Digital Leather to release split album with Wisconsin’s the Hussy

* The other day as I wandered the cavernous hallways of my palatial estate, the Woolworth Gardens, I asked aloud, "What, indeed, has happened to the glorious split 12-inch LP?" But the format is far from dead, as local synth-punk mainstay Digital Leather are ushering in an exalted reinvigoration of the shared vinyl album. The band, headed by singer/guitarist Shawn Foree, is teaming up with...

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<p>  Jeremy Lafrentz from Backstage Entertainment interviews John Cooper from Skillet</p>The Roadshow at Omaha Civic Auditorium

The Omaha Civic Auditorium hosted The Roadshow on Sunday, January 26th. Bringing acts like We As Human, Andy Mineo, Jamie Grace, Third Day, Skillet, and more to the auditorium, the night was filled with uplifting messages, restoring faith, and other positive messages targeted to all in attendance.

During the night, Backstage Entertainment got a chance to interview Andy Mineo and Skillet to...

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Howling at the Moon with MiWi La Lupa

MiWi La Lupa is already an established musician with a bio to die for. The Buffalo, N.Y., native picked up the trombone at a young age and soon began dreaming of a career in music. That passion led him to Rochester, N.Y., and the Eastman School of Music, where he graduated instrumentaly to the bass trumpet. In 2005, he moved to NYC and his career shifted into high gear as he became the bass...

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Sizzling Santini

Get ready for real-deal blues when the Brandon Santini Band from Memphis hits The 21st Saloon Thursday, Jan. 30, 6-9 p.m. The group is also at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar Wednesday, Jan. 29, 6-9 p.m. Fueled by killer harmonica, vocals and guitar, the Brandon Santini Band has got it goin' on, with serious technique delivered with plenty of heart and energy. Mary4Music.com says “Brandon Santini displays...

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Defy Grav launches record label

* Local production company/party planners Defy Grav are funneling the vibe of their Sokol Auditorium-hosted dance parties into Defy Music, a new electronic dance music label. Defy Grav formed the label in conjunction with Make Believe Records and Andy Garlock, who hosts 89.7 FM's electronic music radio show the Freak Factory. The label's roster includes Buckhunter, Cake Eater, Robit, DFM, Buzz...

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Patty Griffin, Grant Peeples & More

Acclaimed Americana artist Patty Griffin is on a rare tour playing clubs. The Grammy Award winner is at Waiting Room Sunday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m., $15 cover. The Austin-based Griffin won the Grammy for 2010’s Downtown Church and spent time as a member of Robert Plant’s Band of Joy, leading to a real-life romantic partnership with Plant. Her tour is in support of the dual release of her new CD...

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