Once kings of the local music scene, Boise ska band The PirkQLaters ended with a thunderous fizzle five years ago, its members scattering to other bands like Hotel Chelsea, All Hands Go and, in the case of the band's trombone player, a music Ph.D. program.
But the band recently re-formed and will play Knitting Factory Thursday, May 23.
Read an interview with Ryan Sampson about the band's re-formation on Cobweb.
Another date local punks should mark on their calendars is Saturday, June 15, when Boise will host the three psychobilly goats gruff, Nekromantix. The Danish rockers will play at Red Room with locals Demoni.
But that's not the only date to mark down on your calendars. The lineup for the Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series at the Idaho Botanical Garden was recently released. Widespread Panic and Bloodkin will perform Wednesday, July 10; Willie Nelson and Family will play Sunday, Aug. 25; and Ben Folds Five and Guster perform Friday, June 28. The only catch with that last show is that afterward, you'll have to sit through Barenaked Ladies.
On Tuesday, July 9, the series will feature NPR megastar Garrison Keillor and the cast of yahoos from A Prairie Home Companion, including singer Aoife O'Donovan and comedian Fred Newman.
Moving from live performances to recorded ones, The Record Exchange will celebrate the sixth annual Record Store Day Saturday, April 20, with all kinds of shenanigans, including a food truck rally from 4-8 p.m., a Go Listen Boise bake sale, performances all day long from buskers and more than 400 exclusive, limited-edition releases.
The gift shop opens at 8 a.m., with free drip coffee and Guru Donuts for folks waiting in line. The Record Exchange will be open from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. on Record Store Day, with 20 percent off used CDs, vinyl, DVDs and cassettes all weekend, Friday, April 19-Sunday, April 21.
Some standout RSD releases include a 7-inch box set from Rancid, a Public Enemy picture-disc, a split 7-inch single from Deep Purple and Type O Negative and demo sessions and a 7-inch from Willie Nelson. There will also be a double-live LP from some local band called Built to Spill.
To kick things off Friday, April 19, the RX will host a RSD Listening Party, where it will raffle off first-in-line privileges and offer free beer--courtesy of the enablers at Payette Brewing Company--from 6-8 p.m.