Michael Deeds: Set clock ahead? Pfft. Get wild tonight

Idaho StatesmanMarch 9, 2014 

Wolf down a cocktail of Flintstones vitamins and Geritol. Shove a four-pack of Red Bull into the fridge for tomorrow morning. Three March 9 live-music opportunities give you the precious opportunity to make your lazy Sunday a crazy Sunday:

#1: Leslie and The LY's, 8 p.m., Reef, 105 S. 6th St. $10.

Look. At. That. Person. Below. Seriously, what the @#$! is this?

"That's what I said when I got the email!" guffaws Henry Rennar, who books bands at the Reef. "But then again I started going and looking into it. With the way the Internet is now, there's like these Internet sensations that pop up, and they'll produce tickets!"

I have no idea who the fan base is for gold-costumed Leslie Hall and her band, The LY's. But after surviving her freakish video for "Tight Pants (Body Rolls)" - which has 3.5 million views on YouTube - I know it ain't me. Still, there is something to be said for the craft of weirdness.

"I don't even know how to describe it," Rennar admits. "I guess just comedy rap?"

Hall has appeared on Nickelodeon's "Yo Gabba Gabba!" More than once. 'Nuff said.

#2: Electric Six, 7 p.m., Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St. $12. Opening: Yip Deceiver, CC/NN.

Here's my pick. Labeled "brilliant idiots" by Time magazine, Detroit act Electric Six unleashes a dance-commanding blend of arena-rock guitars, disco beats and goofball lyrics.

Melodramatic lyrics about "nuclear war on the dance floor" and "fire in the Taco Bell" helped the band's 2003 album, "Fire," achieve gold status in the United Kingdom. Two hits shot up the charts: garage-and-surf-rock song "Gay Bar" and the follow-up groover, "Danger! High Voltage."

So has anything changed in the past decade? Well, the lineup. But frontman Dick Valentine is really all that matters. He's a Utopian hybrid of lounge singer and court jester. Electric Six concerts are nothing short of euphoric.

#3: T-Pain, 8 p.m., Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St. $29.50. TicketWeb.

Sunday morning tip: Do not go to t-pain.net on your computer and click the conspicuous "play" button - at least not if Grandma is standing behind you. It will trigger an up-close, 4-minute montage of bare, jiggling gluteus maximus. The Atlanta strip club-style kind.

The lyric video for T-Pain's latest hip-hop single, "Up Down (Do This All Day)," apparently is an attempt to rescue him from the abyss of auto-tune Loserville, a corner he has inhabited ever since his ubiquitous, synthetic vocals suddenly went from popular to parodied. (Remember him essentially mocking his own singing on The Lonely Island's gut-busting "I'm On a Boat" video?)

Not that T-Pain has given up auto-tune. Bottom line: Dude still sounds like Martians harmonizing. But with daylight saving time looming, why not warp your universe?

MAYHEM TO RETURN

Local heavy-metal fans groaned last month when the annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival announced its summer itinerary, and Idaho was not on the list.

Dudes, stop being wussies. You know things are always behind in this state. You just had to wait.

MayhemFest will return to its rightful stop in Nampa this summer: Wednesday, July 9, Ford Amphitheater (formerly Idaho Center Amphitheater). Ticket details are still being worked out.

Organizers haven't revealed the bands, but - as usual - a rumored lineup has leaked. (Hit my "Words & Deeds" blog for a link to the full list.) Korn already confirmed its own presence, along with Avenged Sevenfold's. And it seems totally realistic that Asking Alexandria and Trivium will be the other main-stage bands.

Stay tuned to my blog - not just because I'll have ticket information soon. As usual, I'll also give away some free tickets to MayhemFest.

FREE TICKETS

Speaking of freebies: I'm giving away tickets weekly on my blog. Next on the agenda: The Ataris show March 13 at the Knit, and the Big Head Todd and the Monsters gig March 27 at the Revolution Center. I'll launch the Ataris contest in the next 24 hours.

CONCERT UPDATES

• So tonight we gonna party like it's … 1995?

Sure, if by "tonight" you mean Tuesday, July 29. That's when the grunge/post-grunge era "Summerland Tour" rolls into the Revolution Center.

Launched in 2012 by Everclear's Art Alexakis and Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, it's an annual nostalgia event. This year, four bands with radio hits from the 1990s (and early 2000s) will hit the Garden City stage: Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog.

Tickets went on sale March 7 for $35 at Ticketfly - fairly briskly.

• Two advance sell-out shows to note: Singer-guitarist Marcus Eaton's March 9 gig at the Riverside Hotel's Sapphire Room, and violinist Lindsey Stirling's concert May 22 at the Knitting Factory. Tickets are gone.

NO 'OTHER STUDIO'

Cue Stirling's violin: "The Other Studio" won't air tonight on 94.9 The River. But I'll be back at 9 p.m. March 16 with my co-host, Tim Johnstone, for a special Treefort Music Fest edition of the show.

IN SCENE MAGAZINE MARCH 14

• You might be the only person left who hasn't been to Bodovino; Boise's new wine haven is that hot. We'll review the space - and the food - just for you.

Michael Deeds' column runs Fridays in Scene and Sundays in Life. He talks about the Treasure Valley entertainment scene Thursdays on Channel 6 News. Twitter: @IDS_Deeds

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