4:15 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Nez Perce Drummers' Mix Of Old And New Earns Music Award Nod

Lightning Creek are from Lapwai, Idaho.

The Native American Music Awards recognize indigenous musicians from the U.S., Canada and Latin America. It is considered to be the Grammys of Native American music.

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6:30 am
Thu October 23, 2014

New Boise Nonprofit Puts Mental Health First For Musicians

Gabe Rudow sits at the control board at the Hive. The nonprofit wants to help musicians advance their passion in a supportive community.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Organizers of a new nonprofit want to do more than provide cheap studios for Boise’s growing music scene. They’re helping musicians who are struggling with things like stress, depression and addiction by connecting them with low-cost services.

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9:39 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Idaho Rock Musician Paul Revere Dead At 76

Rock musician Paul Revere, known for his outlandish costumes and enthusiastic stage persona passed away Saturday in Idaho.

He was born Paul Revere Dick in 1938 in Nebraska and later came to Boise and Caldwell. He was a teenager in the 50s with a love of music. He started his first band, the Downbeats, which eventually became Paul Revere and the Raiders.

The group became the house band for the Dick Clark TV show “Where the Action Is,” and appeared on Johnny Carson, Ed Sullivan and The Smothers Brothers.

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5:36 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Hospital Near The Gorge Hoping For A Mellow Dave Matthews Concert Weekend

File photo of Dr. Fernando Dietsch, ER director at Quincy Valley Medical Center.

This weekend Dave Matthews returns to the Gorge Amphitheater in central Washington for his annual three-day concert. But it won't be much of a holiday for doctors at a local hospital.

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10:47 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Boise Musician Curtis Stigers Sets Out On His Latest European Tour

Stigers was born in California, raised in Idaho, and still calls Boise home.
Credit Marina Chavez

Curtis Stigers’ latest album “Hooray For Love” is the Boise singer’s first release since his 2012 record “Let’s Go Out Tonight.”

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9:20 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Paul McCartney Adds Montana Tour Stop

Credit Across The Universe / Flickr Creative Commons

Pop legend Paul McCartney has added a stop in Missoula to his "Out There" tour.

The University of Montana announced Monday that the former Beatle is scheduled to play at Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Aug. 5. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on May 9. Prices range from $49.50 to $250 and will be available at all GrizTix locations.

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Arts + Culture
9:47 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Josh Ritter, Michael Franti, Portland Cello Project Included In Sun Valley Concert Lineup

Idaho native Josh Ritter performs in Sun Valley on July 27.
Credit Tim Teeling / Flickr Creative Commons

Idaho’s largest arts organization Tuesday announced its performance schedule for the upcoming season. The Sun Valley Center for the Arts kicks off its annual summer concert series in July and its winter concerts in October. Its lecture series also begins in October and features a noted historian, a rock n roll photographer, and NPR’s social science correspondent Shankar Vedantum will talk about how our brains shape our lives.

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Treefort Fest
11:34 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Boise's Treefort Music Fest Takes Off In Its Third Year

Treefort Music Fest organizers Eric Gilbert (left), Lori Shandro and Drew Lorona take a break from planning the third annual festival.
Credit Frankie Barnhill

West Coast music festivals like Sasquatch and Coachella are mainstays in the industry, attracting some of the biggest names in the business and fans from all over the country.

But this weekend, a newer music festival in Idaho is beginning to make a name for itself among music trendsetters.

Flying under the radar

Three years ago, Lori Shandro could never have imagined she’d be producing a music festival with more than 350 bands.

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Treefort Fest
6:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

9 Things To Do At Boise's Treefort Music Fest

Credit Treefort Music Fest

Alright Boise, the wait is over. The third annual Treefort Music Fest is in full swing, and there's a lot of options. Like, a lot.

But instead of giving you music recommendations, we thought we'd try something different. Here's some ideas for unique experiences that Treefort has to offer -- in no particular order.

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The Two-Way
7:44 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Mapping Differences In America's Musical Tastes, State By State

A map of the U.S. lists the musical acts that set states apart from each other. It's not a matter of an artist's popularity, says Paul Lamere, who made the map, but of a state's distinct preferences.
Paul Lamere, Director of Developer Platform at The Echo Nest

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 11:24 am

Are you streaming music right now? If you're in America's Pacific region, there's a much better chance you're nodding along with Cat Power rather than grooving to Fantasia, which you'd be more likely to be doing if you were across the country in the South Atlantic. Those observations come from a map titled "Regionalisms in U.S. Listening Preferences."

