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"When I'm a-walkin' I strut my stuff and I'm so strung out ..." Ahhhh. The Violent Femmes. Wouldn't it be nice to see them one more time? Well, guess what ... you can. VF is coming back to Boise August 11 at Big Easy. Tickets are $25 and are available at all Ticketweb outlets including Newt & Harold's, The Record Exchange, The Boise Co-op and A New Vintage Wine Shop. You can order by phone by calling 800-965-4827 or 466-8499. You can also get tickets online at www.ticketweb.com or www.bigeasyconcerts.com. No word yet on if there will be any openers, but I will keep you posted. Please don't cancel. Please don't cancel.

Billy Bragg has officially put a scheduled four CD re-issue of his music on hold. Yep Roc records has this statement from Bragg on their Web site (www.yeproc.com): "'As the date of release has approached, I have become increasingly concerned about how I could give the re-releases my full attention. I would feel torn if I was not able to match the enthusiasm and commitment to this project which has been shown by the Yep Roc team. This postponement will make it possible for me to fully support these releases on both sides of the Atlantic. I am sorry to have caused everyone to have to change their plans, but I think it will work out better for all concerned. I am very much looking forward to doing some gigs to coincide with these re-releases.' Cheers, Billy Bragg, July 2005." It's sad that the re-releases have been postponed, but thrilling that this project was in the works at all. ETA is early 2006.

Locals Switch Hitter had a CD preview party at the Bouquet last Wednesday. They invited friends, family and fans to give the CD a listen, rate the songs from one to five (five being the best) and give them any and all feedback before they go back to the studio for final remastering. I don't want to give too much away, but it's good. Check back here for official release date.

ELK is now the place to go for shows that you used to be able to see at The Riot Factory (see Show Reviews, pg. 32 in this issue). There's a big show on July 21 that includes noise rockers The Peppermints and metal rockers Insect Seawall, both out of Seattle, the band S.T.R.E.E.T.S. (Skating Totally Rules Everything Else Totally Sucks) out of Vancouver, Canada and Boise's own rawkin' wrestlers Monster Dudes. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and cost is $3-$5. Call 424-0385 for details and location.

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