Judging a book by may lead you down a path in which the result is unexpected or unwelcomed. Judging a musician by his or her moniker, however, isn't always such a risky venture, especially with a name like Kid Idaho. If you're thinking Americana, Wild West, hint of country, you're not far off. Kid Idaho, nee Alex Cardoza, is a Boise native who spent the last couple of years plying his music on the East Coast before packing up and heading closer to home. He now lives in Seattle. On his debut CD, Baby It's Been, Cardoza strums his guitar, plaintively singing lyrics he's written as well as covering Blind Willie Johnson, John Lennon and Brody Armstrong. He leaves some of the starts and stops and ambient studio noises on the album, offering listeners a chance to hear him much like he probably sounds live, mistakes and all. Cardoza is coming back to the bosom of his youth with his first solo performance in Boise, and will likely offer audience members a what-you-see-is-what-you-get experience.

—Amy Atkins

April 8, 6 p.m.,FREE, Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St.; 8:45 p.m., FREE, Pengilly's, 513 W. Main St.

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