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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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After weeks of scrutiny, Record Exchange staffers have completed their 2013 Top 10 lists, and leading up to Christmas we're posting individual lists here on the website. You can also visit the store to view all the lists in realtime and shop our special '13 Staff Picks display. Let the judgment begin!

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Okay, here it is: the Record Store Day exclusives list. Over 400 limited-edition CDs, vinyl LPs, 7-inches and more available Saturday, April 19 at The Record Exchange. Follow the link to peruse the list and read about Record Exchange RSD events!

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The Record Exchange is a proud partner with Boise's Payette Brewing Company! Enjoy Payette Brewing Company beer (and for free!) at Record Exchange events such as Record Store Day, the annual holiday Bonus Club Sale and our singer-songwriter Birthday Bash celebrations!

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1. Lazaretto
Jack White
2. Acoustic Classics
Richard Thompson
3. Ultraviolence
Lana Del Ray
4. Mandatory Fun
Weird Al Yankovic
5. Heaven & Earth
Yes
6. Remedy
Old Crow Medicine Show
7. Hooray For Love
Curtis Stigers
8. CSNY 1974
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
9. Terms Of My Surrender
John Hiatt
10. Sleepy Seeds
Sleepy Seeds

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The Record Exchange is proud to be part of Radio Boise's KRBX Card program! Present your card on Sunday and New Release Tuesday (6-9 p.m.) and get 20% off all gift shop items and 20% off used CDs, vinyl, DVD, Blu-ray and cassettes!

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March 8th, 2014

SECOND RECORD EXCHANGE SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE CONFIRMED!

The Record Exchange and Treefort Music Fest are planning a series of Secret Treefort In-stores during the festival, and we’re pleased to announce our second confirmed show:

Friday, March 21 (4 p.m.)
The Record Exchange
1105 W. Idaho St., Boise (two blocks from the Treefort main stage)

RSVP HERE

FULL SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 20, 5 p.m.
Friday, March 21, 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 22, 4:30 p.m.

All Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-stores are free and all ages, and a Treefort pass is not required to attend (but you really should get one).

The RX and Treefort will announce the artists the morning of each event via social media and The Record Exchange email list, which you can sign up for HERE.

This Record Exchange in-store event is sponsored in part by Boise Weekly.

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March 5th, 2014

FIRST RECORD EXCHANGE SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE CONFIRMED FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (5PM)!

Once again, The Record Exchange and Treefort Music Fest are planning a series of Secret Treefort In-stores during the festival, and we’re pleased to announce our first confirmed show:

Thursday, March 20 (5 p.m.)
The Record Exchange
1105 W. Idaho St., Boise (two blocks from the Treefort main stage)

RSVP HERE

FULL SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 20, 5 p.m.
Friday, March 21, 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 22 4:30 p.m.

The secret in-store will take place right before the official festival kick-off with Finn Riggins next door at Neurolux.

All Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-stores are free and all ages, and a Treefort pass is not required to attend (but you really should get one because this festival is gonna rule).

The RX and Treefort will announce the artist on the morning of March 20 via social media and The Record Exchange email list, which you can sign up for HERE.

This Record Exchange in-store event is sponsored in part by Boise Weekly.

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February 18th, 2014

A.K.A. BELLE/THE COUNTRY CLUB PRE-RELEASE IN-STORE THURSDAY, FEB. 20; BUY A CD AT THE IN-STORE, GET A TICKET TO THEIR VAC RELEASE SHOW!

aka belle country cluba.k.a. Belle and The Country Club will perform a special pre-release in-store at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). The bands are holding a double release party on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Visual Arts Collective and we have tickets for sale at the store. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

a.k.a. Belle’s new album ‘The Devil Loves You’ and The Country Club’s new album ‘An Idaho Dozen’ will be available for purchase at the in-store — get a free ticket to the release party show at the VaC for each a.k.a. Belle and/or Country Club CD you purchase!

ABOUT A.K.A. BELLE

The seedlings of a.k.a Belle began in a land far, far away called Los Angeles, CA, where Sam and Catherine Crooks Merrick, Boise, ID natives, found themselves sharing a flat in pursuit of musical greatness. They didn’t know it then, but their paths would cross many times over subsequent decades and eventually their lives would converge in a very personal and musically magical way. In 2008, after Catherine returned home to Boise, ID from living and performing under the moniker of Belle of Les Bois in Manchester, England, she reunited with her former roomie (and soon to be husband) and a.k.a. Belle was born.

