Three Imaginary Girls

Last updated

Three Imaginary Girls is a Seattle-based website that showcases the music of the Pacific Northwest. Self-described as "Seattle's sparkly indie-pop press", since its founding in 2002, the site has featured hundreds of reviews of albums, live music, film, theater, interviews, political commentary, and even love advice (from Visqueen's Rachel Flotard), in Seattle and beyond.

The girls also book music showcases, contribute to other music publications (including The Stranger , Tablet Magazine, and Music for America), and make guest radio appearances on KEXP. The girls were voted "MVP of Seattle Music 2004" by readers of the Seattle Weekly , and were listed in Seattle Magazine's Most Influential People issue. [1]

The girls have become part of the fabric of the Seattle indie-rock scene, cross-pollinating and promoting such bands as Daylight Basement, Math and Physics Club, Tennis Pro, Visqueen, and Slender Means. [2] [3]

With a name similar to The Cure's debut album Three Imaginary Boys the girls may have been making reference or paying homage to the British band.

Related Research Articles

Grunge is a rock music genre and subculture that emerged during the mid-1980s in the Pacific Northwest U.S. state of Washington, particularly in Seattle and nearby towns. The early grunge movement revolved around Seattle's independent record label Sub Pop and the region's underground music scene. The owners of Sub Pop marketed Northwestern punk rock shrewdly and the media was encouraged to describe it as "grunge", which came to mean a punk and metal hybrid style of music. By the early 1990s, its popularity had spread, with grunge bands appearing in California, then emerging in other parts of the United States and in Australia, building strong followings and signing major record deals.

Common Market (hip hop group) band

Common Market is an American hip hop duo based in Seattle, Washington, active from 2005 through 2009 and from 2019 to present. Both members, DJ/Producer Sabzi and MC RA Scion, had been active hip hop artists in the Pacific Northwest for three years before they combined their talents in 2005 to form Common Market. Together they have released two albums, three EPs, and have gone on several tours.

Music of Oregon

The music of Oregon reflects the diverse array of styles present in the music of the United States, from Native American music to the contemporary genres of rock and roll, country, rhythm and blues, jazz, pop, electronic music, and hip hop. However, throughout most of its history, the state has been relatively isolated from the cultural forces shaping American music. Much of modern popular music traces its roots to the emergence in the late 19th century of African American blues and the growth of gospel music in the 1920s. African American musicians borrowed elements of European and Indigenous musics to create new American forms. As Oregon's population was more homogeneous and more white than the United States as a whole, the state did not play a significant role in this history.

KEXP-FM Public radio station in Seattle

KEXP-FM is a public radio station in Seattle, Washington, that specializes in alternative and indie rock programmed by its disc jockeys. Its broadcasting license is owned by Friends of KEXP, an independent 501(c)(3) organization. There are weekly programs dedicated to other musical genres, including rockabilly, blues, world music, hip hop, electronica, punk, and alternative country. Live, in-studio performances by artists are also regularly scheduled.

Tablet was a bi-weekly alternative newspaper in Seattle, Washington published from 2000-2005. Tablet's focus was on the music, arts, politics and culture of the Pacific Northwest.

Chaos Chaos band

Chaos Chaos is an American indie synthpop band based in Brooklyn, New York. The band was formed in Seattle under the name Smoosh in 2000 and adopted their current name in 2012. The band consists of two sisters, who founded the band as children: singer/keyboardist Asya "Asy" Saavedra and drummer Chloe Saavedra. They released three LPs as Smoosh, and have produced two further EPs, several singles, and a fourth full-length album as Chaos Chaos.

Visqueen (band)

Visqueen is a power pop/punk rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 2001. It is named after a brand of polyethylene film that United States Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge once recommended as a defense against bioterrorism.

Secretly Canadian American independent record label

Secretly Canadian is an American independent record label based in Bloomington, Indiana with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin. Secretly Canadian is a label included in Secretly Group, which also includes Dead Oceans and Jagjaguwar. Secretly Group includes the three record labels as well as a music publisher known as Secretly Publishing, representing artists, writers, film makers, producers, and comedians.

<i>XLR8R</i> web magazine

XLR8R is a website that covers music, culture, style, and technology. It was originally also a print magazine.

