If "fuck yeah!" is a communication staple, you've surely been gearing up for the inaugural Epitaph Tour, which features the record label's next installment of household names: Matchbook Romance, Motion City Soundtrack, From First To Last and The Matches. Headlining the show is Matchbook Romance, the Poughkeepsie, NY, computer geek punk quartet that's been hacking its way into hearts with its jagged and urgent sound. If that ain't punk enough for ya, Epitaph is tossing out free, swag-filled tote bags to everyone at the show. Nothin' more bitchin' than a tote bag.
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 5:40 p.m., $15, Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St., 466-TIXX, www.ticketweb.com.
nyc art rock
Interpol is up to their old Antics. Once just a New York City buzz band, they are now one of the bands most-inserted-into-conversation in the country. Interpolate--get it? Obviously their core goal. And it was easily achieved through their confident and emotional demonstration a la Joy Division and other such post punk-tinged artists. The quartet zoomed starward quickly, and with only two albums under their belts. In just a few short years the band went from playing classic and tiny NY venues to national, arena-like digs. So check them out before they go intergalactic. Blonde Redhead opens.
Thursday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m., $18.50 in advance, $20 day of show, Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St., 466-TIXX, www.ticketweb.com.
boy got soul
Twenty-three-year-old Marc Broussard calls himself "a white boy singing soul music." Great, another G. Love wannabe, you think. Eh, not so much, homey. Broussard comes from a town somewhere near the Leezy-anna bayou called Carencro, which is coincidentally the name of his major label debut. Pop quiz, hotshot: You know this third-generation musician because A) VH1.com picked him as a "You Oughta Know" artist last month, B) The House of Blues chose him as their "Emerging Artist of the Month" this month, C) You've heard one of his two radio hits "Where You Are" and "Home" (which is the theme from NBC's Medium), or D) All of the above. The answer is always "all of the above." He's performing his funky-lovin', Cajun style-rock for free at an in-store performance at the Record Exchange. If you like it, go see him at the Big Easy later. If you don't like it, go to the Big Easy to see his traveling companions Citizen Cope, Toby Lightman and David Ryan Harris.
Friday, Feb. 11, 5 p.m., FREE, The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., 344-8010.
Friday, Feb. 11, 9:30 p.m., FREE w/ticket from The River or The Record Exchange, The Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St.
KEVIN KIRK & ONOMATOPOEIA
What sound does a song make when it ranks on NPR's All Songs Considered Top Ten in 2004 list? It sounds like Kevin Kirk & Onomatopoeia, a Boise collaboration of jazz and classical musicians. The group placed second in the open mic list out of more than 500 finalists. Kirk calls the music "very complex, but very approachable and inviting," which seems fitting for NPR. To celebrate this national recognition, the infrequent performers are actually hitting the stage--not just once, but twice.
Saturday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 13, 2:30 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $5 for music students, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 516 S. 9th St., 338-1109 or 345-9116; firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do you get when you throw together four siblings, a neighbor-kid and a bunch of instruments in a garage? If you're pessimistic you get another Hansen; if your glass is half full, you get Eisley, fresh-faced whimsy poppers from Texas. And even though a band member wrote one of the songs at age eight, they are a cloudburst more dreamy and introspective than your average "Mmm Bop." In 2003, Eisley won a Best New Act award from the Dallas-Fort Worth Observer. Jessica Simpson didn't.
BLUEGRASS IN THE BARN
If you had plans to see the next Bluegrass in the Barn on February 12, dust off that straw and put your dancing shoes away for a week, because its going to be held February 19 instead. Performing at Bob's Barn are the fine bluegrass acts Buckhorn Mountain Boys and Heavenbound. Yeehaw. Shows are FREE, but note that there is no smoking or alcohol--because the two would probably start a fire with all that hay.
HOEDOWN IN B-TOWN
Sidewayz Films presents "Hoedown in B-Town," an all ages event featuring the Boise premier of the new wakeskate movie Fill in the Blanks. Music by DJ Revolve, food by Parilla Grill, break dancing exhibitions by nationally competing break dancers A.O.D., Red Bull drink specials and giveaways all night. All ages, bar with ID and, best of all: it's FREE.
Friday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m., FREE, next to the Sidewayz Cabin on the southwest of corner of Chinden and Glenwood St. behind Boise Recycling.