Catherine grew up in Boise, ID amongst some major musical talents. She played alongside Doug Martsch (Built to Spill) in Suiciety and in the B-sides with Curtis Stigers. Merrick’s overflowing with instrumental chops and is most often seen wailing on guitar or banjo, but it’s her voice that audiences find most captivating:

“… when you are blessed with a vocalist like Catherine Merrick, you’re light years ahead of the game. The singer and multi-instrumentalist for a.k.a. Belle has an alluring, lovely voice – the kind that stands out in any genre.” – Michael Deeds, The Idaho Statesman

Between LA and 2008, Sam was met with major musical success. He toured the US and Europe with The Leaving Trains (SST Records) and signed a multimillion dollar contract in blood with LA band The Nymphs (Geffen Records). He’s also played bad-ass guitar and lent vocals to a variety of of musical projects based in the US. a.k.a. Belle’s eclectic sound is elevated by the creative musical minds of Louis McFarland (percussion) and Chris Galli (stand up bass), who hear and interpret Merrick’s songs intuitively.

In 2012, a.k.a. Belle recorded and released their debut full-length record with Audio Lab Studios titled Disappearing Night. The album spent several weeks on the Top 20 best sellers at Boise’s independent record store, The Record Exchange, and came in at #6 for best selling records there in 2012. “Austin Calling”, from their debut CD, continues to get air play in Boise and its environs. “The Devil Loves You” is the Belle’s second full-length record set to release in February 2014. The new record is self proclaimed to be darker and more experimental than their debut album, exploring themes of time travel, serial killers, losers in love and evil trees.

a.k.a. Belle is a rock band that’s not afraid to play with different genres to get the desired effect in creating well-crafted, thoughtfully constructed songs. Collectively, these four musicians, playfully coined “The Magic Four,” have collaborated with and supported some big names in music including: John Doe & Exene Cervenka from LA band X; Iggy Pop; Elizabeth Cook; Holly Golightly, Lydia Loveless; Curtis Stigers; Bill Kirchen; Doug Martsch from Built to Spill, Pinto Bennett, William Coffey… and many more.

For a sneak peek of their new record, head on over to akabelle.bandcamp.com and listen to their single release “Mess You Up”.

ABOUT THE COUNTRY CLUB

The Country Club is a band from Boise, Idaho playing original and traditional music from the front lines of the nostalgia wars. While their sound is clearly drawn from the well of classic country, honky tonk, old time, and bluegrass, it rings and twangs with modernity and occasional urbanity. From dark and dirty to clean and pristine, the sound of the Country Club is as at home on the range, in a barn, as it is downtown, in the bar.

February 18th, 2014

ESCAPE THE FATE SIGNING THURSDAY, FEB. 20; PRIORITY-LINE WRISTBAND AVAILABLE WITH CD/LP PURCHASE!

escape the fate 700Escape the Fate will visit The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) for an album signing at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Escape the Fate is performing at Knitting Factory later that evening (7 p.m.) and we have tickets for sale at the store!

Want priority line placement at the signing? Beginning Monday, Feb. 10, purchase Ungrateful on CD, deluxe CD or vinyl prior to the event and we’ll give you a VIP line wristband! (There will be a secondary line for customers without wristbands, which will follow the VIP line.) The first 25 people to purchase Ungrateful also get a free ticket to the Knit show!

ABOUT ESCAPE THE FATE

Escape-the-Fate3.jpg?94a171While their previous, self-titled album found them taking their sound in a more muscular direction, Escape the Fate find their knack for melody again on their fourth album, Ungrateful. Though the album retains a lot of the heaviness of their last effort, there’s a soaring quality here that feels like the band is opening its sound up more, allowing the big moments to go in whatever direction is natural rather than trying to give everything a hard edge. With more room to stretch out, it definitely feels like Escape the Fate are moving into more familiar — and more comfortable — territories, making Ungrateful an album that feels like a return to form for the band.Allmusic.com

Originally from Las Vegas, Escape The Fate features Craig Mabbitt, Robert Ortiz, TJ Bell and Max Green. The band’s fifth studio recording and first for Eleven Seven Music, Ungrateful, is an example of the foot-to-the-throat intensity combined with soaring choruses that has set the band apart from their contemporaries.

