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Bob Wire, everybody! Bob Wire! (applause)

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It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll

After the mass exodus of revelers heading to Missoula to see the Rolling Stones yesterday, I thought maybe I'd point out some upcoming music in the Flathead worth checking out this week.

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Thank Goodness It’s Monday

Whew. What a weekend. Not only did Missoula ring in the fall weather with abundant grand openings, fairs and celebrations, I had an unexpected visitor (an acquaintance made during a Mexican vacation) drop in amidst all the social commotion. I immersed my visitor in Missoula’s social scene this weekend, so we wouldn’t have to cross any awkward bridges between friends and “special” friends. It worked perfectly. Check out some of the Northern Rockies’ fall flair I showed my visitor from the Southern Rockies.

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Listen: Missoula Anti-Folk Artist’s New Album Addresses Politics, Missoula’s Gay Community

Nathan Carter, also known as purrbot, is about to release his third album, civil unrest, upon Missoula. Unlike purrbot's first two CD's, which were both self-produced, Carter teamed up with Firefly Sessions Recordings in Missoula to produce civil unrest, an album that aims to act as a catalyst for political action concerning the gay community.

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Boise Events We Like


Check out our favorite events this week in and around Boise. Be sure to hit "more" at the end for more listings. Did we miss yours? Email Wednesdays, 5 to 8 p.m. Alive After 5 – If you like a good time hanging out, especially with lots of singles, there’s no cooler place in Boise than AA5 on Wednesday nights. It’s actually cool for others as well: kids splash, hippies dance, hungry people eat. Wed. July 26 the music is by Jim Morris, the food is from Piehole, and dessert is by Yerby's Frozen Treats. The Grove at 8th and Main. Free admission. Thursday, July 20, 7 p.m. Documentary film SIR! NO SIR! at THE FLICKS Theater, 646 Fulton St. in downtown Boise. Fundraiser for the Boise Chapter of Veterans for Peace. Learn about the hidden peace movement within the military during the Vietnam War. Tickets are available in advance at The Flicks box office and may also be purchased at the box office the evening of the screening for $10.00 each, of which $4.50 is tax deductible as a donation to VFP 117 which is a 501 (c3) Non-Profit Organization. Thursday, July 20,6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Idaho Botanical Gardens Great Garden Escape Concert Series , 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise. Steve Eaton and Steve Flick play jazz, blues and rock. $9 general admission, $7 members.

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Eugene Mirman at Burt’s Tiki Lounge

Eugene Mirman (photo: Randy Harward)

“There’s a reason there’s a stereotype of hacky stand-up,” says Eugene Mirman. “It’s because it was real.” The comic speaks of the 1980s and early 90s, when the demand for stand-up comedy was massive. Eddie Murphy and Sam Kinison had become superstars and a whole lot of people decided they were just as funny. Comedy clubs went up like Starbucks; pizza joints and Chinese restaurants staged comedy nights. The saturation, Mirman says, led to an inevitable end. “If the demand [for comedy] is huge, then it all becomes kind of similar.” Oh, how we know. The onslaught of Def Jam comics and their honky jokes, redneck comics and their redneck jokes, neurotic undersexed female comics and their jokes about being neurotic and undersexed—it was incessant and maddening. But things are looking up.

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SnowGhost Productions Presents Brightblack Morning Light

There's a new production company in town, and they hope to change music as we know it in Whitefish. SnowGhost Productions, the brainchild of Whitefish music enthusiasts Dave Gawe and Brett Allen, is geared toward producing and promoting new music and fresh sounds. SnowGhost is working on a ten concert series that'll unroll this summer. Its first band, Matador-signed Brightblack Morning Light, will play tonight at Grouse Mountain Lodge.

