Timing It Right

It kind of makes sense for a band from a city called Winter Haven to be on tour in the ice and snow, except for the fact that Anberlin’s Winter Haven is in Florida. But the alternative rock band refuses to be stopped by winter weather, so they will end a month-long vacation by trekking across the Midwest for a January tour. “We’re pretty excited for the year,” guitarist Christian...

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New Lift Sold, Playing With Fire Finale

Playing With Fire concert series founder Jeff Davis phoned this past week to update me on the series’ future for 2011. With the loss of a major sponsor, Davis has been wrestling with his decision on what to do for 2011. At one point he seemed ready to say the series was done, but he phoned with renewed energy in his voice. He is at work on plans to present one final show in 2011. Davis said...

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New Year, New Voice

* First of all, greetings are in order. I’m Chris Aponick and I’m your new Backbeat columnist. Think of me as your guide to what’s newsworthy in Omaha each week. I’ve written for The Reader frequently during the last three years, so I hope my voice is one you’re used to hearing. But here’s the thing, I need to hear your voices, too. A man only has one set of ears and sometimes that...

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Driven To Success

Dig into AM Taxi’s history and it might be easy to assume how the Chicago band quickly made it to the Virgin Records roster with their first album We Don’t Stand a Chance. But don’t think you can figure out the whole story, singer Adam Krier says. Krier and bassist Jason Schultejann logged time in ska pop-punk act Lucky Boys Confusion, where Krier also contributed to the songwriting, but...

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Quickly Orchestrated

Anniversaire’s album Nightingale may sound like the product of a meticulous, involved studio session, but singer Aaron Jordan says the orchestral pop band knocked out the recording of their debut disc in three days. The Omaha four-piece consisting of Jordan, bassist Travis Ahrenholtz, cellist Megan Siebe and drummer Ben Eberly recorded their album at ARC, the studio owned by the Mogis...

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‘If This Is It, Let’s Get it While it’s There’

Here we go, stepping boldly into 2011. Or typing forward, one character at a time. I’m not one for resolutions. If you’re living your best life, doing the best you can, even if it’s moving forward at your own pace, that’s what matters. Jon Dee Graham wrote in “Robot Moving” on 2004’s CD The Great Battle, “Everybody says put one foot in front of the other/Course the irony is...

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