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Had the Rapture finally arrived Thursday? No, it was just the out-of-body experience of Bassnectar. The DJ-producer brought three semi-trucks of audio-video equipment to Garden City's Revolution Center, pumping out two hours of low-frequency nirvana powered by 36 subwoofers arranged in refrigerator-size bundles.
If you haven't experienced Bassnectar live, you've never seen — or been body-slammed by — anything like it. The thundering, shuddering bass was so overwhelming that staff had to tape up the lights on the exterior of the building to keep them from falling out. Inside, a framed Collective Soul poster rattled off a wall mid-show and shattered.
The Bouquet's downward spiral into nightlife irrelevance has been a painful-to-witness exercise in squandered potential. During the last few years, it’s felt like one thing after another for the long-running music venue, which has been a part of Downtown Boise for decades: Is it open? Is it closed? Does anyone still care?
A few people do. (Though I suspect that number declines by the day.) There’s been a modest amount of excitement about the club’s supposed rebirth as The Ice Bouquet, a nightclub that had announced a grand opening Halloween party happening Oct. 27. Even if it does appear that the new Bucket would be more akin to China Blue II than the fondly remembered (to me) live-music chameleon club of the past.
Here's what Tim Johnstone and I played and discussed on last night's show:
-Eminem, "Lose Yourself"
-Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Behind the Sun"
-Bassnectar interview w/Deeds
-Bassnectar, "Ping Pong"
-Bat for Lashes, "All Your Gold"
-Ellie Goulding, "Anything Can Happen"
-The Killers, "Flesh and Bone"
-The Whigs, "Waiting"
-Alice Cooper, "Clones"
1. DANCE, DANCE, DANCE
You don’t want to pull a hammie at Thursday’s Bassnectar concert, so you’d best warm up at a couple of smaller electronic dance music shows over the weekend. Wolfgang Gartner headlines tonight at the Knitting Factory. Live electronica duo Big Gigantic hits the stage Saturday.
Warning: If the f-word offends you, don't play this video, OK?
The Travel Channel is at it again — rolling into Boise to share the city's restaurants with the entire world. This time, it's an episode of "Food Paradise" that premiered Oct. 3 titled "Bacon Paradise 2: Another Slab."
My only suggestion for the impressive, creative menu at Bacon? Add my mom's famous PBLT to the menu: Peanut butter, bacon, lettuce and tomato on wheat toast. Crunchy, salty peanut butter is a must. And the tomatoes need to be freshly sliced from your own garden.
Submitted by Michael Deeds on Mon, 10/15/2012 - 2:01pm, updated on Mon, 10/15/2012 - 2:34pm
Three semis full of equipment. Two tour buses. A crew of 25. That's what EDM goliath Bassnectar tells me he's bringing to the Revolution Center on Oct. 25. You can win a pair of tickets to the show in two ways: Through an email contest and/or on Twitter.
EMAIL CONTEST: Between now and 8 a.m. Oct. 22, correctly answer this question: What's Bassnectar's actual first name?