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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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rx top 10

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!



September 29th, 2009


RX clerk Ryan Harper‘s Staff Pick of the Week is the new album 11:11 from Mexican guitar gods Rodrigo y Gabriela. Here’s Ryan’s review:

With 11:11, Spanish guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela return to their roots: the desperate, blistering, full-speed shredding of classic metal. Yes, that’s right: metal. R y G got their start in a Mexican thrash band and, here, it certainly shows. The fact that the pair’s guitars are no longer plugged in only adds to the album’s impressiveness.

The expansive, passionate sounds R y G are able to pull from such a seemingly limited palette (a couple of acoustic guitars and invariably light percussion work) can be likened to nothing less than the staggeringly effective chiaroscuro of a Rembrandt. This is not to say that the album is in any way homogeneous or monotonous: R y G bring their distinctive flavor and energy to Santana, Hendrix, Pantera and everything between.

For all of the album’s impressive lightning-fast flamenco licks, maybe its most perfect moment is its most understated: the album closer and title track is a quiet, haunting, soaring Pink Floyd tribute accompanied (echoed, really) by the gentle lilt of a piano.

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