Freedom Rock

With the rise of instrumental rock bands like Explosions In The Sky, the Scottish-band Mogwai has caught the ears of many listeners and critics who might have previously shied away from the somewhat taboo nature of instrumental rock in the past. Mogwai has made itsa name for itself by creating compositions (that are often loud as hell in the live setting) with atmospheric soundscapes, dynamic...

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Video: The Black Lips live at The Waiting Room

This past Monday marked my third year in a row attending what seems to have become the annual spring Black Lips show. The self described "flower-punk" band from Atlanta, Ga. did not disappoint. Opening the night was Omaha's own Dave Goldberg, formerly of the Box Elders, who started things off with a synth trip that sounded like ecstasy strung out on lo-fi. His sound almost scares you away but,...

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MAHA brings Guided By Voices, Matisyahu

* It's year three for the MAHA Festival and its organizers have just put out what may be the most diverse initial lineup of their indie-focused outdoor concert event's history. Matisyahu, Guided By Voices and Cursive will take the event's main stage at downtown Omaha's Lewis and Clark Landing on Saturday, August 13. Guided By Voices is the big coup, as Robert Pollard and the mid-90's line-up of...

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<p>In booking local band Cursive — in addition to other coups Guided by Voices and Matisyahu — MAHA lands one of the original crown jewels of the Saddle Creek Records triumvirate.  </p>Guided by Voices, Cursive, Matisyahu to play 2011 Maha Music Festival

The news is in the headline, exactly as it was announced Monday night. To reiterate: This year's MAHA Music Festival, to be held Aug. 13 at Lewis & Clark Landing, will feature among its main stage bands Guided by Voices, Cursive and Matisyahu. Take a moment. Breathe deep. Soak it in. When you consider what the MAHA folks are now up against, not the least of which is MECA's six-day,...

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Blue Bird announces new EP, Shelterbelt Theatre brings the jazz

* Blue Bird, fronted by singer Marta Fielder, have released a new EP, Metamorphosis. The five-song set is the band's first release and is available as a download via CDBaby.com. The band recorded the EP at ARC Studios with A.J. Mogis. The seven-piece band describes their sound as mixing “influences of folk, soul, doo-wop, and Americana into intricately woven pop songs.” * The coolest local...

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Signposts to ‘Arabia’

Secrecy still shrouds most of what is contained on the Black Lips' sixth studio album, Arabia Mountain, but two pre-release video clips point towards two different directions for the Atlanta flower-punk act. The video for “Go Out & Get It,” sung by drummer Joe Bradley, is a garage popper filled with goofy, drunken antics from on board a cruise ship and beach side during February's first...

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Backbeat at SXSW 2014
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My seventh year of South By Southwest coverage is now an Austin-based memory for me, but thankfully I'm filled with a notebook of ... more »



Omaha Girls Rock expands camp
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Jim Suhler, Walter Trout
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Texas blues-rock guitarist Jim Suhler returns to the metro this week with his band Monkey Beat. Suhler is out touring in support of ... more »



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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 »



Remembering Dave
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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
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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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