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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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Visit The Record Exchange's Amazon Marketplace store to shop for rare and discount CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books. Live in Boise? Order online and arrange for in-store pickup!


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1. Voids
Minus the Bear
2. Divide
Ed Sheeran
3. Side Pony
Lake Street Dive
4. Last Place
5. Volcano
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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Can't find it in the store? The Record Exchange does special orders!



October 20th, 2009


RX webmaster Chad selected Ben Harper and Relentless7‘s White Lies for Dark Times as his Staff Pick of the Week. Here’s what he had to say about the album:

My wife and I stumbled upon Ben Harper and Relentless7 on Austin City Limits the other night and were floored by their incendiary performance. I dig Harper as much as the next dude, but I’ll admit I favor his early work and find myself indifferent to his last few albums. The Relentless7 brought me back around. After hearing the band on ACL, I was at the RX the next day buying the album on double vinyl.

Infused with social and political anger, White Lies for Dark Times ranges from fiery funk-rock to soulful ballads. There’s a little bit of ’90s grunge angst and a whole lotta Led — at its core, this is a blues album, but Harper and his killer band take it back to the juke joint via Zeppelin.

White Lies for Dark Times is very much of the Now, and I wouldn’t doubt it if 20 years from now, listening to a track like “Keep It Together” will remind many of social unrest and sleepless nights. And it will probably be just as cathartic.

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