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After weeks of scrutiny, Record Exchange staffers have completed their 2015 Top 10 lists. Visit the store to view the lists in realtime and preview our picks. Let the judgment begin!


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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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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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Pono is here! The Record Exchange is now carrying the PonoPlayer, a high-resolution digital music player created with the intent of providing a higher quality digital listening experience.


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Mark your calendars: Record Store Day 2016 is April 16 at The Record Exchange! We'll have 350+ exclusive releases, live music 20% off used music/video and more all weekend long!


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1. A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Sturgill Simpson
2. Cleopatra
The Lumineers
3. Purple Rain
4. The Complete Peel Sessions
The White Stripes
5. Santana IV
6. Dig in Deep
Bonnie Raitt
7. Sounds Like a Reasonable Thing for a Band to Play
8. Lovers and Leavers
Hayes Carll
9. 25
10. Ultimate

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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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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.



March 3rd, 2016


womens music94.9 FM The River presents the Women’s History Month Music Celebration Live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise) at 6pm First Thursday, March 3. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (March 8), a cross section of Idaho female songwriters and musicians will perform original songs and covers of their female musical influences. Representatives from the Women’s and Children’s Alliance will be on hand accepting donations and distributing information on their organization. Pie Hole will have pizza by the slice for sale.

Scheduled to perform:

Becca and Rochelle
aka Belle
Belinda Bowler
Camp Queens
Eilen Jewell
Leta Neustaedter
Melanie Radford (Marshall Poole, G ! R L C R 3 W)
Rebecca Scott
Lisa Simpson (Finn Riggins, Mostly Muff)
Sun Blood Stories
Kelsey Swope (Bijouxx, Ancient Psychic, G ! R L C R 3 W)
Christine Thomas (Sherpa, SFM-Steve Fulton Music, David Andrews Band)


The Women’s and Children’s Alliance offers safety, healing and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault. Support of the WCA is more important than ever. The need for services to those traumatized by domestic and/or sexual violence is higher than ever, while funding is always a challenge. The WCA welcomes your support of its efforts to provide safety, healing and freedom to those fleeing violence.


International Women’s Day celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. The 2016 theme is #PledgeForParity. The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133.

Everyone – men and women – can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly – whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.

February 26th, 2016


15519283508_da9b7fc67d_kFrom Indian Lakes will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 4pm Saturday, Feb. 27. A meet-and-greet/album signing will follow the performance. From Indian Lakes is performing later that evening at The Shredder (21+ show). As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

Preorder Wanderer (out March 25 on cassette or 10-inch white vinyl) at the in-store and you’ll be entered to win a prize pack!


v600_Wanderer_EP_5x5_300dpiFrom Indian Lakes is quickly becoming a recognized name within music scenes around the world. With two full-length records and numerous tours under their belt, they have acquired a growing and dedicated following, in addition to a complex sound that blurs the boundaries of genres like indie, post-rock and alternative.

In early 2009, Joey Vannucchi began writing songs in a small mountain community just outside of Yosemite National Park. With the help of friends to perform his material, From Indian Lakes the band began playing local shows and released a full-length record, The Man With Wooden Legs, in the winter of 2009. Since the initial debut, the band has furthered its musical reach through noteworthy touring, in addition to Vannucchi’s maturing songwriting and recording.

When the band released its sophomore album, Able Bodies, in 2012, it garnered wide acclaim for its depth while still retaining the passion and darkness of The Man With Wooden Legs. The band’s third album, Absent Sounds, was released in 2014. Their latest recording, the Wanderer EP, will be out March 25.

February 3rd, 2016


12376170_982495565144725_2037983152965673332_nPayette Brewing Co. presents Sons of Guns live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 6 p.m. First Thursday, Feb. 4. We’ll be serving free Payette Brewing Co. beer for guests 21 and older with I.D. starting at 5:30! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Sons of Guns is performing at Neurolux later that evening with Hillfolk Noir.


a4085135853_16In 2003, Mike Surber and Gregory Rawlins began to write and play songs together. So confident were they in these magic beans that they left their little town of Union, Oregon, and moved to Seattle to start a real rock and roll band. Within a few weeks they had met the rhythm section duo of EJ Sander and Seth Johnson, and Sons of Guns was formed.

After a couple years of writing and playing songs within this 4-piece brick house, Hurricane Katrina brought Mike and Greg to New Orleans—and what started as a few weeks off turned into a bonafide hiatus. Separated from the original backline, Mike and Greg continued to write and play together, and called on the likes of musician friends Luke McKern, Wayne Callahan, and Jeff Grammer to fill those massive shoes. Shows were played, albums were made, and the embers caught just enough wind to keep them burning.

