Wondrous Bughouse, the sophomore album from Trevor Powers--better known as Youth Lagoon--hit record stores on March 5, leaving sensitive, young tadpoles across the nation in a tizzy. The band debuted its new, bigger-sounding lineup at a secret show at Neurolux Feb. 25. If you missed it, make sure not to miss the band's set at Treefort Sunday, March 24, because Youth Lagoon will be hitting the road hard to push the new disc and Boise may not see them again for a long while.
Another new album with a Boise pedigree comes from slightly less prominent, though equally youthful, punk act Skittish Itz. The album, Had a Food Baby!, is out now on 1332 Records.
And back to the Treefort beat, organizers recently announced topics for the panel discussions that will accompany the four-day music festival. Speakers will delve into the intersection of music and politics, music video production and perform a band "case study," where one local band will have its marketing strategy torn to shreds by a series of industry folks. Get the full list at treefortmusicfest.com.
Also going down during Treefort will be a series of free lessons from touring acts at Boise Rock School. BRS' Ryan Peck told Boise Weekly that the lineup hasn't been nailed down yet, but that plans are in motion and will be announced soon.
In other news of things-not-exactly-scheduled yet, Red Room booker Wes Malvini told BW that he's planning another free summer concert series to follow up last year's Atypical Tuesdays. The series, Bizarro Thursdays, will feature acts that should probably never be on a bill together and a special series of "versus" sets. Stay tuned.
And finally, there are so many great shows this week, it's hard to fit them all into this column.
Rising EDM star Minnesota will play the Reef Wednesday, March 6. That dance-tacular show starts at 10 p.m. and costs $7 with Protohype and Dcarls opening.
Instrumental post-rock princes Caspian will be at Red Room the next night, Thursday, March 7. The Massachusetts band moves seamlessly between riffs that soothe and melt faces, which is good for your pores so don't miss out. The show gets going at 9 p.m. and costs $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Native and Ditch Tiger will open.