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2015 Music Issue—The Venues: O’Leaver’s


I Hate Lists: Hoodoo’s Bands We Like


Music Issue: Hoodoo Venues


Backbeat: See Through Dresses, Mitch Gettman, Eagle Seagull


2015 Top Bands - Wayne’s Picks


Virgin Mary Pistol Grip


2015 Music Issue: Tim’s Top Bands


The 21st Saloon


Sending a Message with Solid Soul


Classic & New Artists


Stir Cove announces Shins show

* The Shins will play Stir Cove at Harrah's Casino in Council Bluffs Thursday, May 31st. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, Feb. 10th at 10 a.m. The New Mexico-bred, Portland-based indie pop band is led by singer James Mercer and gained prominence after their music was featured in the 2004 film Garden State. The band's fourth album, Port of Morrow, comes out March 20th via Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records....

Playing With Fire Returns

After calling it quits at the beginning of the year, Playing With Fire has gotten a reprieve. The concert event will be back for one show again this year. Playing With Fire has a new presenting sponsor, FirstComp Insurance. This summer’s show will be Saturday, July 28, back on the Lewis & Clark Landing on Omaha’s riverfront.

“'Playing with Fire' continues our search for additional sponsors like FirstComp to...

When the Music’s Over…

This is it, the last installment of my first column for The Reader.

It began Dec. 2, 2004. I had been suggesting to editor John Heaston, literally for years, that he needed to integrate columns into The Reader, that all good newspapers included an opinionated voice willing to speak his or her mind without fear or concern of offending. The music scene needed a voice like that even more. During a time when Omaha...

Simon Joyner meets Kickstarter.com goal

* Earlier this month, Simon Joyner took to Kickstarter.com to fund the final recording, mixing and manufacturing expenses for this forthcoming 13th studio album, due out later this year. Now, with two-plus weeks left to go, Joyner has already cleared his $6,000 fundraising goal. But that doesn't mean fans no longer can donate to the cause. Joyner has been recording the untitled double album in his south Omaha...

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