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The Thermals

Fit the Bill #3: Hurry Up and the Pylon Reenactment Society

When members of two quintessential indie bands join forces, the resulting outfit can be one of immense influence. Having already dominated two of the three Pacific Northwest music hubs, Maggie Vail of Olympia's Bangs linking up with Kathy Foster and Westin Glass of the Thermals to form Hurry Up quickly became one of the best things to happen during that era of local music. 

That shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, really. Hurry Up touched on many styles still popular at the time - indie rock, mild hardcore, and riot girl - in a way that highlighted all of the individual members' strong suits while still remaining radically neoteric. Remnants of Hurry Up's deeds have scarce online presence but those with lasting memories of their tracks and performances know they're a perfect fit to open up for the Pylon Reenactment Society.

Even that name may seem unfamiliar, but this iteration of Pylon stays true to their jangley new wave post-punk without being EXACTLY the same. Singer Vanessa Briscoe Hay wanted to keep Pylon respectfully going after the loss of their guitarist Randall Bewley back in 2009 and the Reenactment Society has been the best way to go with it. They're still going hard and Hurry Up on this bill, the show is sure to go even harder.

Catch this show tomorrow at 9pm at Misssissippi Studios. Tickets run between $12-$14, which is a small price to pay to see some greats.


Schoolyard Farms benefit hits Secret Society

The Secret Society will be taken over with melodically folky and dreamy synth sounds this Friday for the sake of agricultural education for kids with a benefit supporting an organization called Schoolyard Farms.

Schoolyard Farms is a program that utilizes spare space on school properties to build mini farms, intending to teach and give kids hands on experience with sustainability, farming, better eating habits and other tillage aspects.

Ezza Rose, Sandy Loam, DAN DAN and Banda Feahr will all be playing Friday's benefit show, with proceeds going towards the construction of the next Schoolyard Farms mini farm at alternative New Urban High School in Milwaukie, Or.

Providing some grand master emceeing and comedic relief to the show will Hutch Harris of the Thermals. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of but regardless what you pay, you're helping give children a great hands on, educational experience.

Rainy Dawg Birthday Festival Kicks Off Next Week

 The University of Washington will be celebrating its campus radio station's birthday starting next Tueday, with three days of live music at the school's Ethnic Cultural Theater. The Rainy Dawg Birthday Festival was conceived as a way to bring big names into an intimate venue, for an experience that students and local music fans alike won't soon forget. With headliners like Oneohtrix Point Never, the Thermals and Brother Ali topping the festival's bill, some other local favourites rounding out the lineup, the mid-week event will provide a unique chance to catch some of the region's hottest acts, up close and personal. Check out the full lineup here

What: The Rainy Dawg Birthday Festival

When: April 10th, 11th & 12th

Where: Ethnic Cultural Theater, University of Washington

Tickets: $10 for students; $14 for the public

Kate Shepherd


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