Cold Winter, Warm Beats


By Aaron Michaels of MusicMondays208

Winter may be in full swing, but the cold and snow can’t keep Boise from enjoying a robust live music scene! So put on your favorite coat, pull on your best pair of winter dancing shoes, and head out to some amazing local venues. This list caters to a variety of musical tastes and gives you direction on where to get your music fix this season.

If you’re looking for some touring indie rock to warm up the body, head over to the Neurolux for Curvise on January 19th starting at 7:30pm. Curvise offers up a mixture of soft rock music that is full of experimental rock tones.

If you’re in the mood for a swifter beat, then Knitting Factory Boise has you covered with a bass heavy electronic music from Subtronics. This Philadelphia based artist has a signature bouncy and mechanical beat. Check out THUMP Subtronics Cyclops Invasion on January 15th at 7pm.

Dusty Liegh and the Claim Jumper is a local band that pours their heart and soul into their music! This band will be out and about throughout the January and February winter months providing bright country music around the treasure valley.

If metal is what you need to heat your inner rocker, then head downtown to The Shredder for a benefit concert, January 11th at 7:30pm. This is a charitable event to help raise funds for a local family to fight cancer. This soul warming metal concert will feature 3 incredible local Idaho bands: Hate Spell, Krystos, and Defenders of the Faith. Each of these bands offers a different approach to the metal genre.

Hate Spell brings the hard-hitting style that is sure to melt any faces cold from crisp winter air. Krystos offers complex rifts with a fast-paced back drum back bone for an electric metal experience. Finally, the ticket is rounded off with the incomparable Defenders of the Faith that uniquely honor the music of Judas Priest.

If metal isn’t your scene, then Deathproof Coffee, in Boise, will have the up and coming rock band The Phets keeping their venue warm with some incredible music on January 25th at 6pm. This band offers some unbelievable rock tones mixed with an unmatched stage performance for what is sure to be an incredible evening. This show will be supported by several other amazing local Idaho bands – College Level, Cmmnwlth, and Bella Mae.

To round out the winter chill make sure to check out our incredible arenas! Ford Idaho Center will be hosting the legendary Nu metal band Korn and the fast-paced Breaking Benjamin on February 24th. Christian hip-hop artist, Toby Mac, will undoubtedly bring down the ExtraMile Arena on February 25th.

No matter what type of music feeds your heart and soul, this season will truly be the best for the Boise area! From hip-hop, to country, to rock and metal this Boise winter will thaw quickly! Visit @musicmondays208 Facebook for all things local music and follow their blog at