Keep the entertainment discussion going

I'm taking some time off as a new dad and won't have time to post for several days. But please feel free to comment here and keep your fellow readers informed if you hear any hot local entertainment news. A couple of you have dropped great tips here lately.

Culture vulture: Random shots

UPDATE: Late-breaking Aqua Net news! L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat and Bang Tango will play Aug. 18 at The Big Easy/Knitting Factory for $18. Oooooh boy. On a side note, I'll publish a triple-album review of new CDs from Def Leppard, Whitesnake and White Lion in Scene on Friday. Or just read it now here.

Sorry, kids, but Built To Spill’s concert May 24 at the Visual Arts Collective in Garden City is a 21-and-over show only. Instead, you could always travel to Monticello, N.Y., in September, where BTS will play its entire 1997 album "Perfect From Now On" at My Bloody Valentine's All Tomorrow's Parties Festival.

Another album already? Nine Inch Nails began giving away its new record, "The Slip," this morning.

Local teenage band Underscore was the overall winner of the Arts West Battle of the Bands at the Venue in Boise this past weekend.

Chick Corea’s jazz fusion band Return to Forever will tour this summer, but the closest they'll get to us is Salt Lake City on June 4.

Las Vegas’ Vegoose festival won’t be happening this year – if ever again.

David Morrell, author of ”First Blood,” will give a free talk -- "Book to Movie Night with David Morrell: The Making of Rambo” -- at 7:30 p.m. June 5 at Hotel 43, 981 Grove St., Boise.

Last night's "Other Studio"

-Pink Floyd, "Goodbye Blue Sky"
-Coldplay, "Violet Hill"
-Radiohead, "House of Cards"
-Elvis Costello, "No Hiding Place"
-Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins, "Rise Up with Fists!!"
-My Bloody Valentine, "Soon"
-Built To Spill, "I Would Hurt a Fly"
-Steve Earle, "Copperhead Road"

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

Steve Earle to play in Eagle this summer

In a show that will excite the heck out of alt-country fans, singer, songwriter and political activist Steve Earle has been booked July 11 at the Winery at Eagle Knoll. Earle's wife, Allison Moorer, will open the concert. Ticket details haven't been worked out yet, but they'll go on sale later this month.

July 11 is the same evening as the Boston concert at the Idaho Center Amphitheater. Think there will be any fan crossover? (Um, no.)

To my knowledge, this is the first time Earle has gigged in the Boise area. (If he did, it had to be back in the '80s.) Here's a nice clip of Earle from 1991 where he provides some insight into his music, then plays "Copperhead Road."


Jonny Lang and Joe Bonamassa bring the blues

Got the blues?

You're about to: Singers-guitarists Jonny Lang and Joe Bonamassa are coming to The Big Easy/Knitting Factory. Lang will perform Aug. 8 Aug. 4. Bonamassa is slated for Aug. 12. The Lang show is not on sale yet, but it's confirmed. Bonamassa tickets are $17.50 and $25 at TicketWeb. Believe it or not, an attempt was made to book them on the same bill. Apparently, they ain't particularly hip to that.

Along with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Lang and Bonamassa were part of a small crop of blues-guitar prodigies that emerged in the '90s. Lang was just 16 when "Lie To Me" scorched ears and drew comparisons to Stevie Ray Vaughan. Bonamassa, who is more influenced by British guitarists, got his start at 12 opening for B.B. King. But Bonamassa, now 30, remains a virtual unknown compared to Lang, 27, who will sell a whole bunch of tickets. Bonamassa only drew about 275 people when he played Boise last time. But it was sure worth it for them.

Bring back the pig!

Update: They found it!

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Considering that Pink Floyd is my favorite classic rock band the greatest classic rock band of all time (OK, besides Zeppelin), I can't resist posting this.

Cheese, please! European keytar metal to cheer up Boise

King Henry: Put them in the iron maiden.
Bill and Ted: Iron Maiden? Excellent!

Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica will perform Sept. 11 at the Knitting Factory (still called the Big Easy as of now). For kids recently turned on to power metal by comically quick happy-metal band Dragonforce, this is a rare, must-see example of fine, aged cheese. (Sonata Arctica has been around for a decade.) Witness Sonata Arctica’s “Don’t Say a Word”: specifically, the faces and posturing from keytar player — yes, KEYTAR player — Henrik Klingenberg. (Keytar solo at 2:38, followed by face-melting guitar shred.) Angry American metalheads have sooooo much to learn from their pleasantly ridiculous European brothers.

Engineer: Boise Community Radio signal will be fine in Boise

Boise Community Radio (BCR) has reason to celebrate. Yet because of a vocal minority firing off e-mails and commenting on blogs, executive director Jeff Abrams has found himself in the position of defending whether BCR’s signal actually will reach Boise. Yes, the station is licensed in Caldwell. And, yes, the station’s tower location is 25 miles west of Caldwell. But Boise Community Radio will be heard all the way to the east side of Boise, according to Abrams and BCR's Portland-based engineering consultant. Why? Because of the tower's advantageous line of sight and a secondary translator.

Last night's "Other Studio"

-Los Campesinos, "You! Me! Dancing!"
-Jesus and Mary Chain, "All Things Must Pass"
-Leona Lewis, "Bleeding Love"
-The Ting Tings, "Great DJ"
-Dizzee Rascal, "Sirens"
-Does It Offend You, Yeah?, "Dawn of the Dead"
-Elbow, "Grounds for Divorce"
-Hot Chip, "One Pure Thought"
-The Starlings, "Empty Boxcar" (playing Boise on Thursday)
-David Ford, "My Sweet Indecision (Go to Hell)"

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

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