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University Pulse Radio to host three live digital shows featuring staff, students

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The duo behind He/lium She/lium, photo by Taylor Humby

Boise State’s University Pulse Radio is hosting three live digital quarantine concerts to help keep the Boise State community better connected during this time.

“We’re not doing these as self promotion, but rather as a service to our local musicians, hopefully giving them an audience and exposure at a time where they might need it the most,” said Kelsie Rose, general manager of University Pulse Radio.

All three upcoming acts are Boise State students or staff. The performances will be opened with a short interview from University Pulse Radio staff about how campus artists can best be supported during the pandemic. The upcoming acts are:

He/lium She/lium

7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, broadcast via the University Pulse Instagram. Pulse staff members make up this the ’80s inspired, synth pop, electronic dance duo.

Partners Ari Wing and Rocky Wing found themselves living in Boise with a lack of practice space and no connections. Given the noise limits of apartment living, they decided to go fully electronic. In other words: no real instruments are harmed in the making of their music.

Ari plays keytar and sings. Rocky plays all the other sounds on a midi controller. Although they play loops, they create those loops in real time – which means that if they make a mistake (or reinterpretation!) it repeats for the whole song. It makes for exciting, spontaneous live shows.

Cosmic Flower

7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, broadcast via the University Pulse Instagram

Cosmic Flower is a psychedelic dream-pop project inspired by Tame Impala, Real Estate, Kurt Vile and Mac Demarco. The brainchild of Thomas Metzger, a Boise State senior majoring in media arts/journalism, it’s billed as “old-school and neo-psychedelia, blues rock, space rock and pop.”

King and Queen of the Losers

Time TBA, Thursday, April 23, broadcast via Youtube

King and Queen of the Losers is a rock band based out of Boise. The band was started by husband and wife duo Scooter Abraham (an IT specialist at Boise State) and Kiwi Palmer. With a special blend of dream pop, indie and punk rock, King and Queen of the Losers taps into the working class spirit of rock n’ roll. Their 2019 release, “American Squalor,” is a loud, brash and fun reflection of life in a disenfranchised generation.