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Zach Turner, Thursdays

Zach Turner has been playing music in Boise for quite awhile. Four years ago Turner was one of the top sellers at the Record Exchange with the excellent band Earnest Orange (which he had formed with his childhood best friend, Jake Florence). Just as things were catching on, Earnest Orange disbanded. Left in its wake was a young musician looking for new challenges. Since Earnest Orange went the way of the Dodo, Turner has gotten married, been the booking agent for one of Boise's best live music venues (the now defunct Pie), learned to tie a tie and hooked up with two of Boise's finest (see Jared Goodpaster and Nate Keezer) to form his new band, The Veltexans. I caught some of his new stuff at Opa. He was playing an acoustic gig with his drummer Keezer who was playing a cajon-basically a tuned wooden box that makes about 4 million different percussive tones. They sounded great. Turner's voice sounds like a mix of Perry Farrell, Willie Nelson and James Mercer, and his guitar playing is rhythmic and attacking. His new songs are markedly different from the stuff he was writing a few years ago. One of my faves is a tune called "For all Exploding Hearts"-a song that details the major label signing of the band Exploding Hearts and subsequent (hours after the signing) van wreck that killed three of the four band members. Haunting stuff. The song has vertical melodies and major/minor key switches that would make Chris Martin go home and write all night. Turner also played a new song called "Modern Belladonna" that was quick-tempoed and cool. The song makes me wonder how much Cars and old Cheap Trick he has been listening to. Though it was mainly a night of creative, original music, there were a few covers. Turner had to contend with a few doe-eyed girls begging him to "play that Shins song" and a couple of others. Get out and see him while you can, because soon he and his bandmates are taking off for California to chase their dreams in earnest.

You can see Zach Turner Thursday nights through August, 9:30 p.m., FREE, at Opa.

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