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2015 Top Bands


The 21st Saloon


Sending a Message with Solid Soul


Classic & New Artists


Music by a Catalan, a Basque and a Russian merge


Music Issue: Venues


Hot Tamale Baby


Harmonies of our time


New American music merges with beloved classics by Elgar and Brahms


Interview with FIDLAR Guitarist Elvis Kuehn


Alberta’s Joyous Blues

In the early 1980s I had the pleasure of seeing Alberta Hunter perform her captivating mix of bawdy blues, ballads and gospel tunes. Hunter was bewitching, her love of the music was infectious. She was in her mid-80s. The last time I saw her perform she had to be helped onstage in a wheelchair, but when she sang the years melted away. The music was in her blood.

In her first career the teenage Hunter started...

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...

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