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Where once there were none, now there are a butt ton. Boise bands booked for Treefort Music Fest that is. Festival organizers went on a band-releasing bender, carpet-bombing the Web with new acts booked for the March madhouse music fest. Locals announced include Shades, Le Fleur, Finn Riggins, Atomic Mama, Oso Negro, Microbabies, Red Hands Black Feet, Hillfolk Noir, Storie Grubb and the Holy Wars, In the Shadow of the Mountain, The Maladroids, Art Fad, AKA Belle and The Very Most.

There were some choice touring acts announced as well, including Denver's Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, Portland, Ore.'s And And And, and the Stanford-educated hip-hop of K. Flay. It better be a sturdy tree to support that much fort action.

A performance is also imminent from Boise super-group Mostly Muff. The annual cover project featuring some of Boise's most-talented musical ladies has taken on the genres hair metal and classic rock in the past. The theme for Mostly Muff's performance on Saturday, Feb. 11, at VAC will be "Ladies of the '80s." If P-Diddy were to write the band an entrance theme, it would be called "All About the Benatars, Baby." Dress accordingly.

Also blasting back from the past--though with fewer falsetto high notes and crazy makeup--is Willie Nelson. The legendary country singer signed a new deal with Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony, to release five new collections of material that span his career. Expect new songs peppered in with previously unreleased tracks and some greatest hits, all curated by Nelson. Sony says the first disc should be on its way in the spring.

Also potentially returning to wax is Fiona Apple. The erratic and revered pop singer hasn't released a record since 2005, which is, like, forever ago in Internet time. But in November 2011, she blurted out on a Los Angeles stage that her new songs "have been done for a fucking year." And L.A. Reid, the chairman of Epic Records, recently sent out a stream of Tweets announcing that the album is on its way soon. "Lots of good music coming from @Epic_Records in the next few weeks. Stay tuned music fans. Welcome back Fiona! #BeEpic," he wrote. "Yes Fiona Apple!" he added in another Tweet.

But if Fiona Apple is really returning, that raises the question of how and where she will melt down next. If anyone is starting a pool, BW would like to place a bet on denouncing the Hanson brothers while riding a mechanical bull. Any takers?

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