Unread Records prepares 19th Junkfest

* Flyover Country, a locally produced independent film, will celebrate its premiere with a show Thursday, November 7th at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. The show will feature performances by film composter Dereck Higgins, as well as artists featured on the movie's soundtrack including Snake Island, Blue Bird, Rock Paper Dynamite and the Lonely Estates. The $7 show takes place a day before the Objectif49 Films production premeires for two nights at the Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. For more information, visit flyovermovie.com.

* Local label Unread Records and Tapes will host the 19th installment of its Junkfest label showcase Saturday, November 9th at the Sweatshop Gallery, 2727 North 62nd St. The event will feature performances from both local and national acts that have released music on the label. Among those scheduled to play are Simon Joyner, David Nance, Church of Gravitron, Places We Slept's Nathan Ma, California's Furniture Huschle and Charlie McAlister from South Carolina. McAlister, Unread honcho Christopher Fischer and Wes Hess will also display art at the show. Tickets will be $7 at the door.

* Renowned horn player Thomas Bacon will lead local musicians in a performance of the Saint Hubert Mass, a traditional ceremony for hunters, Tuesday, October 1st at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 109 North 18th St. The arrangement will feature a 24-horn choir featuring Omaha Symphony musicians, University of Nebraska at Omaha students and other local talent. The 7 p.m. show is $20 and $10 for students.

* California tape-centric label Burger Records presented a rolling revue showcase of bands affiliated with its label Thursday, September 26th at the Slowdown, 729 North 14th St. The event rewarded those who got there early with performances by buzz-worthy indie acts like Gap Dream and Colleen Green. The first full set I caught was that by garage slop-poppers Pangea or Together Pangea, as the band's merch billed them as both. They were just what you'd expect from an energetic band of post-Black Lips/Wavves era lo-fi rockers. They may play upbeat, messy songs but the emphasis is on pop hooks, not punk aggression. Cosmonauts came on next with a slacker-rock vibe that painted in droning, psych-rock shades favored by acts like the Brian Jonestown Massacre or Thee Oh Sees. Cosmonauts are still finding their own unique identity between those two demarcations of sound. The Growlers headlined with the biggest dose of hippie culture on the tour. The sway in a world somewhere between Grateful Dead's psych-pop side and contemporary touchstones like Dr. Dog. The band has its fans, but the stage show is a laidback groove that stretches on to the unfamiliar listener.

posted at 01:00 pm
on Monday, September 30th, 2013

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