Damien Jurado Fruit Bats Heartless Bastards Imaginary Scoop Jane's Addiction JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound Katie Kate M. Ward M83 Mudhoney Pains of Being Pure at Heart Posse Sera Cahoone Star Anna & the Laughing Dogs The Young Evils THEESatisfaction

Some of our must-sees for Bumbershoot 2012 {Sept. 1-3}

{Pickwick at KEXP's Bumbershoot Music Lounge / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

There's plenty to dig into at this year's Bumbershoot Music Festival outside of the big-draw acts (Gotye, anyone?) that make the daily ticket price well worth every hard-earned dollar you're going to spend. There's an impressive comedy lineup, KEXP's always-awesome "secret" Music Lounge, endless vendors, and the sunny goodness of the Seattle Center grounds — and it all awaits us as another Labor Day weekend looms around the corner. You can head on over to the official Bumbershoot site to go over the schedule and fine-tune a personal lineup, of course — but here's a few of our hot picks anyway, just in case you find yourself with a case of multi-stage overwhemsion.


Bumbershoot kicks off strong this year with some feel-good bands breaking us in on our first day, like JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound (fingers crossed-times-infinity that they do their killer cover of "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart"), Sera Cahoone, and the Barr Brothers, still fresh in our mind from their performance at Pickathon. THEESatisfaction is sure to electro-groove our very souls before we get a good shredding from the Heartless Bastards, and later on we'll gladly close out day one with a bit of Jane's Addiction and M. Ward:

2:30p, Fisher Green Stage: JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
3:30p, Sub Pop Stage (Fountain Lawn): Sera Cahoone
4:30p, The Promenade: Barr Brothers
5:15p, Sub Pop Stage: THEESatisfaction
5:45p, Starbucks Stage (Mural): Heartless Bastards
9:00p, The Promenade: Damien Jurado
9:30p, Mainstage (Key Arena): Jane's Addiction
9:45p, Fisher Green Stage: M. Ward

There's tons to do in that gap during the dinner hour, including the Stranger's Guide to America, grabbing actual dinner, checking out Flatstock, and seeking out one of a bazillion killer comedy acts before picking back up the tunes.


Chugging along into day two, we'll gladly get take our wakeup call from Eighteen Individual Eyes (and a side of the-good-kind-of-bite from Katie Kate) before we ease into a mainstage set at Key Arena from Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings (hell yes!!). There's a run of favorites and Sub Pop all-stars through the afternoon, with blissy sets from the Young Evils, the Fruit Bats, and Mudhoney; and another day'll easily get knocked out of the park with a closing set from Wanda Jackson and those Dusty 45s:

12:00p, The Promenade: Eighteen Individual Eyes
1:30p, The Promenade: Katie Kate
1:45, Mainstage: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
4:30p, The Promenade: The Young Evils
5:00p, Sub Pop Stage: Fruit Bats
6:45p, Sub Pop Stage: Mudhoney
9:30p, Starbucks Stage: Wanda Jackson & the Dusty 45s

Between 2:00 and 4:30p, you can check out Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme, Barcelona, and even Tony Bennett (!) on the Mainstage, and later on in the evening, let the Allman-jams of Blitzen Trapper and croons of Keane fill your dance card between the comedy stages, the fine eats, and the vendor-browsing.


As we near the end of Bumbershoot oh-twelve, there's no slowing down in sight — day three has just as great of a curation as the rest. We're all about getting our fill of Noah Gunderson's vocal prowess before soaking up some Best Coast, and the vibe will stay sunny and strong with sets from Posse, M83 and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. The evening shifts into a hodgepodge of likes, from (holy) Fishbone (you guys) to Star Anna, with some sure-to-be-gorgeous burlesque from the Atomic Bombshells and a set from the Rebirth Brass Band to wrap up both the night and the fest.

1:30p, The Promenade: Noah Gunderson
1:45p, Mainstage: Best Coast
3:00p, The Promenade: Posse
3:15p, Mainstage: M83
5:00p, Sub Pop Stage: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
6:15p, Exhibition Hall Stage: Fishbone
7:30p, The Promenade: Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs
8:30p, Bagley Wright Theater: Atomic Bombshells Burlseque
9:45p, Starbucks Stage: Rebirth Brass Band

Tickets are on sale now, and range from $45.00 for standard daily entry up to killer Platinum Package combos that give you free drinks, special viewing areas, and so much more. More on the different types of ticket packages and all things fest-related here.

