Concert Reviews

Tennis came to town and boy, they killed it. Every issue that I had with their newest album fell away as they performed tracks, both young and old, without any backing vocals or excess processing. The songs felt clearer and really showcase not only the group’s talent, but also their creative philosophies.

Also at the show were Boise locals Transistor Send and touring group Pure Bathing Culture, who were both excellent.

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Possibly the best rock concert I will go to this year!!! :)

Vocalist Jonny Hawkins and Guitarist Mark Vollelunga
Vocalist Jonny Hawkins looking studly
Bassist Daniel Oliver doing backing vocals
Drummer Paul O’Brien working intensely \m/
Guitarist Mark Vollelunga
Here comes the best part of the show: bass solo!!!
Two-man bass solo?!?
Getting intricate!
Three-man bass solo!!!!!! OMG!!!!
Vocalist Jonny Hawkins
All the instrumentalists jamming together \m/
Guitarist Mark sings through his guitar
Jonny Hawkins taking vocal command
Jonny modulating his own voice

One of the best live concerts of the year, in my humble opinion!

Porter starts the show!
Epic logo in the background
Playin’ da synth
Epic light show
Surveying the landscape
Looking from up high
Obligatory camera shot from the crowd
“Sea of Voices” lyrics up on the screen while Porter plays
Porter’s on cloud nine
“Years of War” lyrics with anime characters!! :)
Blast of confetti showers into the audience

Opener Giraffage:

Nice PlayStation shirt, man
Feelin’ the beatz
Kittehz on screen :3

From Indian Lakes stopped through Boise on April 1st on their first ever headlining tour, the Able Bodies Tour. The five-piece band from California was joined by The American Scene and Naive Thieves. I personally got to see the alternative rockers three times in Boise last year with each show bringing a bigger audience every time. Seeing as this was their first headlining tour, I expected a big crowd to show up at The Crux. I was definitely impressed with the turnout. What I was even more impressed with was the energy from both the band and the fans that filled every crevice of The Crux. While singing my heart out, I would take a second to look around me and see everyone else in the crowd singing along to every word as well. The energy of the room was undeniably emotional and full of love. The moment that sticks with me and will for years to come was when Joey Vannucchi came back out for an encore. As soon as Joey struck those first chords of “Your Son” the room went absolutely quiet as everyone soaked up every word and every note of the beautifully crafted song. 

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Local math rock band, Fox Alive performed at The Crux with New Jersey band, Dads and fellow locals, King Brat on February 5th.

Fox Alive have been ferociously playing show after show in Boise and have steadily been building a reputation for themselves in the local scene. Fast fingers, brilliant guitar and high energy are some of the ways to describe the extremely talented band.

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Before attending this show I had only heard of The Polish Ambassador in passing from some of my more ‘bass heavy’ friends. For this, I had this preconceived notion it would be the same old ‘rage in your face’ dubstep style of music. However, what I came to find out was he was anything but that. To me his music was intelligent, diverse, fun, and insanely dancey.  I can only describe it as funky bass music with a hip hop feel. Many of his tracks had 90’s hip hop vocals overlay-ed on top of a unique, bass driven  sound. This ended up being one of the top shows I’ve seen this year and I encourage everyone to follow the links and find out more about this amazing artist.