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PREVIEW
SHIM
August 12 - The Crocodile - Seattle, WA
by Ashley Graham
08.06.06

Every time Katie and I emerge from the doors of a SHIM show, I launch into a discussion of just why I like them so much. Now that sheís heard it a few times, itís time to get my act together and get the words down on paperÖ erÖ on here.

SHIM reminds me of high school, because, before falling head over heels for the Strokes, I, Ashley Graham, was totally a classic rocker. Need proof? Iíve seen Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Tom Petty, KISS (2), Van Halen, Sammy Hagar (3) and Aerosmith (2) all live in concert (with multiple times listed in parentheses). SHIM reminds me of this great love I once had in my life, and they reignite it.

They donít all quite look the part, but they play balls-to-the-wall, badass rock íní roll, and I love it just about as much as I can love music. Frontman Ragan Crowe is all the proof you need. He stands on stage like a fucking rock star. He pounds his foot into the ground, he sneers, and heís about as close to a rock god as youíll get in a local music scene. Which is really what makes SHIM so great--they donít belong on tiny stages. Itís arena rock but itís at the Crocodile, and the High Dive, and even the Comet. Itís like watching something bigger than anything youíve EVER SEEN, in your favorite venue. Perfection? Pretty damn close.

SHIMís a gem in the Seattle music scene, and if you havenít caught them yet, here is a prime opportunity.

Essential Info.
The Venue: The Crocodile
The Support: Memphis Radio Kings, Megasapien, New West Motels
The Date: August 12
The Time: 9pm
The Price: $5
The Catch: 21+