Local Record Bonanza 

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All good things must come to an end. The good thing in this case is Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats' regular gig at Pengilly's on Wednesdays. Instead, the local bluegrass group will now schlep its gear a block west to take up a regular Wednesday slot at Tom Grainey's. The Wednesday gigs at Grainey's will start at 9 p.m and are FREE.

In other news, a few local records are set to drop soon.

The first is from the omnipresent trio Finn Riggins. When these three found time to write and record a new EP in between organizing the Boise showcase at SXSW and Treefort Music Fest is a mystery to us, but the Benchwarmers EP will drop at a release party at 8 p.m. at The Linen Building on Friday, April 20, with Red Hands Black Feet and Pontiak. That show is a warm-up for Record Store Day, which takes place at The Record Exchange on Saturday, April 21.

Another local artist performing for Record Store Day is Curtis Stigers, who will host a special album release concert at The Record Exchange at 8 p.m. on April 21.

To get in the door, you'll need a wristband, which comes with each pre-order copy purchased of Stigers' new album, Let's Go Out Tonight. The album can also be purchased on Record Store Day, three days before its official release, Tuesday, April 24.

Dozens and dozens of other bands will also be releasing special and exclusive recordings that day--250 CD and vinyl titles total. Expect material from legends like Paul McCartney, Nirvana and Keith Richards, along with strange collaborations like those between Jack White and Insane Clown Posse, and Mastodon and Feist. A complete list of the new records, as well as the special lineup of in-store performances is available on the Record Exchange's website. The line starts at 7 a.m. in the Rec Ex gift shop and the fun gets going at 9 a.m.

Another local band with a newish album is doom-metal quartet Uzala. Its self-titled debut was released in March on At War with False Noise records. To promote that album, the band announced a series of tour dates that spans the West and South, from Washington to Texas. Uzala will kick off its tour with a show at Visual Arts Collective on Thursday, May 24, at 8 p.m.

Some just-announced bands touring to Boise include alt-country supahstahs Wilco, set to play Idaho Botanical Garden on Tuesday, June 26, and the master of the mashup, Girl Talk, who will turn the Knitting Factory into an epic dance party on Monday, May 28.

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