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Kaleo will kick off Boise’s Alive After Five, Icelandic style

Icelandic rockers Kaleo, fronted by Jökull Júlíusson, right, relocated to Austin, Texas, to immerse themselves in American roots music.
Icelandic rockers Kaleo, fronted by Jökull Júlíusson, right, relocated to Austin, Texas, to immerse themselves in American roots music. Handout

In just over four weeks, an inarguably cool headliner will kick off Alive After Five.

It’s not just that Kaleo is from Iceland. In the past year, the folk-tinged rock group has invaded alternative and Triple-A radio with two alluring indie-pop songs, “All the Pretty Girls” and “Way Down We Go.” “All the Pretty Girls” cracked the top 10 at Triple-A (which stands for “adult album alternative”). The Treasure Valley’s only Triple-A station, 94.9 FM The River, facilitated Kaleo’s show at Alive After Five.

This will be Kaleo’s third Boise appearance after making its debut at Pengilly’s Saloon just over a year ago, then returning for a jam-packed set at The Record Exchange several months later.

“The whole front row at The Record Exchange show were women wearing T-shirts bought from the Pengilly’s performance,” The River’s Tim Johnstone says, “which never happens.”

It doesn’t hurt that singer-guitarist Jökull Júlíusson has the genetic composition of a Calvin Klein model. Still, it’s Kaleo’s moody, sometimes bluesy sound that’s driven the quartet’s success.

Kaleo is the only act announced so far at Alive After Five, which is evolving this year. Some changes are visible: The free weekly event has been relocated to The Basque Block from The Grove Plaza. Other changes are more behind-the-scenes: The Record Exchange, which had helped book bands, recently cut ties with Alive After Five.

Local musician advocate Go Listen Boise also has stepped away this year. But local bands will continue to open for headliners most weeks at the series, says Lynn Hightower, executive director of the Downtown Boise Association.

Boiseans should expect the full season lineup at Alive After Five to be announced in a few weeks, Hightower says. The series will run Wednesdays from June 1-Aug. 31.

Paying tribute to Prince

Prince fans nationwide are attending screenings of his 1984 movie “Purple Rain.” In Boise, it’s showing at Edwards 21 Cinemas.

If you’d rather experience something more communal, join a powerhouse lineup of local musicians May 19 at the Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St. That’s where “Purple Reign: A Celebration of the Music of Prince” will be presented by 94.9 The River and emceed by Johnstone.

More than a dozen Boise acts — ranging from Curtis Stigers to Edmond Dantes and former Prince keyboardist Gayle Chapman — will cover Prince songs.

The 6 p.m. event is free. You’ll need a wristband to guarantee entry, though. The Record Exchange will start distributing those May 12.

No more Mees at Lite FM

Husband-and-wife morning team Kevin and Brenda Mee recently disappeared at Lite 107.9 FM after a stint of just under two years.

Before that, the duo had been at Kissin’ 92.3 FM for more than a decade.

I reached out to station owner Townsquare Media for details a couple of days ago (weeks late to the game, admittedly). None were provided by press time.

On Feb. 29, the Mees posted to Facebook: “Some things must end so that new adventures may begin. Nervous and hopeful about what the future holds for us. We truly enjoyed our time at Lite FM and although it was not our choice to leave, we will treasure our memories that we created there as we embark on and embrace this new unexpected curve ball life has thrown us.”

Tonight on ‘The Other Studio’

Do you feel like there have been gratuitous mentions of 94.9 The River in this week’s column? You’d think I host a radio show there or something.

Oh, wait. Anyway, please join me — and co-host Johnstone — for “The Other Studio” at 8 p.m. tonight.

We’ll dissect the latest Idaho concert news, plus spin fresh music from acts including Imagine Dragons, The Monkees and Michael Franti, and a not-so-new-but-fantastic tune from Listener.

“The Other Studio” airs at 8 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM.

In Scene on May 6

▪  A guide to restaurants in the Treasure Valley that are going the extra mile to provide gluten-free options.

▪  The Boise Music Week tradition continues with concerts throughout the city, and a rather racy musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at the Morrison Center.

Michael Deeds: 208-377-6407, @michaeldeeds

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