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Searching for Answers

Yesterday I conducted an interview with a nationally known musician where I mentioned that I bought his most recent CD. He laughed and said, “You bought it?” I asked what was so funny, and he said, “Oh nothing, just the idea that someone actually purchased music.” And I thought to myself: This is where we are. The idea of buying music has finally evolved into a joke that makes even the musicians laugh in...

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Closing Time

My last show at The 49’r The 49’r closed its doors forever Tuesday, Oct. 26. I drove by yesterday. The neon signs were gone. The windows were black. The place was dead. As an elegy, let me tell you about the last time I saw a band at The 49’r. “Hold on a minute,” said the guy who took my $5 at the door. “Let me stamp your hand. How am I supposed to remember who you are?” When was the last time...


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...


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