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Alive After Five: River Whyless

The Grove Plaza, July 24

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River Whyless once used a typewriter to punch out the rhythm to the folk song "Life Crisis" on NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert while crooning harmonies over the tribal beat. The band's newest album, Kindness, A Rebel (2018), took a step outside of the folk genre. The opening song, "All My Friends," dabbles in lo-fi sounds, and "Van Dyke Brown" has a ton of spunk to it. The band also addresses some new topics lyrically. On the new album, the lyrics address everything from religious and racial discrimination on "Born in the Right Country" and the class struggles of everyday Americans in "New Beliefs" to the devastating effects of war on families in "War is Kind." River Whyless plays the Grove Plaza, Wednesday, July 24, at 5 p.m. for Boise's Alive After Five.

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