Where: Tether and the Design Commission Gallery

What: Did you know that Nirvana’s first album was designed by a woman? Rock can, in some ways, be a dude’s game, but a poster and album artwork show at Tether flips that on its head as the gallery/design firm/stuff shop examines the vivid and expressive work of Northwest-based female innovators from 1966 through present day.

Tether designer Dan Smith presents the show; the former EMP designer noticed that the scene had never really acknowledged the female artists who contributed so much color and story to the music, so he decided to do something about it. The show’s namesake, Thunderbitch, was a Portland tool and die engineer in the psych rock-era who made show posters that helped define the look and feel of the vaguely isolated Northwest around the end of the ’60s.

Meanwhile, Sub Pop art director Jeff Kleinsmith and Jesse LeDoux celebrate eleven years of Patent Pending, their Seattle-based silk-screening rock poster concern. The duo has created visuals for artists from the Shins to Nine Inch Nails.

When: Both shows open on Thursday Aug 5 (aka First Thursday) with artist receptions that begin at 5p

Wear: Bell-bottoms, biker boots, skinny jeans, platform sandals. Whatever puts you in the mind of walking past a visual depiction of music and thinking, “I gotta go.”

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