Boise's Like A Rocket cites the Western Gothic ideal and Cormac McCarthy as indirect influences on its latest concept album, Welcome to Anhedonia. On the new record, singer Speedy Gray, bassist Z.V. House and drummer Max Klymenko weave tales of death, heartbreak and old Beelzebub himself. The trio will release the album Saturday, July 20, with a party at Visual Arts Collective featuring fare from P. Ditty's Wrap Wagon. Doors open at 8 p.m., with Marshall Poole and James Plane Wreck opening. Tickets cost $5.
Speaking of local record releases, Boise's Fly2Void has dropped its first album in 11 years, Take On the World, and is celebrating with a release show at the Knitting Factory Friday, July 19, with openers Actual Depiction and The Fav. The 19-song album was tracked locally, but mixed by Jay Baumgardner (Papa Roach, Sevendust) at NRG Studios and mastered by Tom Baker (Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails) at Precision Mastering, both located in Hollywood. The CD release show goes down at 7:30 p.m. and costs $6.
In "put this on your calendar" news, Bill Callahan has announced he's playing Neurolux Friday, Nov. 22. His new album, Dream River, comes out Tuesday, Sept. 17, and a press release from label Drag City calls it "easily the most sensual and soulful of Callahan's career."
In other upcoming show announcements, singer-songwriter Neko Case will be at Knitting Factory Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. Case is touring in support of her new album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. On her new album, Case illustrates the songwriting skills, guitar playing and vocal range that brought her underground fame with former indie band The New Pornographers. General admission tickets cost $25.
If you prefer rhymes over a booming beat to more traditional stringed instruments, get ready to shake your hips Friday, Oct. 25 at Taco Bell Arena for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, with guests Talib Kwali and Big K.R.I.T. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 28, at 10 a.m. for $29.
While Snoop Dogg is largely known for his old-school raps and enduring pot habit, he recently experienced a spiritual awakening after spending time in rural Jamaica and recording his new reggae album, Reincarnated. See Snoop's new persona, Snoop Lion, at Revolution Concert House Monday, Aug. 26, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35.