The Record Exchange and Go Listen Boise present the Finn Riggins Record Store Day Kickoff/EP Release Party at 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St. in Downtown Boise’s Linen District. $7 at the door. Pontiak (Thrill Jockey), Red Hands Black Feet open. All ages, full bar, Pie Hole pizza.

Boise’s Finn Riggins is releasing the new Benchwarmers EP on 10-inch red vinyl for Record Store Day via Tender Loving Empire. Benchwarmers finds the band in top form, making experimental rock jams you can dance to. NYLON premiered the title track in March, saying “this song is so good, it makes us totally reconsider the benchwarmer bad rap.”

1. Benchwarmers (listen/download HERE)
2. Plural
3. Big News
4. Arrow
5. Parkour

Over the past several years, Finn Riggins has been making a name for itself around the Western and greater United States as road warriors from the oft-overlooked state of Idaho. Since the release of their debut album on Portland’s beloved mom-and-pop label Tender Loving Empire in 2007, the band has averaged close to 200 shows a year in 43 states, including playing support for fellow Idahoans Built To Spill on three separate tours.

The collaborative brainchild of three music school graduates from the University of Idaho — Cameron Bouiss, Eric Gilbert and Lisa Simpson — Finn Riggins relocated to Boise in 2009 where they’ve become key players in the young music and art scene of Idaho’s largest population center. Eric Gilbert is the festival director and talent buyer for Boise’s Treefort Music Fest, which made its debut March 22-25 and put a spotlight on the town as a destination for music and the arts while raising money for independent station Radio Boise.

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