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March 9, 2005

Tegan and Sara • Boise State University's Coffeehouse Concert Series • The St. Lawrence String Quartet • The Esoteric • Treasure Valley Youth Symphony • Today in Music History

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Tegan and Sara

Friday 11

Like chocolate and peanut butter, folk-rock duo Tegan & Sara go together perfectly. Probably to be expected because they're twins. Perhaps the twin thing is a gimmick similar to one-sperm rock stars (say Nelson or Evan and Jaron). But there's no doubt that two kids who grew up in the same place at the same time can validate each other and take power in numbers (ala Mary-Kate and Ashley). And evidently these ladies were up for it when they started cranking tunes together at eight years of age in Calgary. In 1998, Tegan & Sara earned the highest score in history at Calgary's Garage Warz competition, and a few years later they released If It Was You, an honest and expressive album. The Ditty Bops open the show.

Big Easy, 8 p.m., $13.50.

Boise State University's Coffeehouse Concert Series

Thursday 10

No avenue offers a more progressive feel than 88 FM college radio stations. Since Boise's radio styles began in the 90s, the next best effort for indie college rock is the coffeehouse. And that's the market Boise State University's Coffeehouse Concert Series aims to corner. This week, singer/songwriter Jessie Veeder will pull together her act for us. Interestingly enough, this show will likely be a refreshingly familiar stop on her rounds-Veeder herself is a college junior at the University of North Dakota, which is a) really cold and b) also lucky to have her on hand most of the year. Young Veeder is already a seasoned performer having done the county fair circuit with her father at ten and finishing her first album at sixteen.

BSU's Union Brava! Stage, 5 p.m., Free.

The St. Lawrence String Quartet

Saturday 12

Like the hither and thither meandering of the powerful and definitive St. Lawrence River, there's a Canadian string quartet that borrows both the name and the passion of the northeastern waterway. The St. Lawrence String Quartet, originally from Toronto (just north of their moniker river), performs with a regnant passion for music that varies between classic and modern compositions-all with emotional energy and sonorous control. The four now live in California as Standford University's Ensemble in Residence and likewise have four albums and over 1,500 performances under their collective belt. They've done pretty well for themselves, eh?

Morrison Center Recital Hall, 10:30 a.m., Free.

The Esoteric

Sunday 13

Unite the sugariest pop bops with the most brain-numbing noise and you'll get something like The Esoteric, a Lawrence, Kansas-based quintet clearly influenced by the spectrum of sound. Their debut album for Prosthetic Records, Sureness of Sleepwalking, hits stores next month. But an even more profound incident in the life of the band happened February 22 around 3 a.m. when their home-including studio, practice space, clothes and equipment-caught flame and burned to the ground. Fortunately, no one was injured but the certain cause of the blaze is unknown. So if you want to help out the band that claims to be the future of music, thrust your being into their abrasive guitars and embrace their compelling lyrics. Figuratively, not literally, ladies.

The Venue, 6 p.m., $8

Treasure Valley Youth Symphony

Sunday 13

Overheard at the Treasure Valley Youth Symphony pre-concert pep rally: "Our Mozart brings all the boys to the yard, and they're like 'it's better than yours!'" Seriously, these 13 to 18-year-old musicians are better than you-many of them have been playing for 10 years and are so skilled at performing challenging works of great composers that the Boise Philharmonic calls the group the "Crown Jewel" of their educational programs. Enjoyable for the whole family, the night will feature Beethoven's 5th symphony, the Barber Violin Concerto, and overture La Forza del Destino.

Borah High School, 7:30 p.m., $7 adults, $5 students & seniors.

today in music history

March 10, 1977

The Sex Pistols signed with A&M Records in London and ceremoniously commemorated the signing in front of Buckingham Palace. Queen Elizabeth II is not their biggest fan.

March 11, 1927

Hear ye, hear ye! The first jukebox is unveiled by Seeburg.

March 13, 1965

Eric Clapton ditched the Yardbirds to become one of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. The same day the following year, Rod Stewart left Steampacket sputtering to start out his solo road to success.