Ticket alert! Boise concerts that go on sale Friday

Snoop Dogg 8 p.m. Dec. 20, Revolution Center, 4983 Glenwood St., Garden City. $35 general, $55 VIP. Ticketfly. On sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 16

Gabriel Iglesias Comedy. 8 p.m. Feb. 21, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $40.50. Select-a-Seat. On sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 16

Leftover Salmon: 9 p.m. March 2, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $21 general. Ticketfly. On sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 16

Flogging Molly: 8 p.m. March 14, Revolution Center, 4983 Glenwood St., Garden City. $29.50 general, $49.50 VIP. Ticketfly. On sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 16

UPDATED: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus — 24/7 on two Boise radio stations

Update 11.14.12: There also is a a rumor that Variety Rock will change formats pemanently after Christmas. I have not confirmed the flip, but I have reason to suspect this might be true. Radio stations are notoriously tight-lipped about such matters, so we will probably have to wait. (Another country station? FM talk?)

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Sing with me!

“Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh. O’er the fields we go, flipping stations all the waaaay!”

Two Boise radio stations cranked up Christmas playlists this week — Lite 107.9 FM on Saturday and Variety Rock 105.1 FM on Monday — for a non-stop barrage of holiday tunes through Christmas Day.

For Lite, it’s an annual tradition. The station has flipped formats temporarily to Christmas music since 1994. But for Variety Rock — to be called Variety Christmas for the next several weeks — this is a first-time venture, explains Journal Broadcast Group radio general manager Roy Williams.

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The art of the brutal restaurant review

We’ve all read negative reviews. Some of us have even written a few.

But daaaaaaaayum: The New York Times’ recent hatchet job of Food Network star Guy Fieri’s new Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar takes it to another level.

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It’s hilarious. And relentlessly harsh.

To borrow Times writer Pete Wells' string-of-questions interview shtick:

Pete, has any review been more negative in the entire history of food service? I love the hate, but did you consider penning about half as many words so that we wouldn’t feel bloated after reading? Oh, and can we please see a video of Mr. Fieri weeping?

As the man in charge of restaurant reviewers for the Idaho Statesman, I’ve dealt with my share of angry restaurant owners. To this day, a bad review has the power to slice out an eatery's heart.

Trey McIntyre Project keeps soaring — 'Gangnam Style'

The consistently ambitious Trey McIntyre Project previewed a new collaboration with Korean dancers Nov. 10 — "The Unkindness of Ravens" — wowing a Morrison Center audience during two shows.

TMP and the dancers from the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company will deliver the world premiere of "Ravens" tonight at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

In an example of the group's far-reaching influence, TMP also was featured Nov. 8 in The New York Times.

One of the best parts of the collaboration with the dancers' talented Asian friends was a surprise "Gangnam Style" welcome at the Boise Airport.

Totally. Awesome. I so would have paid to see that.

'The Other Studio' recap: 11.11.12

Here's what Tim Johnstone and I played and discussed on last night's show:

The Civil Wars, "Barton Hollow" (as performed on The River)

Elvis and Lisa Marie Presley, "I Love You Because"

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, "Same Love"

The Mowgli's, "San Francisco"

Ben Folds Five, "Do It Anyway"

Cee-Lo Green, "All I Need Is Love"

Ben Harper w/ Charlie Musselwhite, "I Don't Believe A Word You Say"

Datsik, "Annihilate"

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

Five Things You Should Do This Weekend in Boise

When you aren’t freezing off your patriotic tail at Veteran’s Day events Saturday and Sunday.

1. CHECK OUT THE DUNWELLS
British folk-rockers The Dunwells will perform at 8 p.m. tonight at The Drink in Boise. It’s a cool opportunity to hear gorgeous vocal harmonies for $5. Get a taste of The Dunwells on the radio during a live in-studio performance at noon today on 94.9 FM The River.

Ticket alert: Concerts going on sale this weekend

Not So Silent Night with AC Slater, Flinch, Harvard Bass: 8 p.m. Dec. 15, Revolution Center, Garden City. $10 (price rises steadily after this weekend to $15, $20, then $25 at door.) $35 VIP. Ticketfly.

Down: 8 p.m. Jan. 24, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $20. Ticketfly. On sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 9

Carrie Underwood: Feb. 17, Taco Bell Arena, 1401 Bronco Circle, Boise. TBA. Select-a-Seat. On sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 30 (still waiting on ticket prices)

America: 7:30 p.m. March 3, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $35, $45 and $75. Select-a-Seat. On sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 9

Snoop Dogg to celebrate end of the world in Treasure Valley; Flogging Molly coming, too, but skeptical

As everyone realizes — thanks to the Mayan calendar and crappy John Cusack disaster flicks — the end of the world is coming next month.

If you’re rapper Snoop Dogg, what better place to celebrate than Garden City, Idaho?

Well, Colorado, for one. And Washington, for another. Maybe Snoop thinks Idaho will follow suit and legalize recreational ganja puffing before he visits?

Whatever the case, Snoop will headline an “End of the World Party” at the Revolution Center on Dec. 20 — the night before the universe folds in on itself in an explosion of failure not unlike Karl Rove crunching Ohio voting stats.

The all-ages show goes on sale Friday, Nov. 16, for $35 general admission, $55 upstairs VIP (21+ only), at Ticketfly.

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Morning co-anchor J Bates is no longer on KBOI Channel 2

KBOI Channel 2 morning co-anchor J Bates is no longer with the station, according to KBOI general manager Don Pratt.

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Bates, previously a sports director at KBOI, co-hosted ”KBOI 2 News This Morning” with Stephanie Smith and meteorologist Adam Behrman — including this morning's show.

Pratt declined to elaborate on Bates’ departure or to speculate on whether he would be replaced. In the immediate future, Pratt said, the morning show will be handled by Smith and Behrman.

Note: The Bates-related links were still live as I posted this. I wouldn't be surprised if KBOI removes them soon.

Update: Yep. Links now broken. Also, I originally retrieved the name of KBOI's morning show from KBOI's website. It was outdated and wrong. I replaced that with the current name, "KBOI 2 News This Morning."

'The Other Studio' recap: 11.04.12

Here's what Tim Johnstone and I played and discussed on last night's show:

-Kendrick Lamar, "Backseat Freestyle" (butcher edit)
-The Wu-Tang Clan, "C.R.E.A.M."
-Cowboy Troy, "I Play Chicken with a Train"
-Gangstagrass, "Long Hrd Times to Come"
-Colt Ford feat. Jason Aldean, "Drivin' Around Song"
-The Dunwells, "I Could Be a King"
-Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding, "I Need Your Love"
-Family of the Year, "Hero"

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

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