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Godmother of Soul

Sharon Jones was born exactly one month before my mother.
 
That's pretty remarkable these days, in a business increasingly obsessed with youth, where only legendary, once-svelte young women, are still allowed to make music at her age. But, with no offense to my darling ma, the energy and zeal seeping from Jones' every pore and emanating from her every note, belies her age of 55.  
 
Whether cheerfully...


The Big Deep wins opening slot at Maha

* Congratulations to The Big Deep for winning the audience vote at the Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards summer showcase, which took place July 8 and 9 in downtown Benson. The local indie-folk Americana band will open the Maha Music Festival Saturday, August 13 at Aksarben Village.

* The Omaha Girls Rock camp is underway on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The week-long camp is targeted at girls...


Around the Table

There's a short distance between 60s’ psychedelic pop and the acoustic pop that peeked out from first-generation college rockers like R.E.M., the Feelies, the Church and the Go-Betweens.

Both elements were present when I first saw the Fresh & Onlys, as they trekked across  2009's South By Southwest festival; but so was a weirder, darker post-punk throb.

It's this element that plants the San Francisco band's...


Big Harp: One Attempt at a Perfect Life

Somewhere on a sun-baked highway in Southern California drives the Senseney family. Presumably in a mini-van.

Behind the wheel is father, Chris, navigating the straight-arrow route from their home in Los Angeles to Palm Springs. His wife, Stefanie Drootin-Senseney, leans over and adjusts a strap on the car seat that holds baby Twila, age 11 months. Brother Hank, who will be 3 in September, cranes his little neck...


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