Catching up with Speedy Ortiz

On Speedy Ortiz’s Real Hair, the band sets a course between the knotty discord of debut album Major Arcana and the pop bonafides of the preceding Sports EP. Recorded and mixed by Paul Q. Kolderie (Pixies Radiohead), the new EP finds them subtly adding new techniques to their songbook. Guitarists Sadie Dupuis and Matt Robidoux bring on additional guitar effects to color the roundabout feel of...

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Joe, Bnois, Carolyn & Hadden

Several Texas blues guitar stars are hitting the area this week, starting with Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King. They and their band are up at The 21st Saloon Thursday, March 20, 6-9 p.m. The two Dallas-based artists have been playing together since 1989. Their fall 2013 release Road Dog’s Life (Delta Groove) is a follow-up to their 2012 move to Delta Groove. With a back-catalog of over 15...

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Backbeat at SXSW 2014

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 band reviews and stray observations to sift through.

Making sense of SXSW has long become a job for somebody else. Grasping at a big picture in between the long lines, the milling crowds of people and the constant low-level thump of hundreds of kick drums on repeat...

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South By Southwest 2014: Lost in an Orgy of Music

How does one summarize a week’s worth of music, madness, noise, fans, bands, booze, beers, streets of drunks and drugged and demented youth (and not-so-youthful) lost in an orgy of ideas and commerce and commercialism centered ‘round hopes and dreams made by guitars, bass, drums and vocals (and sometimes keyboards) struggling to get noticed at the largest rock ’n’ roll festival on the planet?

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SXSW Day 4: Cate Le Bon, EMA, Angel Olsen, Urge Overkill, Eros & The Eschaton and Mark Kozelek…

If you attend South By Southwest for more than a few days, you’re bound to see the same acts more than once whether you want to or not. Yesterday being my fourth day, it was inevitable I’d collect a couple “doubles.”

Typical sets at SXSW are only about a half-hour — long enough to get a good sense of the band’s music and style, but short enough to limit the suffering if it sucks. SXSW...

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SXSW Day 3: Eagulls, Future Islands, Jeremy Messersmith, Total Bathing Culture, Classixx…

Like I said, it was business as usual last night along 6th Street. Bands made tacit comments about the previous night’s carnage (where two people were killed and 27 injured when a car drove into a crowd on Red River St.) and there seemed to be a more-intense-than-usual police presence in the streets. Everywhere you looked cops stood in pairs with arms crossed at the ready. And it seemed like...

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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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