Bad Penny Picks: Summer Concerts in Boise

Posted in Lists on 06/29/2022 by kurtorzeck

6.29: Aldous Harding at Idaho Botanical Garden
6.30: Orchestra Gold at Idaho Botanical Garden
7.1: Cloak, Bewitcher, Brain Tourniquet, Hummingbird of Death at Shredder
7.5: Ween at Outlaw Field
7.6: Suffers, McKenna Esteb at Grove Plaza (free)
7.6: Caleb Nichols, Strange Pilgrim at Neurolux
7.9: Floater at Knitting Factory

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The 3 Best Podcasts on the Internet in 2022

Posted in Comedy, Lists on 06/04/2022 by kurtorzeck
Mailin’ It!: The Official Podcast of the USPS

1. “Mailin’ It!“: “A lighthearted look into the history, innovation, and inner workings of the United States Postal Service.” Recommended episode: “Stamps, an American Obsession

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Exclusive: Monster Magnet Drop Off Psycho Fest 2022; Satyricon’s Status Unknown

Posted in Exclusives with tags , , , , , on 06/03/2022 by kurtorzeck
Monster Magnet

Since relocating from the City of Angels to Sin City in 2016, Psycho Las Vegas continues to be the premier crossover music festival in the U.S., attracting heavy-rock bands, indie-pop luminaries, punk legends, rap royalty and even a few DJs for good measure. Levitate and Oblivion Access (both held in Austin) are close behind Psycho but aren’t yet running the asylum, so to speak.

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Unto Others Hit Boise With a Bang (and Bangs)

Posted in Concert Reviews, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on 05/12/2022 by kurtorzeck
Gabriel Franco of Unto Others at the Shredder in Boise on 5.8.22

It’s been a decade or three too long since mobs of miscreants banged their heads to metal mavens wearing bangs. That’s aside from Dave Mustaine and Joey Belladonna — who, at 60 and 61 years old, respectively, really should move aside. C’mon, guys, let the young ones get their chance.

But on Sunday night at the Shredder, Boise got some fresh air and fresh hair in the form of throwback ‘80s hard rockers Unto Others, a newish quartet from Portland, Oregon, led by frontman Gabriel Franco. Breathing new life into a cauldron of ‘80s hard rock, his group originally spawned in 2017 as Idle Hands. Shortly thereafter, they changed their name to another Biblically referenced moniker, Unto Others.

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Exclusive: Orchestra Gold Returning to Boise for Great Garden Escape

Posted in Exclusives, Interviews with tags , , , on 05/10/2022 by kurtorzeck
Erich Huffaker and Mariam Diakité of Orchestra Gold

African psychedelic-rock combo and Treefort Festival 2021 participants Orchestra Gold are coming back to Boise next month for a plum gig at the Idaho Botanical Garden’s Great Garden Escape series, the Bad Penny exclusively announces today. The concert will take place June 30 at the Meditation Garden, as part of a lineup that also includes Afrosonics and Hillfolk Noir.

Led by Malian singer and dancer Mariam Diakité and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Erich Huffaker, the Oakland-based Orchestra Gold channel old-school folkloric music from Mali. More specifically, the band describes its sound “horn-driven rhythmic ‘orchestra’ music from ’70s-era Mali, West Africa, with a contemporary twist: analog psych-rock fused with Malian folklore.”

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New Music Releases Schedule 2022

Posted in Latest New Releases Schedule, Lists, New Releases, Sound Off on 05/07/2022 by kurtorzeck
Moontooth’s Phototroph


Abbie Gardner – DobroSinger
Anna Von Hausswolff – Live at Montreux Jazz Festival vinyl edition
Bear’s Den – Blue Hours
Big Deal – First Bite
Boneless Ones – Back to the Grind
Bros. Landreth – Come Morning
Brothers Griiin – Joy City
Cage Fight – s/t

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Bob Odenkirk: 20 Must-See YouTube Videos With the Better Call Saul and Mr. Show Star

Posted in Comedy, Lists, Videos with tags , , , , on 05/05/2022 by kurtorzeck
Bob Odenkirk

On Tuesday, we presented you, dear reader, with an exceptionally (and probably unnecessarily) long examination of Bob Odenkirk’s recently released Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: A Memoir. The post included a list of facts and details likely unbeknownst to even the most devout fans of the actor/writer/director/sketch-comedy icon.

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Bob Odenkirk’s New Memoir: 20 Key Takeaways

Posted in Comedy, Lists, Reviews, What You Readin' For? with tags , , on 05/03/2022 by kurtorzeck
Bob Odenkirk’s Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama: A Memoir

Thanks to his breakthrough role as Saul Goodman a.k.a Jimmy McGill in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk finally got his due in mainstream culture starting in 2009. Landing the part was a game-changer for the actor/writer/director/sketch-comedy icon who had spent more than a decade toiling on dozens of projects that never saw the light of day.

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Exclusive: Fu-Schnickens Finally Re-Form for Foo Fighters Fest

Posted in Comedy, Fun And Games with tags , on 05/02/2022 by kurtorzeck
Fu-Schnickens and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl

“To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar” screening and Q&A with Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo also confirmed for Foos’ Ball, happening July 8, 2023, in Roswell, New Mexico.

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The Sound&Shape of Things to Come

Posted in Interviews with tags on 04/21/2022 by kurtorzeck

Years before anyone reading this article was born — unless you’re a member of the AARP, in which case, holla! — country-music mecca Nashville had already established its own original variety of music. “The Nashville sound” wasn’t exactly the most inventively named subgenre, but it didn’t matter: Record labels like Columbia and RCA Victor, along with teeming masses of musicians eager to embrace the next big thing, gave birth to a smoother, poppier take on country that endures to this day.

Problem is, when a city builds its reputation on a particular sound, it simultaneously confines itself. Musicians hoping to make it big are often constricted by the same phenomenon that lured them to the city in the first place. It’s worse than ever nowadays, with major labels having stripped the authenticity out of “The Nashville sound” in favor of a commercial strain that makes country music virtually indistinguishable from pop. Deforestation isn’t just happening literally; billionaires are cutting down creativity as well, in a metaphorical sense, with artists becoming an endangered species.

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