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Upcoming Concerts: The Fall, Matt Costa, D.R.I., Cute Is What We Aim For, Lateef the Speaker

The Fall

The Fall The Fall is one of the most storied British bands of the last 30 years, and their longevity, lineup turbulence and difficulty to categorize makes it justly so. But they have also been one of the most incredibly influential groups, if moreso on the Brits than on this side of the musical seas, but indie rock of any stripe wouldn’t be the same without them. The one constant is acerbic, often alcohol-laden frontman Mark E. Smith, whose thick North England accent is one reason they haven’t been a huge hit stateside. Coming out of the artsy post-punk movement in the late 70’s that produced Wire and XTC, the Fall has always been far darker and angrier than either of those, in accordance with Smith’s distrust of art as well as other institutions. The paranoia put him right in line with the punk movement, though punk audiences sometimes didn’t know how to react to his experimental ‘noise rock’ tendencies, the specter of chaos always lurking in a Fall show. The armfuls of albums released since that time have as a whole created a remarkable body of work, not least because of his lyrical interests, ranging from European history (Live at the Salem Witch Trials), rants against the mendacity of everyday British life, from truck drivers to football fans, to literature, from the out-there sci-fi of Philip K. Dick to existentialists like Albert Camus, after whose novel The Fall the band was named. Once the band was discovered by American audiences it was enormously influential on bands like Pavement, to the point that their label Matador signed the Fall for US releases in the mid-nineties, and Pavement’s singer Stephen Malkmus adopted some of Smith’s vocal snarl, to the latter’s consternation. The Fall is a bit like the Velvet Underground; in America, at least, they haven’t been heard by that many people, but everyone who did started a band. They were garage rock, if your garage is in the industrial din of Manchester, and you rehearse in a shack constantly threatening to collapse into the ground. Smith is one of those singularly British eccentrics like Genesis P. Orridge that come along every once in a while and change our entire conception of a given art form. To even attempt a comprehensive catalog of all their releases and labels, not to mention personnel, is a foolhardy and intimidating endeavor for the space we have here; suffice to say their latest, last year’s Fall Heads Roll (Narnack) is a good a place to start as any. As the British say, Mind your head. May 25, The Depot

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Weekend Sounds and Scenes

Tonight (and Saturday) Head to Reds Wine’s and Blues (30 2nd St. E in downtown Kalispell) and have a drink, some great eats and check the tunes of Tom Catmull, performer of just about everything under the sun (pop, blues, country and ballads). Come on, just go; everyone will be there. Tom Catmull will also be at Reds on Saturday, if you can’t get enough of him or the chicken lettuce wraps.

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Concerning The Utah Commemorative Quarter


Have you voted for the new Utah Commemorative Quarter? It's the usual lameness. Winter sports (recreation), beehive (industry), golden spike (uh...unity? Thoroughfare? Phallus?). Do these things really sum up our state? The winter sports coin depicts what appears to be trapper (or a hippie with a coonskin cap--although it could be a mullet. WVC represent!) on a snowboard getting grand air over the Rocky Mountains. It says "The World Is Welcome." Even the gays and the liberals, provided they bring their tourist ducats. Ostensibly the message is that the "world" should join Davey Mullet for extreme good times* in Utah. (*Extreme good times may be against our religion). Oh, the Beehive. Symbol of industry? Sure. Utah and Utahns are industrious. The beehive, however, is also unavoidably redolent of analogies to single-minded collectives--the Morg. Golden Spike. You know how many porn sites come up with you search "golden spike?" None. The Golden Spike, in case you forgot your Utah history (hey Mr. Willard, remember that time I hit you in the ass with a rubber band? Pow!), is the symbolic, final, not-quite pure gold nail that completed the world's first transcontinental railroad (incidentally, it was also called the First Transcontinental Railroad) at Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869. Two weeks from tomorrow, that'll be 137 years ago. Old news, man. Seriously, though: juxtaposing a symbol of unity with Utah doesn't work when we're still bitterly divided between Mormons and non-Mormons and, on a national political level, severely out of skew with the nation. But in that division there is a brilliant, interesting, fun duality.

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