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Heartland Healing

Fear is Not an Option

Heartland Healing

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Doctor Mysterian

Thinner

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Get In The Game

The Sport of Dedication

The sport of roller derby is physically striking – pun intended. The athletes are a visual masterpiece, a hodgepodge of women of all shapes, sizes and colors, united by tight clothes, helmets, and of course, skates. The sounds are stunning, from the crack of pads on the track to the flat smack of moving bodies being stopped abruptly.

It’s well-known that violence draws many fans to a roller derby bout. The Omaha...

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Pick: Maps & Atlases

June 18
Maps & Atlases w/ The Big Sleep and Suns
The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St.
9 p.m., $10 in advance/$12 day-of-show, onepercentproductions.com

Intricately off-kilter Chicago band Maps & Atlases have built a steady following of indie rock fans, thanks to their indie-pop take on math rock. The band incorporates straightforward elements of folk-pop, which they then dismantle and distort into odder,...

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Pick: Ceremony

June 20
Ceremony w/ White Lung, Slut River and Gag Reflex
The Sandbox, 2406 Leavenworth St.
8:30 p.m., $10, slowburnomaha.com

Ceremony have evolved from typical hardcore house-show punk rockers to one of the genre's leading hopes. The California band's growing stature is a credit to their ability to grow and adapt, slowing down the tempo without losing their impact. Basslines now are more likely to lock into...

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Pick: The Hold Steady

June 15
The Hold Steady w/ Mount Carmel
The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St.
9 p.m., $16 in advance/$18 day-of-show, onepercentproductions.com

It's time to raise another toast to St. Joe Strummer, as the anthemic indie rock band returns to Omaha. The Hold Steady have made Omaha a regular tour stop since first playing the Sokol Underground in 2007. For all the attention paid to singer Craig Finn's...

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June 12 Walter Trout

June 12
Walter Trout
Zoo Bar, 136 N. 14th Street, Lincoln
6 p.m., $15 in advance, $18 day of show
zoobar.com

"Too Many Notes Played Way Too Loud" is emblazoned on the back of some of Walter Trout's T-shirt merch. The guitar star is known and loved for his fiery, rockin' blues licks. Trout's impressive six-string fury was honed over many years spent as guitarist for John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Canned Heat...

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