Schoolyard Heroes

Schoolyard Heroes was a horror punk/alternative rock band from Seattle, Washington, consisting of four members: Ryann Donnelly, Jonah Bergman, Steve Bonnell (guitar), and Brian Turner (drummer).

<i>Fantastic Wounds</i> 2005 studio album by Schoolyard Heroes

Fantastic Wounds is the second studio album by Seattle horror punk band Schoolyard Heroes. Like the band's first album The Funeral Sciences, it was released through the record label The Control Group. Following the band's first release, they had generated success with the underground Seattle rock scene and had secured a small cult following, largely due to the reputation they had built from their concert tour with Vendetta Red.


Tullycraft is an American indie pop band from Seattle, Washington, United States, who formed in 1995. They have been associated with the genre of twee pop; in fact, they are considered to be one of the true pioneers of the American twee pop movement. They are known for their DIY ethic, only releasing albums on independently owned and operated record labels.

The Lashes Seattle-based power pop band

The Lashes were a Seattle-based power pop band that formed in 2000 and became inactive in 2008.

Gabriel Teodros American rapper

Gabriel Teodros, is a hip hop artist and a member of the groups Abyssinian Creole and CopperWire. He was raised on Beacon Hill, Seattle, Washington. Teodros' music often features socially conscious themes, and he was a catalyst in the surge of dynamic underground rap acts from the Pacific Northwest during the first decade of the 2000s.

The Crocodile Music venue in Seattle

The Crocodile is a music club at 2200 2nd Avenue at Blanchard Street in the neighborhood of Belltown in Seattle, Washington, United States. Opened as the "Crocodile Cafe" on April 30, 1991 by Stephanie Dorgan, it quickly became a fixture on the local music scene. It closed on December 15, 2007, and reopened on March 19, 2009. Since 2009, the club is owned by Alice in Chains' drummer Sean Kinney, manager Susan Silver, Portugal. The Man guitarist Eric Howk, Peggy Curtis, and Capitol Hill Block Party co-founder Marcus Charles. In 2013, Rolling Stone named The Crocodile as the 7th best club in America, and The Guardian included the club in its list of the "Top 10 live music venues in Seattle".

The Triple Door

The Triple Door is a dinner theater, lounge and music venue founded in the fall of 2003, located at 216 Union Street in Seattle, Washington. The building often hosts concerts for folk, indie, and World music groups. The Triple Door is also notable for the numerous effective fundraisers it has held and/or hosted, such as the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation and The Triple Door Young Artists Fundraiser. One fundraiser had an auction that raised around 1.15 million dollars for various children organizations.

Imaginary Johnny is an American indie-rock band, formed in 2003 in Seattle, Washington, by singer-songwriter Stuart Wolferman and later based in Brooklyn, New York.

Jessica Dobson American singer and multi-instrumentalist

Jessica Dobson is an American singer and multi-instrumentalist. She has performed with several musicians and bands, including Beck, Conor Oberst, Spoon, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and American indie rock band The Shins, as well as being a solo artist. She is currently fronting and playing guitar for her own band, Deep Sea Diver.

H is for Hellgate was an indie pop band based in Seattle, active from 2007 until breaking up in 2009.

Kim Warnick American guitarist

Kim Warnick is an American rock musician, a former member of Seattle-based bands The Fastbacks (1979–1998) and Visqueen (1998–2004). Described by KIRO-FM in 2016 as a "legendary musician and vocalist," she is the former wife of Ken Stringfellow of The Posies. Officially she retired in 2004, and suffered some serious health issues in the following years, but recovered and has participated in Fastbacks reunion shows, the first of which was in 2011, headlining the West Seattle Summer Fest. She has also collaborated since 2010 with Evan Dando in a band originally called The Calligraphers but later renamed Cali Giraffes.


  1. "Best Local Music Website Editor's Pick". Seattle Weekly. October 15, 2003. Retrieved 2007-12-26.
  2. Megan Seling (Aug 28 – Sep 3, 2003). "Three Imaginary Girls Hype the Indie Scene". The Stranger.
  3. "Three Imaginary Girls Reveal Best Northwest Releases of 2005". Music Industry News. January 5, 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-26.