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Treefort Fest
8:30 am
Thu February 13, 2014

352 Bands Set To Play Boise's Treefort Music Fest

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If you're looking for a way to beat the mid-winter cabin-fever blues, the folks at Treefort Music Fest have just the thing. The three-year-old festival has released the final list of musical acts set to play in Boise March 20-23. It's a doozy: in total, 352 groups will show off their talents to music fans at venues around downtown Boise.

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5:08 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Christmas Album Brings Hope And 23,000 Meals To The Idaho Foodbank

Credit Emily Carlin / Flickr Creative Commons

Local musicians and their lyrical Christmas creations brought more than good cheer to Idaho last year.
In December, we told you about a special musical collection aimed at raising money for The Idaho Foodbank. Now, we know  just how much the album raised.

The fourth IdaHo Ho Ho Christmas CD raised enough cash to pay for 23,465 meals for those in need.

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Idaho Music
6:30 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Idaho Musicians Release 4th Holiday Album As A Foodbank Fundraiser

For the fourth-straight year Idaho musicians and local coffee chain Moxie Java have teamed up to release a holiday album to raise cash for The Idaho Foodbank.

The aptly-named IdaHo Ho Ho CD features local artists including Curtis Stigers, Ned Evett, and Belinda Bowler.

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11:26 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Listen: Singer-Songwriter Jeff Crosby Performs On Idaho Music

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Singer-songwriter Jeff Crosby is a native Idahoan, but now calls Los Angeles homes.

Crosby is back in Idaho for a series shows in Boise and Sun Valley. Crosby recently stopped by KBSU 90.3 fm to perform on Idaho Music.

Crosby plays at Boise's The Reef Friday night. He'll be in Sun Valley and Ketchum on Saturday. Crosby is also touring in Montana, Washington and Oregon. You can find his tour dates and download music, here.

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11:13 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Listen: Jonathan Warren And The Billy Goats Perform On Idaho Music

Two members of the group, Jonathan Warren and David Sather-Smith. Drummer Andrew Smith isn't pictured.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Boise band Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats describe their music as "progressive psycobilly folkgrass." It's an amalgamation of many things, as their self-described genre suggests.

The three band members (which includes a cello!) stopped by KBSU 90.3 to perform music from their latest album, "On This Very Evening."

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Idaho Music
11:21 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Video: Boise Band New Transit Performs On Idaho Music

Todd Sloan plays guitar and signs for New Transit.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Three members of Boise band New Transit stopped by the Boise State Public Radio studio this week to perform on KBSU's Idaho Music.

Spoiler alert: these guys are good.

New Transit members Sean Hatton, Todd Sloan and Dave Manion perform songs from their new album, "Country Music Dead", which is available Oct. 11.

Here's a sneak peek of their performance.

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5:31 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Idaho Marching Band's Macklemore Cover Lands On Rolling Stone Top 10 List

Credit University of Idaho Marching Band Facebook Page

The University of Idaho is getting some unexpected national attention this week. It's not for an academic honor or for a big athletics win, it's for a YouTube video of the U of I marching band. The video is featured in a Rolling Stone list of the top 10 college marching band cover songs. 

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9:39 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Air Force Deactivates Fabled Northwest Military Band

Washington Air Guard

  A military band that entertained Northwest troops heading off to the Korean War and played the dedication of Grand Coulee Dam will close their music books for good this weekend. The military is deactivating the 560th Air Force Band, known as the “Band of the Northwest,” based out of Spokane.

The 560th made its last public appearance at a wind-swept ferry christening ceremony on the Columbia River last month.

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Treefort Music Fest
10:57 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Boise's Treefort Music Fest Doubles In Size This Year

Foxygen performed for a packed crowd at El Korah Shrine, a new venue this year.
Jeremy Conant Treefort Music Fest

Treefort Music Fest wrapped up in the early morning hours Monday. More than 260 indie and emerging bands performed at the four day festival. Festival director Eric Gilbert is calling the event's second year a big success, despite being exhausted.

"Losing my voice a little bit, not a lot of sleep, but I'm feeling good -- body's sore," Gilbert says.

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Treefort Music Fest
3:29 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

"Secret" Shows Offer A Free Way To Catch Some Tunes Around Treefort Music Fest

Sage Francis performing late Thursday night at The Reef. He performed spoken word during one of The Record Exchange's "secret" shows earlier in the evening.
Credit John Webster / Treefort Music Fest

You have plenty of choices to make if you're at Treefort Music Fest this weekend. There are more than 260 musical acts at a dozen downtown venues. So for some fans, they've already planned out their weekend music lineup.

But if you can't get enough of the regular schedule, The Record Exchange is hosting a series of "secret" in-store performances. Chad Dryden is in charge of marketing at the Boise store. 

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