Typically, music news is all about the new. But an article in the latest issue of the Journal of Human Evolution goes in the other direction, claiming that several flutes found in a cave in Germany may be the oldest musical instruments ever discovered.
The flutes, made of mammoth ivory and bird bones, are dated at 42,000-43,000 years old, which is old enough to suggest humans entered the upper Danube region several thousand years earlier than believed. The previous record-holder for oldest instrument was also a bone flute, but it was barely 35,000 years old, hardly worth calling secondhand at that point.
This year's lineup for Stanley's annual Music From Stanley series includes performances from ex-My Morning Jacketer The Ravenna Colt on Sunday, July 29, fretless supahstah Ned Evett on Sunday, Aug. 26, and Old Death Whisper on Sunday, Sept. 2. The series is performed at the Redfish Lake Lodge and broadcast on KBSU, KBSW and KISU in the fall.
But if escaping the clutches of Mother Idaho is the order of the day, you can always go West, young man, to Portland, Ore., and into the loving arms of its annual multi-day, multi-venue shindig Musicfest NW, which will go down Wednesday, Sept. 5-Sunday, Sept. 9.
The lineup for the festival includes performances by both Dinosaur Jr. and its frontman J. Mascis. Other bands include Silversun Pickups, Beirut, Sebadoh, The Helio Sequence, Yelawolf, Lightning Bolt, Menomena and many more, including a smattering of Treefort vets. Wristbands for the festival cost $75-$250.
But if all that live music is a little too real for you, then make a music video instead.
Submissions are now open for the third installment of 208 Music Video Festival, a line-up of local music videos that will screen at Neurolux on First Thursday, Sept. 7. Videos must feature an Idaho band and/or director.
Submissions are required to be in MP4 format and can be dropped off or mailed to Neurolux, care of Kathy O/Tiger Spittle. It is free to submit videos before Thursday, Aug. 2, but costs $5 after that. Submissions close on Thursday, Aug. 23.