Conjuring ‘Evil’

Snake Island! crafted Evil Music, their new full-length album, in spurts of time at Make Believe Studios.

The whole arrangement allowed the local psych-rock band to experiment and evolve their sound during sessions that began about eight months ago, singer Garrett Schmelzel says.

Make Believe Records is releasing the album with the band, so the two sides worked together on deciding studio...

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<p>  Dennis Tvrdik, lead singer of Affiance, picks up Jeremy Lafrentz of Backstage Entertainment in their interview</p>Killswitch Engage, Miss May I, & More at Sokol Auditorium

Heavy metal fans made themselves well known Tuesday, July 2nd as Sokol Auditorium hosted the tour featuring Killswitch Engage, Miss May I, The Word Alive, Darkest Hour, and Affiance. For a while now, many of the fans of these bands were anxiously awaiting that Tuesday night because it was the first time many of them were seeing Killswitch Engage with the new frontman, Jesse Leach. Jesse was the...

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Rouse’s Masterclass

Josh Rouse sounds like he's entered his coolly confident and assured chapter of his songwriting life on his 2013 album The Happiness Waltz.

It's an album that is essentially a masterclass in Rouse's distinctively refined take on sophisticated adult-alternative pop and a culmination of Rouse's nearly 20-year recording career.

The album bears his signature touches of indie pop and soulful 70s...

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Time Away

Camera Obscura embraced the twin luxuries of patience and time when crafting their latest album, Desire Lines.

Bass player Gavin Dunbar says those two elements were a welcome change for the Scottish indie band, as they worked on the new album, which came out earlier this year on 4AD Records.

The band worked with producer Tucker Martine in Portland, Ore. for four weeks while they recorded...

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Summertime Memories

Before Matt Whipkey journeys back in the halycon sunset of Omaha's most iconic amusement park, there's the cold, suburban present to encounter first.

The Big Red Restaurant, 8100 Cass St., sits in a building long since renovated past its life as part of the Peony Park grounds. There's not a trace of that history in the building, which is now a shrine to keno and flat-screen sports telecasts.

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A Formidable Vision

The core of Joy Formidable are two childhood friends, Rhiannon "Ritzy" Bryan and Rhydian Dafydd, that only embarked on writing music together once the band they were in together imploded

The duo attended primary and secondary school together in Wales, but were never in a band together while growing up, Dafydd says.

Several years later, both of them were doing their own thing when the band...

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