Cerberus Rex, possibly Boise's loudest band, recently announced the cancellation of some shows due to "a serious injury" that befell the band's bass player and vocalist, Josh Galloway. The injury: a severed thumb.
According to Zach Von House, the band's guitar player, the injury resulted from an accident cutting kindling, and though it's bad, it could have been much worse. The thumb is reportedly reattached and Galloway is on the mend, though all shows are off for now.
Another band bravely weathering tragedy is Los Angeles-based electro-loop wizards El Ten Eleven. The band started 2013 with bassist Kristian Dunn cracking some ribs and collapsing a lung while skiing in Colorado. Dunn recovered three days before the band took the main stage at Treefort. But less than a week after that, El Ten Eleven had all its gear stolen.
Luckily, the duo was about to release an album of remixes of its most recent record, Transitions. The band released it a few days early and it shot to the top of the Bandcamp charts, raising the cash to buy new gear and once again hit the road back to Boise. El Ten Eleven will play Neurolux Sunday, April 28, with Finn Riggins and Ugly Hussy. That show starts at 8 p.m. and costs $12.
Yet one more act with a hint of disaster about it is Park City, Utah-based Right Hand Band, which will play at The New Frontier Club in Meridian Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27. The band's name is not just a clever play on the term "right hand man." Frontman Jeremiah Maxey plays seriously mean rock and blues licks with only one arm. Those shows start at 9 p.m.
Though there isn't a clever transition from that, there are a few other good shows happening in Boise worth mentioning.
The first is going down at Red Room Wednesday, April 25, when local rap-comedy act Sword of a Bad Speller will be filming a music video for its song "PCP." That show starts at 9 p.m. and costs $3. Crusade, Ditch Tiger and Lucid Aisle will open.
Another interesting band playing in Boise this week is Denver-based indie-rock group Scatter Gather. Its garage-y, experimental lo-fi pop will be on display at The Crux Friday, April 26, with Relentless by Desire and Jac Sound. That shows starts at 7 p.m. and costs $5.
And, finally, local band Storie Grubb and the Holy Wars is reportedly in the studio working on recording a split 7-inch with local chamber-pop supastahs A Seasonal Disguise. Luna Michelle, bassist for the Holy Wars, told Boise Weekly the bands are shooting for a mid-summer release.