Tonight is local indie-pop blogstars Three Imaginary Girls' annual Holiday Spectacular. I've attended in years past, and let me tell you, it is a good time. There's booze, bands, and an opportunity to help a good cause, Teen Feed (who are looking for donations of clean socks, interview-appropriate clothing, and winter wear that's in good condition to aid homeless youth in addition to monetary contributions). Best of all, Laura Musselman will take your picture with indie rock Santa, aka Reverb contributor and general man-about-town John Roderick. Columbia City Theater plays host this year, and in addition to the aforementioned holiday hilarity, there's a great lineup of bands including Heligoats, Mal de Mer, Eef Barzelay of Clem Snide, and a late addition to the bill, Temp Score, aka the new band of Sean Nelson (Harvey Danger, Long Winters) and Kyle O'Quin (Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground). Checking out these guys is reason enough to go. Here's how Nelson described the project to TIG:
This will be our second show. It's piano + vocals + bass + drums. No guitars. Fairly up. Rather catchy. Very nimble, mid-'60s-esque, British-influenced piano pop in the Zombies/Kinks/Rubber Soul-era Paul mold, with a few droplets of solo Graham Nash, my usual tablespoon of Morrissey, and maybe a soupcan of pre-rock melodic influence. Mostly it's just pop songs about the usual rock subjects: girls, feelings, blame, regret, suicidal despair, milkshakes cold and long. It's a good band. Kyle is amazing.
The combination of me and him doing the writing, and those three guys (who play together ALL THE TIME) with my very different performance style, makes for a very exciting hybrid of stuff. We're hoping to make a record next month.
Don't miss out! It all gets started at 7 p.m., and tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets. Bonus Santa Roderick photo-- you'll never guess who's sitting on his lap-- after the jump.