<p>  The So-So Sailors</p>Big In Omaha

While technology and the music business' economy continue complicating life for those looking to survive in the music industry, there was still plenty of activity in Omaha's music scene. This is what was big in Omaha during 2011.

* Emphatic: The local hard rock heroes became major label modern rockers with the release of their Atlantic Records debut Damage. Label executive Jeff Blue and...

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Hope Survives

Two years ago for The Reader’s Year in Review wrap-up article, I said that it was the beginning of the end, that there had become a universal recognition that the best days for those who make a living making music were very likely behind them.

That was in the year 2009 B.S. – Before Spotify.

Now it’s 2011 and nothing has changed, not really. Except for one thing: There used to be a glimmer...

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Video Concert Review: Of Montreal at The Slowdown

One dash of David Bowie, a pinch of The Cure twisted with a peel of vaudeville - shakin', definitely not stirred. I wasn't sure what to expect from the Athens GA. electronica funk glam afrobeat musical stylings of Of Montreal after spending a day in the office youtubing them. Getting my face, ears, body and mind blasted at their show this past Friday at the Slowdown left me impressed. Armed...

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<p>Not surprisingly, one of Seger’s biggest crowd reactions of the night was the reference to Omaha in his classic “Turn the Page.” </p>Concert Review: Bob Seger

Bob Seger is a legend, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and, yes, he has credibility to rival almost anyone on the American stage. But until seeing Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band live — one of the best rock ensembles on the road — it’s easy to forget just how many great songs are in his catalog. And this old pro really knows how to work a crowd, leaving them wanting still after two...

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Video: The Black Lips live at The Waiting Room

This past Monday marked my third year in a row attending what seems to have become the annual spring Black Lips show. The self described "flower-punk" band from Atlanta, Ga. did not disappoint. Opening the night was Omaha's own Dave Goldberg, formerly of the Box Elders, who started things off with a synth trip that sounded like ecstasy strung out on lo-fi. His sound almost scares you away but,...

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R&B & So Much More

When you put the new Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears record Scandalous into iTunes, its blissfully ignorant simplicity lists the genre as “R&B.” And while there are R&B flourishes, the categorization does a major disservice to the music. The Austin-based six-piece has hit a nerve with its sound: a glorious, barnstorming mix of soul, blues, punk and indignant, righteous rock ‘n’ roll....

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