August 4 2004 

MC Dino

Fuddy duddies may think that MC Dino is some Jurassic Park-themed hamburger, but it's not. MC Dino is actually an internationally recognized DJ. And along with drum and bass talentress Luna, Dino is going to throw down hardcore break beats at China Blue in one of his last stateside performances before he embarks on the nonstop techno world tour Planet of the Drums.

Thursday, August 5, 9 p.m., $5, China Blue.

Incubus

It's funny how I have these oppressive nightmares about the alt-metal band Incubus. The So-Cal quintet is set apart from the crowded genre because they are hot, and for some that's reason enough to see them live. Also they scored massive radio success in 2001 with modern rock sing-a-long hit "Drive," which is reason for others to see them. The band's latest effort is Crow Left of the Murder, and Boise is set apart from the entire national tour because we'll get one of only two outdoor gigs. Check 'em out in natural light.

Friday August 6, 7:30 p.m. $34.50, Idaho Center Amphitheater, Nampa.

The Album Leaf

On first listen to the new ambient-rock release In a Safe Place by The Album Leaf (a.k.a Jimmy LaVelle, and FYI: The pseudonym is a Chopin reference), I notice it sounds eerily like Iceland's Sigur Ros. I later discover the disc was actually recorded in Sigur Ros' Mosfellsbaer studio. Aha! I deduce the new sounds from this San Diego multi-instrumentalist simply must be the influence of the drowsy, languid cold and the pallid beauty of the studio's milieu.

Monday, August 9, 9 p.m., Neurolux.

REO Speedwagon

REO Speedwagon is taking it on the run, baby. "It" being their tour and "run" being the road, of course. Since the release of their first record in 1971, the band that started out playing bars in a rented Chevy station wagon has produced 17 critically acclaimed albums and 13 top 40 singles. And they're gonna keep on touring because it's the only thing they wanna do. It may be the only thing these geezers can still do, but nevertheless I am so excited I just can't fight this feeling anymore, and fortunately I don't have to! Thanks to my dream weaver, I believe I can make it through the nights until the show. Phew. Note the show has been changed from the originally announced date.

Monday, August 9, 8 p.m., $25, Big Easy.

Nixed

Due to scheduling conflicts, the August 10 J-Kwon and Cassidy show at the Big Easy is kaput. Get your dough back if you purchased at a Ticketweb outlet by sending tix to Ticketweb Refunds, PO Box 77250, San Francisco, CA 94107. Tickets bought online or by phone will automatically be refunded. Questions? Call 866-777-8932.

Ned Evett

Hey, fretless fanatics! Everyone's favorite glass guitar guru is all over the place these days. Ned Evett and his group are fresh from the high of the national TV broadcast of Driven to Play, a documentary film that chronicles Evett's ascent to victory at the 2003 North American Rock Guitar Competition.

• August 5, 9:30 p.m., Tom Grainey's.

• Aug. 6 and 7, 9 p.m., $5, Kat's House of Blues in Nampa.

Bye-bye John Nemeth

Hope you caught Boise blues man John Nemeth at least once during his gig spree last weekend. Those were some of his last local shows; Nemeth is moving onward and westward to San Francisco this fall. If you missed the show, keep an eye peeled for a possible last concert by the talented vocalist and blues harpist. Or pick up his snazzy new CD Come and Get It.

Harmonica Festival

The Yellow Pine Enhancement Society (Y.E.S.--which is said while pumping your fist down) is tuning up for the 15th Annual Harmonica Contest and Music Festival, a three-day event that's the second largest of its kind in the country. Each year Harmonica players of all ages convene in this pristine mountain town, population 40, on the first full weekend of August to honor prospecting pioneers and their pocket harps. Spectators--with or without harmonica--have the chance to watch some of the finest amateur and professional harpists play all day and into the night. There are also open jams and competitions in categories including classical, blues, bluegrass, rock and jazz. Proceeds benefit the community.

August 6-8, FREE (donations gratefully accepted), Yellow Pine, (208) 633-3325.

Heads Up

Mark your calendars: Quintessential Idaho musicians the Braun Brothers are at it again. This year, the Braun Brothers Reunion Concert 2004 is moving to Challis, 60 miles northeast of the old locale, Stanley. Artists performing include the Original Braun Brothers, Micky & the Motorcars, Reckless Kelly, Suzy Markley Band, Muzzie Braun & the Boys and NazzJazz

Saturday, August 14, Challis Golf Course, 1-8 p.m., $15 adults/$7 kids. Street dance 8 p.m.-midnight.

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