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Starting Over

What better way to open an interview with Azure Ray’s Maria Taylor than with a scoop? Regarding band mate Orenda Fink, and her husband, The Faint’s Todd Fink, Taylor says: “I wouldn’t be surprised if in the next few years they pop out a little Fink.” Boom goes the dynamite. OK, maybe it wasn’t that big a scoop, but it was the closest I got while talking to these two indie rock divas (and I use the term...


Where To Now?

As 2010 starts to wind down a new crop of bands begins to rise up to carry on Omaha's reputation as one of the country's best music scenes. There are some of you who, upon reading the above statement, quietly, cynically, laughed and thought (with a wry smile in your subconscious minds), "Best music scenes in the country? Tim, really. We haven't heard that kind of talk in eight or nine years, and even then Omaha...


Rock of Ages

I’ve never bought the idea that age has anything to do with enjoying rock music, and I still don’t, but the question did come up last weekend. I waded into the crowd of suburban youth Friday night at The Waiting Room too late to see either of the opening bands, thanks to the Yankees. I considered skipping the show because it was already 11 p.m., but I was on the list and I figured ‘Why not?’ While I’d...


These Un-cynical Days

More with Guster’s Ryan Miller that didn’t fit into the feature story on page 32 — which you should read before you read this. We’ll wait for you …  You’re back? Good. I should point out I have some familiarity with Miller and Guster. I interviewed him in December 1999 in the band’s tour bus before a concert at the long lost Ranch Bowl. Miller was a whirling dervish, jumping around the bus looking...


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