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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 and co-founder of...


Alessi’s Ark rides again

* So Phil Lynott's been dead for decades, but a trio of Thin Lizzy  alumni (Scott Gorham, Brian Downey and Darren Wharton) are keeping the songs alive. They'll perform Thin Lizzy classics in a line-up rounded out by Def Leppard's Viv Campbell, bassist Marco Mendoza and The Almighty’s Ricky Warwick  on Saturday, November 6 at the Slowdown, 729 North 14th St.

* In 2008, youthful London songwriter Alessi...


The (Online) Calendar Hung Itself

Before we get started, full disclosure: I'm on the "board" of hearnebraska.org. Not that it matters -- I'm not involved in the website's day-to-day activities, and have little or no input on things like website content or fundraising events. But I don't want you to think I'm cheerleading when I make this statement: Hearnebraska.org has emerged as the best resource for local rock show schedule information on the...


Graham’s Wonderful World

If there is one artist I would get everyone to listen to if I could, it is Jon Dee Graham. The Austin-based musician is an extraordinary songwriter and guitarist whose music is as real as it gets.

His words come from the heart of a survivor and from an ability to stay optimistic even in the face of adversity. Reviewers praise Graham for his "raw intensity" and say "his songs always sound like truth." I've called...


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