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Friday, August 3: IQEQ, Jupiter Holiday, Equaleyes

Show Review


Occasionally, by the time Friday comes around, rather than go out with all of the other party people in Boise, I'm beat from the week and can't wait to get home to a good movie. But last Friday night, I dragged myself downtown and parked at the downstairs bar at the Big Easy, where local bands IQEQ, Jupiter Holiday and Equaleyes were opening for local favorites, Frame of Mind (whom I missed because I had to leave before their set).

I arrived a little late, and the show had clearly started on time, so although I missed most of IQEQ's set, I caught the last couple of songs and they were spot on. Those guys are so full of heart and are so smart (so much so, that I made them start writing for BW), and I just don't seem to get tired of seeing/hearing them perform.

Jupiter Holiday was up next. I hadn't seen them on stage before, and I now understand why so many people—especially musicians—have been telling me how good they are live. They put on such a high-energy performance with their jazz-infused, psychedelic, spacey grooves, the crowd was dancing their dreadlocks off. And man, can that Kendra play keys.

When Jupiter Holiday was done, Equaleyes took to the stage. I had forgotten how really good those guys are. Either that, or they've improved since I last heard them. Guitar player/vocalist Jeff Crosby's voice has a rich, smoky tone reminiscent of another Jeff (Beck), and Equaleyes' bluesy sound brings in hints of country, rock and a little reggae (and even a "Low Rider" riff), giving the three-piece a bigger band sound. There's something really pure about these guys, and if you haven't seen/heard them before, they're definitely worth checking out. Even on a Friday night.