Thursday Notes

Thursday was the first chance I had to check out what amounts to SXSW's headliners stage — the Auditorium Shores at Lady Bird Lake. The Strokes played what amounted to a trip through their first two records dotted by a few new cuts from their forthcoming album, Angles. The band has become really polished, but on the way, it has changed the band's sound. It still sounds like them, but greater...

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<p>Lady Gaga works the Qwest Center crowd during her nearly two-hour-long performance Thursday night. </p>First Lady

So ... some girl named Lady Gaga was in town last night. If you weren't one of the umpteen thousand fans in attendance, here's her set list so you can throw it on your iPod and at least pretend: (Intro) 1. Dance in the Dark 2. Glitter and Grease 3. Just Dance 4. Beautiful, Dirty, Rich 5. The Fame (Interlude) 6. LoveGame 7. Boys Boys Boys 8. Money Honey 9. Telephone (Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce...

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<p>We hate to get too overly excited about it, but it’s all in the fun of being at South By Southwest, right? Our photographer Robert Robinson ran into R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe cruising the streets of Austin. The band screened videos from its latest album “Collapse” as part of SXSW’s film festival Wednesday.  </p>Recharged and ready for winners

After one impossibly long 14-hour drive down to Austin Monday night, I am safe, sound and partially recharged in Austin for the 2011 South By Southwest music festival. Tuesday night featured the first year that SXSW tried to bridge the gap between the music festival and the interactive and film portions that precede it, doing so by launching a half-dozen showcases a day early. The night reaped...

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First NewBraska Festival slated for May 14

* There's tons of news in the metro this week, so strap in. The folks at The New BLK, Omahype.com, HearNebraska.org, The Slowdown and The Reader, which you're obviously reading right now, are raising funds for the first ever NewBraska Festival. The outdoor event, scheduled for Saturday, May 14 at 12th and Jones streets, is raising funds via Kickstarter.com, in order to bring together 8 or 9...

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The Fidelity of DIY

Sic Alps and their decidedly homemade records are not so much lo-fi anthems as they are musical snapshots of the three-piece San Francisco band. That holds true for Sic Alps’ latest, Napa Asylum, which touches on psych-folk, garage rock and ’60s psych-pop in bite-sized musical pieces. The 22-song record is a double-album in the classic sense, clocking in at under 50 minutes....

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Distinctively Dodos

The Dodos are back to being a two-piece band and they just finished an album with longtime collaborator John Askew. But this year’s model of the Dodos has a few new angles to call its own. The most apparent thing about the just-released No Color is its directness, starting with opening song “Black Night”. The album is a sprightly, nimble and brighter than anything the band has done. And...

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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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