If ya can’t find something to do tonight, you’re not listening

This time of year, there’s always something going on in Missoula’s arts scene. Tonight, there’s simply too much, even if your tastes are limited just to music.

Here’s a quick, partial run-down. If all of this sounds worth attending….well, you’re probably SOL, as several events overlap directly. But whether your tastes run to opera, world-music, Baroque, or rock ‘n’ roll, there’s a great show for you. [Read More...]

Two Year Touqe reunion this Thursday

Tomorrow night, I’ll be back behind the drums for the first time in a long time, playing with my old band, Two Year Touqe. The band, formed by Paul and Sarah Copoc years ago in Missoula, folded up when the Copocs decided to move to Canada a couple of years ago.

Last night, we got together for the first time in a long time at Walking Stick Toys to run through our setlist for the reunion show. We were joined by Bryan Hickey, the founding bassist (and my next-door neighbor), who had left the band prior to its dissolution. It was super fun to run through all these old tunes; I was surprised how easily they all came back to me.

In advance of tomorrow’s gig, I thought I’d share a little of the past writing that I and others at the Missoulian have done about Touqe and its founders. [Read More...]


Folk Hard: Dan Bern brings musical humor to Dana Gallery

Most people around here have never heard Dan Bern’s name. I certainly hadn’t when his CD, “Dog Boy Van,” came across my desk back in 1997. At the time, I was working as marketer for a small nightclub in Bloomington, Ind. Yet, I’ve never forgotten his name since. Back then, Bern was a singular oddball in the uber-serious contemporary folk scene: as gifted a singer and guitarist as any, but blessed with a sense of humor shared by few. His hilarious Bob Dylan spoof, “Talkin’ Alien Abduction Blues,” remains one of the funniest folk-song sendups I’ve ever heard.

And while you may never have heard that tune, odds are good that you might have heard some of his other songs. [Read More...]

Jonny Lang, JJ Grey & Mofro coming to Wilma Theatre

Another notable upcoming Missoula concert was announced today: blues guitar phenom Jonny Lang and southern rock belter JJ Grey will appear for a double-bill concert at the Wilma Theatre on August 17. Tickets go onsale Friday morning. Here’s the full press release from the promoter… [Read More...]

Reverend Horton Heat returning to Missoula

Just got word that Reverend Horton Heat will be rolling back into town…in September. Kinda rare that we get such distant advance notice on a show like this, but I guess it gives people more time to plan. Anyway, here’s the press release I received today. Notably, the band will be joined by Nashville Pussy, another band with a pretty decent following… [Read More...]

3OH!3, Girl Talk to get Wilma Theatre audiences dancing

It’s a big week for fans of electronic dance music, with a pair of shakedown shows at the Wilma Theatre on Saturday and Monday.

First up is 3OH!3, the electro hip-hop duo responsible for a handful of club hits in recent years, including the Katy Perry showcase “Starstrukk” and the makeout mashup “My First Kiss” with Ke$ha.

Needless to say, these guys – Boulder, Colo.-based buddies Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte – have their hooks in the pop music scene. And for understandable, if not altogether wholesome reasons: Those tunes, as well as pretty much everything else off their latest record, “Streets of Gold,” shimmer with irresistible energy and soar to shout-along heights at every chorus.

That said, you wouldn’t necessarily want your mom hearing you shout along to tunes like “Touchin on My,” with its cleverly bleeped yet unabashedly unchaste refrain: [Read More...]

Ratatat announces Missoula date at Wilma Theatre

Ratatat, the New York electronic music duo known for its psychedelic light and video shows as much as for its music, has announced a June 3 show at the Wilma Theatre in Missoula. Here’s the press release with details…. [Read More...]

David Bazan, up close and personal in Missoula

David Bazan, aka Pedro the Lion, is currently out on one of his living room tours, and he’s got a scheduled stop in Missoula coming up on March 19.

Bazan’s last appearance in Missoula, at the Palace, was one of the most remarkable shows I’ve attended in Missoula — in no small part because the packed barroom crowd was quiet as a pack of mice, totally engrossed in a way that I’ve literally never experienced in a nightclub setting before. [Read More...]

Leo Kottke to return to Missoula

Just got word that guitarist/singer Leo Kottke will be returning to the University Theatre, where he’s played numerous times in the past, for a show in May. Here’s the detailed press release. [Read More...]

Gourds returning to Missoula

The Gourds, the Austin, Tx.-based band that has become something of a Missoula darling over the years, announced a return engagement…at the Top Hat.

Strange as that may sound for a band that has headlined the River City Roots Festival in front of thousands of people, the shows should offer an intimate experience not recently matched around here. Here’s the announcement I received about it: [Read More...]