LISTEN LOCAL DAY: 10% OF NET SALES ON MARCH 2 GO TO KRBX!

On Saturday, March 2, Radio Boise is holding its inaugural Listen Local Day, and to support this fundraiser for community-supported independent radio, The Record Exchange is donating 10% of our net sales Saturday to KRBX!

The Record Exchange is open 10am to 8pm on Saturday. Across the street in the basement of the Alaska Building, our friends at Radio Boise are hosting live music on-air and in the lobby, and the station’s DJs and local guest musicians are spinning their favorite local cuts. KRBX is looking to raise $10,000 to create more events for the community and to continue to boost the signal of Boise’s amazing artists and musicians.

You can donate directly to KRBX here before Saturday or any time during the event. Learn more about Listen Local Day here.

ENTER TO WIN TICKETS TO SEE BANNERS AT NEUROLUX OCT. 23!

Banners is headlining Radio Boise Tuesday at Neurolux on Oct. 23, and we have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky customer!

To enter the drawing, send an email* with the subject “Banners” HERE by midnight Sunday, Oct. 21. We will draw a name at random and notify the winner on Monday, Oct. 22.

Banners comes from Liverpool, UK. Fascinated by dreams, life, death, hope and despair, he grew up singing in the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral Choir and the Liverpool Kop. Influenced by artists ranging from Jeff Buckley to Arcade Fire, Banners’ music is at once haunting and hopeful. His song “Start A Riot” has generated over 50 million Spotify streams, while his recent single “Someone To You” has reached the #1 position at Alt Nation as he prepares to release his highly anticipated Empires On Fire EP.

After signing to Island Records, Banners first connected with audiences on his debut single “Ghosts,” which rose to #2 at Hype Machine. “Shine A Light” which has been certified gold for track sales in Canada, is the official trailer for EA’s blockbuster game FIFA 16 Ultimate Team Legends and appeared in spots on NBC, ESPN, E! and FOX.

Banners recently made his late night debut on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, followed by touring select markets in the US with Milky Chance.

* One entry per person, NOT per email address. If you have 16 email addresses and you enter with each address, we’ll just delete 15 of them. We have the technology. To be eligible to win, you must live in the Boise metro area and be able to pick up your prize at the store.

RADIO BOISE PRESENTS THE WHITE BUFFALO LIVE AT THE RX NOV. 14

Radio Boise presents the White Buffalo live at The Record Exchange at 6pm Tuesday, Nov. 14. Hear an intimate solo acoustic performance before the White Buffalo headlines Radio Boise Tuesday next door at Neurolux (we have tickets for sale at the store). An album signing will follow the in-store set. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

ABOUT THE WHITE BUFFALO

“I’ve always taken great pleasure in being difficult to categorize,” says the White Buffalo‘s big-voiced frontman, Jake Smith. Since releasing his first album in 2002, Smith has explored the grey area between genres, carving out a sound rooted in dark folk, countrified soul, cinematic storytelling and roadhouse-worthy rock. He keeps things unclassifiable on the White Buffalo’s sixth album, Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights, the most hard-hitting, electrified album of his career.

Although recorded in Smith’s hometown of Los Angeles, where he grew up listening to the country twang of George Jones and the pissed-off punk of Bad Religion, Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights looks to the passion and punch of White Buffalo’s live shows for inspiration. Smith has been a road warrior for more than a decade, doubling as his own tour manager along the way. Gig after gig, he’s built a cult following without a major label’s support, boosting his band’s international visibility with more than a dozen TV-worthy songs — including the Emmy-nominated “Come Join the Murder” — that were featured on shows like Sons of Anarchy and Californication.

“I’m kind of an island,” he says proudly. “We tour on our own and have built our own fanbase, so the idea with this album was to capture that live feel — the passion that we produce in a stage setting — in a studio performance.”

Island or not, Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights finds Smith reaching far beyond his own experience for a string of detailed, character-driven songs. Many of these tunes explore the gloomy, dangerous corners of America, spinning stories of sinners, crooks, bad decisions and broken hearts. On “Border Town/Bury Me in Baja,” a drug dealer awaits his death at the hands of the Mexican mafia. “Avalon,” a desperate, driving anthem worthy of Bruce Springsteen, finds its protagonist “wishing he could flip a switch [and] turn his life around.” “Nightstalker Blues” — an amped-up blast of harmonica-filled, guitar-fueled roots rock — revolves around the story of serial killer Richard Ramirez, whose murder spree haunted southern California during the mid-Eighties.

As the album’s own title promises, though, this is a record about balance. A record about life’s ups and downs. “I wanted to hit all the emotional spots,” explains Smith, whose voice — a booming, rumbling baritone, with a slight quaver that can sound ominous one minute and warmhearted the next — takes a tender turn during love songs like “Observatory” and “If I Lost My Eyes.”

Together, Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights offers up the White Buffalo’s strongest material to date, doubling down on Smith’s strengths while pushing his sound into new territory. Stripped-down folk. Electrified swamp-soul. Heartland rock. Bluesy boogie-woogie. It’s all here, tied together by the super-sized vocals and articulate songwriting of a bandleader whose work is sometimes moody, sometimes menacing, but always melodic

“My hope is that this album will touch people,” he says. “Make people feel. The good, the bad, and the ugly. The darkest darks, and the lightest lights.”