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Hot Wax Holiday

We had time to kill before the 7:45 p.m. show at Aksarben Cinema, and having already grabbed a bite to eat decided for reasons of proximity to walk through Kohl's, whose overly ambitious catchphrase is "Expect Great Things." As I was strolling down one of the fluorescent-bright main aisles, somewhere between the jewelry counter and "notions" toward the checkout, I nearly stumbled over a stack of turntables smack-dab...


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...


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