Column 353: The 7-Year Itch

With this column, Lazy-i turns 7. Since it began in The Reader Dec. 2, 2004 (with an interview with fresh young singer/songwriter Willy Mason, who had just signed to brand new label Team Love Records) a lot has changed. Some might say things have changed for the better (Never has there been more music available by more bands than right now); many would say they’ve changed for the worse (It’s...

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Davina Dazzles & Lash’s Toy Drive

“A modern day, female version, of Louis Armstrong,” that’s what Elmore magazine calls Davina Sowers of Davina & The Vagabonds. Since the release of their latest disc, Black Cloud, the Minneapolis band has been racking up rave reviews. A track from the new disc was chosen for an NPR Song of the Day feature. Downbeat magazine applauds “They dare to be different.” Blues in Britain magazine says...

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WINTER MUSIC ISSUE: Top 20 Local Bands

Tim Kasher
Players: Tim Kasher (G,V)
Recordings: The Game of Monogamy (2010, Saddle Creek); “Cold Love” b/w “Just Don’t Get Caught” 7-inch (2010, Saddle Creek); “Delirium Tantrums” (w/Conduits) b/w “Tightropes, Guillotines, Thin Ice, Landslides” 7-inch (2010, Saddle Creek); Bigamy: More Songs from the Monogamy Sessions (2011, Saddle Creek)
Why You Care: Between his primary gig in Cursive and...

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Digital Leather preps cassette, download release

* Digital Leather is back on the label market after the sudden collapse of longtime indie label Absolutely Kosher Records, which shuttered earlier this year. But that hasn't stopped the band from putting out smaller releases. The latest is Sponge, a nine-song cassette and digital download release out this January on Crash Symbols.

* Digitial Leather will also be one of the acts featured on a...

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The Spotify Rebellion and Sting’s Vision of the Future

This will be remembered as the year music went to the cloud, with Amazon, Google, Spotify and most recently, iTunes Match presumably changing the landscape in terms of how we listen to new music.

With that in mind, Wired.com recently posted a story with the headline: "200+ Labels Withdraw Their Music From Spotify: Are Its Fortunes Unravelling?" In it, Wired reported that music distributor...

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Thankful for Music

If you’re heading out on Thanksgiving Eve, be sure to stop in at the Barley Street Tavern after 9 p.m. for Matt Cox’s second annual Canned in Benson event to benefit the Omaha Food Bank. A cornucopia of local songwriters perform including Cass Brostad, Brad Hoshaw, Kyle Harvey, Rebecca Lowry, Justin Lamoureux, Sarah Benck, Andrew Bailie, Matt Whipkey, Ashley Rayne Boe, Lash LaRue, Dylan Davis,...

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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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