Do You Feel Lucky, Punk?
Local label 1332 Records hosts the final round in their weeks-long battle, which pitted punk against punk and metal against metal, on Monday at Liquid. Contenders for the title of biggest punk or headbanger are The Useless, Wake Up Dead, Strings and Chemicals, and Fault Paradox.
1332 co-owner Levi Poppke said the winner, which the audience helps to decide, wins recording time at Mad Maddox recording studio. 1332 will print and distribute the resulting CD, and a portion of the sales will go to the band. "It's a lot like getting a local recording contract," Poppke said.
It's free to get in, or $5 gets you a say in deciding who gets to press some of their music into perpetuity. As in, you get to vote.
Monday, Mar. 2, 9 p.m., $5 if you want to vote. Liquid, 405 S. 8th St., 208-287-5379.
On Saturday, Growing Renewable Agriculture in Africa with Credit Establishment (GRAACE) holds a benefit concert to build wells in Ghana.
The concert takes place at the Powerhouse Event Center with entertainment provided by Salt Lake City-based alt-rockers The Gorgeous Hussies, Utah's pop-punk trio Short Access and Boise-born King Cotton (formerly the Billy G. Camp Band) and will include African drum and dance music as well.
Saturday, Feb. 28, doors at 7 p.m., tickets are $13 in advance through ahopeforafrica.org (click the donation tab) and $15 at the door. Powerhouse Event Center, 621 S. 17th St., 208-433-0197. For more information, visit ahopeforafrica.org.
Like Jason Voorhies, The Real World franchise just won't die, and on Tuesday, Mar. 10, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Reef is hosting an open casting call for the 23rd installment of this immortal show. Casting directors from Bunim/Murray Productions ask that applicants be between the ages of 18 and 24. They want to reflect the diversity of the general population, and they'd love to "include a person who is physically challenged ... struggling with weight issues ... dealing with the immigrant-to-citizenship process ... coming out of the foster care system ... currently grieving over the loss of a spouse or significant other ... or who wants to bring the spotlight of The Real World to a cause or social issue they care deeply about." Uh-huh.
To apply, take photo ID and a recent picture of yourself, which will not be returned.
Tuesday, Mar. 10, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Reef, 125 S. 6th St., 208-287-9200, reefboise.com.
Bring It On
On Tuesday, Mar. 3, the Bring The Noize tour hits the Knitting Factory. We spoke briefly with Brad "Daddy" Xavier, one of the vocalists from headliners Kottonmouth Kings. We asked about his stolen van, KMK's new album and his take on the Michael Phelps scandal. (BDX: "You know how many stoners eat Kellogg's cereal?") To read the interview, visit boiseweekly.com and click on Noise.