Local Boise Basque troupe Amuma Says No is packing up the accordion and heading to New York City. These six hand-clapping, foot-stomping rockers will board a plane this weekend with other members from the local Basque community to check out the Basque Museum and Cultural Center's new exhibit at Ellis Island, "Hidden in Plain Sight: the Basques." Amuma Says No--who will be pushing their regular First Thursday gig at Leku Ona to Thursday, Feb. 11--will also be joined in the Big Apple by the Boise Oinkari Dancers and the Biotzetik Basque Choir.
Speaking of the East Coast, Alec Ounsworth of the Brooklyn/Philly-based band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah has confirmed a show at Neurolux on Monday, Feb. 18. Ounsworth recently released the solo album Mo Beauty, which grew out of an extended trip he took to New Orleans. Also on the upcoming Neurolux calendar are art rockers Xiu Xiu, Tune Yards and Scout Niblett on March 25; the soothing sounds of Baltimore-based dream-poppers Beach House on April 9; the psychedelic beats of Philly indie rockers Dr. Dog on April 22; and the brooding orchestral pop of Austin, Texas, band Shearwater. For a list of other upcoming Neurolux shows, check out the calendar at neurolux.com.
In local band news, The Venue's annual battle of the bands competition, Hot Local Knights, has whittled down the competition to 10 bands: In the Pause, Clusterfunk, Versailles, The Vast Domain, Red Hands Black Feet, Stop Drop and Party!, A Liquid Embrace, Threshold, 23 and Homeless and Blind Justice. These semi-finalists--two each from the previous alternative rock, hardcore, alternative punk, metalcore and indie/acoustic battles--will go head-to-head for the top three prizes: $1,000 in cash, a $500 recording package from Speck Studios and a $450 merchandise package from Defined Productions. Tickets for the final showdown on Wednesday, Feb. 13, are $10, with doors at 5 p.m. and the show starting at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit boisevenue.com.