UPDATED: False alarm! No format flip for Variety Rock 105.1 FM

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There were plenty of reasons to believe that a fresh format was coming. The 24/7 Christmas music stopped at midnight as expected.

'The Other Studio' recap: Christmas edition 12.23.12

It was pure Christmas fun last night on "The Other Studio," which airs at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM "The River." We'll take a holiday break next week; the show won't air Dec. 30. We'll return Jan. 6 with discussion of the best music of 2012.

Here's last night's playlist:

-Celtic Elvis, "Kill a Tree for Christ"
-The Superions, "Fruitcake"
-Kurtis Blow, "Christmas Rappin"
-Rum-D.M.C., "Christmas in Hollis"
-Yellowman, "We Wish You a Reggae Christmas"
-Material, "It's a Holiday"
-Wham, "Last Christmas"
-Hall and Oates, "Jingle Bell Rock"
-They Might Be Giants, "Santa's Beard"
-Billy Squier, "Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You"
-Ronnie James Dio, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
-The Ramones, "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight)"

'The Other Studio' recap: 12.16.12

-French Horn Rebellion, "Up All Night"
-Will.i.am and Britney Spears, "Scream & Shout"
-Lana Del Rey, "Ride"
-Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"
-Olmeca and Dave Kushner, "Anarquia"
-Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, "The Message"
-Frank Zappa, "Peaches En Regalia"

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

Treefort Music Fest announces initial acts

The second annual Treefort Music Fest won’t reveal any headliners until 2013 (boooo!), but it announced some of its emerging acts this week.

Here's the initial list: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Shigeto, Japanther, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Magic Sword, Grass Widow, Messy Sparkles, Foxygen, Radiation City, White Lung, French Horn Rebellion and The Last Bison.

What? You haven’t heard of several of these bands, you out-of-touch loser?

Don’t worry, you’re far from alone. Boise’s own Magic Sword has never played a live gig, redefining the term “emerging act.” 

Find information about these bands — and snag tickets to the March 21-24 festival Downtown — at the Treefort website.

Comedy shows on sale tomorrow

No major concerts go on sale this weekend, but there are a couple of comedy shows of note:

Tracy Morgan: Comedy. 7 p.m. March 30, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. $35, at the Egyptian Theatre box office, 387-1273, or egyptiantheatre.net. On sale at 11 a.m. Dec. 14

Doug Benson: Comedy. 9 p.m. May 11, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $16 and $20. Ticketfly. $22 day of show. On sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 14

'The Other Studio' recap: 12.09.12

We focused on local and national holiday albums last night before exiting with my favorite Dave Brubeck song. Here's what we played:

-Volbeat, "I Only Wanna Be With You"
-Fun., "Sleigh Ride"
-Ben Darwish and Shook Twins, "Carol of the Drum"
-Todd Dunnigan, "One for the Angels"
-Tracy Thorn, "In the Cold, Cold Night"
-PumpYouUp, "Sugarplum Dub"
-J.D. McPherson, "Twinkle Little Christmas Lights"
-Redtenbacher's Funkestra, "Deck the Halls"
-Dave Brubeck, "Blue Rondo a la Turk"

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

Five Things You Should Do This Weekend in Boise

After you’ve entered the contest to win free Carrie Underwood tickets:

1. PUT THE X IN XMAS
If ”Hairspray” is your favorite movie, you already have tickets for John Waters’ trashy, one-man holiday debacle tonight at the Knitting Factory. Looking for a cheaper bawdy holiday? “Tree Toppers — a show tonight and Saturday by Idaho female impersonation troupe LipsInc! — is the ticket. (Come on, be brave.)

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Contest over: Win tickets to Carrie Underwood's concert in Boise

Update: The contest has ended. Congratulations to Mary P, who won the tickets.

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The current tour from Carrie Underwood, who will visit Taco Bell Arena on Feb. 17, 2013, is called “Blown Away.”

There’s a reason for that — and not just because the country star’s vocal cords have the power of a monsoon. Her concerts aim to dazzle the senses.

In an October concert review, the Los Angeles Times said “her audience cheered every supernaturally sustained note and glass-threatening vocal climax,” calling the show a “spectacular production aimed at the ‘American Idol’ crowd that launched her career, full of dazzling costume changes, creative staging and megawatts of musical wattage.”

Want a free pair of tickets to the Boise show?

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Ticket alert: Boise concerts going on sale Friday

The Knitting Factory is going berserk with on-sales tomorrow. I count eight shows:

Trapt: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $16. Ticketfly. $18 day of show. On sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 7

Excuse his French: Comedian Tracy Morgan is coming to Boise

Comedian and actor Tracy Morgan of television’s “30 Rock” is headed for the Egyptian Theatre.

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