Cool Band: Finn Riggins

Finn Riggins What do you know about Idaho besides potatoes and it’s attraction to weird white supremacy groups? Did you know that Boise is actually a totally cool little town where seemingly everyone rides bikes? It’s true. It’s like a little piece of Holland smack down in the middle of Nowheresville. I once saw a Rod Stewart impersonator/Limo driver just hanging out in front of a bar having a smoke. And he wasn’t at all out of place. It’s a cool, weird place.

Finn Riggins is from Boise and they’re kinda weird and cool too. A collaboration between Cameron Bouiss, Eric Gilbert and Lisa Simpson, the trio met while completing their music degrees at the University of Idaho and have been playing together since 2000. Six years later they ended up in Sun Valley and then three years after that they call Boise home…when they are home. They seem to be on the road all the time with over 200 dates in 2008 alone.

Their new album, Vs. Wilderness is their fourth and if this song is any indication of the what the rest of their catalog holds then it’s sure to find a place in the hearts of hipsters with a yen for sea shanties and accordion ballads. The video for “A Whale, A Fish” was shot in an old YMCA with live mics. It’s spooky and pretty and lonely…just like Finn Riggins.

Video: Finn Riggins – “A Whale, A Fish”

MP3: Finn Riggins – “Wake (Keep This Town Alive)”

Finn Riggins: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki

Tour dates after the jump…


04.07.10 – Athens, GA @ Go Bar

04.08.10 – Asheville, NC @ the Boiler Room

04.10.10 – Blacksburg, VA @ WUVT

04.13.10 – Chapel Hill, NC @ the Nightlight Bar

04.14.10 – Richmond, VA @ the Camel

04.15.10 – Washington, DC @ Sunlight Foundation Fundraiser for Haiti at the Tabaq Lounge

04.16.10 – Baltimore, MD @ the Good Son

04.17.10 – Harrisburg, PA @ the Lingerie Room

04.18.10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Danger Danger Gallery

04.21.10 – Boston, MA @ the Midway Cafe

04.22.10 – Portland, ME @ TBA

04.23.10 – Northampton, MA @ The Elevens

04.24.10 – Burlington, VT @ The Monkey House

04.25.10 – Montpelier, VT @ the Lamb Abbey

04.27.10 – Waterbury, CT @ Lil Tommy J’s Home For Lost Boys

04.28.10 – Manhattan, NY @ the Cake Shop

04.29.10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo Gallery w/ Patrick Bower & the World Without Magic

05.01.10 – Oneonta, NY @ Seen Unseen

05.02.10 – Ithaca, NY @ Castaways

05.03.10 – Cleveland, OH @ Pat’s In The Flats

05.04.10 – Middletown, OH @ The Venue

05.05.10 – Idianapolis, IN @ Vollrath Tavern

05.06.10 – Kalamazoo, MI @ the Strut

05.07.10 – Chicago, IL @ TBA

05.08.10 – Sheboygan, WI @ the Green Room

05.09.10 – Iowa City, IA @ Public Space One

05.10.10 – Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge

05.11.10 – Minneapolis, MN @ the Kitty Cat Klub

05.12.10 – Dickinson, ND @ Evil Olive

05.13.10 – Missoula, MT @ The Palace

05.14.10 – Moscow, ID @ John’s Alley

05.15.10 – Boise, ID @ the VAC

05.20.10 – La Grande, OR @ Liquid Lyrics

05.21.10 – Boise, ID @ Boise Bike Week Block Party

05.22.10 – Ketchum, ID @ Whiskey Jacque’s

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