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This week in the nearby and the and far-away

The lineup for the Sasquatch Music Festival, a Memorial Day weekend music festival to end all Memorial Day weekend music festivals, has just been announced.

Big names include the newly reunited Pavement, as well as Massive Attack, My Morning Jacket, Ween, Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Kid Cudi, LCD Soundsystem and Band of Horses.

Less big but equally exciting are The Hold Steady, Minus the Bear, The Drive-By Truckers, Mumford & Sons, Brother Ali, Portugal. The Man, She and Him, and Yacht.

I attended the fest in 2005 and, even at my advanced age, it was one of those events that changed the way I look at music. There was something powerful about sharing the adoration and awe I felt about a particular musician or band with 20,000 people who felt the same way. The roar when Beck and his puppets came on stage ... the silence when Ben Harper played ... it was some heady stuff.

Tickets for Sasquatch went on sale Feb. 20. For a full list of acts and ticket info, visit

A little closer to home, comedian Doug Stanhope will be making a one-night appearance in Boise at Neurolux on Friday, Feb. 26. His manager, Brian Hennigan, called BWHQ to confirm a phone interview and from him, I learned that Stanhope used to work as a telemarketer, has a huge fan base in Helsinki and only took the stint on The Man Show to pay off gambling debts (he hated doing that show).

And still at home but in not too distant future, The Eagles are coming to town. No, they aren't the Rolling Stones, but I'll still bet this show sells out. They will play the Idaho Center on Tuesday, May 18. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 1, and range in price from $55-$180. The nice thing about this tour is that it includes original members, not some guy who played drums for them once in 1974.

And right here at home but in the near past, local indie rockers Bank were featured in the January issue of AP magazine. In the mag's unsigned bands of the month section, the sometimes-a-trio, sometimes-a-quartet are likened to Jimmy Eat World and The Kings. The writer goes on to say that Bank is a band worth knowing because they are "tireless self-promoters [who] have elevated themselves within their local scene thanks to an unwavering work ethic and the strength of their glossy full-length, The Hope Inside Your Sleep." So true, AP. So true.

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