So Runs The World Away; Built To Spill Benny; KFCH Kicks April's Ass 

Happenings in the music scene

From the porch of his home in Brooklyn, New York, Josh Ritter spoke with Boise Weekly about anticipating the release of his sixth album, So Runs The World Away, which will be available in stores on Tuesday, May 4 (but you can purchase advance copies on vinyl on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 17).

"This is the most exciting part of putting out a record," Ritter said. "It's exciting in modern times. It used to be that it was exciting when I got it back from the factory. There were no advances. But now, it's nice to have a little time between when you finish it and when you put it out. It's always a crazy, emotional period. I always have to have a bunch of other things to do, so that I'm not thinking about it."

One of those things is a book, an obvious next step for the man who describes his own music as "rock and roll with a lot of words." Read a Q & A with Ritter here and visit joshritter.com to download a free mp3 of "Change of Time."

Check your calendar for Friday, April 30--and cancel any plans you have unless they are to attend the Built To Spill benefit at the Egyptian Theatre. This show will be a little different in that instead of a typical three- or four-band lineup, BTS will share the stage with local band A Seasonal Disguise, who will play between pieces performed by the Boise High School Orchestra. The show starts at 8 p.m., tickets are $18 and proceeds benefit Doctors Without Borders. Look for more details in these pages in the near future.

A slew of great shows will shower down on Knitting Factory this month. On Saturday, April 17, Boise record company 1332 Records (purveyors of Liquid's Punk Mondays) brings locals Aces and Eights to the stage. They'll be joined by locals Roofied Resistance, Trigger Itch and The Quickies as well as L.A.'s cool-as-hell rockers Warner Drive. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are only $6. On Thursday, April 22, the inaugural Earth Day Birthday gives a glimpse into some of Boise's best up-and-comers, including Le Fleur, Ocean Story Social, Mousy Brown and We Won The Science Fair. Show is at 8 p.m., tickets are $6. And, don't forget, the inimitable Ani DiFranco will be at Knitting Factory this month. With Buddy Wakefield opening, DiFranco plays Monday, April 26. Show is at 8 p.m., tickets are $32.50-$60.

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