On And Up

When a major label executive with an extensive history in the music business makes several trips from his cushy spot in Los Angeles to a frigid basement in Omaha, there must be something special about the band.  Atlantic Records A&R Jeff Blue saw something in Emphatic, Omaha’s hardest working rock band.

“I flew out to Omaha 8 or 9 times and worked with them in a basement. It was very organic....

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MAHA 2011 Had Everything (Except the Crowds)

The weather was perfect. The bands were awesome. And the crowd was ... well, it could have been bigger.

The final "official" head count, according to MAHA Music Festival organizer Tre Brashear, was 4,000, "slightly down from last year."

A disappointment, and yet, by all other accounts, this year's MAHA, held last Saturday at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village, was a success, certainly from a...

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Taking Shape

Instrumental rock wasn't the initial plan for the Answer Team.

As the band was beginning, they kept seeking and finding vocalists. And each time, they kept losing them.

“None of us wanted to be in an instrumental band,” drummer Brandon Bone says.

But each time the Answer Team would play without a vocalist, people would recommend the band stick to it.

They ultimately embraced their...

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Dim Light celebrates new single with release show

* Dim Light will celebrate release of a seven-inch single with a show Saturday, August 20th at Brothers Lounge, 3812 Farnam Street. The single features “For You” and “Maggas”, both of which were recorded at Sleepy House Audio, bassist Tom Barrett's home studio. It is being released by Grotto Records, the label associated with the Antiquarium record store. The show, featuring Minneapolis'...

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Guitar Heroes Turn It Up

Guitar fans have three big blues-rock guitar shows to look forward to in The 21st Saloon's Thursday 5:30 p.m. blues series. Popular Chicago axe-slinger Ronnie Baker Brooks hits the stage on Thursday, Aug. 21. He’s the son of the great Lonnie Brooks and himself a guitar star.

The following Thursday, Aug. 25, new fan favorite Mike Zito plugs in.

Zito’s high-energy, positive vibe and guitar...

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Enso in the House

It’s a good time to be a DJ in Omaha. There are scores of venues available (the Waiting Room, House of Loom and even restaurants/bars like Blue and Roja, just to name a few), and the competition is getting cutthroat. So who is Enso? Not just another DJ. His name is Derrick Calloway, and he was born to play music.

“I don’t know if there was a moment when I wasn’t into music," Calloway say....

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