Sticks and ’Bones

Before you start questioning the source of the band name here, I offer one word to clarify: Trombone. The brass family instrument is usually found in Big Band Jazz, Dixieland Jazz, Ska and occasionally in other genres as a token or backing sound. But how often have you heard music where the trombone is the main instrument? This larger horn, usually characterized by a telescopic slide used to vary...

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Pizza Shoppe Celebrates Sweet 16

Sixteen years ago when The Pizza Shoppe opened at 6056 Maple Street, Benson was a much different neighborhood. As music venues popped up, including one connected to The Pizza Shoppe called The P.S. (or Pizza Shoppe) Collective which opened around 2005 (Full Disclosure: I booked shows at the venue years ago), the area became a much more bohemian destination. It was a place to catch shows, chill at...

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Backyard Notions

These "predictions" have dragged on long enough. In my defense, other than complaints about live reviews, I get more feedback about my annual predictions column(s) than anything I write. People just love being told what's going to happen (or maybe they love being told what to do). Just to be clear: There is no "insider information" being let slip below; no rumor or innuendo being repeated. These...

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Peace of Shit releases cassette

* Peace of Shit, a rotating cast of garage punk musicians headed by songwriter Austin Ulmer, celebrated the release of the group’s debut release, a 10-song cassette. The show featured performances by Watching the Train Wreck and one-man-band Mosquito Bandito. Peace of Shit’s set was a romp through fast-paced garage punk, highlighted by a wall of guitars and the rat-a-tat drumming of Brimstone...

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Lift Update, Blues Music Awards, Lots of Local Shows

Since last week’s column hit there have been new developments in The New Lift Lounge story. Terry O’Halloran reports he and the new owners of The New Lift, John Anderson and Chad Kelderman, are working out final closing details on the bar. So O’Halloran will continue to operate The New Lift for a short period. He expects the ownership transition to take place later the week of Jan. 17 or...

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Dangerous Visions

I'm not saying that all of the following visions will happen in 2011, but the ball will start rolling next year that will cause the walls of the music industry to finally come tumbling down. It may take years, but it'll happen sooner than anyone (except me, of course) expects. -- As you read this, everyone will be talking about the new Verizon iPhone; and the talk of 2010 was the iPad. But 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 »



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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