Dodging traffic and tornados with The Rural Alberta Advantage

The Rural Alberta Advantage keyboard player, Amy Cole, had every reason for sounding distracted. You try riding through road-rage fueled traffic on Interstate 5 in Los Angeles in a van pulling a trailer while the rest of your band is shouting directions in the background -- the same silver 2003 Dodge Caravan, incidentally, which carried The Rural Alberta Advantage to Omaha for the first time two...

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Gaffney Remembered, Magness at Zoo Bar & More

Sitting down to write this on April 17, I am remembering Chris Gaffney, who passed away three years ago on this date. He died after a brief but valiant battle with inoperable liver cancer. Gaffney was one of the most formidable singers of country and soul in his generation. He was just beginning to get the recognition he deserved. Thankfully his music remains with us. Just look up Chris Gaffney...

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<p>For the New Pornographers’ April 21 show at the Waiting Room, expect to see Neko Case (far left) as part of the line-up. “We have the ability to play as a six-piece, seven-piece and as an eight-piece. On our last big tour we were a 10-piece,” fellow NP vocalist Kathryn Calder says.  </p>Full-time Pornographer

Early in the interview with New Pornographers vocalist/keyboard player Kathryn Calder I figured I'd try a bit of a joke. Calder said she was recovering from a solo show played the night before in Duncan, a small town an hour north of her home of Victoria, British Columbia. While people mostly know her from her New Pornographers role, she said a few also remember her work with former band...

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Four bands, two slices of vinyl, one distinctive sound

The dim, squalid confines of The Underwood Bar are a fine place to drink yourself into oblivion while playing a game of pool or pinball. They're not such a fine place to conduct an interview, especially with four bands simultaneously. But that's where Conduits drummer Roger Lewis decided would be the best place for what would turn into chaos. Crammed between the pool table and glowing digital...

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MAHA sets date for big announcement

* Congratulations to Stir Cove and Harrah's Casino for announcing a rock-solid line-up of initial summer shows. The Flaming Lips (August 4) and Ben Folds (July 8) shows highlight the announced shows, which so far, are light on the usual summer glut of classic rock. Stir organizers have promised more shows to come. Check out the complete show list, ticket prices and more at StirCove.com. * MAHA...

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Stir announces rest of 2011 line-up

Stir Concert Cove revealed the rest of its initial 2011 summer line-up last night at a party held inside Harrah’s Casino. A July 5 Black Keys show had been announced long ago -- in fact, it's been sold out for quite some time, too -- and Mumford & Sons (June 14) were announced as somewhat of a teaser to last night's event by Harrah's last week. As for the new announcements from last night,...

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Future Tense: 2012 Music Predictions, Pt. 2
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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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