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 Fun And Games, Comedy 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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Rock ‘N’ Roll Rebus #3

Posted in Fun And Games on 04/20/2022 by kurtorzeck

Based on the above rebus, try to guess the name of this magical musician who peaked in the 1970s. Click below for the answer.

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Good Nite, and Good Luck

Posted in Interviews, Sound Off with tags on 04/19/2022 by kurtorzeck

As children, we fear things that go bump in the night. Could they be monsters? Evil spirits? The devil’s minions?

As we age, we realize that most of those frightening sounds probably emanated from our parents having sex in their bedroom — a terrifying thought in its own right.

One of the lousier aspects of growing older is the loss of imagination. Case in point: Analytical website Skynet & Ebert determined in 2015 that people stop exploring new music and bands as early as 33 years old. Bands are culpable of ripping off each other’s sound, lyrics or beats.

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Poll: Which Hair-Metal Band Should Reunite?

Posted in Comedy, Fun And Games, Polls with tags , , , , , on 04/18/2022 by kurtorzeck

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