Ages and Ages Courtney Barnett Exene Cervenka Foxygen Imaginary Scoop John Doe Pendarvis Farm The Barr Brothers Warpaint

Is it summer yet? Pickathon 2014 lineup announced {8/1-3}

Hoo-wee, friends! Adding Pickathon to our summer festival circuit schedule two years ago might have been the best, sunniest, dusty-boots-est move we’ve ever made, having spent long hot weekends steeped in performances by Andrew Bird, Dr. Dog, Langhorne Slim, the Mynabirds, Neko Case, Sharon van Etten, Thee Oh Sees, King Tuff, Phosphorescent — just to name a few. And looking at this year’s lineup, our time spent at Pickathon 2014 is going to be no exception.

In case you’re not familiar, Pickathon is an intimate, homegrown, multi-stage festival out on a farm (Pendarvis Farm, to be exact) in Happy Valley, Oregon that takes place every year in August. But contrary to popular belief, it’s not all banjos and stardust — although there are a little bit of both, in good and appropriate amounts. Pickathon showcases a wide spectrum of bands, with this year’s lineup hosting gems like X and Blind Pilot next to indie bands Warpaint and Courtney Barnett. There really is something for everyone, and with each band playing multiple performances on different stages over the weekend, your chances are better-than-good to get a glimpse of all the music you’d like to take in.

We’ll get into our imaginary schedule as the event draws near, but suffice it to say, we are most excited to see not only the bands above, but the likes of Jolie Holland, Gregory Alan Isakov, Valerie June, Foxygen, The Barr Brothers, Angel Olsen, and Ages and Ages, just to name a few. Check out the whole lineup here, and look into ticketing options (with and without camping and such) here.

Need more convincing? Check out Imaginary Victoria’s 2013 recap here, and her two-part 2012 experience here and here.

Come on now, summer! We’ll see you out on that farm.



Broken Social Scene Dan Savage Imaginary Scoop Jessica Lea Mayfield Kasey Anderson Kristin Hersh The Lonely Forest Warpaint

Bumbershoot preview: Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! {9/4}

{This is part two of a three-part preview of this year’s not-to-be-missed acts at Bumbershoot by Imaginary Victoria — bounce back to see part one here!}

Flatstock {all weekend, Fisher Pavillion}

We told you all about it in our Saturday preview: Flatstock is not to be missed. Check it.

As you peruse around the middle day of this year's Bumbershoot, the early afternoon presents a ton of options depending on what your particular bag is, how hung over you are from Saturday, and what kind of mood you're in. Kristin Hersch will be at the Bagley Wright theater at 12:15, Kasey Anderson on the Starbucks stage at 12:30, The Lonely Forest on the Main stage at 1:30, Mad Rad takes Fisher Green at 2:15… not to mention Broken Social Scene on the Main stage at 3 and a slew of amazing acts running all weekend in KEXP's secret lounge. Regardless of your fancy, though, there are a few things we think you should make the time to catch during the second part of the day:

{Jessica Lea Mayfield / by Victoria VanBruinisse}

Jessica Lea Mayfield {5:45p, Starbucks stage}
No doubt you've read Ms. Mayfield's praises here before — from our swooning joy at her releases a few years back {gems like "Care Less About You" and "Kiss Me Again"} to the fresh, grown-up sound of "Our Hearts Are Wrong," we simply can not get enough of what Jessica and her bandmates have to dish up. We were fortunate enough to catch her last time through town at the Tractor, and we'll be stoked to see a sweet pre-sundown set at the Starbucks stage. Join us in the front row! One of the top picks of Sunday, for sure.

Warpaint {6:45p, Fountain Lawn stage}
"Undertow" has literally made it onto every mix we've made from the day it hit our inboxes (up to and including one just last week). Warpaint knows how to bring it in a big way — just listen up {to the video above} and tell us you'd even consider missing them after knowing they can do how they do. Sweeping, ethereal all-girl vocals fused with big, dirty, jangly guitars and lines that all but stop you in your tracks? We're in.

Dan Savage & Terry Miller: It Gets Better {7:00p, Words and Ideas stage}
Here's a blurb from, who speak the don't-give-up gospel far more eloquently than we ever could:

Growing up isn’t easy. Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, leading them to feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for LGBT kids and teens, who often hide their sexuality for fear of bullying. Without other openly gay adults and mentors in their lives, they can't imagine what their future may hold. In many instances, gay and lesbian adolescents are taunted — even tortured — simply for being themselves.

While many of these teens couldn’t see a positive future for themselves, we can. The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.

We're fortunate enough to have all that it-gets-better-ness happening up close and personal, so if you're in the mood for inspiration, go show some face over at the Words and Ideas stage at 7p.

More options for the day — along with a full customize-able schedule, lineup, and ticket information — can be found at Remember, an organzied (and hydrated) festival-goer is a happy festival-goer!

We'll see you at Seattle Center!

Imaginary Scoop School of Seven Bells Warpaint

Win tickets to see Warpaint / School of Seven Bells at Neumo's

Before last Sunday’s incredible Pet Shop Boys show, over drinks with friends, the next show that everyone in our group was really excited for was the show at Neumo’s on Saturday, November 10 with School of Seven Bells. I became even more interested when I discovered how much I enjoyed the opening band, Warpaint.

Warpaint is an LA-based group that has a lot of pyschadelic melodies that still gets audiences to dance – and a perfect compliment for the synth-heavy SVIIB. They are re-releasing their debut EP Equisite Corpse on Manimal Vinyl after getting a lot of positive attention in their local area from the EP when they self-released it earlier in the year.

Now, Warpaint is offering us a pair of tickets to see them with School of Seven Bells at Neumo’s on Saturday, November 10 (21+). All you need to do is send us an e-mail to [email protected] before Wednesday, October 7 at 9am with “SchoolofWarpaint” in the subject line. Winners will be notified shortly thereafter.