Musician Benjamin Clapp is a Boise native who now lives in New Jersey but often traverses the thousands of miles between his home and his home state. He was in Boise recently celebrating his birthday with family and will return, pulling double duty with his Boise-based band, the Adversives (on vox and guitar), opening up for his East Coast band, Skeleton Key (he'll be on trash percussion) with bandmates Craig LeBlang, Erik Sanko, Bob Vaccarelli.
Clapp plays in a number of bands, including Warsaw—a Boise favorite Clapp introduced to the City of Trees—Baptized by Fire and Amfibian, playing bass, drums and even trombone—an instrument he says he played all through school. The trombone wasn't necessarily his instrument of choice when it came to playing in rock bands, "but it's useful now," Clapp says. "I do some studio work and then play trombone with Tom Marshall, the lyricist for Phish. We even incorporate it into some Skeleton Key songs. It adds another texture."
Not that texture is an element lacking in Skeleton Key's sound. Their 2005 release, The Lyons Quintette EP, is an utterly rocking five songs that merges thumping, runaway-train bass and drum, chunking guitar, the aforementioned trombone and Sanko's sometimes soft ("Wake Me Awake"), sometimes spiky ("Machine Screw") whiskey-and-cigarette vocals to produce splendid sonic creations. Clapp and the band came all this way to see us; let's return the favor.
8 p.m., $5, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St. 208-343-0886.