A.K.A. BELLE ALBUM RELEASE PARTY (WITH FREE PAYETTE BREWING CO. BEER!) FIRST THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, PLUS MARK LANEGAN LISTENING PARTY

a.k.a. Belle will perform a special Album Release Party set live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 6 p.m. First Thursday, Feb. 2. As always, this Record Exchange in-store performance is free and all ages.

a.k.a. Belle‘s debut CD Disappearing Night will be available for purchase at the Album Release Party, and we will be serving free craft beer (21 and older with I.D.) courtesy of our partners Payette Brewing Co.!

Before a.k.a. Belle’s set, the RX will be holding a Mark Lanegan Listening Party at 5 p.m. Lanegan’s new album Blues Funeral comes out Tuesday, Feb. 7, and 4AD sent us a vinyl test pressing to play for our customers — and to give to one lucky duck once we’re done spinning it! 4AD also sent a few signed 7-inches to hand out with pre-orders of Blues Funeral.

We’re also debuting our new monthly First Thursday specials, which include:

• Buy 2 get 1 free used CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray and vinyl!
• Buy 2 get 1 free select gift shop items — this month ALL gift items are eligible!
• Buy 2 get 1 free coffee and espresso drinks!

ABOUT A.K.A. BELLE AND DISAPPEARING NIGHT

Out of the studio after months of hard work, a.k.a. Belle (facebook.com/akaBelleBoise) brings you their debut album Disappearing Night, produced and mastered at Audio Lab. The 9-song CD, released December 2011, has ranked in the top 20 best sellers at The Record Exchange five weeks in a row, with tracks such as “Austin Calling” getting airtime on 94.9 FM The River, and selected tracks being played on KRBX (Radio Boise 89.9 FM). Guest appearances include Steve Fulton, Brenton Viertel, Michael Rundle, Jason Flores and Todd Chavez.

Melding influences ranging from Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and The Clash to Wanda Jackson and Phil Spector’s girl groups, the Boise foursome delivers a distinctive, rich and dusty take on indie folk-rock, with frontwoman Catherine Merrick’s smooth yet pleasantly twangy voice providing an emotional complement to the rootsy, desert-noir of the arrangements.

It’s easy to see a.k.a. Belle have fun with their music, too, as evident on songs such as their bonus track “I’m Giving Mice Elf (To You)” (a new Christmas classic) and “At Least I’m Stupid” (sung by guitarist Sam Merrick).

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