We'll see you at Seattle Center!

{Photo of Pickwick at KEXP's 2011 Bumbershoot Music Lounge by Victoria VanBruinisse.}

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Recommended SIFF Event + Ticket Giveaway: Welcome to Doe Bay {6/3}

Who wants to see Welcome to Doe Bay this Sunday? We've got another super-quick ticket giveaway, as the fine folks at SIFF have gifted us with a pair of tickets to the Seattle premiere of this local documentary, Sunday, 6/3, 9:15pm at The Egyptian!! Directors Nesib Shamah and Dan Thornton, and Producer Sarah Crowe scheduled to attend, so you can ask them all your burning Doe Bay questions at the Q&A after the film. 

For a chance to win tix, send an email to tig {at} threeimaginarygirls {dot} com with the subject line "The PNW Rules" between now and 5pm tomorrow, 6/1. We'll pick a winner early Saturday morning and put your name on the list +1 for Sunday screening.

Champagne Champagne Don't Talk To The Cops Fly Moon Royalty Fort Union Imaginary Scoop Lemolo Pacific Place Sera Cahoone SIFF Cinema at the Uptown The Egyptian The Harvard Exit The Head and the Heart The Maldives The Triple Door

SIFF 2012 Preview: Face the Music

It’s time once again to run down the highlights of this year’s Face the Music program for the Seattle International Film Festival!

There are a ton of great things this year, but the film I think our Imaginaries will be most excited about is the documentary Welcome to Doe Bay, which chronicles the community and camaraderie of Doe Bay Fest—a camping trip/music festival/weekend-long party at Doe Bay Resort on Orcas Island that brings Pacific Northwest music stars and fans together for a relaxing musical retreat, and apparently, some slip-n-slide action and s’mores. The trailer is packed with engaging commentary and familiar faces (Hi, Jace!) and I’m sure the music featured by Sera Cahoone, Lemolo, the Maldives, Fly Moon Royalty, Champagne Champagne, and … wait for it … The Head and the Heart will be the draw for fans of the scene. {Screens June 3, 9:15pm, The Egyptian & June 5, 9:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown}

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Emerald City Visions (A Hip Hop Reinterpretation of The Wiz) looks pretty radical. The description promises OC Notes, Don’t Talk to the Cops, and “some of the hottest names in hip hop” (I guess it’s a secret, but I know who I’m pulling for) will infuse the musical score of The Wiz with some fresh flavor and beats. Word. {Screens June 1, 7pm and again at 9:30pm, The Triple Door—and if you see the 7pm showing, you’ll still have plenty time to make it to our Rockstar New Wave Karaoke show!}

There’s also a doc on punk band Bad Brains, featuring commentary by Henry Rollins, Ric Ocasek, Ian MacKaye, Adam Yauch (awww, dang) and Don Letts, one soul king Charles Bradley (who totally slayed me last year at Bumbershoot), and Paul Williams Still Alive, which wins the best documentary film title. Ever. Plus, I LOVE that guy for both The Muppet Movie stuff and the abysmally awesome Phantom of the Paradise. {Bad Brains: May 20, 9pm, Pacific Place & May 23, 9pm, Harvard Exit – Paul Williams: May 25, 6:30pm, The Egyptian & May 26, 1pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown}

Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best also looks like an interesting tale—I’m digging the music in the trailer, and the story of two guys who get kicked out of their bands and band together to create something great kinda makes me tear up a little. Plus! Cameos by Andrew McCarthy, Melissa Leo, and Christopher McDonald (Goose!) mean I’m SO there. {June 1, 9:30pm, Harvard Exit & June 2, 4pm, Pacific Place}

Rounding out the program are screenings of Coal Miner’s Daughter, an excellent 1980 flick directed by Michael Apted and starring Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn; Beware of Mr. Baker, about the angriest drummer alive; El Gusto: The Good Mood, about the Algerian chaabi genre; The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music that Changed America, a history of one of the swing era’s biggest influencers; Silence: All Roads Lead to Music, about 5 musicians from different parts of the world who get together to play; and Under African Skies, focusing on Paul Simon’s controversial Graceland tour. {Check out the Face the Music page for the full schedule of films}

And that’s it! Whew. That’s a lot of music films, people. But there is LITERALLY something for everybody in the program this year.

Which one are you most excited about? 

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Win tickets to see Sera Cahoone at Columbia City Theater!


