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Homer’s to close Orchard Plaza store

Homer's Music is closing one of its two stores in mid-September. The local record store's Orchard Plaza location, 2457 South 132nd St., will close September 10th, according to a Homer's Music press release. 

General Manager Mike Fratt attributes the closing, in part, to the decline of the 132nd and West Center Road retail sector, adding that sales are up for the year at Homer's Old Market location, 1210 Howard...


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. No matter what...


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 fan perspective. I...


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 post-rock leanings and...


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