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Once upon a time, there was the unholy Canadian union of punky pop star Avril Lavigne and Deryck Whibley, the singer for Sum 41--Canada's answer to Blink 182. But he was a skater boi and she said, "see you later, boi." Instead, she got herself a gen-u-ine superstah busy slamming on his guitar in the form of ... wait for it, wait for it ... Chad Kroeger of Nickelback.

And you thought Miley Cyrus--progeny of Billy Ray--was bad. Just you wait until these two start squeezing out the Vanilla Goth Family Band. There's only one problem, what do we call this doom unit? Avhad? Lavoeger? Chavril? Krovigne? Ugh. Why'd she have to go and make things so complicated?

In news of better Canadian lady vocalists with better taste in man-chicken, Alanis Morissette--previously attached to actor Ryan Reynolds (yowza) and now married to rapper Mario "MC Souleye" Treadway (double yowza)--is going to perform in Boise Monday, Oct. 8. Tickets for that show are now on sale for $48-$100.

Also just announced is Boise Contemporary Theater's 2012-2013 music series. The series will feature Boise's own Hillfolk Noir Saturday, Sept. 15, Nashville songwriter Mindy Smith Friday, Sept. 28, and queen of the minor keys, Eilen Jewell, Saturday, May 4, 2013. Tickets for the series are available now and only $60, so as Hillkfolk Noir sings, "you better run, run, run, fast as you can," to the box office to get you some of them tickets.

And finally, at long, long last, Boise band The Well-Suited will be dropping its debut EP, The Story of James Douglas, with a three-day stint of shows Thursday, Sept. 6-Saturday, Sept. 8. The EP is a concept piece/rock opera exploring the title character's love-loss in the midst of a robotic apocalypse. A press release from the band described it as "a tribute to optimism."

Thursday, Sept. 6, The Well-Suited will perform an in-store at The Record Exchange at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, it will perform at Tom Grainey's with Sun Blood Stories, and Saturday, Sept. 8, the whole shebang will head out to Nampa to play at Flying M Coffeegarage at 8 p.m.


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