Reindeer Games

Some people put on a Bing Crosby album and drink a little eggnog to get into the spirit this time of year. The Omaha Symphony chooses an all-out, full-frontal, everything-Christmas blitz. Christmas with the Symphony includes an audience sing-along, Broadway style singing and dancing, chamber music, local TV personality Dave Webber, live reindeer outside the Holland Center and of course, a kick...

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String Theory

For eight years Hot Buttered Rum String Band (HBRSB) has refined its Newgrass sound to incorporate an amalgamation of styles and genres. Based around the traditional acoustic string set-up (and with the somewhat recent addition of a drummer), HBRSB paints on a bluegrass canvas with a folk, rock, reggae and jazz palette. And while the band owes a nod to contemporaries like String Cheese Incident...

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Musical Identity Crisis

Quartetto Gelato would like to change your mind about chamber music. The Canada-based foursome doesn’t just regurgitate the same sonatas and arias that are standard for every classical musician. Quartetto Gelato makes classical music a performance piece. The repertoire includes everything from opera and classical, to folk and gypsy songs, and Neapolitan standards, all done with a passionate...

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Marathon Man

The first time I saw singer-songwriter Mark Mallman was at a pizza place that no longer exists. October 2005. The sign outside Sammy Sortino's on S. 72nd St. read, "Welcome Piano Man Mark Mallman." As I stepped inside I was overcome by a waft of sour pepperoni and an ocean of nomming families pushing mozzarella-covered glop into their drooling maws. The guy at the door told me Mark Mallberg was...

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Games People Play

Will we ever know the real story behind the songs that make up Tim Kasher’s debut solo album, The Game of Monogamy? Probably not. “Some friends and family — people who really know me well — try to guess which songs are accounts of my life, and they’re always wrong,” Kasher says, on the road in Dallas. “To me, that’s great. That means I’m getting better as a writer.” I, too,...

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Mac Attack

Mac Lethal (real name David McCleary Sheldon) has repped the Midwest for the past 12 years, since the second he started entering rap battles in high school. Quickly acquiring a reputation as a fearless competitor, he earned a spot at the 2001 Scribble Jam and took second place, which sent his career in a new direction. Armed with an arsenal of comedic lyrics accentuated by his articulate,...

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Backbeat at SXSW 2014
by Chris Aponick

My seventh year of South By Southwest coverage is now an Austin-based memory for me, but thankfully I'm filled with a notebook of ... more »



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 »



Jim Suhler, Walter Trout
by B.J. Huchtemann

Texas blues-rock guitarist Jim Suhler returns to the metro this week with his band Monkey Beat. Suhler is out touring in support of ... 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 »



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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