The Record Exchange is proud to present the Treefort Music Fest Warmup Party featuring Radiation City at 6 p.m. First Thursday, March 1, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

The party includes a live set by Portland Tender Loving Empire recording artists Radiation City and free craft beer (21 and older with I.D.) courtesy of our partners Payette Brewing Co.! Radiation City is playing Visual Arts Collective later that evening (8 p.m.) with Atomic Mama and Shades. The VaC show is free for anyone who purchases a Treefort Music Fest 4-day pass before 2 p.m. March 1; full details HERE.

We’ll also have Treefort 4-day passes for sale in physical form and Treefort-related raffle prizes!

And since it’s First Thursday, there’s all kinds of sexy savings throughout the store, including:

• Buy 2 get 1 free used CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray and vinyl!
• Buy 2 get 1 free stickers and patches in the Gift Shop!
• Buy 2 get 1 free coffee and espresso drinks!


The inspiration for Radiation City’s newest output stems from an old piano. The piano has lived in drummer Randy Bemrose‘s basement for eons. It’s old, cumbersome, and on it’s last legs. The band used sounds from the piano throughout the recording of its new EP Cool Nightmare … not just the keys, though, the clicks and clacks from the body, the slamming of the lid, and virtually every other sound you can imagine making on the piano. After they were finished, the piano was beat up, out of tune, and falling apart. Having used the old piano of all it’s worth, and as a celebration of an intense year, Radiation City engaged in the ceremonial destruction of the old piano documented on the first single’s video, “Find it of Use.”

Cool Nightmare is the followup to the dream-pop quintet’s acclaimed debut, The Hands That Take You, released this past fall on Tender Loving Empire (Finn Riggins, Typhoon, Loch Lomond). Originally out via cassette on Radiation City founders Cameron Spies and Lizzy Ellison’s cassette-only record label Apes Tapes, The Hands That Take You has been lauded by MTV, ELLE, Brooklyn Vegan, Paste, FuseTV, Prefix, and The L Magazine.

Radiation City is influenced by certain staple macro-genres such as ’60s bossa nova and Chicago jazz, but their version of this classical sound is supported by irresistible pop vocal hooks and the employment of minimal electronics, which provide rhythm but leave plenty of space. The band will soon embark on their first trip to SXSW as part of a tour that will take them down the West Coast and through the Midwest.

Radiation City is Lizzy Ellison (vocals, keys), Cameron Spies (guitar, vocals), Randy Bemrose (drums, vocals), Matt Rafferty (bass, vocals), Patti King (vocals, keys, bass).


“The music lives up to the buzz…Plus, Lizzy Ellison’s gorgeous vocals are infectiously charming.” — ELLE

“Their dreamy, faraway sound reminds us of a sunshiny marriage between Reading Rainbow and the Dum Dum Girls…Either way, let’s just say it’s really good.” — NYLON

“One of the year’s more charming debuts, which drifts between moody, organ-driven numbers and more upbeat pop.” – Brooklyn Vegan

“Super dreamy … some of the most pleasing music of the last few decades thoughtfully time-warped into a fresh new tune.” — My Old Kentucky Blog

“This is superbly crafted, easily pinpointed yet unmistakably captivating, pop music.” — Death + Taxes

“They’ve got a sly bossa nova thing going on too, and a slight gothic-pop thing, and a Phil Spector girl-group thing, and a clear-blue vocal thing … We’d like to make a bid for them to move to Brooklyn, please.” – L Magazine

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