Jim Suhler, Walter Trout

Texas blues-rock guitarist Jim Suhler returns to the metro this week with his band Monkey Beat. Suhler is out touring in support of his mid-February release, Panther Burn (Underworld Records). It’s a fine recording that showcases Suhler’s thoughtful approach to the music.  He’s a great blues guitarist, but he doesn’t overplay it. The CD is full of deep grooves, with plenty of Suhler’s stomping,...

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Gorillas, McPherson, Whitmore

The 21st Saloon celebrates the return of the Gas House Gorillas Thursday, April 10, 6-9 p.m. The Brooklyn-based band calls their entertaining sound and style “punk Americana.” Rockabilly Magazine writes of the group, “This is what a popular culture roadmap might sound like. Find the jump-blues freeway, cut down the swing off-ramp, follow the rock 'n' roll backload and keep that radio at top...

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Studebaker John, Guitars & Gorillas

Studebaker John will actually be at McKenna’s this Friday, April 4, 8 p.m. Last week's column contained an error from incorrect information I had on the date. So, you still have a chance to see Chicago’s Studebaker John, who is an accomplished blues guitarist, singer-songwriter and harmonica player. His gritty style and uniquely gear-grinding guitar sound is steeped in the traditional...

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Hadden Sayers & Shadowboxers’ CD Release

The soulful, rockin’ blues of the Hadden Sayers Band is back for a rare Omaha appearance, hitting the stage at The 21st Saloon Thursday, March 27, 6-9 p.m. Sayers’ most recent disc, Rolling Soul (Blue Corn), is a top-flight mix of blues, soul and Americana. Sayers’ skills as a singer, songwriter and guitarist continue to evolve. Rolling Soul is his best and most accomplished work yet with some...

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Joe, Bnois, Carolyn & Hadden

Several Texas blues guitar stars are hitting the area this week, starting with Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King. They and their band are up at The 21st Saloon Thursday, March 20, 6-9 p.m. The two Dallas-based artists have been playing together since 1989. Their fall 2013 release Road Dog’s Life (Delta Groove) is a follow-up to their 2012 move to Delta Groove. With a back-catalog of over 15...

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Samantha, Valerie & Davina

The extremely talented guitarist-vocalist Samantha Fish plays The 21st Saloon Thursday, March 13. Kansas City-based Fish is touring behind her fall 2013 disc, Black Wind Howlin’ (Ruf Records), her latest collaboration with Mike Zito as producer. The CD is getting plenty of national attention, as Fish’s star continues to rise. Fish took the 2012 Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut for...

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Omaha Girls Rock expands camp
by Chris Aponick

* Registration for the 2014 Omaha Girls Rock camp is now open to girls ages 8 to 18. The camp, which will take place at the Holland ... more »



The Faint announce new album
by Chris Aponick

The Faint will release Doom Abuse, their sixth studio album, Tuesday, April 8th on SQE Music.

The 12-song album is now available for ... 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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