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After weeks of scrutiny, Record Exchange staffers have completed their 2016 Top 10 lists. Visit the store to view the lists in realtime and preview our picks. Let the judgment begin!

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Go Listen Boise is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization with the mission of fostering a vibrant and diverse musical culture in the Boise area.

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1. Voids
Minus the Bear
2. Divide
Ed Sheeran
3. Side Pony
Lake Street Dive
4. Last Place
Grandaddy
5. Volcano
Temples
6. Blurryface
Twenty One Pilots
7. Prisoner
Ryan Adams
8. Windy City
Alison Krauss
9. Graveyard Whistling
Old 97’s
10. Eponym
Steve Fulton

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The Record Exchange is a proud sponsor of the sixth annual Treefort Music Fest, taking place March 22-26 throughout Downtown Boise. Treefort 2017 5-day passes are now on sale at The Record Exchange!

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The Record Exchange buys and trades used CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs and vinyl in good condition Monday-Saturday until 9 p.m. and Sunday until 6 p.m.

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JOYFUL NOISE TREEFORT SHOWCASE WITH KISHI BASHI, TALL TALL TREES, CJ BOYD SUNDAY, MARCH 26 (1-3PM)

The Record Exchange is hosting a Joyful Noise Treefort Showcase from 1-3pm Sunday, March 26, during Treefort Music Fest. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages — Treefort pass not required to attend. Treefort Music Fest runs March 22-26 and we have passes for sale at the store!

We’re partnering with one of our favorite independent labels to give you a taste of the Joyful Noise artists performing at Treefort. Hear live sets from:

Kishi Bashi

Tall Tall Trees

CJ Boyd

Kishi Bashi is the pseudonym for violin virtuoso K Ishibashi. Having recorded, toured, and collaborated with diverse artists such as Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and of Montreal, Kishi Bashi released his first full-length album 151a via Joyful Noise in 2012, which received high praise and the title of NPR’s “Best New Artist Of The Year”. K’s follow-up album Lighght expanded his palette to include more diverse and nuanced instrumentation, flirting with Eastern-tinged arrangements, Philip Glass inspired improvisations, and 70s prog.

Kishi Bashi’s third studio album, Sonderlust, was released on September 16, 2016. With the help of producer Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear), engineer Pat Dillet (Angelique Kidjo, David Byrne) and drummer Matt Chamberlain (Morrissey, Fiona Apple, of Montreal), Kishi Bashi has created his most personal and artistically adventurous work to date.

The man behind Tall Tall Trees is Mike Savino, a pioneer in the world of experimental and psychedelic banjo music. If you’ve seen Kishi Bashi live over the last several years, chances are you’ve already seen this insane banjo virtuoso playing in K’s band, and perhaps opening the show. Often performing solo, Savino’s modern take on the one-man band involves running his homemade instrument, dubbed the “Banjotron 5000,” through a slab of effects and loopers, bowing, drumming and strumming out multi-textured arrangements to support his lyrically driven songs.

Bassist, composer, vagabond, CJ Boyd uses low-end loops and voices in order to try and stop time. On perpetual tour since March 2008, movement and stasis are both at the center of his music. Though solo performance takes up the bulk of his time and effort, he also plays in the bands Desert Center, Kurva Choir, Rhonya, and Move. His non-stop travels between North America and Europe have been propelled by vans, cars, trains, buses, planes, and boats, but most of all a commitment to ceaseless discovery and re-invention. His oceanic sounds provide a home for the homeless and journeys to the homebound.

RECORD EXCHANGE TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE:

Secret In-store Wednesday, March 22 5:30pm RSVP
Weaves Second Chance In-store presented by Boise State Public Radio Friday, March 24 4pm RSVP
Marco Benevento Second Chance In-store Saturday, March 25 5pm RSVP
Joyful Noise Showcase Sunday, March 26 1-3pm RSVP

FULL TREEFORT SCHEDULE:

treefortmusicfest.com/schedule

All Record Exchange in-store events are free and all ages, and a Treefort pass is not required to attend (but you really should get one because you don’t want to miss out on the #treefort2017 action).

MARCO BENEVENTO SECOND CHANCE TREEFORT IN-STORE SET SATURDAY 3/25

Marco Benevento will perform a Second Chance Treefort Set live at The Record Exchange during Treefort Music Fest on Saturday, March 25 (5pm). Benevento is performing later that night at Reef (midnight) and on Sunday, March 26 at the Main Stage (3pm). As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages – and you don’t need a Treefort pass to attend (but you should get one because this festival rules).

ABOUT MARCO BENEVENTO:

For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive body of work. His studio albums and live performances set forth a vision that connects the dots in the vast space between LCD Soundsystem and Leon Russell, pulsating with dance rock energy, but with smart, earthy songwriting to match. It has led to numerous high profile appearances, ranging from Carnegie Hall to Pickathon, Mountain Jam to Treefort Music Fest, while headlining shows coast to coast.

Marco Benevento’s latest studio LP, The Story of Fred Short, and its companion live release, The Woodstock Sessions, is some of his finest and most adventurous work to date—a maestro making “bold indie rock” says Brooklyn Vegan, while the LA Times raves, “Benevento continues to straighten his twisted sound into the guise of an indie-rock singer-songwriter, harnessing his inventive sonic palette into rewardingly bite-size pop songs that touch on disco and soul.”  Honing his psych rock and late night dance party sensibilities, the recordings find the pianist citing everything from Harry Nilsson, Manu Chau and Gorillaz as inspiration.

