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System and Station, June 7, Block Party; Visual Arts Collective


Due to state law, the Visual Arts Collective had to become a 21-and-older only venue in order to continue selling wine and beer at events. Sad news for youngsters who will thereby have to miss out on System and Station with Revolt Revolt and The Universal on June 7. But never fear, you of no valid ID. System and Station will take to the streets (or at least the parking lot) for a set during the Woman of Steel Gallery's Liberty, Let's Roll! Block Party that same day.

Portland-based System and Station began life as a Boise band in 1998. They moved to the Midwest until 2001, when the call of the mountains brought them back to the Northwest. Though the faces of the band morphed more often than Michael Jackson's "Black and White" video, founder RFK Heise (vocals/guitar/kazoo) stayed strong.

System and Station's 2006 Here Is Now, is a brilliant, meaty rock record and fans can look forward to the August 26 release of A Nation of Actors.

The band is slated for just three shows before the new release drops, including the two in Boise. Heise said they want to do a little warm up before they head out in August to fully tour in support ofA Nation. He'll be joined by bandmates Adam Schultz (bass), Palmer Cloud (guitar) and Brian Fairfield (drums). Heise said the show at VAC will include old music and really old music from back in their Boise days, but will mainly feature tracks from the upcoming album.

June 7, 6 p.m., FREE, WOS, 3640 Chinden Blvd., 208-424-8297; 8 p.m., with RevoltRevolt and The Universal, $5, VAC, 3638 Osage St., 208-424-8297.