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Southern Idaho might seem like an odd place for something like the Treefort Music Fest, which just concluded its sixth year, to thrive. The state capital, Boise, is the 99th largest city in America and is an oasis of liberal sentiment in Idaho, sorta: Clinton lost to Trump 39% to 47% in Ada County, of which Boise is the county seat—a smaller margin than almost anywhere else in the state. The heart of Lincoln’s...
Back in June we listed out some of the best albums of the year so far. But these lists always tend to include a handful of superstars, who, due to their higher profiles, extensive resources, or tabloid narratives sometimes just eclipse local performers. Those local musicians deserve some shine too, though, so here is a list of 20 of the best records to come out of our fair borough so far this year. Hopefully you'll...
Xenia Rubinos may be proudly Afro-Latina, but don’t make the mistake of boxing her into an outsider conception of that experience. She is a brilliant composer and vocalist--and with her newest album, she is showing us that there are as many ways to be Latina as there are Latinas in the world. Out today, 6/3, Black Terry Cat is Xenia Rubinos’ sophomore effort, an experimental record that brings together elements funk, jazz, hip hop,...

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