ADRIAN CONNER • AUSTIN WILLACY • LITTLE HERCULES • VISQUEEN • EARLY DAY MINERS • BOWLING FOR SOUP • NORTHWEST QUEST FOR THE BEST MUSIC COMPETITION 

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ADRIAN CONNER

Adrian Conner spent her formative thrashing-a-guitar-on-stage years as Angus Young in Seattle's famous all female AC/DC tribute band Hell's Belles. She's no longer Angus; now she's all Adrian. And that's a pretty good improvement because that makes her the frontwoman of Adrian and the Sickness. Still female dominated, still rocking quite hard and still in yellow dreadlocks, Adrian and the Sickness will likely perform "Sex," the curiously hot first single off their album.

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 9 p.m., $3, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St.

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AUSTIN WILLACY

"This guy's gonna be big!" said Dan Aykroyd as Elwood Blues on the syndicated radio program "House of Blues Hour." He was talking about San Fran-based singer/songwriter Austin Willacy. He's definitely on the track to big; the dude is one of those touring maniacs, constantly on the road all over the world. Which must be tough because, aside from his three-album arsenal, he's also a member of The House Jacks, "the original rock band without instruments." Yeah, the quintet can bust out funk, metal and ballads with unreal vocal potency. Willacy is this week's musical installment at the Coffeehouse Concert Series, a Boise State program open to the public.

Thursday, Jan. 20, 5 p.m., FREE, Brava Stage, Boise State Student Union Building.

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LITTLE HERCULES

Funk band Little Hercules is no lightweight fair weather act. They are strong like big Hercules, believe it or not; the Minturn, Colorado-based quartet has had a pretty beefy year, what with performing alongside all sorts of star funk, prog-rock and jam bands. Now with several discs under their belt, Little Hercules is recognized as one of the nation's top unsigned acts. So see them before they turn all Kevin Sorbo on us.

Friday, Jan. 21, 9:30 p.m., $4, Tom Grainey's, 109 S. 6th St.

the three p's: power, pop, punk

VISQUEEN

Sweat and feel jubilant because Seattle-based power-pop-punk trio Visqueen is coming. True, they are adults, but they are so much fun it will feel like recess when the new lineup takes the stage to jingle all the way with their new songs from Sunset on Dateland and their critically acclaimed 2003 debut King Me. Though original member Kim Warnick recently hung up her bass in retirement, it didn't stop the band from rolling as the remaining members captured Ronnie Barnett of the Muffs to fill the void.

Drummer-turned-singer extraordinaire Neko Case and Shonen Knife will perform too. Lovely Lovey opens.

Friday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m., $3, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St.

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EARLY DAY MINERS

The Early Day Miners Good Time Band may claim that when they show up All Harm Ends Here, but who can believe these steam-powered, Midwestern, post-goth rockers? They sing about ghosts and death, and when we're talking ghosts, I get a bout of skepticitis. OK, so these guys sing about escaping death and ghosts--which, legend has it, they did during the recording of this album at the Old Mt. Gilead Church that's now a cemetery-surrounded recording studio. Maybe it's a gimmick, but the word is that when laying tracks for All Harm Ends Here, they had to halt production for days on several occasions when ghostly flutter nagged the reels of tape. Gimmick or not, a note to the Early Day Miners: Leave your ghosts at home. Chris Brokaw starts the music.

Saturday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m., $3, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St.

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BOWLING FOR SOUP

Wichita Falls, Texas. Sometimes I wonder about the fate of this town; it was the first Texas city to have natural gas service, and it was also the first town west of the Mississippi to purchase a motorized fire truck. And of course it is home to the MTV-punk (read: power pop) band Bowling for Soup. You've heard of them. Their 2002 release Drunk Enough to Dance sported a cloying single "Girl All the Bad Boys Want," which earned them a Grammy Nomination. Naturally they've created a follow up album. It's called A Hangover You Don't Deserve, and it's climbing the charts. Oh, you know this too: The first single from the disc is the kid's-eye-view of a mom's battle to get over her prime. It's called "1985," and it's a guilty pleasure. Opening acts are American Hi-Fi, Riddlin' Kids and MC Lars. Rawwwk like you lost the remote!

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m. $15, Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St.

start your engines

NORTHWEST QUEST FOR THE BEST MUSIC COMPETITION

Northwest Quest for the Best Music Competition is heating up. Kinda like American Idol but cooler and sans British jackass. A panel of judges picked 21 bands out of more than 100 to compete for the title. The rumor is that crowd participation helps determine the winner, so support your favorite local band!

Thursday, Jan. 20: Indie Night with Rebecca Scott, I&I&I, Stella, Avalanche and Cody Sorensen

Friday, Jan. 28: Alternative Rock Night with Sprockets, The PirkQlaters, Outside In, Ravenous and S1nd1cate.

Playoffs and finals are (coincidentally?) timed to coincide with the Super Bowl, so keep posted in the next few weeks as winners in each category get ready to hit it hardcore.

8 p.m., $5 per show, The Big Easy, 416 S. 9th St.

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