Hope Survives

Two years ago for The Reader’s Year in Review wrap-up article, I said that it was the beginning of the end, that there had become a universal recognition that the best days for those who make a living making music were very likely behind them.

That was in the year 2009 B.S. – Before Spotify.

Now it’s 2011 and nothing has changed, not really. Except for one thing: There used to be a glimmer...

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<p>  Samantha Fish</p>Happy New Year

New Year’s Eve offers plenty of holiday music options. Brad Cordle Band plays a special show at the Bel Air Banquet Room, 12100 West Center Road. Details and advance ticket reservations are available by calling 402-333-5505.
In Lincoln, the Zoo Bar presents a double header with Tijuana Gigolos 5-8 p.m. followed by the outrageous Self Righteous Brothers after 9 p.m.
Kris Lager Band plays Dec....

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<p>  It's True, 4/1/11.</p>Stage Dive: The Best Live Shows of 2011

In years past I made it to at least a hundred shows in a calendar year. This year the number was around 60, but looking over the following list, 2011 was as good as any year that I can remember:

Jan. 18 – Cursive performs Domestica at The Waiting Room – It didn’t matter if frontman Tim Kasher messed up the opening line of “The Casualty” or if he even remembered the words, because the SRO...

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Digital Leather announces next full-length

* Hot on the heels of the recently-released cassette and download-only Sponge, Digital Leather is already moving on to a new full-length in February. Philadelphia-based FDH Records will release Modern Problems. The label also released 2007 Digital Leather album Blow Machine. Foree recorded the album at his house in midtown Omaha. It was originally intended for release on the now-shuttered...

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Final Score: A Look Back at the 2011 Music Predictions

Because many of you (most of you) center your lives around my annual music predictions (and why wouldn’t you?) I’m starting the process early this year by recapping last year’s predictions. Look, if I haven’t got it right yet, I’m not going to in the next two weeks (Hang in there, Courtney). So with that, let the scoring begin:

2011 Music Prediction: Apple will announce that iTunes now lives...

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Back to Evolution

The amorphous sound of Back When belies the band's very name.

That ever-changing spirit is alive on the band's forthcoming release Champion Hologram.

The experimental metal band has grown through hardcore roots and noisier phases, emerging as a heavy band that bookends those pounding moments with deft touches of delicate, intricate melodies.

This is Back When circa 2011-2012. The...

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