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If you snoozed, you loozed when metallic rockabilly punks Volbeat last visited Boise. The crunchy Danish band sold out the Knitting Factory in advance.
No fear: Volbeat will jump to the larger-capacity Revolution Concert House for a concert March 19. It’s not really a surprise. Volbeat, which has opened on Metallica tours and was a popular performer on this year’s Gigantour, seems determined to conquer America.
Movie Java’s annual holiday album is a Christmas blessing on multiple levels.
Filled with traditional and original songs from Idaho artists, the third installment will fill your igloo with sounds of the season ranging from indie to country. It’s an effortless way to discover the voices of Gem State musicians, whose non-holiday catalogs you can seek out later. Most important, it’s a godsend for needy families; proceeds go to the Idaho Foodbank, which delivered 54,000 meals based on last year’s album sales.
Carole King kicks off the disc and provides “big name” bragging rights. King’s quick, delicate “Carol of the Bells” first appeared on her "A Holiday Carole" album last year. But it’s the lesser-known performers who give “IdaHo Ho Ho” down-home warmth.
After taking a week off, Tim Johnstone and I had a good time catching up during last night's show — including sharing the news that soulful rockers Alabama Shakes are headed to Boise. They'll headline the Knitting Factory on March 1. Openers are Michael Kiwanuka and Sam Doores & Riley Downing. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Ticketfly for $32 and $55.
Here's what we played on the show last night:
-Alabama Shakes, "I Ain't the Same"
-Michael Kiwanuka, "Tell Me a Tale"
-Depeche Mode, "Untitled New Song"
-Rage Against the Machine, "The Narrows"
-Kid Rock, "Chickens in the Pen"
-Kelly Clarkson feat. Vince Gill, "Don't Rush"
-The Sword, "Apocryphon"
1. ROCK TO THE NEW SOUND
Provo, Utah, band The New Electric Sound has created a local buzz thanks to a sleek blend of retro influences. The group’s $5 gig Saturday night at Neurolux should draw a crowd of friends excited to see frontman Scott Vance, who is from Eagle. Check him out in this video. (He’s the guy hanging upside down.)
Update 12.03.12: Reader Nick Brunelle emailed me to correct Scott New's assertion that Cooper's first Idaho concert was at Firebird Raceway. (Hey, it was a loooong time ago, so New can be forgiven.) Here's what Brunelle wrote:
"Thank you for posting the photos from the 1972 concert at Firebird Raceway. The quote that it was Alice's first appearance in Idaho is incorrect. He played the previous year (1971) at the old Boise College gymnasium. I'm pretty sure that the opening band in 1971 was a later version of "Big Brother and the Holding Company" and 1972 "Fat Chance" (Portlandia). I was in attendance at both and would just like to keep the record straight."
Tonight, shock-rocker Alice Cooper visits Boise for the first time since 2003. But that show at The Big Easy definitely wasn't Cooper's debut in the Treasure Valley.
Firebird Raceway director Scott New recently dug up photos from "the one 'n only concert ever staged at Firebird."
1. GO WITH THE FLOW
It’s Warren Miller Entertainment time. Tug on your ski boots and head to the theater for ”Flow State," which hits the Egyptian at 7 p.m. tonight and 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. It’s $15 evenings, $13 matinee. (And you thought Edward Cinemas was spendy!)