Backyard Notions

These "predictions" have dragged on long enough. In my defense, other than complaints about live reviews, I get more feedback about my annual predictions column(s) than anything I write. People just love being told what's going to happen (or maybe they love being told what to do). Just to be clear: There is no "insider information" being let slip below; no rumor or innuendo being repeated. These...

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Peace of Shit releases cassette

* Peace of Shit, a rotating cast of garage punk musicians headed by songwriter Austin Ulmer, celebrated the release of the group’s debut release, a 10-song cassette. The show featured performances by Watching the Train Wreck and one-man-band Mosquito Bandito. Peace of Shit’s set was a romp through fast-paced garage punk, highlighted by a wall of guitars and the rat-a-tat drumming of Brimstone...

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Lift Update, Blues Music Awards, Lots of Local Shows

Since last week’s column hit there have been new developments in The New Lift Lounge story. Terry O’Halloran reports he and the new owners of The New Lift, John Anderson and Chad Kelderman, are working out final closing details on the bar. So O’Halloran will continue to operate The New Lift for a short period. He expects the ownership transition to take place later the week of Jan. 17 or...

entered on 01/19/11 at 07:22 PM | read more »


Dangerous Visions

I'm not saying that all of the following visions will happen in 2011, but the ball will start rolling next year that will cause the walls of the music industry to finally come tumbling down. It may take years, but it'll happen sooner than anyone (except me, of course) expects. -- As you read this, everyone will be talking about the new Verizon iPhone; and the talk of 2010 was the iPad. But the...

entered on 01/13/11 at 04:55 AM | read more »


The Maestro

Omaha Symphony Orchestra music director Thomas Wilkins was first inspired to be a conductor at age 8 during a Virginia Symphony Orchestra pops performance in his hometown of Norfolk, Virginia. From the opening rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” he was mesmerized by how the conductor shaped the music. “I came home that day and I don’t know who I said it to, maybe to my mother, but...

entered on 01/12/11 at 08:40 PM | read more »


Too Live Krewe

Having sharpened its teeth performing at festivals the world over, including Tennesse’s Bonnaroo, California’s High Sierra and Africa’s Festival au Desert, Toubab Krewe has captivated a devoted and growing fan-base through intriguing melodies, eclectic instrumentation and inspired improvisation. Having formed in 2005 in Asheville, N.C., most of the band’s members have since traveled...

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