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A Listen to Pine Ridge Vol. III, Holiday Throwdown at Slowdown

* The flurry of benefit shows, radio programs and other events comprising Lash LaRue’s Toy Drive are finished for the year, but you can still contribute by buying a copy of Christmas for Pine Ridge Volume III: Live at The Waiting Room. Lucky you, because the disc carries the torch of mostly original Christmas songs by local talents, and as LaRue reminds, “this is not your grandmother’s Christmas music.” Matt...


Here Come the Holidays, ORG Black and Blue Ball

* Scrooges be damned, those festive holiday feelings are beginning to take hold — escorted by sights, sounds and smells oozing citywide from often-tedious Muzak players, bundled bell ringers and mailboxes stuffed with Christmas cards. Allspice and cinnamon scents hang heavy in the air, along with the deafening hum of retail excess. Two of my favorite holiday traditions involve music: a Christmas Eve afternoon...


Hear Nebraska Benefit, NextAid loom

* In the absence of an Omaha-Lincoln light-rail (don’t get me started … ) it takes a lot for me to make the trek to Titletown, even for the best of events. But if you travel I-80 southwest just once this year it should be this Friday, Dec. 3, for the Hear Nebraska Benefit at Bourbon Theatre featuring Orion Walsh, Shaun Sparks and the Wounded Animals, and Bandit Sound. Hear Nebraska bills itself as a...


Get Out You Gratitude, Battle of the Grandes and Black Friday at Homer’s

* NPR Music regularly posts online missives of themed playlists. As a list-lover and NPR fanatic I am always all ears. A recent example is “Get Out Your Hoodie: Songs For Fall,” with tracks from Galaxie 500, Los Amparito, The Foreign Exchange, Burial, American Football and Bill Evans Trio. Other occasions have included poolside party, end of summer, weddings, “heavy-metal keggers” and even “nights spent...


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