I got four turntables and a microphone. OK, I lied, I don't have any of that stuff but Psyche Origami does. The hip-hop trio has blown up with their neatly folded paper sculptures. OK, I lied again. The Atlanta-based DJs Dainja and Synthesis, and MC Wyzsztyk put a new, novel spin on the exchange between the MC and the DJ. The guys are smart, crafty and obscurely tantalizing. Their first full-length album Is Ellipses has drawn worldwide fans as well as comparisons to other hippityhop envelope pushers The Roots and Jurassic 5.
Wednesday, November 17, 9 p.m., $3, Neurolux.
Bury Your Dead
Hardcore hardies Bury Your Dead are so brutal, destructive and raging because winters in their home state of Massachusetts are really quite unpleasant. I maintain my hypothesis that those bitter winters are the root of that volatile and unforgiving East Coast hardcore scene, and Bury Your Dead backs me up. These guys are pretty angry, which is quite valuable for screamo hardcore metal bands, and that's why they have attained much success after just a few short years together. Scars of Tomorrow play with them, an equally pissed off team of young musicians slamming out an intense pulverization of metal to mosh to. These guys, however, are from Southern California where it is always warm and sunny, so I don't know why they are as irate.
Sunday, November 21, 6 p.m., $8, The Venue.
Thanks to Boise State University for The Coffeehouse Concert Series--which is just like the Summer Concert Series, but celebrates places for hot drinks instead of a season for cold drinks. Pretty indie singer-songwriter Kyler England will hit the stage this week to soulfully blend her unique amalgamation of folk, rock and pop about startlingly unconventional topics such as love, life and life with and without love. England, who is not actually from Europe, took first place in the 2003 Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest.
Thursday, November 18, 5-7 p.m., FREE, Student Union Brava Stage, Boise State campus.
french fried guitar
Bolin Guitars 25th anniversary
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Bolin Guitars. To celebrate, Gentle and the Bolin All-Stars will perform and someone on stage will unveil a new creation: ConAgra and McDonald's have teamed up with Bolin to create a guitar called the French Fry. In my opinion, solely reflective of my opinion: Yikes! What a weird and scary clash of companies. But it's kinda like a train wreck in that you gotta check it out. The body of the instrument looks like a box of greasy potatoes.
Friday, November 19, 10:30 p.m., $5, Big Easy.
country blues trio
Since December 2003, Dylan-Thomas Vance's original bluesy number "Old Man Devil" won several all-time best awards on Garage Band, a top online free music community. Now touring, the Portland-based lap-slide guitarist and his Powerhouse Trio are dishing some old fiddle and fleet-fingered precision country blues. The trio consists of fiddler/co-vocalist Griff Bear and rockabilly bassist/also co-vocalist Allen Hunter. Watch these fellas play fast and furious rowdy roadhouse blues. It's fun. Or watch the audience hoot and holler and kick up their heels like they're actually at some rowdy roadhouse. That's fun too.
Friday, November 19, 9:30 p.m., FREE, The Ha' Penny Bridge.
all about you (and tom)
Tom Grainey's Turns 25
Usually celebrating someone else's birthday is lame-o! You have to get them a gift, take them for dinner, get them a drink. Blah, blah, blah, all about them, nothing about me! But on the birthday of my good friend Tom Grainey, things are a little more about me, thus a little more fun. Plus I don't have to buy a gift! Tom Grainey's is turning the big 2-5, the quarter century mark--and to celebrate, the bar is offering 1979 happy hour prices from 4-8 p.m. and tunes from 6th Street Collective.
Friday, November 19, 4 p.m.-close, Tom Grainey's. :