Five Things You Should Do This Weekend in Boise

1. HIT THE SKI SWAP
The white stuff is on the way. We hope. Either way, you need to unload your old crap … er, stuff. You need new stuff. And there is no better place to score fresh gear than the 62nd annual Ski Swap, which runs today through Sunday at Expo Idaho. It’s $5 today, $3 Saturday and $3 Sunday (or free with a canned food donation.)

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Country-rap should be put out to pasture

That's the headline of my column in Scene tomorrow today.

Here's a preview of what I'm talking about ...

Ticket alert: Concerts going on sale this weekend

Randy Rogers Band: 8:30 p.m. Jan. 12, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $10. Ticketfly. $15 day of show. On sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 2

Reverend Horton Heat: 8:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $10 advance discount (limited), $15 general. Ticketfly. On sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 2

Three people dead at Steve Aoki Halloween show in Spain

DJ-producer Steve Aoki, who played at the Revolution Center in Garden City two weeks ago, headlined a concert last night in Madrid that left three people dead.

This type of tragedy — people crushed to death — is always hard to to swallow.

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Photo: Aoki spraying the Idaho crowd with champagne at his concert Oct. 18 at the Revolution Center.

Halloween party flyers from Boise bars

Work tomorrow? You don't have to work tomorrow. That's why you're going to dress up for Halloween and hit the bars tonight. Here are a few flyers. If you're a bar employee or owner and want me to add your flyer, just email it to me.

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Brick Oven Bistro in Downtown Boise is closing

After nearly three decades of serving home-style meals, the Brick Oven Bistro, 801 W. Main St., is planning to close.

The restaurant — still known to diehards by its old name, the Beanery — posted the news on its Facebook page today: "You have until 8:30 p.m. Nov. 25 to enjoy Mom's comfort food and fine service, then you are on your own."

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Carrie Underwood is coming to Boise

Nampa? Not this time. Country singer Carrie Underwood is headed to Boise next year for a Feb. 17 concert at Taco Bell Arena.

The show is part of her "Blown Away" tour. Ticket information hasn't been released. However, the last time Underwood played this market — June 1, 2010 at the Idaho Center — tickets ranged from $42 to $63.50 plus fees.

Underwood will co-host the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley on Thursday. She's up for Female Vocalist of the Year.

'The Other Studio' recap: 10.28.12

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

-Titus Andronicus, "Ecce Homo"
-Gary Clark Jr., "Ain't Messin' Around"
-Taylor Swift, "State of Grace"
-Milo Green, "1957"
-White Zombie, "Thunder Kiss '65"
-The Fleshtones, "Screaming Skulls"
-Ramones, "Pet Semetary"
-Sera Cahoone, "Deer Creek Canyon"
-Mr. Gnome, "House of Circles"

"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 checking out photos from Thursday's bowel-rearranging Bassnectar concert or throwing your iPod earbuds in the trash:

1. DANCE IN COSTUME
What? You haven’t had enough EDM lately? You’re in luck: Audio Thrill is teaming up with the Revolution Center this year for the third annual Fright Fest tonight. Headlining DJs are DirtyRock and Rubikon 7.

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Live! Parrotheads party with Jimmy Buffett

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Jana Meikle came from Idaho Falls for her first Jimmy Buffett concert. She made the Mr. Potato Head in honor of the occasion. "It's got five songs in here," she says.

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Indoor concert or not, Parrotheads turned out in force Thursday to pre-party in honor of Jimmy Buffett’s first-ever stop in the Treasure Valley. It looked like a game day by early afternoon in the parking lot outside Bronco Stadium, where RVs and canopies crowded into a miniature not-quite-tropical paradise. (Brrrrrr!)

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