Wye Not? Baltimore duo lands in Omaha with SXSW momentum

The South by Southwest Music Conference was just two weeks ago, but it already seems like ancient history. For a lot of bands, SXSW not only is a career goal, it's a chance to get discovered by both a larger audience and maybe a record label executive or some other music industry schlub who could change their lives. But Jenn Wasner, half of the Baltimore duo Wye Oak, said that if you're going to...

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R&B & So Much More

When you put the new Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears record Scandalous into iTunes, its blissfully ignorant simplicity lists the genre as “R&B.” And while there are R&B flourishes, the categorization does a major disservice to the music. The Austin-based six-piece has hit a nerve with its sound: a glorious, barnstorming mix of soul, blues, punk and indignant, righteous rock ‘n’ roll....

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Icons, Heroes and Funky Bears

Icons, Heroes and Funky Bears Roots and boogie keyboard queen Kelley Hunt hits The 21st Amendment Saloon, formerly The New Lift Lounge and Murphy’s at 96th & L, for the Thursday show for March 31, 5:30-8:30 p.m. The popular singer-songwriter and keyboard virtuoso is at home in styles from old-school boogie-woogie and R&B to tunes shaded with jazz or pop influences. It’s her Omaha CD release...

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The Black Squirrels Are Hanging It Up

* The Black Squirrels are hanging it up, according to a post on the Omaha band's Facebook page. The band, led by female vocalist Kat Smith, cultivated a steady following in Omaha's roots and folk community with their throwback country sound during the three-plus years that they played around town. The one-time Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards recipients were also named a Top 20 band by The...

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Not Your Average Rapper

Seattle-based emcee Macklemore isn’t your average rapper. He’s not bragging about his Bentley, spitting about his diamond earrings or flossin’ a gold chain. His lyrics are born out of his struggles with drug addiction and his decision to get clean delivered with a refreshing honesty not normally found in the commercial hip-hop world. Along with his partner in crime, producer Ryan Lewis,...

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Full Steam Ahead

In 1945, Bill Monroe brought banjo expert Earl Scruggs into his Blue Grass Boys backing band (which also featured guitarist Lester Flatt) and in essence created the musical genre which would become known as Bluegrass. Through the 25 or so years that followed, Bluegrass was primarily played by old men wearing matching hats and suits who all stuck to a strict definition of what it meant to play the...

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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 »



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 »



Hadden Sayers & Shadowboxers’ CD Release
by B.J. Huchtemann

The soulful, rockin’ blues of the Hadden Sayers Band is back for a rare Omaha appearance, hitting the stage at The 21st Saloon ... 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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