OUTBURN Magazine says of the album, “Ungrateful is a marauding alt-metal manifesto that establishes that Escape The Fate just might be entering their prime.”

The album was co-produced by John Feldman, Monte Money and Brandon Saller (Atreyu) and mixed by Josh Wilbur.

February 13th, 2014

94.9 FM THE RIVER PRESENTS THE TREEFORT WARMUP PARTY WITH LUCIUS FEB. 13; WIN A MUSIC LOVERS PRIZE PACK, INCLUDING NIGHT AT MODERN!

lucius94.9 FM The River presents the Treefort Music Fest Warmup Party featuring Lucius live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Lucius is performing at Neurolux later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!

We will be raffling a Music Lovers Prize Pack — including goodies from Treefort 2014 artists, a $25 Record Exchange Gift Card and night at The Modern Hotel and Bar* — at the event. To enter, purchase a Treefort Music Fest pass at The Record Exchange between now and Feb. 13. The winner will be drawn following Lucius’ in-store performance on the 13th.

* Subject to availability; room may not be redeemed during Treefort.

ABOUT LUCIOUS

lucius wildewoman“Perfect, magnetic pop music.” -NPR
“The best band you may not have heard yet.” -Rolling Stone

Lucius knew from the start they were on to something special. Centered around the powerful voices and compelling songwriting of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, the Brooklyn band has evolved from a promising duo into the dynamic quintet that released its debut LP, WILDEWOMAN (Mom + Pop) in 2013.

Hailed by Rolling Stone as a Band to Watch, alliteratively lauded by The New York Times for their “luscious, luminous, lilting lullabies” and praised by NPR for their “charisma and charm,” Lucius pairs the synchronous vocals of Wolfe and Laessig, who play synth and keyboards, with guitars and drums from Dan Molad, Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri. Together, they make music that evokes classic girl-group pop and iconic rock ’n’ roll with a modern twist, that belongs solely to Lucius. But none of it happened overnight.

“We’ve been singing together for almost nine years, and this will be our first record as a band,” Wolfe says. “We never wanted to rush anything. We never looked for a record deal before it felt like we needed one, and we never wanted to be on tour until we felt like we could sustain ourselves on the road. It was important for us to hone our craft.”

Wolfe and Laessig met in college in Boston, bonding over a love of old-school soul, David Bowie and the Beatles. They sing as though each is one half of the same voice, with riveting, resonant unison parts on songs like “Hey Doreen,” the propulsive first single from WILDEWOMAN; and harmonies that feel instinctive as their voices diverge and then meld together on the ineffably catchy title track.

“We started singing in unison because we were always drawn to doubled vocals on recordings,” Wolfe says. “We figured it couldn’t hurt to try it in a live setting and it just felt like our voices were supposed to be sitting together – an automatic vocal kinship. In truth, many of our intentional decisions, when it comes to sounds and arrangements and even band setup, have been happy accidents.”

After their initial musical gathering, the pair started writing songs together, exploring a sense of otherness that each had felt growing up, and pairing it with arresting musical arrangements: from bright acoustic guitars and heartbroken vocals to layers of irresistible rhythm and bold melodies.

“Jess and I have shared unusually parallel experiences,” Laessig says. “We were both bullied during adolescence, which lit a fire in each of us. We have both experienced relationships and love on a similar timeline, so when we write songs together we have a natural empathy. The themes that run through this record reflect the struggles and realizations of becoming an adult, and of being a bit of an outsider sometimes, but embracing it. I think that’s something people can relate to.”

In 2007, Wolfe and Laessig moved to Brooklyn’s Ditmas Park, taking up residence at the Bromley House, which had, unbeknownst to them at the time, been a music school and recording studio for more than 60 years prior. Wolfe and Laessig established an open-door policy for the strong local community of musicians. First came Molad, a drummer, producer and engineer whom Lucius sought out for some early recording sessions (he also co-produced WILDEWOMAN). He introduced them to Lalish, his former bandmate in the indie-pop trio Elizabeth and the Catapult. Later, Molad met Burri while working on a different recording project, rounding out the Lucius family.

At the same time, Lucius was developing the memorable visual look the band employs onstage — “dressing the sound,” they call it. Taking inspiration from strong visual artists, and citing Bjork, Bowie, Warhol and Prince as style icons, the women are bedecked in a seemingly endless array of identical head-to-toe ensembles, complemented by the men’s sharp, tailored style.