A New Groove

Mat Kearney set his acoustic guitar aside during the songwriting sessions for his new album, Young Love.

The Nashville-based Kearney instead created tunes by starting with programming beats and grooves on a computer, then building songs around the rhythmic skeleton.

“It's probably not the most traditional album I've ever made,” he says.

Kearney says it can be paralyzing to create songs...

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Alberta’s Joyous Blues

In the early 1980s I had the pleasure of seeing Alberta Hunter perform her captivating mix of bawdy blues, ballads and gospel tunes. Hunter was bewitching, her love of the music was infectious. She was in her mid-80s. The last time I saw her perform she had to be helped onstage in a wheelchair, but when she sang the years melted away. The music was in her blood.

In her first career the...

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The Rapper Next Door

         “F*ck both sides. F*ck the underground. F*ck the overground. F*ck the middle ground. It’s just a bunch of f*cking people trying to find their identities. Once you get comfortable with who you are as a person, you’ll stop complaining about all of that other dumb ass shit,” says Sean Daley, better known these days as Slug of Atmosphere.

         The Minneapolis-based emcee, songwriter...

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Alessi’s Ark rides again

* So Phil Lynott's been dead for decades, but a trio of Thin Lizzy  alumni (Scott Gorham, Brian Downey and Darren Wharton) are keeping the songs alive. They'll perform Thin Lizzy classics in a line-up rounded out by Def Leppard's Viv Campbell, bassist Marco Mendoza and The Almighty’s Ricky Warwick  on Saturday, November 6 at the Slowdown, 729 North 14th St.

* In 2008, youthful London...

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The (Online) Calendar Hung Itself

Before we get started, full disclosure: I'm on the "board" of hearnebraska.org. Not that it matters -- I'm not involved in the website's day-to-day activities, and have little or no input on things like website content or fundraising events. But I don't want you to think I'm cheerleading when I make this statement: Hearnebraska.org has emerged as the best resource for local rock show schedule...

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Graham’s Wonderful World

If there is one artist I would get everyone to listen to if I could, it is Jon Dee Graham. The Austin-based musician is an extraordinary songwriter and guitarist whose music is as real as it gets.

His words come from the heart of a survivor and from an ability to stay optimistic even in the face of adversity. Reviewers praise Graham for his "raw intensity" and say "his songs always sound like...

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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 »



The Faint announce new album
by Chris Aponick

The Faint will release Doom Abuse, their sixth studio album, Tuesday, April 8th on SQE Music.

The 12-song album is now available for ... 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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