The Return of Fizzle Like a Flood

Doug Kabourek didn't look much different than when I first saw him slumped like a homeless college student in the back of Sokol Underground during a Her Space Holiday show, circa 1999.

I had just begun going to rock shows alone -- a big step for me, but one I knew I'd have to take if I wanted to continue seeing the indie bands I loved. I realized after finding Kabourek rolled up like a bum on...

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Big Harp releases new music video

* Two bits of Saddle Creek Records news from the past week. Big Harp, the Americana-tinged indie duo of Chris Senseney and Stefanie Drootin-Senseney, released a video for "Everybody Pays" off their just-released debut album White Hat. The video, which premiered on IFC.com, was directed by Danny Drysdale and shot in the California desert. The band returns to Omaha with fellow Saddle Creek artist...

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Label Luck

Nick Lowe may have proclaimed his appreciation for his record company with his tongue-in-cheek ode “I Love My Label," but San Francisco garage rocker Ty Segall genuinely is head over hills for his musical home, Drag City Records.

“Drag City is the f--king best man. They're really cool and they give a shit,” Segall says.

Segall says its the sort of label where he can call them whenever, just...

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A New Groove

Mat Kearney set his acoustic guitar aside during the songwriting sessions for his new album, Young Love.

The Nashville-based Kearney instead created tunes by starting with programming beats and grooves on a computer, then building songs around the rhythmic skeleton.

“It's probably not the most traditional album I've ever made,” he says.

Kearney says it can be paralyzing to create songs...

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Alberta’s Joyous Blues

In the early 1980s I had the pleasure of seeing Alberta Hunter perform her captivating mix of bawdy blues, ballads and gospel tunes. Hunter was bewitching, her love of the music was infectious. She was in her mid-80s. The last time I saw her perform she had to be helped onstage in a wheelchair, but when she sang the years melted away. The music was in her blood.

In her first career the...

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The Rapper Next Door

         “F*ck both sides. F*ck the underground. F*ck the overground. F*ck the middle ground. It’s just a bunch of f*cking people trying to find their identities. Once you get comfortable with who you are as a person, you’ll stop complaining about all of that other dumb ass shit,” says Sean Daley, better known these days as Slug of Atmosphere.

         The Minneapolis-based emcee, songwriter...

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