Quarterly Report

We’re headed towards the end of the first quarter of 2011. If there’s an early, detectable trend in the world of indie music, it’s a subtle move away from “static-y, vibe bands” (as one local genius put it) like Animal Collective and Sleigh Bells to more-classic songwriting. Music auteurs will confuse this shift with retro or rehash, and in some cases they're dead right, but the healing...

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Smells Like Noah’s Ark

The scene is O'Leaver's on a Saturday afternoon. How could a bar so fun and full of life in the evening look so bleak and frightening in the daylight? Flat, winter afternoon sun glared through the dirty windows, cutting the darkness where a handful of faceless people sat stooped over the bar, drinking and watching college basketball. The room's tiny “stage” in daylight was a patch of dirty...

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The Lift: New owners, new name

Ownership of the New Lift Lounge has officially been transferred to John Anderson and Chad Kelderman. The formal announcement came from Terry O’Halloran on Saturday, along with word that the new owners will change the name to The 21st Amendment Saloon. Regulars will remember that O’Halloran originally reopened his old 18th Amendment Saloon at the 96th and L location when he sold the original...

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<p>Kristofferson will team up with Merle Haggard to play the Holland Center Saturday night </p>Open Highwayman

Most people would consider Kris Kristofferson’s accomplishments as a songwriter and musician enough to qualify his as one hell of a life well-lived. But Kristofferson has succeeded at everything he’s tried in his life, whether it be acting (Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Convoy, The Wendell Baker Story), sports (he achieved success in boxing, track and field, rugby and football),...

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<p>Drive By Truckers </p>Truckers’ Narrator

Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood has garnered a well-earned reputation for his songwriting by telling detail-rich accounts of southern rock, methamphetamine addiction and George Wallace's final damnation, among other things. So when the Reader was offered a chance to send Hood some questions, we jumped at the chance to crawl into one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most literate minds. Here's...

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It’s True spills release show details

* Mark April 2 on your calendar because it's going to be the show of the spring. Queens of the Stone Age are playing the Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St., as part of a run-of-date celebrating the re-issue of their long out-of-print self-titled debut album. The show will feature entire albums, non-album cuts from that era and hits from the rest of the band's catalogue, according to a release...

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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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