A couple of newer venues in town are really holding their own against some of the more established joints. Some of the bands that these places are bringing in are surprisingly good and definitely worth a listen. And one of the best things about these shows is that they combine out-of-towners with local groups, which qualifies them as hot tickets under both "Gig of the Week" which is reserved for rockers who live and work in our fair city, and "Road Show" which showcases bands coming in to town from outside of this metropolis. This Saturday, there is a show at The Core that includes both the aforementioned out-of-towners and locals. Even this not-so-young music editor is thinking of attending.
Folly, Chiodos, Lexsis Jumps, From Heaven With A Gun, Temptation of St. Anthony and Cassidy will be pounding the stage starting at around 7 p.m. New Jersey's Folly is self-described group of "half-men/half-eels" with a hardcore ska/punk sound. Chiodos hails from Michigan and, if you can't get enough of their post-hardcore/emo sound at the show, you can pick up their new CD. From Heaven With A Gun are five lads from Pennsylvania who call their sound "alterna-screama-meta-rockacore." It's a perfect description for this band. Lexsis Jumps is a female-fronted metal/punk band that incorporates funk and soul into their music. Singer Deb Cohen's powerful and melodic voice guarantees you'll be downloading a song or two. The night also promises two of Boise's most promising: Temptation of St. Anthony, who recently suffered a devastating loss when all of their equipment was stolen, plays and stays hardcore. TOSA is Colin McKenzie on vocals, Thom Byrne on guitar and vocals, Mike Laurence on guitar, Blake Luker on bass and Chad Rigby on drums. (Mark your calendar for TOSA Aid in August: There will be two shows on two nights and the proceeds benefit TOSA to get them back on their musical feet.) Cassidy also takes The Core stage Saturday night with Wade and Fernando on guitar, Heston on drums, Thomas on vocals and Danger on bass and vocals. They really take hardcore to another level. Both local bands prove that Boise can be proud of its local music scene.
This is a great show that The Core has in store for those who love hardcore and if I can tear myself away from my knitting, I might show up. Their shows are all ages, which means even I can go, right?
All of these bands have pages on myspace.com.
The Core, July 30, 7 p.m., $8.