Sleeper Agent Wakes It Up

Sleeper Agent will be playing The Waiting Room April 14 on their first headlining tour. You may remember the garage pop band from their 2011 debut album Celebrasion, which got a lot of attention from the blogosphere straight to the top of national music media. Since then the sextet from Bowling Green, KY, has been touring nonstop with Weezer, Fun., Grouplove, etc., and they are on the verge of...

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Gorillas, McPherson, Whitmore

The 21st Saloon celebrates the return of the Gas House Gorillas Thursday, April 10, 6-9 p.m. The Brooklyn-based band calls their entertaining sound and style “punk Americana.” Rockabilly Magazine writes of the group, “This is what a popular culture roadmap might sound like. Find the jump-blues freeway, cut down the swing off-ramp, follow the rock 'n' roll backload and keep that radio at top...

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Studebaker John, Guitars & Gorillas

Studebaker John will actually be at McKenna’s this Friday, April 4, 8 p.m. Last week's column contained an error from incorrect information I had on the date. So, you still have a chance to see Chicago’s Studebaker John, who is an accomplished blues guitarist, singer-songwriter and harmonica player. His gritty style and uniquely gear-grinding guitar sound is steeped in the traditional...

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Don’t Ask Why?

Josiah Wolf answers the phone after teaching a drum lesson, to whatever lucky person, ready to talk. As drummer for indie hip-hop group Why? there’s a lot of down time when they aren’t touring, so he takes odd jobs to keep himself busy—and apparently doesn’t mind doing the occasional interview. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Wolf and his brother Jonathan “Yoni” Wolf grew up listening...

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Strike A Pose

Growing up in a large Catholic family, it makes sense Annie Clark ended up with a stage name like St. Vincent. But there’s more to it than that. The name was taken from a Nick Cave song in which he references “St. Vincent,” the hospital where Welsh poet Dylan Thomas died in 1953. It’s also in honor of her great-grandmother whose middle name was St. Vincent. Whatever the case may be, Clark’s...

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Hadden Sayers & Shadowboxers’ CD Release

The soulful, rockin’ blues of the Hadden Sayers Band is back for a rare Omaha appearance, hitting the stage at The 21st Saloon Thursday, March 27, 6-9 p.m. Sayers’ most recent disc, Rolling Soul (Blue Corn), is a top-flight mix of blues, soul and Americana. Sayers’ skills as a singer, songwriter and guitarist continue to evolve. Rolling Soul is his best and most accomplished work yet with some...

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