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Flakes, Heists and Hype

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After months of skyward frowning, we finally got that dump of snow that every powder hound with an unused Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area ski pass has dreamed of. Ironically, on that very same day, Jan. 18, Curtis Stigers hosted Get Louder for Powder, a benefit for the previously barren Bogus.

Undeterred by the slush, folks flocked to the Basque Block decked out in ski gear and threw back $1 Bogus burgers and copious amounts of $1 beer. According to BW Reporter Andrew Crisp, DJ Brad Rowen handled the block party until Stigers took the stage inside the Basque Center, alongside acts like Rebecca Scott and Bill Coffey. Check out a video of how loud the crowd actually got at

The snow also couldn't cool the heat steaming off the Egyptian Theatre dance floor at the March Fourth, Pimps of Joytime and Diego's Umbrella show on Jan. 18. According to BW freelancer Mika Belle, more than 100 people packed the dance floor, an unusual occurrence at the seated venue.

Belle noted that Diego's Umbrella played post-modern gypsy dancehall while the Pimps of Joytime threw down booty-shaking funk, spiced with Latin jazz, and March Fourth brought back its wild, circus-themed live show. Check out a slideshow of the colorful performance online.

On Jan. 19, Crisp traded his parka for a trench coat and headed over to the Idaho State Capitol for a lecture by Robert Wittman, founder of the FBI's Art Crime Team. In addition to detailing his exploits solving international art crimes, Wittman also captivated the audience with footage from a hotel-room sting in Copenhagen and a slideshow that compared sexy Hollywood art thieves to their real-life, pasty-faced counterparts.

Moving from heists to hype, BW New Media Czar Josh Gross checked out the album-release party for indie/blues/electronic darlings Atomic Mama on Jan. 20. Though the band has experienced a steady trajectory upward in its first year together, its set Friday night was disappointingly meh.

According to Gross, the now trio--featuring Daniel Kerr (vocals and guitar), Jake Warnock (bass, keyboards and vocals), and new drummer Stephen Gere--didn't start off strong with one of its signature psychedelic electro-epics but rather led with a series of "far less engaging bluesy rock songs with half the punch and none of the mind-blowing." A series of problems with the monitor mix onstage also didn't help.

But once Atomic Mama went electro, the ass-shaking commenced. At the end of the night, the feverish crowd shouted "one more song" like it was the chorus to an '80s rock anthem and the band obliged.

And from beginnings to endings, Crisp checked out indie rock trio Low-Fi's final show at Tom Grainey's on Jan. 21. The band announced that it would be going on indefinite hiatus in early January, and its final show included a collection of hits and a moving Neil Young cover. Stay tuned for new projects from members Todd Sloan, Josh Gilmore and Kevin Alspach.