by Andrew Crisp
Famous for its alt-country twang on the 1999 debut The Tennessee Fire, My Morning Jacket now deftly dodges classification. The band will return to Boise Sunday, Sept. 9, to play the Idaho Botanical Garden in the waning days of Boise's steamy summer.
In 2002, My Morning Jacket performed to a much smaller crowd at Neurolux. Since then, the band has dropped four other full-length albums, re-shuffled members and morphed its sound dramatically.
Coincidentally, Boise now serves as home to former MMJ guitarist Johnny Quaid, who currently fronts the Americana act The Ravenna Colt. That country collective takes the Old West motif and runs with it.
MMJ tour-mates Shabazz Palaces—comprised of Ishmael Butler and Tendai "Baba" Maraire—create experimental, chaotic, reverberating hip-hop. Shabazz Palaces' 2011 release Black Up pairs chunky electronic sampling with ethereal female chants, topped by Butler and Maraire's distorted rhymes. The result is something akin to a post-apocalyptic drum circle.