Time after time, we all talk about … well, time — often in aphorisms and cliches. X is “a waste of time,” while Y is “time well spent.” We are all apt to lose track of time but, perhaps in equal measure, we have plenty of time on our hands. We think we have all the time in the world — until we remember that time flies, after which our time runs out and we’re dead (for a long time).

Since 2020, internal clocks have had to be readjusted with the pace of life ebbing and flowing. For Los Angeles psych-rock sextet Hooveriii (pronounced “Hoover Three”) that adjustment seeped its way into their songwriting and ultimately their forthcoming album, A Round of Applause.

The record cherrypicks from an array of genres — pop, girl-group ditties, synth-ish keyboards and funk —but the end result is a cohesive long-player with songs that revolve around the Spanish Inquisition (“Stone Man”); or follow “the legendary Peruvians who run long distances in the Andes Mountains (“The Runner”). “I let my imagination run wild,” Hoover said. Elsewhere on A Round of Applause, the Hooveriii frontman finally recorded a song, “The Pearl,” that he wrote in 2017. “It sounds like a Harry Nilsson jingle like to me, a fantasy song,” he continued. “It’s more like a nursery rhyme than a song with an important message. You know, it’s just like keeping things fun. … Nilsson didn’t take everything so fucking seriously. We want to avoid that self-seriousness. We’re a bunch of goofy musicians.”


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The Madcap Laughs

The Madcap Laughs are a jam band based out of Boise, Idaho. Founded in May of 2020 at the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic. They are inspired musically and philosophically by the counter culture of 1960’s America. They take inspiration from classic Jam bands like Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers Band, Etc, as well as funk acts of the 1970’s such as James Brown and Tower of Power.  Also from more modern acts like King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Ween, and Built to Spill. The Madcap Laughs aim to be more than just a musical act, they aim to be a community and an experience that all are welcome to enjoy

Ghost Beach

Ghost Beach

Four undead wretches awoken from their slumber in death to wreak havoc with songs about love, loss, and intense frog herding with friends. Fine tuned with a taste for life, these ghouls bring a new and delicious flavor of surf punk to Idaho that is sure to get the living dancing. One night of listening to the fast paced rippage from this band of undead will be enough to ask yourself, Do you believe in Ghosts?