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Finn Riggins


CITY: Boise
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RECORD LABEL: Tender Loving Empire

WHY THEM? Finn Riggins deliver a winning combo of whirling post-punk, krautrock, and psyched-out organ jams. The Boise trio dabbles in a little bit of everything. Steel drums bang away in hypnotic little patterns while singer Lisa Simpson (for real?!) croons and vamps like the spooky ghost of a coffee-shop balladeer. They’ve been ripping up the Pacific Northwest and Idaho for a few years now, and their new record, A Soldier, A Saint, An Ocean Explorer, bristles with friction and brilliant ideas. Whoever the other band in Boise is should be taking close notes.

BONUS BIT! The co-ed threesome formed when they met in college in Moscow — but before you haul them off to Guantánamo, realize that it’s Moscow, Idaho.


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