New Year, New Voice

* First of all, greetings are in order. I’m Chris Aponick and I’m your new Backbeat columnist. Think of me as your guide to what’s newsworthy in Omaha each week. I’ve written for The Reader frequently during the last three years, so I hope my voice is one you’re used to hearing. But here’s the thing, I need to hear your voices, too. A man only has one set of ears and sometimes that...

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It’s True Update, Passing the Backbeat Baton

* This week’s 8 Days section features many of your most exciting options for an in-tune New Year’s Eve celebration set to live music, but here are two quality stragglers: The Firm w/ special guests play Side Door Lounge, 3530 Leavenworth St. The 9 p.m. show will feature classic album covers including T.Rex, Iggy Pop, The Cure, Velvet Underground and Talking Heads, from Bill Eustice, Dereck...

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Local Shows on the Holiday Road

* Local music fans will have a hard time staying in this week thanks to an impressive slate of local shows. Thursday, Dec. 23, Satchel Grande and Old Money play The Waiting Room, while Slowdown Virginia and Polecat reunite at Slowdown. Friday, Dec. 24, Banjo Loco and several openers are at Waiting Room. Sunday, Dec. 26, Mal Madrigal, Our Fox, The Bruces and Before The Toast And Tea are at...

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A Listen to Pine Ridge Vol. III, Holiday Throwdown at Slowdown

* The flurry of benefit shows, radio programs and other events comprising Lash LaRue’s Toy Drive are finished for the year, but you can still contribute by buying a copy of Christmas for Pine Ridge Volume III: Live at The Waiting Room. Lucky you, because the disc carries the torch of mostly original Christmas songs by local talents, and as LaRue reminds, “this is not your grandmother’s...

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Here Come the Holidays, ORG Black and Blue Ball

* Scrooges be damned, those festive holiday feelings are beginning to take hold — escorted by sights, sounds and smells oozing citywide from often-tedious Muzak players, bundled bell ringers and mailboxes stuffed with Christmas cards. Allspice and cinnamon scents hang heavy in the air, along with the deafening hum of retail excess. Two of my favorite holiday traditions involve music: a...

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Hear Nebraska Benefit, NextAid loom

* In the absence of an Omaha-Lincoln light-rail (don’t get me started … ) it takes a lot for me to make the trek to Titletown, even for the best of events. But if you travel I-80 southwest just once this year it should be this Friday, Dec. 3, for the Hear Nebraska Benefit at Bourbon Theatre featuring Orion Walsh, Shaun Sparks and the Wounded Animals, and Bandit Sound. Hear Nebraska bills...

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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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