high altitude hip hop


Denver, ahh, the Colorado city notorious for the world's largest gumball machine, for high-altitude baking instructions and for being the home of wild hip hop artists Sentence, Nasty, Izm, and Arcane. Bomb Shelter Poetry is the debut solo album from Sentence, who lived a past life as the emcee and producer for Makeshift Gods, and it's a darker, more hard-hitting trip through hip hop's standards. Expect the live show to be a similarly eerie and intelligent experience.

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 9 p.m., $3, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, 343-0886



If you don't know Lee Mitchell from before, you now have the opportunity. Get to know Mitchell at the new series of reality events at Tom Grainey's every Sunday night. By reality events I mean you can watch him eat spiders and tightrope walk between skyscrapers. Or maybe I just mean you can watch his musical performances live. After time off from regular performing, Lee is back to his regular Sunday night gigs.

Sunday, Jan. 16, 9 p.m., $1, Tom Grainey's, 109 S. 6th St., 345-2505

fine faculty fare


The blue turf may be the only thing that Tennesseeans know of Boise. Even though we're a state capital, truth be told, we are in fact a full-fledged college town. Balk at the title if you must, but there are certain advantages to living in Boise (and I don't mean abundant meth). Exhibit A: We get the Faculty Artist Series. Enjoy the skills of the fine faculty musicians in Ensemble Aranjuez Guitar Trio: Joe Baldassarre, Ryan Nitz, and Kelli Larson. Proceeds from the event benefit the music department scholarship fund, so you can feel really generous even if you're stingy.

Friday, Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m., $5 general, $3 Boise State folks, Morrison Center Recital Hall, Boise State campus,

classically scandinavian


Tired of the same 40 songs on the radio's rotation? Get worldly and check out the Sixth Annual Scandinavian Concert with Darkwood Consort. It's like a mini vacation. OK, so it's like a vacation to really cold, northern countries covered in snow, but it's an escape nonetheless. The program includes works by Jean Sibelius (Finland), Finnur Torfi Stefansson (Iceland), Edvard Grieg (Norway), and Carl Nielsen, Svend Erik Tarp and Henning Wellejus (all of Denmark). Plus Danish and Swedish medieval music and intermission refreshments by the Scandinavian Society of SW Idaho. Mmm, salty licorice and herring.

Sunday, Jan. 16, 2 p.m., $10 general, $5 students and seniors, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy 516 S. 9th St., 331-3309, www.darkwoodconsort

boise to l.a.


As the name indicates, a lot of musical scents make up the entertainment potpourri at the Bouquet. This week is no different. Friday night begets us the boot-scootin' power of Rebecca Scott's chops and dynamic guitar strumming prowess.

Then on Saturday the place becomes more psychotic with Los Angeles-based Dollyrots, a lady-fronted indie punk band with a lot of energy and a lot of attitude. Expect snarling (yet pretty) faces on the trio. Opening the insanity we'll see Boise's roughhousers Evelogic and the PerQlators.

Friday Jan. 14, 9 p.m., $3 and Saturday Jan. 15, 9 p.m., $3, The Bouquet, 1010 Main St., 345-6605

canuck country rock


The Boise State University Coffeehouse Concert Series is underway now that the winter semester has begun. Each week established and emerging artists are invited to perform for the public. And the public doesn't even have to pay! This week they bring us Canadian heartthrob Clayton Bellamy, who crafts a singer-songwriter blend of southern rock and country that the fans find equally passionate and satisfying. Bellamy's skillful tales incorporate feelings that are both rural calm and big-city excitement. That's what you learn as a Canadian rock star traveling America's music festival circuit.

Thursday Jan. 13, 5 p.m., free, Brava Stage in the Boise State Student Union Building

this week in music history

• January 13, 1979--The Young Men's Christian Association filed a libel lawsuit against the Village People. The organization found the group's hit song "Y.M.C.A." defamatory, but the suit was later dropped.

• January 17, 1969--Led Zeppelin releases its self-titled debut album. It eventually reached number 10 on the charts, but more importantly it helped kick off a new genre: heavy metal.

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