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The Beat Goes On

During a tumultuous weekend in March of 1979 (the same weekend as the Three Mile Island nuclear incident) a little upstart band from the working class neighborhoods of Birmingham, England called The Beat played their first show. Playing an intriguing amalgamation of ska, punk-rock, pop, soul and reggae, The Beat was literally making music like never heard before. Decades later bands like The Mighty Mighty...

Yuppies to release self-titled LP in July

* Yuppies plan to release their self-titled full-length album in July on New York-based label Dull Tools. The label is ran by members of Parquet Courts, who will return to the Omaha area Thursday, June 20th for a show at the Sweatshop Gallery, 2727 North 62nd St. Yuppies plan to support the album release with a massive fall tour kicking off in September.

* Touch People, the current project of Lincoln musician...

<p>  Magic Slim, Dec. 25 at Lincoln's Zoo Bar, with Jeff Boehmer. Photo by Keri Hess.</p> ‘The Blues is All Right’

Lincoln resident, Zoo Bar family member and blues legend Magic Slim was laid to rest in a funeral service Saturday, March 2, at Horizons Community Church in Lincoln. At least four generations of local musicians were influenced by Slim’s adoption of the Zoo Bar as his home away from home since 1975 and his move to Lincoln in 1994.
Two more formal musical memorials are planned.
Lincoln’s Zoo Bar will host a...

Numbness to Clarity

The last time Brendan James recorded an album, the theme was transition right down to the very title of the 2012 release.

Now as James prepares to follow-up Hope in Transition with new material in 2013, the next stage might just be all about rejuvenation and reclamation.

James, a singer/songwriter who centers his adult-alternative pop sound around his piano playing, released two albums on Decca Records. Before...

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