Hot Grooves & Bar-B-Q

Minneapolis keyboard man and songwriter Scottie Miller takes the stage this week at The 21st Saloon. Blues Revue magazine raves that Miller “sounds like Dr. John meets The Band at Bruce Springsteen’s house.” KPFT in Houston says “Scottie Miller is a world-class lyricist with working-class sensibilities...This cat’s got the goods.” When he’s not fronting his own band, Miller plays keyboards for...

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Musical Matriculation

Mitch Gettman planted the seeds for his musical life in Omaha, while in front of a video camera, strumming renditions of songs he liked.

Those YouTube videos of a teenaged Gettman playing Radiohead, Jeff Buckley and Elliott Smith covers more than four years ago have quickly spilled over into original songs, Omaha-are club gigs and his first full-length album, We Are The Mad Ones.

"I started...

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Red Light Special: Inside the Sandbox

I could see the blue-and-red strobe lights erratically pulsing in the distance as I drove down Leavenworth Street Saturday night looking for a place to park my POS Geo Tracker where it wouldn’t get gutted. Four, maybe five police cruisers had surrounded a convenience store just down the block past the building that houses The Sandbox. I tried not to look as I slowly glided by the hysteria, but...

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Back When, Baby Tears, Millions of Boys prep new albums

* Local indie act Millions of Boys will unveil their first release, Competing For Your Love, later this month on Kansas City-based Golden Sound Records. Millions of Boys consists of singer Honey & Darling's Sara Bertuldo, drummer Ryan Haas and Alex van Beaumont. The album will come out digitally Dec. 20, with a physical edition on 10-inch vinyl coming out early next year. The band will...

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Move Over Lady

Those who wonder what spawned Omaha indie band So-So Sailors' thoughtful, piano-driven rock need look no further than frontman Chris Machmuller's other band, Ladyfinger.
 
Tucked toward the end of Ladyfinger's last collection of rowdy screamers titled Dusk is a chugging rocker called “Plans” that sports a gorgeous, arcing piano line. The rather wordy song features Machmuller doing something...

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Louisiana Heat

The Blues Society of Omaha presents charismatic bluesman Tab Benoit at Slowdown Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. Benoit is a Grammy nominee and winner of Blues Music Awards honors both as the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and as Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year. Benoit’s music is an exciting mix of blues, rock and traditional Cajun music. His latest disc is Medicine (Telarc) featuring...

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Backbeat at SXSW 2014
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Jim Suhler, Walter Trout
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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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