Updated -- Random shots: Sellouts, not-so-sellouts, Dodos, Lyle Lovett

—Although I wasn't able to attend, I drove through Expo Idaho to check out last Saturday's Gem State Jam while Built To Spill was performing. There was a nice stage, lots of tents ... and empty bleachers. Attendance looked to be a few hundred. Nick Weiner, vice-president of local promoter GSquare Productions, had this to say in an e-mail today: "We really marketed the event hard and think the bike race (Twilight Criterium), the heat, and a few other circumstances resulted in a smaller then expected crowd. While we are obviously disappointed in the turnout we couldn't be happier with the overall production and execution of the day. The bands said the festival was run very professionally and that for a first year festival we should be encouraged. Doug Martsch said we should make it a once a year tradition." Undeterred, GSquare is considering "something possibly for Labor Day," Weiner says, "as well as fall dates at the Egyptian."

—1,000-capacity Knitting Factory says Monday night's Josh Ritter/Andrew Bird concert was a sellout.

Guitarist Jennifer Batten to gig at Flying M in Nampa

Guitar whiz Jennifer Batten is best remembered for her time spent touring with the King of Pop in the 1980s, but she also released some crazy solo recordings and joined Jeff Beck’s band for a time.

Batten will present a multimedia guitar event at Flying M Coffeegarage in Nampa on Aug. 12. It’s part of a summer tour that sees Batten performing a number of house concerts, among other gigs.

"The Dark Knight": Living up to the hype

UPDATE: Batman, aka Christian Bale, has been arrested in London in connection with an assault charge involving his mother and sister. That's just weird.

Last night's "Other Studio" playlist

—Stone Temple Pilots, "Plush"
—Nas, "Hero"
—Kellie Pickler, "Red High Heels"
—Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, "Bag of Hammers"
—Estelle, "American Boy"
—The Hold Steady, "Constructive Summer"
—Katy Perry, "I Kissed a Girl"
—Equaleyes, "Who Pretends"
—Lyle Lovett, "This Old Porch"

"The Other Studio" airs at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM "The River."

Stone Temple Pilots planning Idaho Center Amphitheater show

One thing we’ve been missing this summer is the Big Outdoor Rawk Show, but it looks like Stone Temple Pilots are about to oblige. The alternative-rock group, which reunited after frontman Scott Weiland’s ill-fated stint in Velvet Revolver, has its eye set on the Idaho Center Amphitheater in Nampa.

Flashback contest: Win tickets to "Unforgiven"

The Idaho Statesman and Edwards 9 Cinemas in Downtown Boise are offering readers free movie tickets to the Flashback Film Festival, an ongoing Wednesday night showcase of classic movies and fan favorites spanning several decades of film history.

To win a pair of tickets to the July 23 showing of ”Unforgiven,” e-mail
cdryden@idahostatesman.com with your phone number and the answer to the following question:

In “Unforgiven,” actress Frances Fisher plays a whorehouse madam named:

A. Mother Maybelle

Let's talk movies: "Gonzo" and "Dark Knight"

For those of you who read “The Cinemaniac": That movie blog has been absorbed into this entertainment blog. I’ll be pumping up the movie information here to go along with reviews and thoughts about music, comedy and, yes, those fascinating liquor reports. A couple of quickies:

“Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson” — a documentary-style film that I’m excited to see — will play at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at The Flicks in Downtown Boise.

Government agencies: Best. Entertainment. EVER.

—First off, nice try, Canyon County. Welcome to the Internet. But it’s not nearly as entertaining if you don’t include mug shots with your arrest records.
UPDATE: Book me for ignorance. Thanks, MDR.

Curtis Stigers on the Hi-Tops reunion

Old-school Hi-Tops fans are probably wondering why original member Curtis Stigers won't be participating in the Aug. 9 reunion concert at the Visual Arts Collective in Garden City. E-mailing from Europe — where he's been singing for Quincy Jones to celebrate Jones' 75th birthday and performing John Lennon tunes with the Liverpool Philharmonic — Stigers says he would love to be involved.

Meet Canyon County Fair music headliner Kellie Pickler

This has to be an act. Nobody is this clueless ... right?


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