Signing With Friends

The Thermals and the Saddle Creek Records family go way back, so it's no surprise the Portland indie punk-pop band would release an album on the Omaha label.

The only surprise is that the match didn't happen sooner.

The Thermals started their recording career on Sub Pop Records, releasing their first three albums on the stalwart indie label.

When it came time to release Now We Can See in...

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<p>  Jeremy Lafrentz from Backstage Entertainment interviews Thomas Rhett</p>Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, and Thomas Rhett at The CenturyLink Center

One of the biggest tours of the year hit the CenturyLink Center on Saturday, April 27th. Jason Aldean, along with Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett performed to a sold out crowd in Omaha. With many in anticipation of the night, a lot of people put out their favorite country outfit to enjoy the show. The whole night the crowd was energetic and Thomas Rhett did a great job of kick starting the night to...

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<p>  William Beckett completes an action after drawing a question from theWilliam Beckett and Jillette Johnson at The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room in Omaha, NE, hosted a couple of solo artists on Sunday, April 14th. William Beckett headlined the night with support from Jillette Johnson. The two have been on tour for a little while now and their last show was in Omaha that night. While touring together, they've gotten to know each other pretty well and now are good friends. Both artists had some time to do an interview...

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From Side to Frontman

The mystery of just where Johnny Marr might surface next has brought the English guitarist into the line-ups of a host of bands, including The The, The Pretenders, Modest Mouse and most recently, the Cribs.

It was only a matter of time that the English guitar gunslinger would end up on stage with another band, exciting fans with the collaborative possibilities.

Marr says that his M.O. had...

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Sound & Color

Alex Maas and his Black Angels hunted for Council Bluffs' black angel the last time the Texas psychedelic rock band was in Omaha for a show.

The middle of the night search for the sculpture, created by Lincoln Memorial artist Daniel Chester French, came after the band heard about the statue at their show.

"We never did find it," Maas says.

If the chance arises again though, Maas may just...

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<p>  Jeremy Lafrentz of Backstage Entertainment interviews Aaron Bruno, lead singer of Awolnation</p>Awolnation, Mother Mother, and Blondfire at Sokol Auditorium

For months now, many Awolnation fans have been anticipating the show that was in Omaha at Sokol Auditorium on April 8th. The band came to town to a sold out venue with support from Mother Mother and Blondfire. All of the bands were thrilled at how well the tour has been going and it was no different that Monday night in Omaha.

The night before Q98.5 hosted Awolnation in their Q Lounge for a...

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