July 28 2004 

Holy Frog

It's just not fair that cows and mackerels get all the holy hype. Thank goodness for Holy Frog, a surreal postmodern acoustic duo, for expanding animal divinity. Holy Frog hails from Columbia, Missouri, but has been touring the entire country lately, consecrating listeners with an eclectic and unusual style that blends a variety of musical influences including rock, country, folk and punk. Holy smokes, that's a lot of influence.

Thursday, July 29, 8 p.m., FREE, Kulture Klatsch.

The Kings

My pop culture associates with The O.C. are goofy, vapid caricatures but nevertheless engaging. Sometimes I think of Ryan and Seth and Summer--that TV show about overindulged pretty kids. Other times I think of the Kottonmouth Kings--Orange County, California's self-described "psychedelic hip-hop punk rock" artists. As far as pop products of The O.C. go, only one of the two will be in Boise this week. (Hint: the TV show will not be filming here.) The Kings are known equally for punchy rap songs like the hit "Suburban Life" from the flick Scream 2 as they are for their direct message, evident in album titles including "Rollin' Stoned," "Hidden Stash," "High Society" and their newest masterpiece "Fire It Up." OPM, Big B and Straw Man open.

Friday July 30, 8 p.m., $13.50, Big Easy.

Moses Guest

Moses Guest is the fifth generation grandfather of Graham Guest. It is also the name of a Texas-based, southern rock band that was voted "Best Rock/Pop Band" in the 2001 Houston Press Music Awards. But their sound is more than just Rock/Pop; it's got jazz and jam and funk and country and it apparently appeals to lots of listeners, as they have been selling out shows. But what else would you expect? The singer is a philosopher, there's a mandolin and organ in the mix and the new disc Guest Motel is a really fun and peppy collection. Plus the show is free since Grainey's has no cover on Thursdays. Free is a really great technique for selling out shows.

Thursday, July 29, 9 p.m., FREE, Tom Grainey's.

Sick Of It All

Though the band cut its first album almost 20 years ago, it was only recently that the members of Sick of it All gave up their day jobs. Because of this, some folks may consider them sellouts since Sick of it All was a major player in the establishment of New York's underground hardcore scene. But the band was so poignant and the style recently acquired such national attention that what were they really to do?

Brothers Lou and Pete Koller started SOIA as an indie band that played raucous, punching-filled gigs in smoky clubs like CBGB, NYC's legendary home of hardcore. Now a major-label act, the band deserves kudos for remaining true to their roots and original style. The upside to superstardom is more security at their shows--so the potential for fist fighting is minimal. Sorry, haters. Terror, Time In Malta and Champion open.

Saturday July 31, doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., $12, Big Easy.

John Nemeth

It's John Nemeth weekend! And it kicks off at the Robert Cray concert at the Big Easy on Thursday. Bluesman Cray is a living legend originally from the Northwest known for his smooth, passionate sound. But he can throw down with the best of the fun boys with his sprightly and satisfying rock, too. Boise's Nemeth, one of the country's youngest traditional R&B singers, opens for Cray's band.

The celebration continues Friday with the release party for Nemeth's new album Come and Get It at the Record Exchange. This is a great opportunity to see Nemeth--a fantastico blues harpist at a free, all-ages performance. And, get this: snacks and beverages will be served. Then, both Friday and Saturday nights, Nemeth will strut his nationally acclaimed stuff live at Ha'Penny Bridge.

• Thursday July 29, 8 p.m., $29.50, Big Easy.

• Friday July 30, 6 p.m., FREE, Record Exchange.

• July 30-31, 8 p.m., Ha'Penny Bridge.

Rock the Mountain

Sure is a nice surprise to find metal in them thar hills. By metal I do not mean gold; I mean that of the heavy rock variety. Picture this: Boiling Springs Campground near Crouch, circa 1998. A handful of campers gather 'round a glowing, crackling generator with several musical instruments. Those campers were Boise-based band Question Authority. And that night out was the birth of Rock the Mountain, the ever-growing weekend camping-concert hybrid. Now, seven years since its inception, RTM is showing its maturity. It has moved to Twin Springs, a result of the need to accommodate growth of both fans and bands. This year the festival has captured 22 rawking acts. That's a lot of music for one weekend. And it's a lot of music for the paltry five clams it costs to get in. It's a volunteer-run event and pretty grassrootsy, but this year beer and food will be available.

July 30-31, $5 per carload, Twin Springs, ID. Visit rockthemountain.com for directions and more. :

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