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Omahype Returns

Sometime in March 2009, a quiet sadness swept over the Internet when Andrew Bowen and Ian Atwood grasped firmly and pulled the plug on one of Omaha's more original websites -- omahype.com. Omahype enthusiastically chronicled the local music scene through Bowen and Atwood's acerbic music news bits, live reviews and leaked mp3 files that one assumes had to be illegal. The website had a wonderfully subversive streak,...


No. 300

Goddamn. Just look at that number. 300. Not all were as perfect as a bowling score, but still … that's a lot of friggin' words. And I haven't run out yet. It's hard to believe that six years ago Column No. 1, an interview with then-hot property Willy Mason, was published, Dec. 2, 2004. Golden-boy entrepreneur John Heaston and the work-hardened galley hands at The Reader have been kind enough to keep this page...


Still Ungrateful

With this issue's deadline pressing heavily on my shoulders a full week before the paper will hit the stands (thanks to a lousy print schedule), I was left pondering a topic for this week. That's when I stumbled upon something I wrote in 2005. It was a time just after the Omaha music scene hit its peak and was beginning the slide down the other side of the mountain. We were all still cocky. Omaha wasn't going to be...

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Playing God

Pandora founder Tim Westergren stood alone on the empty oak stage floor of the packed Durham Western Heritage Museum auditorium, holding a microphone, looking like Peter Krause from “Six Feet Under,” and calmly told the audience of music fans, musicians, business people and tech-geeks what the future of the music industry looks like. If he’s right, we’re in for a long, boring ride. Krause was in town...


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