Signposts to ‘Arabia’

Secrecy still shrouds most of what is contained on the Black Lips' sixth studio album, Arabia Mountain, but two pre-release video clips point towards two different directions for the Atlanta flower-punk act. The video for “Go Out & Get It,” sung by drummer Joe Bradley, is a garage popper filled with goofy, drunken antics from on board a cruise ship and beach side during February's first...

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<p>For the New Pornographers’ April 21 show at the Waiting Room, expect to see Neko Case (far left) as part of the line-up. “We have the ability to play as a six-piece, seven-piece and as an eight-piece. On our last big tour we were a 10-piece,” fellow NP vocalist Kathryn Calder says.  </p>Full-time Pornographer

Early in the interview with New Pornographers vocalist/keyboard player Kathryn Calder I figured I'd try a bit of a joke. Calder said she was recovering from a solo show played the night before in Duncan, a small town an hour north of her home of Victoria, British Columbia. While people mostly know her from her New Pornographers role, she said a few also remember her work with former band...

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Digging Deeper

Dark Dark Dark's Marshall LaCount doesn't want this to sound like a boast. Or that he's an egotist. Really, all musicians are, he says. But that's not why he's hopeful and confident in the direction his band is taking. So there's this: “I think we’re ready to make our really great record next,” LaCount says. And this is despite the fact that Dark Dark Dark's latest album Wild Go just...

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Not Your Average Rapper

Seattle-based emcee Macklemore isn’t your average rapper. He’s not bragging about his Bentley, spitting about his diamond earrings or flossin’ a gold chain. His lyrics are born out of his struggles with drug addiction and his decision to get clean delivered with a refreshing honesty not normally found in the commercial hip-hop world. Along with his partner in crime, producer Ryan Lewis,...

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The Fidelity of DIY

Sic Alps and their decidedly homemade records are not so much lo-fi anthems as they are musical snapshots of the three-piece San Francisco band. That holds true for Sic Alps’ latest, Napa Asylum, which touches on psych-folk, garage rock and ’60s psych-pop in bite-sized musical pieces. The 22-song record is a double-album in the classic sense, clocking in at under 50 minutes....

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Distinctively Dodos

The Dodos are back to being a two-piece band and they just finished an album with longtime collaborator John Askew. But this year’s model of the Dodos has a few new angles to call its own. The most apparent thing about the just-released No Color is its directness, starting with opening song “Black Night”. The album is a sprightly, nimble and brighter than anything the band has done. And...

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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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