Thursday Notes

Thursday was the first chance I had to check out what amounts to SXSW's headliners stage — the Auditorium Shores at Lady Bird Lake. The Strokes played what amounted to a trip through their first two records dotted by a few new cuts from their forthcoming album, Angles. The band has become really polished, but on the way, it has changed the band's sound. It still sounds like them, but greater...

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<p>We hate to get too overly excited about it, but it’s all in the fun of being at South By Southwest, right? Our photographer Robert Robinson ran into R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe cruising the streets of Austin. The band screened videos from its latest album “Collapse” as part of SXSW’s film festival Wednesday.  </p>Recharged and ready for winners

After one impossibly long 14-hour drive down to Austin Monday night, I am safe, sound and partially recharged in Austin for the 2011 South By Southwest music festival. Tuesday night featured the first year that SXSW tried to bridge the gap between the music festival and the interactive and film portions that precede it, doing so by launching a half-dozen showcases a day early. The night reaped...

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First NewBraska Festival slated for May 14

* There's tons of news in the metro this week, so strap in. The folks at The New BLK, Omahype.com, HearNebraska.org, The Slowdown and The Reader, which you're obviously reading right now, are raising funds for the first ever NewBraska Festival. The outdoor event, scheduled for Saturday, May 14 at 12th and Jones streets, is raising funds via Kickstarter.com, in order to bring together 8 or 9...

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Primus to play outside in Benson this summer

* Military Avenue in downtown Benson is about to get stranger, thanks to a May 28 show with Primus. The alternative rock weirdos led by Les Claypool will play outside in Benson, just north of Maple Street on Military Avenue, during Memorial Day weekend. The band is preparing their first disc of new material since 1999's Antipop. The One Percent Productions and Rad Kadillac co-promotion starts at...

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Get yourself in a real live music video

Galvanized Tron and J. Stephens Music are holding an open casting call for Galvanized Tron’s next music video. The casting session will be at McFly’s, 4503 Center St., Saturday, March 19 at noon. You must be at least 18 to audition. Direct any questions to info@jstephensmusic.com. Glavanized Tron is a Jacksonville, Fla. hip-hop artist who now lives in Omaha. * Congratulations to Noah’s Ark...

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It’s True spills release show details

* Mark April 2 on your calendar because it's going to be the show of the spring. Queens of the Stone Age are playing the Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St., as part of a run-of-date celebrating the re-issue of their long out-of-print self-titled debut album. The show will feature entire albums, non-album cuts from that era and hits from the rest of the band's catalogue, according to a release...

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Gorillas, McPherson, Whitmore
by B.J. Huchtemann

The 21st Saloon celebrates the return of the Gas House Gorillas Thursday, April 10, 6-9 p.m. The Brooklyn-based band calls their ... more »



Studebaker John, Guitars & Gorillas
by B.J. Huchtemann

Studebaker John will actually be at McKenna’s this Friday, April 4, 8 p.m. Last week's column contained an error from incorrect ... more »



Remembering Dave
by Tim McMahan

It began in November 1992. I was a few years out of college at UNO, already working full time at Union Pacific, but still writing ... more »



Totally Crushing on Millions of Boys
by Tim McMahan

Omaha power-pop punk band Millions of Boys’ new 10-inch record, Competing for Your Love, is a 180-gram slab of vinyl complete with ... more »



Future Tense: 2012 Music Predictions, Pt. 2
by Tim McMahan

And now, the conclusion of my annual music predictions columns, where I gaze into the glossy black finish of a Fender Squier and see ... more »



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