High Five 

Five of Our Favorite Local Albums of 2015

We're big fans of local-born music around here, and 2015 was a banner year for us. From debut albums to the last hurrah, we were proud of the range and quality of local tunes. With much difficulty, we narrowed down the list of this year's great local releases to five of our faves:

  • Clarke and The Himselfs

Clarke and The Himselfs, The Well-Rounded Clarke and The Himselfs

Clarke Aleksandr Howell has released countless cassettes over the past five years, but this is the bedroom rocker's official debut LP, which has made us even bigger fans of Boise's version of Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin and Kurt Vile. Read what Clarke Himself had to say about Boise at

deadhorsemarch.com/interview-clarke-and-the-himselfs. clarkeandthehimselfs.bandcamp.com

  • John E. Combat and The Jungle Fucks

Jonn E. Combat and The Jungle Fucks, Pain Milk

Pain Milk sounds like an unearthed recording from the late '70s-early '80s Bay Area punk scene, and Jonn E. Combat and The Jungle Fucks are like the missing link between Fang and Flipper. This is punk rock at its best. jonnecombatandthejunglefucks.bandcamp.com

  • Marshall Poole

Marshall Poole, Totems

The newest release in this list, Totems is as smart and engaging as its trio of creators. Though Idaho-born, MP delivers Southern psych rock like it's in their DNA, yet offers enough twists and turns to keep it interesting and addictive. marshallpoole.bandcamp.com

  • Mindrips

Mindrips, Mah

Though Mindrips dropped the seven-song Mah in January, the trio's grungey garage-rock stood the test of time and is still making the rounds on our playlists. mindripsboise.bandcamp.com

  • Toy Zoo

Toy Zoo, Toy Zoo

Toy Zoo is of the most interesting and original Boise bands going. TZ's debut album might not be everyone's cup of eggnog, but we're definitely listening to where they are taking Erase Errata meets sludge rock. toyzoo.bandcamp.com

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