The cat's outta the bag.
For the last month, we've been test-driving our latest iPhone app on the downlow and now it's time to let you in on the secret.
BW's iPhone app is free to iPhone users. With it, readers have access to all of Boise Weekly’s online content, including feature and news stories, as well as blog content updated daily. The app also offers extensive entertainment coverage, including previews of upcoming concerts, movie listings, restaurant reviews and suggestions, plus when and where to find everything users want to do. Boise Weekly’s events database can be accessed from the app either chronologically or based on geo-location technology. Users also have access to movie times, nearby restaurants and a real-time map of all the events happening near them.
In other words, it's BW wrapped up in an app.
This is our second iPhone app. In 2009, Boise Weekly launched Cocktail Compass, a location-based happy hour finder for the drinker in search of a bar with a deal right now and right close.
Here's your weekly sample of cover art submissions. And we say this every week: Submission is open to everyone.
Check out an archive of cover submission posts here.
The Kansas-based Westboro Baptist
Cult Church has a long tradition of protesting military funerals with signs that say, "thank God for dead soldiers." It's also not uncommon for their hateful shenanigans to be met with counter-demonstrators. So it should come as no giant surprise that they showed up at Arlington National Cemetery to make a ruckus for Memorial Day on Monday or that there was a counter-protest.
What is surprising is who those counter-demonstrators were. According to CNN, they included America's foremost hate-group and The Westboro Baptist Church's closest competition for the title of Nation's Biggest D-Bags: the Klu Klux Klan.
The Klan members came to show their support for soldiers.
"It's the soldier that fought and died and gave them that right to free speech," said Dennis LaBonte, the self-described "Imperial Wizard" of the KKK group [Knights of the Southern Cross] that he said he formed several years ago.
"That's fine," said Abigail Phelps, the daughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps. "They have no moral authority on anything."
And if there's anyone who knows about a lack of moral authority, it's definitely The Westboro Baptist Church.
Abigail Phelps also asserted Westboro's morally superior stance on racial politics to CNN by saying the Bible doesn't label other races as abominations. In the background, one of the Westboro protesters was wearing a T-shirt advertising a website called jewskilledjesus.com.
No violence was reported at either protest.
Media on media on media. Let the circle jerk begin ...
The Stranger's Dan Savage posted this from the Rachel Maddow show on Sen. Rick Santorum's Google problem. What Google problem, you ask. Go ahead: Google Santorum. But take Maddow's advice and don't do it at work (unless you work for an irreverent outfit like BW) and don't do it in front of your mom. Click on the image below to read Savage's post and see Maddow's clip.
The 32-year-old from Ann Arbor, Mich., not only plays all of the instruments, but he writes and sings all of his own lyrics, too. He's had no formal training and never planned on making a career out of doing what he does, but that doesn't seem to discourage anyone from wanting more of what he brings to the stage and studio. His songs have been chosen as Starbucks iTunes Picks of the Week, featured on Ugly Betty's final season, and in Kanye West and Spike Jonze's short film We Were Once A Fairytale.
Peanut Butter Wolf, head of Stones Throw Records, signed him in 2008 after hearing only two songs. Chances are, it won't take long for the average cat to fall for him as well.
Sorry moody music fans. You may have to wait a bit longer for your knights in white satin to ride in. BW just got an email that the Moody Blues is postponed and potentially canceled due to illness.
From the press release ...
"Due to the unexpected illness of one of the key band members, the Moody Blues must regrettably cancel tonight’s (Tuesday, May 31) show at the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise." We will advise in a few days if a reschedule is possible.”
Ticket holders please retain your tickets as we attempt to reschedule the Moody Blues for a later date. You will be notified as soon as we have more information available.
But the good news is now you have your evening free to catch Meyer Hawthorne at the Lux.
We’re breathless and Sam Beam-ing after watching Iron and Wine’s beardy frontman perform for an audience of about 20 at 94.9 The River's Moxie Java Listener Lounge.
Beam spoke in a soft voice with a light Texas twang and flashed a wry smile when answering on-air questions with The River’s Tim Johnstone. Here are some tongue-in-cheek highlights from the interview:
- On how the father of five girls balances work and family life: “I take a lot of drugs. [Laughs.]”
- On hitting the road with a 12-piece band: "I decided not to make any money on this tour."
- On how he keeps his live performances fresh: “You take the old songs and play ’em like the new songs and take the new songs and play ’em like the old ones.”
- On where he culls inspiration for his lyrics: “Mine is not a diary thing, you grab from wherever you can … A lot of it’s just made up … Inspiration is a weird bird, it’s not very cooperative.”
- On how it feels to be at this place in his career: “Being on top of the world is great. [Laughs.]”
Here’s a video of Beam performing “Tree By the River” off his most recent album, Kiss Each Other Clean. Iron and Wine is playing tonight at the Knitting Factory with Seattle’s The Head and the Heart. The show is sold out.
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For those that couldn't make the trek out to Tumbleweeds, Idaho, over the weekend, BW brought the video camera and got a few performances on tape. You're welcome.
Headed out to Tumbleweeds, Idaho, for two days of music and photo opportunities at Ranch Fest over the weekend.
There were sets from dozens of touring and local bands, both on the barn stage and more intimate acoustic sets around the campfire.
There was so much talent on display it's hard to call faves, but the two acts that stuck out most to me were Yeah Great Fine, a percussively dancey indie group from Portland and Larkspur, an early-60s style country group featuring members of Sleepy Seeds and Spondee. Their set was mostly covers, but they nailed the Patsy Cline sound, complete with weeping slide guitar and standup bass on their originals as well.
Or, check out a few videos of performances from A Seasonal Disguise, Grandma Kelsey and Jared Mees.
For the third year, ArtsWest School for the Visual and Performing Arts held its Molten Metal Pour May 28.
You carve a mold, they fill it with hot metal and voila: You have a new handcrafted knickknack.
BW checked out the action and snapped a few photos. Click here to see a slideshow of the event.