Hotter Than a Pistol

Listen once to Smith Westerns' Dye It Blonde to pick out all the reference points, then listen some more for the gleeful abandon evident as this young Chicago band makes The Beatles, T. Rex, Brit-pop, David Bowie and power-pop signifiers in their own slapdash image. Guitarist Max Kakacek doesn't dodge those influence questions, but instead admits that he's more drawn to songs than certain bands...

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Lee Terry: Indie rock ... connoisseur?

* Back when I wrote for another publication in town, I briefly did a short column of live concert reviews succinctly titled Show Notes. After two major sold-out shows this weekend, it’s maybe time to revisit the concept. On Wednesday, I checked in on the sold-out Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St., for Interpol. The moody New Yorkers picked songs mostly from their indie records, leaving songs from their...

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Found at Sea: How indie band Tennis’ debut was born on waves

While they were learning to survive at sea, the thought of making music — or making an album for that matter — never crossed the minds of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, the indie pop duo known as Tennis. The story began when the Denver refugees bought a boat in Tampa Bay and set off into the Atlantic, sailed along the East Coast, then to the Bahamas for the winter, then back up the U.S....

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Let’s Get Lost

It's late in the day; the sun barely blinks over the horizon. The familiar bleached light bounces off the pavement and through the dirty windshield while white stripes flicker below like a busy signal on the highway. The man behind the wheel is lost. That man is Pete Yorn, his trademark Prince Valiant mane tossing in the wind blowing through an open window. He wears the same T-shirt and jeans he...

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OEAA Music Review: Crystal Visions

As the Grammy Awards dispensed their hardware with plenty of over-the-top theatricality on television screens across the country Sunday night, Omaha's crop of musicians celebrated their own successes with a humbler bit of pomp and circumstance. The Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards program brought together local musicians with their artistic compatriots in theater and visual arts for the fifth...

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OEA Awards this Sunday, Sunday Roadhouse at the Side Door

The annual Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards will be presented this Sunday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Harrah’s Convention Center ballroom. The show is scheduled to feature live performances from All Young Girls Are Machine Guns, The Filter Kings, Steve Raybine and slam poet Felicia Webster as well as several theatrical nominees. Remember, all nominations were arrived at through public...

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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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