Sweet Sera Cahoone will be bringing her haunted brand of alt-folk to the sweet, shiny stage of Columbia City Theater this Friday, January 21st. And we want to send you and a friend to soak up all the magic as our super-special guests!

Just send an email along to tig {at} with the subject line SendMeToSera by 3pm on Friday (same as the show, January 21st). We’ll pick a lucky winner and put you on the guest list with a +1. Now that’s an easy feat! If you can’t wait or don’t want to press your luck, mosey on over to the event’s Brown Paper Tickets page and pick yourself up a pair (or four). At a $10 cover, these puppies are going fast.

We’ll see you at the show!

21+ / 9p / $10, with Kal Cahoone and Ghosts I’ve Met

Belle & Sebastian Blitzen Trapper Cat Power Foals Head Like A Kite Imaginary Scoop Phosphorescent Sera Cahoone She and Him The Head and the Heart

This weekend's picks for City Arts Fest, version 1.0

[City Arts Fest 2010]

Now that summer’s officially 86’d, it’s time for the inaugural (hereafter annual?) City Arts Fest, which takes over our fair city this upcoming Wednesday – Saturday {Oct. 20th – 23rd}. Laden with an impressive lineup at venues far and wide, CAF is catering to more of the mini-SXSW feel that makes these ‘festivals’ enjoyable — think along the lines of MusicFest NW’s style — and for this, we applaud and squee! with joy. There’s something about cramming too many people into too small of a space, even with a homerun lineup, that can make a gathering of the proverbial vibes inherently less fun.

And so — with sneakers laced up and schedules in hand — away we go with the music! Click the links below for more info on each particular show, including the where & what on how to get yourself some tickets:





There’s tons of non-stageshow fun going on throughout the weekend as well — there’s still time to sign up for Sleeper Camp, stop by Chase Jarvis’s Seattle 100 exhibit, catch Tilson getting his talk on at the Sorrento, the Dolls ‘n Guys cabaret at the Century Ballroom… all that and the whole jam of a lineup can be found at the City Arts Fest homepage here.

We’ll see you out at the shows!

Alejandro Escovedo Chuck Prophet Imaginary Scoop Live Show Review Lucinda Williams Marymoor Park Sera Cahoone Swell Season The Cave Singers The Maldives

Photo essay: No Depression Festival at Marymoor Park

[no depression 2010 / by victoria vanbruinisse]

Seven bands, nine hours, sixty-eight degrees, three rounds of busking, and a good helping of some straight-out wonderfulness: it all adds up to this year’s No Depression Festival up at the lush, lovely Marymoor park in Redmond. With stellar sets from bands like The Swell Season, the Cave Singers, Alejandro Escovedo, and Sera Cahoone — well, it’s tough to find anything bad to say. We got our indie roots on all day, and through part of the night — without a curfew, I’m quite sure Glen Hansard and Co. would have sang us straight through to the sunrise.

[no depression 2010 / by victoria vanbruinisse]

[no depression 2010 / by victoria vanbruinisse]

Sera Cahoone, warming up the post-Maldives crowd.

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KEXP’s Greg Vandy digging the scene!

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One of three gorgeous, stripped-away busking sets put on by our new local faves The Head and the Heart.

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[no depression 2010 / by victoria vanbruinisse]

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Alejandro Escovedo, bringing it to us straight from Texas.

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The Cave Singers, who were by far the highlight of the day outside of the Swell Season set. It’s hard to believe that only three people make such a wall of sound.

[no depression 2010 / by victoria vanbruinisse]

[no depression 2010 / by victoria vanbruinisse]

And the festival closer, The Swell Season. Who, even with an abbreviated set, managed to blow the proverbial roof off of the park. During quieter songs, you could literally hear the entire crowd standing still, completely hushed and paying full attention — as far as festival experiences go, it was like nothing I’d ever experienced before. Add all that to busting out the Frames‘ Fitzcarraldo as their final song, and it was undoubtedly the perfect end to a near-perfect day.

Thanks to the folks over at No Depression for all the awesome. We’ll see you out at Marymoor next year!

{Need more rootsy goods? Check out the whole day’s photos in the imaginary flickr pool here!}

Alejandro Escovedo Chuck Prophet Imaginary Scoop Lucinda Williams Marymoor Park Sera Cahoone Swell Season The Cave Singers The Maldives

Win two tickets to the 2010 No Depression Festival at Marymoor {8/21}

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Check it out!

