Around the Table

There's a short distance between 60s’ psychedelic pop and the acoustic pop that peeked out from first-generation college rockers like R.E.M., the Feelies, the Church and the Go-Betweens.

Both elements were present when I first saw the Fresh & Onlys, as they trekked across  2009's South By Southwest festival; but so was a weirder, darker post-punk throb.

It's this element that plants the San...

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Big Harp: One Attempt at a Perfect Life

Somewhere on a sun-baked highway in Southern California drives the Senseney family. Presumably in a mini-van.

Behind the wheel is father, Chris, navigating the straight-arrow route from their home in Los Angeles to Palm Springs. His wife, Stefanie Drootin-Senseney, leans over and adjusts a strap on the car seat that holds baby Twila, age 11 months. Brother Hank, who will be 3 in September,...

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Hot Week For the Blues

Alvin & Zoo 38, Blues Fests, OEAA Showcase

It’s a huge weekend for music with three big festivals for blues and jazz fans and the OEAA Summer Showcase in Benson.

Dave Alvin’s Friday night set at The Zoo Bar 38th Anniversary Street Fest is a don’t-miss show. A searing guitarist and songwriter, Alvin only hits the metro every two years or so. He’s a Zoo Bar favorite and his 9 p.m. set on...

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Rooftop Ravers

Tiempo Libre Kicks Off Jazz on the Green

Growing up in Cuba, members of the hot Miami-based Latin band, Tiempo Libre, studied classical music at Havana conservatories. Popular music was deemed subversive and thus forbidden. That included their native timba, but most especially American music.

Hungry for what they were denied, the players clambered atop roofs at night with homemade antennas to pick...

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Rock Steady

Omaha's 10th annual Riverfront Jazz and Blues Festival is one thing the Missouri River flooding isn't stopping. Despite Mother Nature's recent attack on the Midwest, the show, as they say, must go on. The two-day event has been moved to the legendary Orpheum Theater, a more than suitable replacement. Organizer Tim Clark is determined to make this year another success.

“In terms of challenges, as...

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Loom to host open ‘House’, Saddle Creek opens shop

* 311 have added to the hometown celebration surrounding their July 19 headlining slot at the inaugural Red Sky Festival and the corresponding release of their tenth studio album, Universal Pulse: They will be signing albums at the Old Market location of Homer's Music, 1210 Howard St. The signing will take place at midnight Tuesday, July 19. Technically, Homer's will open their doors at 11:59...

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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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