SXSW Day 2: Tragedy on Red River; Protomartyr, Coachwhips, Destruction Unit, Twinsmith, Kurt Vile..

The Mohawk is one of the premiere bars at South By Southwest, a grand inside/outside facility whose outdoor stage is surrounded by high-tiered seating. It’s on the top of almost everyone’s list of favorite venues and has been for years. If my schedule is correct, X should have been playing the outdoor stage at around the time the drunk driver slammed into the crowd standing outside of Mohawk, a...

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SXSW Day 1: Hotels, B-Cycle, John Moreland, Deerpeople, Boyfrndz, Sour Notes, Those Howlings…

These things can be rather lengthy and filled with colorful blather about the festival, its surroundings and the odd people who attend them. If you don’t care about the subtle nuances and difficulties of South by Southwest, like its lack of sanitation facilities, skip to the BOLD TEXT band names and performance descriptions below. Also, if you want see what these bands look like, go to my blog,...

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Samantha, Valerie & Davina

The extremely talented guitarist-vocalist Samantha Fish plays The 21st Saloon Thursday, March 13. Kansas City-based Fish is touring behind her fall 2013 disc, Black Wind Howlin’ (Ruf Records), her latest collaboration with Mike Zito as producer. The CD is getting plenty of national attention, as Fish’s star continues to rise. Fish took the 2012 Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut for...

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<p>  Jeremy Lafrentz from Backstage Entertainment interviews Red Jumpsuit Apparatus</p>Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and T. Mills in Omaha

There were two great shows going on in Omaha on Friday, March 7th. The 402 Arts Collective hosted Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and the Slowdown hosted T. Mills. Both shows attracting a large crowd at each venue. During the night, Backstage Entertainment got a chance to interview both Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and T. Mills.

First, we went to The 402 to interview Joey and John from Red Jumpsuit...

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Playing With Fire, Soul & Blues

Promoter Jeff Davis announces a change in venue and dates for Playing with Fire as part of the free concert series’ 11th year. Two free concerts will be presented at Midtown Crossing’s Turner Park with 5:30 p.m. starts. Thursday, June 26, Davis hosts Ben Poole and Jonas & The Massive Attraction. Thursday, July 3, spotlights Randy Oxford Band and The Madame Louise Project.

Soul of John Black...

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Omaha Girls Rock expands camp

* 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 Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St., is also offering two camp sessions. Campers can sign up for camp July 14th to 18th or July 28th to August 1st. Applications can be submitted online at omahagirlsrock.com/camper-registration.

* Digital Leather unveiled a...

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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 »



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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