SXSW Day 1: Tennis, Screaming Females, Andrew W.K., Titus Andronicus

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The Reader is teaming up with Hear Nebraska to cover SXSW this year. HN editor-in-chief Andrew Norman's stories will run right here at TheReader.com. And you can find more Hear Nebraska coverage reviews, photos and videos at hearnebraska.org.]

After a 14-hour drive that somehow took a day-and-a-half, I first wrapped my hands around a cold, 24-ounce domestic lager upon arriving...

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SXSW Day 1: Fiona Apple, Sharon Van Etten, The Wedding Present, Zola Jesus, Freedy Johnston, more…

I promised myself that I wasn't going to kill myself this year at SXSW, but the way I felt this morning, I think I'm doing a pretty good job of it.

We got into Austin early yesterday afternoon, which I figured would mean an abbreviated show schedule. But no. We still had time to see nine bands. That's the amazing thing about this festival and why I keep coming back year after year despite the...

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Southern Soldiers: SXSW Day One

I've settled into Austin's Wyndham Garden Hotel after a Tuesday filled with driving, in a Chevy HHR rented from Tammy Torchia at the downtown Omaha Avis. Despite the road fatigue, I still made it out to Sixth Street to catch some of South By Southwest's first-ever Tuesday night music showcases. I only caught a handful of band's as I gave a friend a quick tour of the craziness of SXSW. 

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Rock and Bucking Roll

Rock and Bucking Roll

Hats Off to the Bull keeps Chevelle in the hard rock rodeo

By Wayne Brekke

 

Among the slew of bands that rocked the early 2000’s, Illinois band Chevelle took its stand with a three-piece configuration that showcased a bare-bones approach to a sound that was being washed thoroughly in the laundry of American pop. With breakthrough songs like “The Red” and “Send the...

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Strong Soul Music

Two chances this coming week to catch powerhouse Janiva Magness: Wednesday night, March 21, 6-9 p.m., at Lincoln’s Zoo Bar and Thursday, March 22, at The 21st Saloon, 5:30-8:30 p.m. She is a singer with relentless heart whose serious vocal abilities are matched by deeply intuitive interpretive skills. Magness is the only female to win the Blues Music Award’s B.B. King Entertainer of the Year...

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Perfecting the Puzzle

Conduits have grown into Omaha's brightest indie rock beacons thanks to patience.

Right players, right label, right songs. All have come together as the band, headed up by singer Jenna Morrison and guitarists J.J. Idt and Nate Mickish, have given their project time to evolve.

"Everybody just came in and fell in like they were pieces fit for the puzzle," Morrison says.

Now the band, which...

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