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Stripped to the T-Bone

Previously on Ryan Bingham plays Omaha: The then-soon-to-be Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter and his backing band, the Dead Horses, played a loose, fun set that ran nearly two hours, thus rewarding the patronage of a light Sokol Underground crowd that numbered somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 heads. It’s a show Bingham says he can’t recall after a whirlwind of success that has seen him release a T-Bone...


Quarterly Report

We’re headed towards the end of the first quarter of 2011. If there’s an early, detectable trend in the world of indie music, it’s a subtle move away from “static-y, vibe bands” (as one local genius put it) like Animal Collective and Sleigh Bells to more-classic songwriting. Music auteurs will confuse this shift with retro or rehash, and in some cases they're dead right, but the healing has to start...


Smells Like Noah’s Ark

The scene is O'Leaver's on a Saturday afternoon. How could a bar so fun and full of life in the evening look so bleak and frightening in the daylight? Flat, winter afternoon sun glared through the dirty windows, cutting the darkness where a handful of faceless people sat stooped over the bar, drinking and watching college basketball. The room's tiny “stage” in daylight was a patch of dirty carpeting behind a...


The Lift: New owners, new name

Ownership of the New Lift Lounge has officially been transferred to John Anderson and Chad Kelderman. The formal announcement came from Terry O’Halloran on Saturday, along with word that the new owners will change the name to The 21st Amendment Saloon. Regulars will remember that O’Halloran originally reopened his old 18th Amendment Saloon at the 96th and L location when he sold the original 18th in the 82nd and...


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