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Hillfolk Noir, Paul Tillotson Trio, Audiolab, The Trail Beyond

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Hillfolk Noir invites everyone to help them celebrate the release of two new albums: Hillfolk Noir: Live from the Old Pen and Skinny Mammy's Revenge at the Linen Building on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. It's family friendly--the youngest Ward can sometimes be seen strapped to Mom's back during a performance--with a coloring contest and an egg toss for the tykes. Washboard rhythms, heavy guitar, melancholy banjo and the dark profundity of a stand-up bass give Hillfolk Noir's music a foot-stompin', two-steppin' vibe, but their inky, folky sounds reverberate with creepy things hiding in forest shadows ... or coming right at you. In "The North Idaho Zombie Rag," HN frontman Travis Ward sings a sweet, spooky warning:

"The zombies can come to your window / zombies can get you in the dark / If you're dead well you've got nothing to worry about / because soon your life will be cut short. / You better run, run, run as fast as you can / you better run, run, run, run, run, run."

Run, run, run to the Linen Building on Sunday, Dec. 5. General admission is $5, families get in for $20. Hear songs from the new albums at petometz.com.

Just like Santa Claus, Paul Tillotson returns to Boise year after year bearing gifts of music. This year, you can hear the Paul Tillotson Trio for free at Lock, Stock and Barrel Dec. 14-18 at 8 p.m., and at their annual concert at Borah High School on Monday, Jan. 10. PT3 will be joined by the Borah Jazz Orchestra, Choir, Squids and Jazz Band. Donations go toward a $1,000 scholarship for a Borah High music student.

Shamsuddin "Noah" Kadre of Candread and the Rizing Rezistance is striking out on his own with a new band: The Trail Beyond. The country/Americana/rock project will celebrate the release of their debut CD, Treat Your Sisters Right at the WC Lounge in Eagle on Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. They'll be joined by Candread and Organized Sound.

Back in 2007, we told you the exciting news that Audiolab would be moving across the street into Garden City's art gallery/performance space, Visual Arts Collective. At least once a year, we'd mention "any day now, Audiolab will be moved into the space and open for business." By the time 2010 rolled around, we weren't sure if owners Steve Fulton and Pat Storey would ever make that few-hundred-yard trek across Chinden. Well, guess what? Audiolab is completely moved in and fully functioning. Here's our video interview with Fulton who talks about the new space, recording and more.