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Wye Not? Baltimore duo lands in Omaha with SXSW momentum

The South by Southwest Music Conference was just two weeks ago, but it already seems like ancient history. For a lot of bands, SXSW not only is a career goal, it's a chance to get discovered by both a larger audience and maybe a record label executive or some other music industry schlub who could change their lives. But Jenn Wasner, half of the Baltimore duo Wye Oak, said that if you're going to Austin looking for...


Red Sky Mining

Speculation is always a dangerous proposition. It can be construed as rumor mongering, which to be honest, I've never shied away from (as long as there was some substance to the rumors, of course). But when it comes to Omaha’s first annual Red Sky Music Festival, speculation is all we have, for now. The event, slated to take place July 19-24 at the brand-spanking new Ameritrade Park, has been shrouded in secrecy....


Paradise Lost — Bright Eyes from 30,000 feet…

Dateline, Providenciales. We walked between the red stripes painted on the hot tarmac as we headed to the loading ramp, a long line of tanned Americans leaving this third world vacation destination to return to whatever frigid lands we had escaped from, if only for a week. On a short hillside to my left, next to the tiny airport, was a wall of unpainted cinderblocks stacked in a stair-step row, a half-built...


Quarterly Report

We’re headed towards the end of the first quarter of 2011. If there’s an early, detectable trend in the world of indie music, it’s a subtle move away from “static-y, vibe bands” (as one local genius put it) like Animal Collective and Sleigh Bells to more-classic songwriting. Music auteurs will confuse this shift with retro or rehash, and in some cases they're dead right, but the healing has to start...


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