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Boise State Public Radio Music can be heard in Boise and the surrounding Treasure Valley at 90.3FM, and across parts of southern and central Idaho, providing outstanding music, arts and cultural programming on air and online.

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Not just classical, Boise State Public Radio Music brings you jazz, americana, bluegrass, blues, folk, celtic and more. 

 

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The Fort of Drag joins the plethora of "forts" this year at Treefort and events include performances, panel discussions and a drag queen story hour. We talk with Fort of Drag creator and director Cole Calvin and community liaison Gabrielle Davis about using Treefort to connect with the area's transgender community.

Idaho Power

Idaho Power has a green power initiative that allows people to purchase wind and solar energy for their homes. Now, this week’s Treefort Music Fest is getting in on the program. 

 


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Each March for the last eight years, Treefort Music Fest has taken over downtown Boise. The five-day festival starts Wednesday, and will feature headliners Vince Staples, Liz Phair and Toro y Moi alongside hundreds of other musical acts. 

Juice WRLD, the reigning prince of emo rap, is back with a follow up to last year's Goodbye & Good Riddance. Deathrace for Love is bleak, brutal and the rare sequel that lives up to the original. The Oxford rock band Foals takes a big swing in one of the group's most ambitious albums to date; and singer Patty Griffin has a beautiful and profoundly moving, new self-titled album on growing old, the frailty of life and perseverance.

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Treefort keeps growing and programming for kids and families is the next Fort-frontier. Idaho Matters speaks about booking all-age shows and events for kids with Nathan Walker of the Boise All-Ages Movement project and Briana Moore of Treefort.

André Previn, a celebrated musical polymath, died Thursday morning; he was a composer of Oscar-winning film music, conductor, pianist and music director of major orchestras. His manager, Linda Petrikova, confirmed to NPR that he died at his home in Manhattan.

This story is part of American Anthem, a yearlong series on songs that rouse, unite, celebrate and call to action. Find more at NPR.org/Anthem.

There is no denying the impact Roma has had on the movie going public on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border. The story of a young indigenous woman and her life as a live-in care taker for a middle class Mexican family in the mid-1970's is one of those rare instances that has crossed demographic lines and has people raving about from all quarters.

We're thrilled to have Gary Clark Jr. on World Cafe today. Gary is a guitar prodigy from Austin who showed so much promise that the mayor held a ceremony to declare "Gary Clark Jr. Day" when he was still in high school.

Terence Blanchard wrote his first piece of music for a Spike Lee joint nearly 30 years ago. The movie was Mo' Better Blues, which revolves around a brooding jazz trumpeter played by Denzel Washington. Blanchard was on set to ghost those trumpet parts, but at one point, Spike heard him playing a theme at the piano, and asked him to write an accompanying string arrangement.

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Dr. Brian Hodges has played cello around the world and currently works at Boise State as an instructor. Hodges is also the author of Cello Secrets: Over 100 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Cellist in which he outlines performance techniques to set the experienced cellist apart from the crowd.

Treefort

Treefort has rolled out their 2019 schedule and on Wednesday's Idaho Matters, we'll look at the Yogafort and Hackfort events.

As part of NPR Slingshot, public radio's emerging artist spotlight series, we're kicking off Station Breaks, a monthly list that features a diverse selection of songs from new bands, all hand-picked by NPR's public radio network.

Songs from this month will be available to stream on the NPR Slingshot Spotify playlist, at the bottom of the page. Enjoy and discover these big songs by not-so-big bands.

Peter Lovera / Treefort Music Fest

Boise’s Treefort Music Fest has released their third and final artist announcement for this year’s event. Click here to see the whole list of 432 bands set to play the March festival.

 


Ballet Idaho

Ballet Idaho begins 2019 with re(Define) - a performance combining classical ballet with contemporary dance and music. We meet with the company's artistic director and a solo dancer.

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