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Banded Together

The version of Cymbals Eat Guitars that created the band's breakthrough 2009 debut album Why There Are Mountains has long since evolved.

Originally the project of singer/guitarist Joe D'Agostino and drummer Matthew Miller, the first line-up was cobbled together via Craigslist want ads.

Eventually, the three members that originally joined Miller and D'Agostino left the band and keyboardist Brian Hamilton and...


Memories & Music

Omaha's blues community lost one of its finest when Dave Barger passed away early Saturday, Oct. 8, after a debilitating illness. Barger was the Omaha scene's go-to blues guitarist for over 30 years, including popular '80s bands Oasis and Risky Shift. A memorial jam is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 16, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. at the G.I. Forum, 2002 N Street.
Tributes poured in on Facebook. Former Howard Street Tavern manager...


Does Size Matter? Lincoln Calling, Pt. 8

We live in a culture where "bigger" is always perceived as being "better." Some might argue that this concept is The American Way.

Well, Jeremy Buckley, the impresario behind the annual Lincoln Calling Music Festival, isn't concerned about getting "bigger." On the surface, one might look at this year's festival -- the 8th Annual, an achievement in and of itself -- and say that it's a step backward. There are no...


Girl Talk Speaks Volumes

Girl Talk (real name Gregg Gillis) is a phenomenon. Who knew this one-time biomedical engineer would breathe fresh life into the mash-up movement? Although pioneers such as Z-Trip and Kraftwerk were blending samples long before Gillis stepped onto the scene, for some reason, the Pittsburgh-native was able to give new meaning to “digital sampling.” After all, his fifth studio album on the Illegal Art...


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