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Monday, November 3, 2014

Video: Magic Sword Flash Dance Party Shut Down by Boise Police

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 3:05 PM

  • Laurie Pearman

Boise-based electro rock band Magic Sword is known for throwing impromptu performances. Back in August, it cruised Music Fest Northwest, garnering notices in the Portland Mercury and Willamette Week. Halloween night, it struck again, this time in front of Neurolux after a sold-out Wooden Indian Burial Ground show.

The stunt, which featured the band playing out of a truck decked in strobe lights and billowing haze from a fog machine, attracted the attention of the Boise Police Department, which didn't take too kindly to the band performing downtown, outside, using amplified instruments late at night. 

Megan Stoll, who helps manage and market Magic Sword, was in attendance at the Wooden Indian Burial Ground show and was present when the band rolled up in front of Neurolux.

"The show was sold out and there were about 300 people rushing out on the patio. I had no idea whose truck it was. It was a small, two-door pickup truck and people jumped inside the back of it and jumped up and down," she said.

An iPhone video uploaded to Magic Sword's YouTube account captured some of the action. In it, throngs of music fans pour out of Neurolux following the Wooden Indian Burial Ground performance while Magic Sword members, wearing their  LED-illuminated masks and cloaks, played from the makeshift stage. Behind the action, a BPD squad car slows then stops on 11th Street. Though the BPD broke up the party, no arrests were made.

Watch the video here:

Magic Sword performs next at Neurolux Friday, Dec. 5. Tickets are $10.
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Friday, October 10, 2014

Audra Connolly Promo Vid for Saturday, Oct. 11 CD Release Show

Posted By on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Local singer-songwriter Audra Connolly is celebrating the release of Slowly,her second CD, on Saturday, Oct. 11.  A friend of hers put together this sweet little promo video, which is a smart idea: it's short, it uses design elements from the album cover and (naturally) music from the CD, and all the info needed to know when, where and how much the show is right there. 

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Red Room's '80s Night Series Debuts Tonight with Popsicle

Posted By on Thu, May 9, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Todd Dunnigan, left, and Leta Neustaedter, right, combine to make dance band Popsicle.
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  • Todd Dunnigan, left, and Leta Neustaedter, right, combine to make dance band Popsicle.

Nostalgic Boiseans longing to relive the days of Berlin and Chaka Khan should look no further than The Red Room’s new '80s Night Series, debuting Thursday, May 9.

Tonight, punk will give way to synthpop and glam rock, including live band karaoke into the wee hours, all for a meager $2 at the door.

Belt out power ballads with The Pony DJ, aka Grant Olsen, spinning hits from the late 1970’s and 1980’s beginning at 9 p.m. At 9:30 p.m., catch Boise's New Wave/'80s cover band Popsicle channel the likes of Depeche Mode and Erasure. Todd Dunnigan crafts uptempo, synthesizer-based beats and singer Leta Neustaedter provides dance-worthy vocals.

From 11:15 p.m.-1 a.m., Dunnigan will take over the keys once more for live band karaoke, armed with an extensive catalogue of '80s songs by Devo, New Order, Prince and many more.

Plans call for two more '80s Nights, Thursday, June 13 and Wednesday, July 17, with bands TBA.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Gettin' Funky at The Knit

Posted By on Sun, Feb 5, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Hundreds braved the cold on Feb. 3, standing in line at the Knitting Factory to check out some funky music and local art to help support a good cause.

More than 500 people attended the Funky Music and Art Fest, which hosted over 30 local artists and 26 musicians, including tattoo artists, painters, photographers, sculptors and musical acts like the Scott Pemberton Trio, Phantasmagoria, Danger Beard, The Like Its and Shon Sanders.

"I had no expectations, but it's phenomenal," said event organizer Seth Brown, referring to the turnout. "We are streaming it live and archiving it so that people can go to that same link and watch it anytime."

Brown said the event supported Growing Change, a local nonprofit that helps people in third world countries get access to clean drinking water. The group's main goal is to promote LED Water Purification Systems, and they used the event as an opportunity to educate the public about their mission.

"It's all about awareness; we are getting the word out," said deputy director Caroline Nutter.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Shades Pimp New Album, Clear Motions

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Local band Shades is set to drop a new album, Clear Motions, on Tuesday, Jan. 24. To hype the release on online label Synthemesc Recordings, keyboardist Louie Bash shot a dreamy-looking promo video to match the band's dreamy sounds and dreamy good looks.

Only days before the album drops, Shades will be opening for Atomic Mama at its album release party on Friday, Jan. 20, at The Linen Building.

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Monday, January 2, 2012

New Video From Storie Grubb and the Holy Wars

Posted By on Mon, Jan 2, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Local band Storie Grubb and the Holy Wars has released a new video, which features the band's lead character, Storie Grubb—who also has his own comic book—burning down his house and venturing into the wilderness to build a new life.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Agua-Palloza Showcases Sustainability, Local Music

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 4:29 PM


Agua-Palooza will flood the Knitting Factory Saturday, Oct. 15, to raise awareness about resource sustainability and conservation. The festival will include a number of local bands and artists, and all of the proceeds will benefit Growing Change Inc. a local nonprofit environmental start-up.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Slideshow: Evil Wine Runs Through the Streets of Garden City

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Winos, drag queens and bears, oh my! Those were just a few of the spectacles to be seen at Visual Arts Collective during the Evil Wine Carnival on Sept. 25.

The Evil Wine Carnival was organized by Wes Malvini and Dustin Jones, the duo behind the Evil Wine Radio show, which airs Monday evenings on Radio Boise. Malvini and Jones said the event was meant as an alternative to the Sabbath: a night of mayhem featuring children's games with an adult, sadistic spin.

"We wanted to see a little bit of debauchery on our part for Radio Boise," said Malvini, who produced the show.

For a few bucks, carnival goers could try their luck at such games as the Wheel of Misfortune and the Dildo Ring Toss. They could also try the Blindman Rainbow Toss, the object of which was to lob a large, yellow onion onto a blindfolded man's testicles. Ouch.

Despite the extreme sound of it all, attendees seemed pretty cheerful. They were able to listen to multiple Idaho bands, peruse booths with literature, arts and crafts, and satiate their hunger on foods from Archie's Place and Turk's Mobile Pizza.

"I want Radio Boise to come down here, and then hopefully show a little more support for Boise's crazy side," said Malvini. "I'm going to push the craziness all I can."

Check out a slideshow from the Evil Wine Radio Carnival here.

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Slideshow: The Idaho HOPE Hemp Festival Rolls into Julia Davis Park

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Julia Davis Park looked pretty green on Sunday, Sept. 25, during a festival held to educate folks about marijuana. Hundreds turned out for Idaho H.O.P.E. Fest (Hemp Offers People Everything), Boise's first hemp festival. It featured live bands, DJs, guest speakers and educational exhibitions.

"The purpose is to educate people that hemp does offer people everything," said Sarah Caldwell, event coordinator. "The turnout is better than I expected."

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Local Music Videos Sought For Showcase

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Local bands and local filmmakers have until the end of the July to get their s@#$ together and collaborate, or they won't make the deadline for the second Music Video Show at Neurolux on Thursday, Sept. 1.

Last year's Music Video Show featured more than a dozen local acts pleasing the crowd with Memorex instead of live.

Interested bands or filmmakers need only reside in "the 208" and get their schizzle in by the submission deadline of Monday, Aug. 1.

Questions can be sent here and should have "Music Video Show" in the subject line.


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