A few weeks back, local libraries kicked off this year's Read Me Treasure Valley community reading program, which features the novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The program offers a series of events organized around the book. What it doesn't include is a soundtrack.
Which is why Boise Weekly would like to suggest Montreal-based dream-pop act Grimes, whose album Visions is hard at work titillating the critics. Claire Boucher, the lady behind the name, dished to Minnesota's The Star Tribune in 2009 about her attempt to pilot a homemade houseboat down The Mississippi River with a gang of chickens and a sack of potatoes. The boat was eventually seized by police after the engine conked out and illegally moored. Grimes had to go back to making critically acclaimed music, just like Tom Sawyer.
But not all music requires a houseboat.
Local rap duo Dedicated Servers dropped its new EP, The Finest, by throwing a big release party at The Shredder last week. The six-song collection, which features guest vocals from jazz singer Leta Neustaedter and rapper Eleven, is available for download on Bandcamp. Check out the full review here.
In other local music news, a new music booker has taken over at downtown club The Red Room: Bass Matters, a three-person team comprised of Jen Kniss, Peter Schott and Skyler Durton.
Though Bass Matters has more of a reputation for electronic music than the quirky rock music that previously found a home at The Red Room, Kniss says the trio was hired primarily for its organizational skills, and that they plan to book a variety of eclectic acts in the space, making decisions that are "more fitting to current and local taste." That will include comedy acts, a variety of touring and local bands, Friday-night dance parties and the occasional burlesque show.
To warm Boise up for said festival, there will be a Treefort Warmup Party on Thursday, March 1, at 6 p.m. The party includes an in-store appearance from Portland, Ore., indie band Radiation City, with free beer courtesy of Payette Brewing and all sorts of specials and giveaways, including festival passes, tunes and a totally bitchin' Kindle Fire. After that, Radiation City will perform again at Visual Arts Collective at 8 p.m. with Atomic Mama and Shades.