Review Category : Events

Julianna Barwick, Nov. 19, The Crux

Julianna Barwick performed at The Crux on November 19th. Watching Barwick was definitely an experience like no other. The entire crowd at the quaint coffee shop was absolutely silent during the entire set. With soaring vocals that make you feel like you are standing on the top of a glacier, ready to conquer the world, Barwick was able to silence downtown Boise. The entire performance was entrancing and almost hypnotic.

Barwick just released Nepenthe, August 20, 2013 and recently got off a huge tour with Sigur Ros.











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Brett Dennen: Smoke and Mirrors Tour

What happens when you have a wonderful venue  and two extremely good acts come into town. You get Brett Dennen accompanied with Grizfolk at the beautiful Egyptian theatre. It was an almost sold out show but the audience was totally into the show. The air was filled with voice and aisles were occupied with dancing .

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Come Along, Pond

We all have an inner geek, I think its safe to say. There comes a day when we all come together to celebrate that nerd in all of us. So I suited up, bought my tickets, tallied up my arms, and headed out to the party. The 50th anniversary of the honored British sci-fi show Doctor Who is here.

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Mad Dukez & Fresh Kils Take Over The Shredder Once Again

I originally heard about Mad Dukez and Fresh Kils last year when they opened for Blueprint on his Bend But Don’t Break tour and they blew me away. I had heard about them in passing but seeing their live show made all of the difference. Hip hop through and through, they had no problem getting the crowd moving and hyped and prepared for Blueprint to take stage which is sometimes hard to do for hip hop shows at the Shredder.

The venue usually puts on metal shows, is covered in old metal show flyers, headless mannequins, odd dolls, a half pipe and is located in a back corner of 10th street just far enough from downtown for it to be difficult to find.

When I heard they were coming back this way, I jumped at the chance to talk with them about their new project Gettin Gatsby, heres what they had to say.

Welcome back to Boise guys! The first show was a lot of fun.

Kils- Thanks for having us. We had a total blast here. It was really funny. We pulled up before the sound guy got here and it had this middle of nowhere vibe when we pulled up because its kind of an off street. Were like, this cant be the right place right? And then I was like, its called the Shredder, okay its called the Shredder, thats so Teenage Ninja Turtles but it cant be. Then I come in and theres a fuckin half pipe and shit and I’m like its the Shredder. Its way cool man.


OM- Last year was you guys’ first tour together?

Kils- Not only was it our first tour together it was like our third time together. Period. It was actually the third time we’d hung out, and we had an EP and were on the road with Blueprint.

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The Monster Bash: A Spooky Good Time for All!

by Keely Mills and Ryan Hoffman

On Oct. 25, the empty Lookout Room was transformed into a Halloween extravaganza. Streamers in black and purple fell from the ceiling, signs of warning, beware, and danger displayed on the walls, pumpkins scattered everywhere, and a table full of spooky treats. All of that topped off with mini vampires, princesses, super heroes, and animals came together to create a night of entertainment for the young and old.

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Smoken Strings Tour comes to Boise

This Friday Jay Tablet and Kytami will be at the Ice Bouquet on their Smoken Strings Tour. I am fully aware that the Ice Bouquet has been through multiple changes and because of this the venue isn’t a local favorite but I implore you all to take a chance on this show and the venue. Regardless of your preference, the music will be great.

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Boise are you ready for ZEDS DEAD??!

Zeds Dead’s Altered States Tour is going to be here in Boise this Sunday at the Knitting Factory with Green Lantern and Branchez. Their live show for this tour is going to be completely out of this world. With 3D lighting, it is said to give the illusion of infinite depth and the most advanced speakers on the market now.

Zeds Dead consists of Dylan Mamid, or DC, and Zach Rapp-Rovan, or Hooks. The name, Zeds Dead, comes from a scene in a classic Quentin Tarantino movie, Pulp Fiction & is a funky mix of their initials. Their sound and energy is without a doubt hip hop influenced which gives this dubstep duo a wide range of sound. You can also hear the progression of  electro-house, glitch and Drum and Bass in their always transforming dynamics.

Zeds Dead’s Latest  EP Hot Sauce  is nothing like you have ever heard from them before and I could not be happier about it. The link for the stream and purchase is here. 

Get your tickets now before they sell out!

FABIENNE: “Who’s motorcycle is this?”
BUTCH: “Its a chopper, baby.”
FABIENNE: “Who’s chopper is this?”
BUTCH: “Zed’s.”
FABIENNE: “Who’s Zed?”
BUTCH: “Zed’s dead, baby, Zed’s dead.”

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Houses at the Neurolux!!


The Chicago duo Houses will be at the Neurolux this Thursday, October 3rd to grace us with their beautifully dreamy electro-pop. Dexter Tortoriello triumphed over personal road blocks like drug addiction and the like before he started working at a local Apple store in Chicago where he met Megan Messina. The two started seeing one another and what we now know as Houses was eventually created.  Their album Winter (A Return to Spring) is full of smooth, slow swaying instrumentals, coupled with heavy reverberated vocals that completely pull you into the foggy world that is HOUSE.  With each smooth melancholy release this group excels in creating their own place in the music world.

Houses is currently on tour promoting their latest album A Quiet Darkness. This album was inspired by the California’s Highway 10 and the abandoned houses and desert along the way. Samples for the album were taken from Desert Center, California and other ghost towns around that area and closer to Arizona. In an interview with Huffington post, Tortoriello explains the process,”We finished the record at Sonic Ranch studios, which is a beautifully isolated studio on a pecan farm in El Paso, Texas, and then afterwards moved to L.A. The album from start to finish travelled quite a bit and saw many different incarnations in each location, each of which brought the songs into new directions.”

Reaching for something cinematic, taking you with them through their journey in the desert. This is not an album you should not soon forget or a concert that you should miss.

Come to the Neurolux this Thursday. The show starts at 7pm, being opened by Amp Live and Lamont Kohner. Ten dollars at the door, eight dollars in advance at the record exchange.

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