Your resident Pulse Music Director here!

I had previously been posting this feature on the Pulse Facebook page, but thought that it would be beneficial to move it to the website homepage, because

1. We, of course, want to attract more eyes to the website, and

2. With those additional eyes in place, we can expose listeners to new and upcoming music in a more convenient fashion.

With all that said and done, here are this week’s albums:

1. The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt


A change in direction for the band, recorded with producer Mike Crossey (The 1975′s The 1975, The View’s Cheeky for a Reason) and with music inspired by Pearl Jam’s No Code. 

2. House of Whales – House of Whales


Alternative hip-hop/rock band hailing from Chicago. Witty wordplay and meaningful lyrics abound over jam band-esque guitars and drums. A lot less profanity than your average hip-hop album, too.

3. The Quitters – Contributing to Erosion


Classic punk rock sound with pop and post-hardcore influences, great songwriting chops and a bit of an alternative metal edge. “Hipster” is destined to become your new favorite singalong song.

4. El May – The Other Person is You

El May

Smartly executed, colorful Aussie indie pop with great production by mix engineer Dave Schiffman (Haim, We Are Scientists, Biffy Clyro). Also, dat album cover.

5. Opeth – Pale Communion

Pale Communion

The prog/death metal legends return, with a heavy emphasis on the prog and continuing where 2012′s Heritage left off. High-quality, dynamic production from mix engineer Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree. It’s an Opeth record, what do you expect? ;)

Check back next week for more great music!

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Pennsylvania rockers have changed their name from the super catchy Daylight to Superheaven. Read the statement from the band below:

We’re back home from our recent tour with Bayside, Four Year Strong, and Mixtapes. First, we would like to extend a than you to those bands for making it fun and an overall great experience. Also, thank you to anyone who made it out to a show and supported the tour, and an extra thanks if you bought a record or a t-shirt, or gave us a place to stay along the way.

With that said, we have some important news to share. Some of you may have already figured it out, but we are changing our name. We will no longer be performing or releasing music under the name “Daylight.”

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As those of you who keep up with news of any merit, you have no doubt heard of the crisis within the Crimean portion of Ukraine. The motherland to the north has determined their presence was needed to “liberate” the economically devastated, Russian speaking region Crimea (home of the all important oil pipeline and warm-water port) from the “abusive and intolerant” nation of Ukraine. This “liberation” has unfolded in front of the eyes of every developed nation as we continue to look down with panic stricken faces and policies of war avoidance.

On that note, I write you from the dusted keys of my laptop with no purpose other than to give you my opinion of the crisis, how I interpret the news that has poured into my eye sockets from news sources from all spectrums such as MSNBC, Fox, HUFFPO, Politico, Foreign Policy Magazine, and a few others, and what I believe the unified opinion of the American people should be. That being said, this is by no means an all-inclusive detailed explication of the proceedings in Crimea, but simply a recap of some major details that have been overlooked or underplayed by the mainstream media as the old-timers enjoy phrasing it.

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Being a political talk show and seeing as the infamous “Gun Bill” has just been signed into the law by the Governor of the state of Idaho, I figured it only necessary that I relay an email correspondence that took place between myself and Republican Representative Andrus. To this day, I have yet to hear back from him and, sadly, probably never will. Tune in to Turning Politricks on Sundays between 3:00p.m. and 5:00p.m. to hear more! Thank you infinitely, both for your time and your support.

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In the contemporary world of highly contentious United States politics revolving around anything related to healthcare, Medicaid Expansion is a new initiative that will be facing our Idaho State Legislature in the upcoming session. Since 2007, over 50,000 people have been added to its care program from the original, rather steady number of about 180,000 participants. In lieu of this, the Governor’s Office has deemed it fit to play into cutting funding by 35 million dollars. This,

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Man, machine, or electronic funk guru; call him what you want, Grant Kwiecinski, popularized by his stage name GRiZ, has been tearing up the electronic music scene across the country. With one of the most unique styles of music there is, he has created a niche for party-goers, dance fanatics and music-lovers around the world. Straight out of Detroit, and proud of it, he shows no signs of slowing down.

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Brand New has announced they have cancelled their European tour in August including their dates at the Reading and Leeds Festivals. You can read the statement below:


“Brand New regretfully announce that due to insurmountable personal issues, they have been forced to cancel their August European tour, including appearances at the Reading and Leeds Festivals. Sincere apologies to everyone we are letting down.”

Let’s all cross our fingers that the “insurmountable personal issues” don’t result in something more permanent for the band.

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This is your Weekly Update for April 18-24.

Thursday- Saturday, April 18-21

Misunderstanding Photo “The Misunderstanding.” 7:30 p.m. Morrison Center. This absurdist drama by Albert Camus takes the audience to a small European hotel in a grim world where summer never comes. A young man, Jan, returns home after 18 years to reunite with his mother and sister who run the inn. Instead of announcing himself, he hopes his family will recognize him and welcome him with open arms. $15 general, $12 seniors, alumni, students and military at A free ticket for Boise State students, faculty and staff at the Student Union Info Desk. Visit

Thursday, April 18

LouisMenand100x100Distinguished Lecture Series, Louis Menand. 7 p.m. Morrison Center. The Boise State Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series presents Louis Menand, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of “The Metaphysical Club.” Free, no tickets required. Visit

Student Recital, Robyn Whitmore, violin; Caid Jones, violin. 7:30 p.m. Morrison Center Recital Hall. Free. Call 426-1596.

