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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 “in the cloud.” All...


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 four-piece Omaha band is...


<p>  Kris Lager Band</p> BMAs & Holldays

If you missed the Tab Benoit show at Slowdown last week, you missed one hell of a show from Grammy-nominee Benoit and a national-caliber set from opener Kris Lager Band. The Omaha band put down a sizzling set of rockin’ roots and blues music. The charismatic Benoit then treated the crowd to a two-hour plus show of his electrifying Cajun-inflected Louisiana blues. He invited Lager up on stage for what turned into...


<p>  Mitch Gettmann, Mitch Gettman celebrates album release

* Mitch Gettman now has his first full-length album We Are the Mad Ones out in every way imaginable. The 18-year-old songwriter celebrated the CD release of his album Friday, Dec. 16 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Gettman led his band through a polished, sophisticated romp through Gettman's songs. The set was brisk and direct, with Gettman's voice and guitar on display. Gettman has already learned to play to the...


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