Wham! artists George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley

The journey of Wham! started in 1981 when it was formed by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. They met at Bushey Meads School near the town of Watford, England. The two at first performed in a short-lived band called The Executive, with three of their previous school friends David Mortimer, Harry Tadayon and Andrew Leaver. They later split but Michael and Ridgeley stuck together and formed Wham! They might as well be one of the best bands to ever come from the UK right next to the Beatles. Wham! became very popular in America and soon landed a contract with Epic Records and CBS. They became known as a heart throb to many American and European teenage girls. Wham! produced several number one hits 

The Bronco Beat is a monthly article that will focus on Boise State Athletics

It has been another month let’s see what the Bronco Beat has for us in store this month.

Men’s basketball- The Broncos tipped off their season just a few weeks ago and are off to good start. The Broncos are 3-0 and have been led by senior forward Anthony Drmic.  Drmic has been averaging 20.6 points a game and is coming off a season high 29 points against Montana. Boise State will face their toughest test of the season when they go on the road to face third ranked Wisconsin. This is only the third time in school history that the Broncos have faced a top three program.

Women’s basketball- The Boise State women’s basketball team also opened up there season. The Broncos are off to a hot start with a 3-0 record and have been led by senior guard Deanna Weaver who is averaging 15.6 points a game.  Boise State will now head on the road to first face Southern Utah and then off to the Great Alaska Shootout.

Women’s volleyball- The Broncos just defeated San Diego State in four sets 27-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22 to win their fifth game in a row. What made the game extra special was that it was on senior night as the Broncos sent seniors Alyssa Gammel, Brittany Reardon, and Taylor Murphy out on a high note. Boise State just has two more games left in the season. The Broncos could finish 3rd in the conference if they win out and that would be the highest finish the Broncos have had in years.

Wrestling- The Broncos opened their season at home last week with a tri-dual meet against Utah Valley and Iowa State. Boise State defeated Utah Valley in a nail biter 19-18 but then fell to Iowa State 36-8. This will be an interesting season for the Broncos as they have 11 freshman on the team and no returning NCAA tournament participants for the first in years. The Broncos will be back at home when they face Oregon State on Dec. 13.

Cross Country- The men’s and women’s cross county teams are gearing up for the NCAA National Cross Country Championships. For the men the Broncos will be represented by freshman Andrew Rafla. The women’s team which is ranked 11th in the nation will be represented by senior Emma Bates, senior Marisa Howard, freshman Emma Hyyppa, senior Tessa Murray, freshman Sarah Hastings, sophomore Anna Holdiman, freshman Gracie Tostenson, and freshman Anne Brinegar.  Bates will be the person to keep an eye for as she is coming off a runner up finish from a year ago.

Football- The Boise State Broncos just keep finding ways to win as was evident in their come from behind victory over San Diego State a week ago on The Blue. The Bronco just have two more games left on the season with a road game against Wyoming and the home finale against Utah State. If the Broncos are able to win out they would go to the Mountain West Championship game which would be right here on The Blue. A win there could give the Broncos an opportunity to play in their third BCS Bowl game.

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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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Yes, it’s that time of year again. Not only is fall upon us, but your favorite holiday is approaching! You may not be aware of all the fun events that are going on. Here are some highlights of some of the top ones you won’t want to miss!

Halloween Trolley Tour-

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

Bon jour all my friends from across the campus, city, state, and world it is absolutely fantastic to be writing to all of y’all again this semester. With my humble greeting out of the way, I am beyond stoked to inform y’all that is finally time for “Tooth and Bristle: A Reading Series”  to start back up. If any of you friends are unfamiliar with Tooth and Bristle it is a writing series put on by Boise State’s own MFA program that highlights the writing that they are doing and give everyone a very FREE chance to check out the work our university is producing.

Welcome back to Pulse Check! Every two weeks, we give you the lowdown on some of our favorite upcoming events in the Boise music scene and beyond. This time around, we’re bringing you upcoming shows from Tomten, Saintseneca, and an art exhibit titled Hyperdontia. Enjoy your Pulse Check, and be sure to check out Turning Politricks every Sunday from 3 – 5pm. For more info on the shows we’ve announced here, have a gander at their Facebook event pages.

Tomten with Tisper & Hex Girl

Opening Reception – Visual Arts Collective – Hyperdontia

Slow Magic with Kodak To Graph and DaktyL

Saintseneca with Busman’s Holiday and Lost Ones