As summer winds down and the sunset keeps getting earlier and earlier (uggh), the music scene gives us plenty to look forward to. Here are a few shows I have highlighted to catch in the next few months – hope to see you there!
September 18th – Modest Mouse – Outlaw Field (Botanical Gardens)
Isaac and his traveling roadshow will once again make a Boise stop and if their last visit two years ago is any indication, you better not miss this set. This is the first of three dates they’ll play as a warm up before they join The Black Keys for their tour together. I don’t know who the opening act is, but since Built To Spill is on the road we won’t get them like we did last time.
September 24th – Noah Gundersen – Neurolux
See my recent review of his latest album, Lover. Then go listen to that record as well as White Noise. You will then want to go to the show. I saw him in 2017 and it was very, very good.
September 28th – Chris King & the Gutterballs – Olympic
These Seattle lads combine goofy slacker rock with some bluesy flair, and since I missed them at Treefort, I am glad they are making a return trip. Plus, an evening at the Olympic is never one you’ll regret.
October 9th – Keb Mo – Egyptian
The legendary bluesman comes to town and will shred as well as cause some booties to shake at my favorite theater.
October 11th – Paul Cauthen / Kyle Craft – Olympic
Perhaps my favorite one-two punch of the fall, this will be a tremendous evening of old-school country and pop-tinged retro rock. Get a ticket now and thank me later.
October 18th – Lucy Dacus – Olympic
Man, the Olympic is killing it right now. Lucy writes some incredible songs, and her opening set for my man FJM last summer was highly enjoyable.
October 19th – Papa Roach – The Pavilion (Extra Mile Arena for all you lames)
Yep, I put this on the list. A LOT has changed since I last saw them live in 2002, but I remember having a blast. Maybe I’ll go again, maybe I’ll see you there. “Cut my life into pieces!”
October 20th – Highly Suspect / Slothrust – Knitting Factory
I am 100% going because of the opening band. Slothrust is pure goodness and I can’t recommend Leah and her boys enough.
October 29th – Smooth Hound Smith – Olympic
This husband and wife duo got some serious love recently on this blog for their latest album Dog in a Manger, and this promises to be a solid show.
November 4th – Caamp – Knitting Factory
My third highest anticipated show of the fall (behind Modest Mouse and Black Mountain), these dudes bring gravely vocals and beautiful melodies. This has my Absolute Enjoyment Guarantee stamped all over it.
November 8th – The Lil’ Smokies – Olympic
I had the pleasure to see these guys a couple years ago and can attest to their ridiculous musical talents. Fun, low-key, bluegrassy tunes abound.
November 15th – KOLARS / Soft White Sixties – Olympic
Again, here for the opener, but this should be a good evening of music from an interesting pairing.
November 24th – The Talbott Brothers – Olympic
These guys are very talented musicians who carry some beautiful harmonies and selected really cool covers to mix in with their originals when I saw them in early 2018. Oh, and they don’t really look anything alike, even though they are indeed brothers.
December 3rd – Black Mountain – Visual Arts Collective (cool kids call it The Vac)
What a “get” for this small venue – Black Mountain can carry a big stage, as they did when they closed out the main stage on Night II of Treefort this year. Stephen’s guitar mastery coupled with some beautiful backing vocals and the ever-present synths will rock the house, for sure.