As temperatures (and unfortunately gas prices) go up, musicians from Providence, R.I., to Palo Alto, Calif., and Seattle, Wash., to St. Petersburg, Fla., load up their vans and hit the road, offering up a myriad of sounds in clubs and bars across the U.S. Here are just a couple who are making stops in Boise this week.
On Wednesday, folk/indie/punk musician Drew Grow takes the Pengilly's stage with friend and local musician Kris Doty. Grow, who cut his musical teeth playing "god rock," describes playing music as a "personal and spiritual experience," according to his Web site, www.drewgrow.com. The Portlander's music is gritty, airy, raw and polished all at the same time, with a Northwest flair. There is no He with a capital H. He lays God and Jesus right out on the line. Grow writes, "Take me back ... to Jesus," and "You make me miss you like God." But he also writes, "Another coke line looks like all I am," and "Bitchslap will teach us to be little girl naive." His latest release, Next Lips, is a beautiful collection of songs as complicated and shimmery as a spider web and should make for an amazing evening performed live.
From one end of the musical spectrum to another, and one side of downtown to the other, the CunninLynguists play Neurolux on Friday with PackFM. The CunninLynguists are Deacon the Villain and Kno, a duo from the "Dirty South" with smart, sharp raps and big beats backed by sweet, symphonic samples. Their sound is groovy and cool and would work equally well as atmospheric music swirling in the background, or loud and proud, shouted across an audience in a club.
PackFM is a Brooklyn-based rapper who also makes sure the music lying under his rhymes is as thought-out as his lyrics. He employs a range of sounds from big band to gospel to '80s melodies, rapping about tagging subway cars, getting robbed and his girl's favorite sandwich.
With all this heat, it's a good week for cool music.
Wednesday, May 16, Drew Grow (with Kris Doty on stand-up bass), 8:45 p.m., FREE. Pengilly's, 513 W. Main St., 208-345-6344.
Friday, May 18, CunninLynguists with PackFM, 9 p.m., $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886.