We’re giving away two tickets to this year’s No Depression festival!

On August 21st, the grounds of Marymoor Park (Redmond, WA) will be graced with not just one or two, but seven swoonworthy acts to fit the taste of every alt.americana,, and modern-folk indie-roots enthusiast within driving distance. Performers like Lucinda Williams and the Cave Singers will be sharing the stage at the second annual installment of ND, following in the footsteps of stellar sets from last year’s big name headliners — Gillian Welch, Iron & Wine, and Jessica Lea Mayfield, just to name a few.

Did we forget to mention that the Swell Season is headling? Silly us! If you haven’t bought yourself some tickets already — and even if you already have — you might want to take a moment right now to enter our ticket giveaway. Send an email to [email protected] with the subject line SummerIsTheSwellestSeason and tell us why you think we should send you off to the Park for the day!

The only full-font fine-print is that entries must be recieved by midnight on Wednesday, August 11th to be entered into the drawing. Winners will be announced on Friday, August 13th. There’s no catch! You can even bring your underagers, since No Depression is an all-ages event.

While you’re waiting by the keyboard for your winner notification email, you can spend some time checking out this gorgeous, genius-concept of a video for the Swell Season’s “Low Rising” if you haven’t crossed paths with it already.


Be sure to check out the No Depression website, where you’ll find more information on the fest — and some great interviews from last year’s show with KEXP’s own Greg Vandy.

Good luck, everybody! We’ll see you at the Park!


Grant Olsen Live Show Review Magic Mtn Moondoggies On The Road Sera Cahoone The Tractor Tavern

The Moondoggies and Magic Mtn at the Tractor Tavern

Magic Mtn, the newest project from Arthur & Yu frontman Grant Olsen, had their first ever show last night at the Tractor Tavern. Basically just Olsen with a backing band of the Moondoggies, Magic Mtn sounded a great deal like Arthur & Yu. That 60’s dreamy pop vibe was there, the lilting lyrics tripping along at an easy gate. Olsen’s vocals were softened down to a pleasant lo-fi hush and the easy swagger of his songs and stage presence resembled so much of his previous project. His style is ethereal, meandering pop a little bit outside of it’s time. It’s pleasant, woodsy and at it’s best when a lazy guitar jam creeps in and draws it all out.

Don’t Be A Stranger
has been a new favorite album of mine for the past year or so. Their sound hearkens back to what feels familiar to me: the outdoors, dusty roads and the beer-soaked nights of the country. It feels like the southern classic rock that was to become the soundtrack of my childhood, and to which my love of music has it’s very base. They were fortunate enough to open for Sera Cahoone two nights in a row last week, and I was fortunate enough to be in attendance at the Saturday show.

Allman Brothers-esque “Black Shoe” was the first song of their set, after lead singer Kevin Murphy played three songs alone without the full band. They played through the songs from their only album, Don’t Be A Stranger, including the soaring “Ol’ Blackbird”, the rollicking piano tune “Save My Soul” and the old-time country jangle of “Long Time Coming” (in which Kevin Murphy directly channels Neil Young I swear). Grant Olsen joined them onstage for “Old Hound”, which was sung in beautiful heartfelt harmony. TheMoondoggies sound like all the great parts of music from the deep south, honest and dirt-clodded, raucous and haunting.

The Tractor Tavern seemed like the quintessential place for a band like the Moondoggies to play. It’s rustic, roomy enough to pack in a small crowd but reasonable enough you don’t feel disconnected from the bands onstage, dusty and a seemingly appropriate place for a saloon-style pick-up rock show to go down. Their live show wasn’t necessarily a disappointment but it lacked a little “oomph” and down-home fun. Unfortunately, the lack of enthusiasm by the large crowd almost made it impossibly to hear much if you were in the back half of the standing area. They aren’t a band for a large venue in my opinion, but with the high level of inconsiderate ambient noise, it sure felt like a large venue.

Looking back I know the venue wasn’t the issue, nor was the band. When you have a big draw like Sera Cahoone, you get a lot of date night couples out to see the brilliant alt-country femme crooner. What you DON’T get is lifestyle show-goers who listen to the bands and pay attention, presumably what they paid their $15 for at the door. I didn’t stay for Sera Cahoone. I had had enough of the tipsy loud broads beside me and the screaming athletic-looking gaggle of gals behind me. Fortunately, the Moondoggies were just enough country and just enough twang to get me through another chilly northwestern week of winter.

