<p>  Conchance</p>Annual Music Issue - 2013

The state of the Nebraska music scene is reflected in the adjoining list of the Top 20 bands of 2013 along with the 29 others that comprise “the rest.”

We usually limit “the rest” to just 15 bands, but when it came time to pull the list together this year, we couldn’t stop — or better yet — couldn’t see a reason to. The sheer number of quality new bands has never been higher, but where are...

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MUSIC ISSUE: 2013 Top 20 Bands and The Rest

Desaparecidos

Conor Oberst is back to political vitriol with his punk-minded act Desaparecidos, having taken the act on a few short tours and some festival dates. Meanwhile, new material keeps cropping up as well, in the form of limited edition vinyl singles. While the original incarnation focused on our millennial suburban malaise, Oberst and his cohorts have widened their gaze to America's...

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Keith Urban Lights the Fuse

Keith Urban brought his Light the Fuse tour to CenturyLink Center Omaha Friday night, along with openers Dustin Lynch and Little Big Town, in his opening night of arena touring.

He appeared on stage with a simple wave, playing his banjo with the lights on. After a short instrumental, the band joined him and reared the crowd into a two-hour event of Urban’s best: new singles from his current...

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Live Review: Bloc Party

“We came a long way to entertain you Omaha,” hollered Bloc Party front man Kele Okereke at last night’s show at the Slowdown, and entertain they did. The London band put on a furious, career spanning set that excited from start to finish.

Opening for the band was Bear Mountain, a synth pop group hailing from Vancouver B.C. that mixed chopped vocal samples, heavy tropical drums, and spritely...

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SXSW Evolves

The lesson of South By Southwest is that if an attendee has their heart set on attending one of the marquee intimate shows that the Austin, Tex.-based music event books, then the best bet is to plan ahead and be prepared to wait for the chance at a once-in-a-lifetime musical moment.

Last year's Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band show set the bar for how these events can play out and it...

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SXSW Day Four: Austin musical math

The cool thing abut SXSW is sometimes it helps put two and two together and that's the bit of math that happened Friday at Cheer Up Charlie's, a funky indoor/outdoor club on Austin's hip east side. 

After grabbing a cocktail and navigating through the venue, I decided to take a look at one of the band's playing on the outdoor stage on the other side of the venue. It took me a few moments to...

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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 »



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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