Reno's megaphone-wielding, accordion-squeezing troubadours Buster Blue are moseying their raucous caravan back through Boise. The band has kept busy this summer traversing across the Western states--everywhere from Jackson, Wyo., to Donnelly--and packing dance floors with their brand of gory, front porch-stomping folk.
You can catch Buster Blue perform songs from their latest album, When the Silver's Gone, during a free show at Liquid Lounge on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 10 p.m.
In other ass-shaking news, Brooklyn's The Pimps of Joytime will swing through town with the Tour De Fat bike festival on Saturday, Aug. 20. The band just released the album Janxta Funk, which blends genres like afrobeat, salsa, rock 'n' roll and electronica. According to fellow alt weekly the Charleston City Paper:
"The Pimps can't be pigeonholed into a genre--it's all soulful, but one song might segue from an Afrobeat groove to an electronic club beat with sitar. It's all pretty damn funky, and it's impossible to hear it and sit still."
The Pimps will play a show at the at The Bouquet on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 9 p.m. for $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
On the pop punk front, Record Exchange is hosting a special autograph sesh on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 4 p.m. with Baltimore lads All Time Low before their set at the Knitting Factory later that evening. The group is promoting its album, Dirty Work, which features collaborations with Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and Swedish dance popsters The Sounds. Dirty Work is being billed by the band as a "12-track mix of hard-charging anthems and sugar-shot rockers that are poised to dominate house parties and joyrides this summer."
Fans who purchase Dirty Work at Record Exchange before the event will receive a wristband, which guarantees priority placement in line during the CD signing. For more info, visit recordexchange.com.
On the local music front, Red Room hosted its first Red Room Unplugged last Sunday, Aug. 7. The open-mic event featured acoustic sets from Finn Riggins, Busman's Holiday, Grandma Kelsey, Mr. Lambert, Fugue, Eric Larson, Ryan Sampson and BW's own we're-not-sure-when-the-hell-he-sleeps Josh Gross playing as Los Tres Sombreros del Muerte.
Organizers hope that Red Room Unplugged will become a semi-regular event featuring scheduled acoustic sets from local and touring bands along with an open-mic sign-up for audience members.