The sun is out and the fountain is starting to bubble forth from the bricks of The Grove. That means the clock is ticking down until Boise's Alive After Five summer concert series starts up again on Wednesdays.
The series has featured local openers for the past few years, and will continue that tradition in 2013 with one big exception: The roster of local opening acts will be comprised of Boise-based artists who are participating in the Boise 150 Compilation project.
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Speaking of live local music, there's a ton of great shows to see nearly every night this week.
Wednesday, April 10, hit up Red Room and catch the return of local rapper Arthur Maddox, who recently took some time off to work on a new album. Maddox dropped Trying to be Nice, with all its video game references and Star Fox samples, last month as a purchasable download available on Bandcamp. The show starts at 8 p.m. and features a cast of special guest stars.
Friday, April 12, head to Visual Arts Collective for catchy gypsy-ska band and AA5 alum Diego's Umbrella. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost $12 online or $15 at the door.
If you'd prefer to wear your wizard boots instead of your dancing shoes, head to Red Room April 12 and catch Seattle riff depository Antique Scream, which has a furiously precise approach to metal based in handlebar mustaches and Econoline vans, not spandex pants and Aqua Net. That show starts at 8 p.m., with locals Cerberus Rex and Obscured by the Sun opening. The door is only $3, but you'll probably want to spend a few more dollars on some sort of heat-shielding device to keep your face from melting.
It's also a special Punk Monday at Liquid, April 15, with a headlining set from Hudson Falcons, who play a special kind of no B.S. rock 'n' roll that can only come from a denim jacket-clad, working-class stiff from New Jersey. That show starts at 9 p.m., costs $5 and will feature Machine Gun Vendetta and False Idle as openers.
Finally, the appropriately named Angel Olsen will bring her especially angelic brand of tender and introspective folk to Neurolux for Radio Boise Tuesdays on April 16. Villages and There Is No Mountain will open. Tickets cost $8 in advance or $10 at the door and the show starts at 7 p.m.