Hardly Art Imaginary Scoop Moondoggies Sera Cahoone The Tractor Tavern

Hardly Art's country-rock finest, Moondoggies, play dual shows at the Tractor Tavern

photo courtesy of Dan Muller/Trickshot Photography

The Moondoggies have captured our beard-loving northwestern hearts. They play American music.. music that is warm, stilted with lush harmonies and hinting at a prevalent and haunting sense of wanderlust. And much like most bands these days, their sound can’t be classified singley. It’s country. It’s gospel. It’s a rollicking bar-jam that is at once revelatory and mournful.

No Depression is presenting the Moondoggies, along with Sera Cahoone, Widower (Friday show) and Grant Olsen‘s new project Magic Mtn (Saturday show) for a two show whammy this weekend at the Tractor Tavern. Tickets are a scant $15, mere pocket change to experience thise lineup of artists. Deets below!

Friday, January 15th
The Moondoggies / Sera Cahoone / Widower
Tractor Tavern $15 – 21+

Saturday, January 16th
The Moondoggies / Sera Cahoone / Magic Mtn
Tractor Tavern $15 – 21+

Photo courtesy of Dan Muller / Trickshot Photography via TIG Flickr Pool

Arthur & Yu Champagne Champagne Common Market D. Black Fences Fleet Foxes Grand Archives Head Like A Kite Hey Marseilles Imaginary Scoop J. Tillman Joshua Morrison Kinski Le Loup Mad Rad Moondoggies Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band Pearly Gate Music Pica Beats Sera Cahoone Talbot Tagora The Blakes The Cave Singers The Maldives The Saturday Knights Visqueen

GIVE-ing season arrived this week — with a 30+ track local artist compilation

Fresh off the presses from our inboxes comes this week’s launch of GIVE — 30 downloadable tracks from a variety of Seattle artists, who are donating their songs to benefit Arts Corps and local area foodbanks. The $7.00 (!) compilation, which was produced, curated, and funded by Caffe Vita, will be available online here. Physical compilations can be picked up at all Caffe Vita locations, Easy Street Records, Sonic Boom Records, University Book Store, The Crocodile, EMP, Neumo’s, and Sorrento Hotel. The in-hand compilations will include a physical card with a redemption code for the download, and a prettied-up sleeve to make it a ready-to-give present.

Here’s the full track listing — nearly all of which are exclusive to the compilation:

Arthur & Yu: “Magic Mountain”
The Blakes: “Parking Lot”
Sera Cahoone: “Love’s Gonna Live Here”
The Cave Singers: “Growing Palm”
Champagne Champagne (feat. Fences): “Victim of the Modern Age”
Common Market: “The Picture of My Delorean Gray”
D. Black: “On the Go”
Fatal Lucciano: “Gangsta”
Fences: “Sadie”
Fleet Foxes: “Mykonos”
Grand Archives: “Wake Up”
Head Like a Kite: “Director’s Cut”
Hey Marseilles: “From a Terrace”
Kinski: “Whatever Happened to Madeleine Stowe”
Le Loup: “Forgive Me”
Mad Rad: “Love in a Strange World”
The Maldives: “In the End”
Gabriel Mintz: “Safeway”
Moondoggies: “Side of the Road”
Joshua Morrison: “Mammoth Cave”
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band: “Bitter Cold”
Pearly Gate Music: “Big Escape” [wow!]
The Pica Beats: “Durian Shakes”
The Saturday Nights: “Go!”
Talbot Tagora: “Ichthus Hop”
J. Tillman: “Earthly Bodies”
Visqueen: “Hand Me Down”

The best part of it all is that a full 100% of the sales will go directly to GIVE beneficiaries: Arts Corps, Ballard Food Bank, Rainier Valley Food Bank, University District Food Bank, and West Seattle Food Bank. The next-to-best part is that there’s more coming, by way of tracks from the Long Winters, Ben Gibbard, David Bazan, and the Dutchess and the Duke — purchasers will be notified as the tracks become available. To trump all of that, there will be a companion benefit concert featuring Grand Archives, D. Black, Grant Olsen of Arthur & Yu, Kinski, and a roster of other artists at the Crocodile on December 3rd for $15.00.

No matter which way you like it best, make sure to give some Seattle for the holidays! With a roster and a beneficiary list like this, you just can’t go wrong.