Musical Matriculation

Mitch Gettman planted the seeds for his musical life in Omaha, while in front of a video camera, strumming renditions of songs he liked.

Those YouTube videos of a teenaged Gettman playing Radiohead, Jeff Buckley and Elliott Smith covers more than four years ago have quickly spilled over into original songs, Omaha-are club gigs and his first full-length album, We Are The Mad Ones.

"I started...

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Move Over Lady

Those who wonder what spawned Omaha indie band So-So Sailors' thoughtful, piano-driven rock need look no further than frontman Chris Machmuller's other band, Ladyfinger.
 
Tucked toward the end of Ladyfinger's last collection of rowdy screamers titled Dusk is a chugging rocker called “Plans” that sports a gorgeous, arcing piano line. The rather wordy song features Machmuller doing something...

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WINTER MUSIC ISSUE: Top 20 Local Bands

Tim Kasher
Players: Tim Kasher (G,V)
Recordings: The Game of Monogamy (2010, Saddle Creek); “Cold Love” b/w “Just Don’t Get Caught” 7-inch (2010, Saddle Creek); “Delirium Tantrums” (w/Conduits) b/w “Tightropes, Guillotines, Thin Ice, Landslides” 7-inch (2010, Saddle Creek); Bigamy: More Songs from the Monogamy Sessions (2011, Saddle Creek)
Why You Care: Between his primary gig in Cursive and...

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A Martinez Music Legacy

Singer-songwriter-turntable artist SA Martinez is a cog in the successful rock band 311 that started in Omaha 21 years ago and is still going strong today from its Southern Calif.-base. Recordings and national tours keep the group, whose founding members remain intact, a popular draw.

While he’s reached musical heights, SA is not the first professional musician in his family. His father Ernie...

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Against The Current

                  In the seemingly never-ending mission to group bands into a myriad of categories, Split Lip Rayfield has been allotted the “thrash-grass” label, which can be described as aggressive acoustic music with elements of punk and bluegrass. They’ve influenced a slew of other like-minded artists, but are careful not to take sole credit.
                 “I’ve never gotten any...

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One Tough Choice

The growing success of City & Colour became impossible to ignore for Dallas Green.

So did the trickiness of balancing the acoustic indie folk solo act with his status as a member of Canadian post-hardcore band Alexisonfire.

Green had spent a decade with Alexisonfire, but as City & Colour took off on its own rapid rise, Green musical life started to become too much to handle. In essence, it...

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