Live at Maha: The Thermals

It's starting to cool off nicely as Criteria rip through a set of punk-pop post hardcore guitar wrangling tunes. They have a lot to follow after the Thermals ripped through 45 minutes of indie punk anthems. Unlike their energetic set earlier this year though, the midday Maha crowd didn't jump about. Instead they too the Thermals as an enjoyable upbeat afternoon listening experience from their...

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Live at Maha: The Millions

Lincoln's the Millions will once again be missed. The alternative dream-poppers, who were on major label subsidiary of Polygram Records in the early 1990s, played the final set of their brief reunion. The set showed a seasoned professionalism despite the band's lengthy hiatus. The band is anchored by Lori Allison's breathy, but powerful vocals and guitarist Harry Dingman III's shimmering,...

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Live at Maha: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

It's interesting to hear the change in the sound of the Maha Music Festival once the lineup moves from local and regional acts to national, regularly touring indie acts like Thao & Get Down Stay Down. Once Thao Nguyen and her band took the stage, the professionalism oozed. Songs were arranged intricately on many songs with a cool confidence. The band mostly plays tuneful indie rock/folk, but...

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Live at Maha: HERS w/ Omaha Girls Rock

Before HERS began their set on the local set, one of the bands formed at the Omaha Girls Rock camp played a song. Urban Scrunchies offered up a simple, low-key song played with a confident ease. HERS set followed with a vibe cut from 90s lo-if indie. Slacker rock guitar lines influenced by Pavement and other acts seem to be an influence on this female-fronted act. The band was perfect for the...

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Live at Maha: Millions of Boys

Millions of Boys unveiled a larger lineup as they kicked off their performance on Maha Music Festival's main stage. The added instrumental heft of an added guitarist and a full time keyboardist provided a layer of lushness to the band's hook-filled indie pop. The standouts are still the songs sung by guitarist Sara Bertuldo, especially when drummer Ryan Haas yelps in on background vocals. The...

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Omaha Symphony’s Thomas Wilkins to appear on GMA

* Omaha Symphony's Music Director Thomas Wilkins will wave his conducting baton in front of a national television audience Wednesday, August 14th. Wilkins will conduct the New York Pops as they accompany the Blue Man Group during a performance scheduled to air on ABC's Good Morning America television program. The performance is slated to occur between 8 and 9 a.m. local time on the show. The...

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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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