Random shots: Local liquor report; Lyle Lovett sold out; Equaleyes CD; Rainn Wilson on Josh Ritter

—The Lyle Lovett concert Tuesday, July 22, at the Idaho Botanical Garden is sold out. To account for the larger audience, promoter Knitting Factory is configuring the event a bit differently than some of the other Outlaw Field Series shows; this one was capped at 2,800 fans. It underscores the importance of buying advance tickets rather than waiting. One more update: The Wilco show Aug. 20 at Wood River Cellars in Eagle has sold about 1,400 tickets thus far …

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Concert review: Steve Earle, July 11

When infamous rebel and political lefty Steve Earle penned the title track to his 2004 album “The Revolution Starts ... Now,” it’s doubtful he was thinking about a dance revolution.

But that’s what Earle got midway through his acoustic concert Friday at Wood River Cellars, formerly the Winery at Eagle Knoll.

When a lone woman dared stand in front of the seated audience to cut a rug on the grass, an older security guard unintentionally provided comic relief while gingerly trying to tug her away.

“Just dance with ’er, man!” Earle urged, interrupting his song.

Last night's "Other Studio" playlist

—Beck, "Orphans"
—New Monsoon, "Song for Marie"
—Blue Turtle Seduction, "Steady Unease"
—Reckless Kelly, "American Blood"
—Fleet Foxes, "White Winter Hymnal"
—Built To Spill, "Cortez the Killer"

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

Random shots: Hi-Tops, Steve Earle/Boston, Vampire Weekend, Reckless Kelly, more ...

— There are two outdoor concert choices tonight — Boston and Steve Earle. Obviously, I won't be attending the "Boston" show; I'm looking forward to seeing Earle instead. Earle fans have waited a loooong time for him to visit us. Remember, food and beverages are not allowed into the Winery at Eagle Knoll (now called Wood River Cellars); they'll have them for sale on-site.

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Changes at the Knitting Factory

The New York Times published an interesting piece about the Knitting Factory's move from Manhattan to a 300-capacity club in Brooklyn, plus the expansion into Boise and Spokane. An article of this magnitude in the Times certainly underscores the club's role as a distinct part of New York culture.

One particularly intriguing revelation about Knitting Factory's Boise and Spokane locations, as well as its touring division, is that "business in the Northwest brings in about 60 percent of its annual revenues of $19 million, effectively subsidizing the New York and Los Angeles rooms."

Jared Hoffman, president of Knitting Factory, has submitted this Letter to the Editor to the Times:

Monday morning QB: Josh Ritter, Dierks Bentley, Lewis Black, Indie Fest '08

— Alt-weekly the Boston Phoenix recently chose the best music acts in all 50 states, an exercise that simultaneously feels ridiculous yet fun. Idahoans awarded were Built To Spill (all-time best band), Josh Ritter (all-time best solo artist) and The Very Most (best new band). I have no idea how they came up with the selections, but the first two probably won't trigger any fisticuffs. (Curtis Stigers could make a case along with Ritter, sure, but those are about the only two options in that category.)

Cheap drinks at bars: Where are they?

Bring on the Treasure Valley booze bargains!

In this week's Scene, I write about a handful of bars that offer great cheap-drink specials. I'm soliciting reader recommendations for their own favorite deals. Feel free to share the best spots to imbibe inexpensively by posting comments below.

My favorite special is at The Dutch Goose.

From the column:

Advance notice: "Other Studio" bums on vacation

Tim Johnstone and I are taking the Fourth of July weekend off, so there won't be an edition of "The Other Studio" this Sunday night on 94.9 FM "The River." But when we return ... oooh, boy. You just wait.

Sheryl Crow to play Idaho Center Amphitheater

During summer, pretty much all we Idahoans wanna do is have some fun. Pop-rock singer Sheryl Crow is happy to oblige. Crow will perform Aug. 27 at the Idaho Center Amphitheater in Nampa.

Known for hits such as "If It Makes You Happy" and "Everyday is a Winding Road," Crow has won multiple Grammy Awards and sold millions of albums. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. July 11 at ICTickets and TicketWeb for $30, $45 and $55.


Culture Vulture: Needtobreathe, "The River," Marcus Eaton, Dan Cummins

--Most of the bands headlining this summer at Alive After Five don’t get significant radio play, but Needtobreathe — gigging July 23 — is an exception. The South Carolina rock group’s single, “More Time” is No. 15 on the Radio & Records Triple A chart and is trending upward. It’s perfect timing; about the only way Alive After Five can afford hot bands is by catching them on the way up.

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