In February 2015, in a cabin on the Olympic Peninsula, the four original members of Sons of Guns met up for the first time in a decade. A more suitable location there never was. Misty, quaint, picturesque – the prime muse for a band who had once formed some twenty miles through the saltwater bends, in Seattle. The objectives were simple: reunite as friends, eat oysters, and write music.

With as much sustenance and sound equipment as thought necessary, they set up their instruments, sharpened their pencils, toasted, and set to composing what would become, after the quickest and longest weekend of all time, an album called “Marguerite.”

Ten autobiographical songs encompass the state of friends picking up where they’d left off, sifting through what they’d left behind, and charging toward what lay ahead; in a fashion nearly indistinguishable from the poetic folk ballads and carnal American rock ‘n’ roll which had previously earned Seth Johnson, E.J. Sander, Mike Surber and Gregory Rawlins a reputation as one of the Northwest’s most prized ensembles.

“Marguerite” features Seth Johnson (Telescope) on drums, Gregory Rawlins (Catskills) on acoustic guitar, banjo, and vocals, EJ Sander (Tightpants Slowdance) on bass, and Mike Surber (Fast Man) on electric guitar and vocals.

In 1950, Elmer and Marguerite (EJ’s grandparents) bought a cabin. Sixty-five years later, Sons of Guns spent four days writing and playing these songs in that cabin. They’re proud to share this album with you entitled “Marguerite.”

February 1st, 2016


innocentman-44Innocent Man will perform a special album release party preview in-store at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). Innocent Man’s official album release party is Feb. 5 at Knitting Factory and we have tickets for sale at the store. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

Innocent Man’s new album “Slow Nights” will be available for purchase at the in-store, three days before its official release date! Get your tickets to the official album release show at the in-store and save money on service fees!


Web-IM_SlowNights_FINAL“Honest Music, Played by Honest Folks for Real People”

Innocent Man‘s new album “Slow Nights” celebrates the unique regional diversity of the Northwest. Drawing from an array of genres, the band navigates from bluegrass and pop to the blues and progressive rock while staying true to the group’s signature sound. The resulting 11-track album takes the listener on a journey from the high desert to Interstate 84 and most places in between. With a nod to their roots, Innocent Man’s newest album gives an authentic look at the Northwest through the lens of love, self-discovery and adventure.

Innocent Man plays honest rock ‘n’ roll, fostered with Americana, while pursuing the unending development of the band’s musical abilities. By using deep heartfelt lyrics that reflect shared life experiences, tasteful guitar, premier fiddle, driving rhythms and graceful melodies, Innocent Man comes through as a breath of fresh air that dabbles with acoustic echoes of the past. With a hunger to constantly create great compositions, the members of Innocent Man continue to push the conceptual limitations of music.

With an original sound that is hard to define, Innocent Man brings elements of genuine Americana or outlaw country, reminiscent of acts like Wilco, The Wood Brothers, The Clumsy Lovers and Johnny Cash, along with glimmers of classic rock such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top and The Band, combined with jamband grooves resembling those of Phish, The Grateful Dead and Assembly Of Dust.

Innocent Man’s first album, “Home Grown” was released Feb. 9, 2013. The album release included a notable sold-out party at Visual Arts Collective. The album is a brilliant assortment of new and seasoned, original cross-genre songs. Fans that have followed the band for years will delight in the new life the band has breathed into many of its familiar songs as they continue to progress their sound and push their musical boundaries.

This Boise based six-piece was cultivated by childhood friends sharing their love of music. Scott Sprague, Dan Burns and Kristen Burns (no relation) grew up in McCall and graduated from the same small high school. Likewise, Tim Callender and Conlyn McCain grew up in the small town of Payette.

While in college, the core members of the band became friends and started to jam. Scott, Dan, Tim, Conlyn and Josh Sears played together for more than a decade in various lineups and great bands around Idaho’s Treasure Valley such as Red House, Classic Ashley, the3hundred and Enormous G. In 2008, the guys switched up instruments and song arrangements and founded a new band.

Each member of the band has their own specific tastes in music, which helps make for a unique and special sound that touches many different genres all within a single song. This special sound reverberates through all ages and creates a common connection that sparks new friendships everywhere it’s heard.

Band Members:

Dan Burns – Guitar/Vocals

Josh Sears – Drums

Conlyn McCain – Bass Guitar/Vocals

Scott Sprague – Guitar/Vocals

Tim Callender – Keyboard/Noises

Kristin Burns – Fiddle/Vocals