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Still an audience for the classic Cars?

This started as a simple review of The Cars' new album, Move Like This, which was released on Concord Music this past Tuesday. It's the band's first studio album since 1987's Door to Door, and the first since the death of bassist/vocalist Ben Orr of pancreatic cancer in 2000. If you grew up listening to The Cars or are just a fan, you're going to love this record. It has all the classic Cars qualities — Ric...


Omaha Girls Rock is about more than rock and roll

I was drawn to The Slowdown last Sunday night not only because the lineup was stellar (Fortnight, Honeybee and Hers, Conduits and The Good Life), but because I was down with the message behind organization "Omaha Girls Rock." But before we get to that, let's turn to Stefanie Drootin, founder and executive director of OGR. As a member of The Good Life, Drootin is among the best bass players Omaha has seen. When I...


<p>In booking local band Cursive — in addition to other coups Guided by Voices and Matisyahu — MAHA lands one of the original crown jewels of the Saddle Creek Records triumvirate.  </p> Guided by Voices, Cursive, Matisyahu to play 2011 Maha Music Festival

The news is in the headline, exactly as it was announced Monday night. To reiterate: This year's MAHA Music Festival, to be held Aug. 13 at Lewis & Clark Landing, will feature among its main stage bands Guided by Voices, Cursive and Matisyahu. Take a moment. Breathe deep. Soak it in. When you consider what the MAHA folks are now up against, not the least of which is MECA's six-day, three-stage,...


Dodging traffic and tornados with The Rural Alberta Advantage

The Rural Alberta Advantage keyboard player, Amy Cole, had every reason for sounding distracted. You try riding through road-rage fueled traffic on Interstate 5 in Los Angeles in a van pulling a trailer while the rest of your band is shouting directions in the background -- the same silver 2003 Dodge Caravan, incidentally, which carried The Rural Alberta Advantage to Omaha for the first time two years ago. Now...


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