April 13, 2005 

Garrison Starr-Lamb of God-The Amadeus Trio-Maktub-Eileen Ivers-Trick Daddy-Kreator

Wednesday 13

Garrison Starr

Thanks to the Ying Yang Twins and other beat-seeking missiles, female rockers on the market are rare these days. Garrison Starr, however, is one. She's a solo female rock artist, a girl with a guitar ala Chrissie Hynde, and she's supporting her latest album, Airstreams & Satellites, which sounds like something dangerous for drunken pilots. Starr will offer her charm as a well-traveled soul along with her touring partner, singer/songwriter Melissa Ferrick, the Boston-based lass who played all the instruments on her last CD, The Other Side. The Bouquet, 9 p.m., $8

Thursday 14

Lamb of God

True story: Last month, boarding a flight to Boston, the woman behind me groaned, "Oh, great, my seat's next to that nasty Rastafarian," as she looked ahead to her seat beside a sweaty dreadlocked fella. I almost told her that the nasty Rasta is really the singer for Shadows Fall and the whole band was heading home from an Australian tour. And she'll never know the truth since the band members slept the entire flight home. Evidently they don't get much rest-they're back on tour: this time, the motherland. Shadows Fall's recent album is The Art Of Balance, which they call "heavy metal for rock fans, rock for heavy metal fans, and rock and heavy metal for the hardcore fans." No reggae whatsoever. They play with a band who in 1998 went by the name Burn the Priest and was unheard of outside Richmond, Virginia. In 2003, they changed their name to Lamb of God and co-headlined the first MTV's Headbanger's Ball Tour, one of those two events took them out of the underground.

Big Easy, 7:15 p.m., $19.50

Thursday 14

The Amadeus Trio

Known for pouring themselves into their music like their namesake Wolfgang A. Mozart, the Amadeus Trio is one of the most dynamic chamber music groups around. It's good, because if they took the name Wolfgang instead, I would expect something a little harder, perhaps hip hop. And for the last fifteen years, the trio of pianist Marian Hahn, violinist Timothy Baker and cellist Jeffrey Solow has been recognized for their brilliant virtuosity and superb musicianship, together and independently alike. Don't let the moniker fool you, they play works from all the big composers.

Jewett Auditorium, Albertson College, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 16

Maktub

Not even running uphill half-marathon Robie Creek (or handing out booze at the summit) should make you too tired (or too drunk) to see Maktub. The Seattle soul rockers are back in Boise with a new album, Say What You Mean-lighter than the last album but equally funky. Singer and commander of the 'fro, Reggie Watts' deep and frolicking voice is like hot cider spiked with bourbon-a drink too sophisticated for a Dixie cup shot at the top of Robie.

Big Easy, 8 p.m. $10 or $12 at the door.

Saturday 16

Eileen Ivers

Everyone knows there's a lot of pressure to keep proving your status when you're at the top. I learned this from watching The Sword in the Stone; Eileen Ivers learned this from being the nine-time all Ireland fiddle champion. Consequently, society has put her in charge of the future of Celtic fiddle. The fact is this Irish-American is just Eileen, Eileen from the Bronx, born to Irish immigrant parents and schooled diligently in traditional Irish music as a young child. So it's no shock the New York Times calls her "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin."

Northwest Nazarene University, 8 p.m. $25-27.

Sunday 17

Trick Daddy

It's funny that Trick Daddy, one of the most thuggish rappers around, has been so warmly embraced by mainstream America. His break out song in 2001 was "I'm a Thug" and the album that catapulted him outta the dirty South was called Thugs Are Us. So when did soccer moms start to dig these whiskers and tattoos with a snarl? Probably when he smiled and they caught glimpse of that angelic gold grill, which is likely the reason Trick Daddy is headlining a tour called Spring Bling. Also in the lineup are other artists with an association to either spring or bling: Blaze; Too Short, the first West Coast rap star, had four albums go platinum; and The Outlawz, who are primarily known for being co-billed on the posthumous Tupac album Still I Rise-and for realz, who doesn't think about flowers blooming and birds chirping when they think of Tupac?

Big Easy Concert House, 7:30 p.m., $35

Thursday 18

Kreator

Willkommen, Kreator. Translation: Welcome to Boise, German thrash metal! The foursome has been amassing a cult following all over the world with an intense tour regimen since the early '80s. Perhaps due to a taste for "Extreme Aggression" or just the need to perform "Into the Light," Kreator has taken headlining duties for the Enemy of God Tour. Also playing are Vader, Death Angel, and youngsters on the oldster roster, The Autumn Offering.

The Venue, 6 p.m. $15.

heads up

Date Changes: The Killers. The show is now set for Sunday, May 1, not Saturday, April 30. Elvis Costello. Due to laryngitis on Monday, Elvis will be in the building Wednesday, April 13. The scheduled act will play after as planned. All tickets honored and showtimes are the same for both bands.

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