Friday-Sunday, April 19-21

IDT 2012Idaho Dance Theatre Spring Show. 8 p.m. April 19-20; 2 p.m. April 21. Special Events Center. Carl Rowe will premiere a new work and Marla Hansen will revive “Fractured Silence” in IDT’s final concert of the season. Tickets are $10-$37 at or by calling 331-9592.

Friday, April 19

SUPS BandsStudent Union Performance Series, Last King Outlaw and One Drop. 1-2 p.m. Last King Outlaw; 2:30-4 p.m. One Drop. Student Union Building Patio. The Student Union Involvement and Leadership Center and Student Union Performance Series present a reggae fest in honor of Earth Week. Free. Visit 

Junior Recital, Samaquias Lorta, cello. 5:30 p.m. Morrison Center Recital Hall. Free. Call 426-1596.

Raymond Gay-Crosier lecture, “Exiled in a Spiritual Geography: Albert Camus’s Road to Values.” 6-7:30 p.m. Yanke Family Research Park, 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd. Keynote address for the two-day “Topography and Toponymy in the Works of Albert Camus” international colloquium. Free. For more information, email

Don WilliamsDon Williams. 7:30 p.m. Morrison Center. Country music star Don Williams is out of retirement and touring with his accomplished road band. With his warm hickory baritone and familiar Stetson hat, he draws his listener into the intimate world of an old friend. $30-$65 in advance, $3 more at the door. Tickets are available at the Morrison Center box office, at all Select-a-Seat outlets, at 426-1110 or online at Please note: Original date, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 was postponed due to illness. Tickets for the original show date will be honored for this date. No need to exchange tickets. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled date, visit for refund information.

Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21

Powwow620x320Seven Arrows Pow Wow. Grand entries at noon and 7 p.m. April 20; 7 p.m. April 21. Student Union Jordan Ballroom. Pow wow means high-energy entertainment in colorful regalia, a vibrant culture featuring song and dance, traditional craft vendors, storytelling and demonstrations. $5 general, $3 children 6-12, free for Boise State students with ID, seniors and children under 6. Call 426-5950.

Saturday, April 20

Service Saturday. 9 a.m-2 p.m. Student Union Barnwell Room. Take your pick from four to five service projects at local charitable or nonprofit agencies and learn about new and exciting ways to get involved. Breakfast provided. Participants should wear comfortable, appropriate clothing and closed-toed shoes. Reserve your spot at 

Carl TopilowBoise Philharmonic, Big Bands with Carl Topilow. 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Morrison Center. The 1940s was a period of immense change and an incredible banding together of Americans of all stripes. Through it all musicians like Berry Goodman, Artie Shaw and Glenn Miller kept spirits high. The Boise Philharmonic presents the optimism and joy of this period with guest conductor, clarinetist and comedian Carl Topilow. Tickets are $25.50-$76.50 at

Graduate Recital, Kyle Downs, tenor. 1:30 p.m. Morrison Center Recital Hall. Free. Call 426-1596. 

Student Recital, Nicole Oswald, violin. 3:30 p.m. Morrison Center Recital Hall. Free. Call 426-1596. 

Boise Philharmonic, Youth Orchestra Spring Concert. 3:30 p.m. Morrison Center. Tickets are $8 at the door. Visit

Student Recital, Josh Barro, tuba; Daniel Becerra, tuba. 5:30 p.m. Morrison Center Recital Hall. Free. Call 426-1596.

Rodney AtkinsRodney Atkins. 7:30 p.m. Taco Bell Arena. Rodney Atkins’ “Most Hits for the Money” tour features Josh Thompson. Atkins knows the value of taking the long way home, of veering off the beaten path onto that road less traveled. You can hear it in his music, in the lyrics of his smash single “Take a Back Road,” a song that celebrates that feeling of getting away from the noise of everyday life, really living in the moment and getting right with your soul. Tickets are $25-$35 at

Sunday, April 21

Symphonic300x300Spring Symphonic Winds. 7 p.m. Morrison Center. A tribute to Mel Shelton presented by the Boise State Music Department. Featuring the Treasure Valley Concert Band and the middle school/junior high school honor band. $5 adults, $3 seniors. Students and Boise State faculty, staff and students are free with ID at the door. Call 426-1596.

Tuesday, April 23

Boise State All-Campus Concert Band. 7:30 p.m. Special Events Center Auditorium. $5 general, $3 seniors at the door. Students, Boise State faculty, staff and students are free. Call 426-1596.

Wednesday-Sunday, April 24-28

Misunderstanding Photo“The Misunderstanding.” 7:30 p.m. Morrison Center. This absurdist drama by Albert Camus takes the audience to a small European hotel in a grim world where summer never comes. A young man, Jan, returns home after 18 years to reunite with his mother and sister who run the inn. Instead of announcing himself, he hopes his family will recognize him and welcome him with open arms. $15 general, $12 seniors, alumni, students and military at A free ticket for Boise State students, faculty and staff at the Student Union Info Desk. Visit

Wednesday, April 24

patrick-mureithiScreening of “Icizere: Hope.” 6-8 p.m. Student Union. Part of the Healing Wounded Hearts: Reconciliation in Communities after Violence in Africa program. Filmmaker Patrick Mureithi will introduce the documentary that chronicles the genocide in Rwanda and follows a group trying to find reconciliation after the violence in their community. Free. Free parking available with advance registration. Call 426-1568.

Graduate String Quartet Recital. 7:30 p.m. Morrison Center Recital Hall. Free. Call 426-1596.