Downtown coffeeshop The Crux temporarily lost its permit to serve beer and wine earlier this year. It was a blow to the local music community, which had found The Crux to be an excellent venue for bands and fans of all ages to co-mingle, both on and off the stage.
But the shop's issues with Idaho's Alcohol Beverage Control have been worked out and the taps are now flowing alongside the French press, meaning parents of young music fans can now sip a much-needed beer to survive the noise their kids call music when they show up to a gig.
The shop also finished construction on its interior, more than doubling its seating area with a second wing.
But The Crux isn't the only local player in the music community with big news. Boise is sending six bands to Denver's big shindig the Underground Music Showcase, which goes down Thursday, July 19-Sunday, July 22. A Seasonal Disguise, The Dirty Moogs, Finn Riggins, Junior Rocket Scientist, Owlright and Shades will represent the City of Trees in the city of giant animal statues. Passes to the multi-day, multi-venue festival range from $30-$120.
Speaking of The Dirty Moogs, the local Kraftwerk-esque electro-noodling band announced it will release its new EP on Sunless Sea Records, the local label started by Flying M Coffeegarage booker Nathan Walker. Expect that EP to drop sometime this summer.
Another thing that will be dropping this summer is the first volume of Orchid, the comic book penned by Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello. The story revolves around a prostitute-turned-warrior who battles a mutant warlord in a post-apocalyptic world.
"It's a passion project of mine, and it provides an intellectual outlet as well. For me, it's about exploring a completely different art form," Morello told blog io9.
Expect it to hit stands in July. No word yet on when the soundtrack Morello is composing to accompany the comic will be available.
And finally, world-class asshat Chris Brown switched things up a bit and allegedly fought a dude--rapper Drake. Then he tweeted about it. Surprise surprise, the police are now investigating the incident. Perhaps the Miranda warning should be updated to include the phrase: "FYI, you also have the right not to incriminate yourself via Twitter."