Roadshow of the Week 

Lucero, October 20

It's always a joy when a band comes to town that Boiseans really like. It's even more joyful when said band recognizes what a fabulous metropolis Boise is and comes back time and again. So goes Lucero.

Lucero is Memphis, Tennessee's own Roy Berry on drums, Ben Nichols on vocals and guitar, John Stubblefield on bass and Brian Venable on guitar. They are currently in the middle of a tour promoting their new album, Nobody's Darlings, and a documentary by filmmaker Aaron Goldman titled Dreaming in America which "covers the band's struggles with impending fame and fortune. This is the story of a blue-collar rock group's fight to exist. Dreaming in America starts with the band between labels. Then, East West (a Warner Brothers backed label) offered [Lucero] their own label and the ability to retain the rights to the music they created--an offer they couldn't refuse. This film documents Lucero's seemingly endless travels as they slug it out on the road, trying to find their home in an ever-changing music industry."

Lucero blurs genre lines with their earthy alt-country-indie-rock-post-punk- almost-emo music complemented Nichols' raw, emotional lyrics and voice. The album's title track has a Toad the Wet Sprocket rhythm and sound coupled with Springsteen-ish clenched jaw singing. The new CD, tour and documentary will, bring diehard Lucero followers great joy and garner Lucero some new fans.

For their Boise show, openers are Decibully--a six-piece psychedelic band with one of the coolest songs ("Penny Look Down") ever--and Black Pool Lights--a four-piece band out of Missouri with a serious handle on indie-rock-pop. Whether you know and love Lucero or will be a first-timer, go to the show. Lucero needs to know you care so they will keep coming back.

Thursday, October 20, with Decibully and Black Pool Lights, $10 through Ticketweb, 9 p.m., Neurolux, 111 N. 11th. St.

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