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Bill Cosby gets serious about education

By now America's accustomed to King of Comedy Bill Cosby turning serious about topics he usually mines humor from. Expressing his celebrity opinions he sometimes touches a nerve, as when he asserted "parenting is not going on" in poor inner city black homes during a 2004 NAACP speech.

The Reader got three doses of Cosby opining before his May 6 Omaha concert. In each he revealed different facets of himself. In a...

Planet Power

Cosmic Forecast, May 17-May 23

This week, put it into fertile soil before the invisible, divisible, duality reality of Gemini; id est, the “breath of spring,” blows you/it away with wordplay. Time to communicate. I’ll start…

b TAURUS (4.21-5.20) Thus concludes your best week in your best month of your best year in 12. This weekend is a superlative time for following through on projects. Who needs sleep? Wait ’til Sunday...


Pick: Grouplove

May 17
Grouplove w/ Reptar
Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St.
8 p.m., $15, onepercentproductions.com

Chances are "Tongue Tied" has found its way into your ears by now. Grouplove's signature song has traveled across the country in commercials and television shows. But that song's ubiquity shouldn't overshadow the strength of their debut album, Never Trust a Happy Song. The album jumps with energy, though they...


Pick: Xiu Xiu

May 21
Xiu Xiu w/ Dirty Beaches
Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St.
9 p.m., $10 in advance/$12 day-of-show, onepercentproductions.com

Jamie Stewart continually bends, shapes and reforms Xiu Xiu at his in-the-moment stylistic whims, always keeping a foot in his experimental indie rock wheelhouse, but always seeming on the brink of letting his running-wild ideas run completely away. That makes each of his...


Pick: Deer Tick

May 20
Deer Tick w/ Turbo Fruits
Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St.
9 p.m., $13 in advance/$15 day-of-show, onepercentproductions.com

On Divine Providence, 2011's booziest batch of rock 'n' roll, Rhode Island's Deer Tick shambled beautifully and blurry through songs that went from barroom rally cries to overly-creepy first-person imaginings of John Wayne Gacy. What pulls it all together is the band's...

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