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Sounds of the City

A handful of local acts either have a new CD in the works or have recently released one. The variety of music ranges from indie rock, pop, folk, melodic metal and now, hip-hop. Local MC (and schoolteacher) David Maxwell, aka Eleven, debuted Star of the Story last week at Neurolux.

With Boise-based producer-slash-DJ Noah Hyde on board, Maxwell wrote all 19-tracks, which steer clear of hard-edged rap lyrics and instead seem to tell the tale of Eleven over a mix of everything from space-age bumps to Latin-tinged tangos. Hear Star of the Story at a second CD release party this week.

Saturday, Nov. 1, with m(T) Theory, Rhetoric Style, DJ Flow, Dice One, P. Dirt and b-boys, 7:30 p.m., $10. The Venue, 521 Broad St., boisevenue.com.

Vote (and then rock out)

After you vote next Tuesday, you may be hopped up on hope, or desiccated by despair. In either case, a free show at Terrapin Station with Nashville, Tenn.-based trio Sound and Shape might help you maintain a good mood, or help brighten a bad one. The crunchy prog-jam-rock group has toured relentlessly in support of their 2006 debut release, Where Machines End Their Lives and are currently working on a new EP, The Love Electric (hear the title track at myspace.com/soundandshape1).

Tuesday, Nov. 4, with Scam, 9 p.m., FREE. Terrapin Station, 1519 W. Main St., 208-342-1776.

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