As anybody who’s seen Marco Benevento perform can attest, with eyes closed, smile wide across his face and fingers free-flowing across the keys, he’s a satellite to the muse. With a devout and growing fan-base, Benevento is an artist whose story is only beginning to unfold.

“Benevento jams with a concentration on the textures and colors available in his keyboards and arsenal of manipulated pedals and effects. His songs feature deceptively rich, catchy melodies and straight-ahead grooves that expand with subtle mounting gestures.” – Rolling Stone

“A musician so original that he can ultimately only be judged against his own standard.” -All Music

“Reminiscent of Dr. John’s New Orleans psychedelia and piano chops with a hint of Father John Misty’s general coolness, Marco Benevento brings something very unique to the modern pop world.” – The Wild Honey Pie

“Benevento continues to straighten his twisted sound into the guise of an indie-rock singer-songwriter, harnessing his inventive sonic palette into rewardingly bite-size pop songs that touch on disco and soul.” – LA Times

“Marco Benevento is one of the most talented keys players of our time.” – CBS

“Benevento’s colorful, improvisational, piano-based compositions stretch so wide and cover so much sonic ground that the idea of genre seems quaint. Very quietly, he has been evolving into one of the most vital figures in jazz or rock or post-jazz or post-rock or—all of music.” – 
Kansas City Pitch

“Imaginative at heart, Benevento demands you to be too when engaging with his work. Otherwise, you probably are missing out on something special. Driven to experiment with chords and melodies with the intention of getting a little dirty along the way, Benevento’s collisional approach is refreshing and absolutely delightful.” – Consequence of Sound

“A vocalizing party-starter, Benevento extrudes sinister balladry and hustling disco beats.” – Village Voice

RECORD EXCHANGE TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE:

Secret In-store Wednesday, March 22 5:30pm RSVP
Weaves Second Chance In-store presented by Boise State Public Radio Friday, March 24 4pm RSVP
Marco Benevento Second Chance In-store Saturday, March 25 5pm RSVP

FULL TREEFORT SCHEDULE:

treefortmusicfest.com/schedule

All Record Exchange in-store events are free and all ages, and a Treefort pass is not required to attend (but you really should get one because you don’t want to miss out on the #treefort2017 action).

BOISE STATE PUBLIC RADIO PRESENTS: WEAVES SECOND CHANCE TREEFORT IN-STORE SET FRIDAY MARCH 24 (4PM)

Boise State Public Radio Presents the Weaves Second Chance In-store live at The Record Exchange during Treefort Music Fest on Friday, March 24 (4pm). Weaves’ official Treefort set is at El Korah Shrine later in the evening (9pm). As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages – and you don’t need a Treefort pass to attend (but you should get one because this festival rules).

ABOUT WEAVES

In a little over two short years, Weaves have gone from a collection of voice memos on Jasmyn Burke’s iPhone to establishing themselves as one of the most stridently individual acts to emerge from Toronto’s fertile and multifaceted DIY scene. Led by the collaborative efforts of Jasmyn Burke and Morgan Waters, the band have built a devoted audience while capturing the attention of the international media with a brand of ebullient, art-damaged pop music as difficult to categorize as it is to ignore.

The group began in a series of sessions in the bedroom of Water’s Chinatown apartment, where Waters and Burke would record increasingly elaborate demos built from Burke’s phone full of songs. They transitioned to a full band lineup in late 2013, adding bassist Zach Bines and drummer Spencer Cole, and quickly set to work recording their debut EP, which was released on Buzz Records in the summer of 2014.

The EP made an immediate splash, garnering praise from Noisey, Rookie and Spin, and earning Weaves a “band to watch” tag from Rolling Stone. Glowing write ups of the band’s performances at that year’s CMJ from The Guardian and NME followed, cementing Weaves’ reputation as one of the year’s most exciting new bands. Word continued to spread in 2015 with the release of their single “Tick” ahead of the band’s first European tour, which included dates with Hinds, Dan Deacon and Pissed Jeans, and appearances at Glastonbury and Iceland Airwaves.

With their already sterling live show only sharpened by their time on the road, the band returned to CMJ in October and emerged as one of the hottest acts of the festival, earning “best of the festival” write-ups from NPR and The New York Times, among others, and further building the anticipation for their forthcoming full length.

Weaves released their debut LP in June 2016. They worked on the album for almost as long as they had been a band, tracking with Leon Taheny (Dilly Dally, Owen Pallett, Austra) in sessions that spanned nearly two years. Mixed by Alex Newport (Death Cab for Cutie, Melvins, At The Drive In) and mastered by John Greenham (Death Grips, Sky Ferreira), the result is an album that traverses the band’s history, exploring every facet of their always adventurous approach to pop music and leaving no idea unexplored.

The band toured the US, Canada and Europe for over 6 months in 2016, including support runs with Mitski, Sunflower Bean, Beach Slang and Dilly Dally and a slew of summer festivals (e.g., EOTR, Latitude, etc…), and culminating in a 2017 JUNO nomination for best Alternative Album Of The Year. Filled beyond bursting with hooks and possibilities, Weaves possess the sound of a band propelled forward by the thrill of discovering the limits of their sound and gleefully pushing past them.

RECORD EXCHANGE TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE:

Secret In-store Wednesday, March 22 5:30pm RSVP
Weaves Second Chance In-store presented by Boise State Public Radio Friday, March 24 4pm RSVP
Marco Benevento Second Chance In-store Saturday, March 25 5pm RSVP

FULL TREEFORT SCHEDULE:

treefortmusicfest.com/schedule

All Record Exchange in-store events are free and all ages, and a Treefort pass is not required to attend (but you really should get one because you don’t want to miss out on the #treefort2017 action).