Holiday To-Dos

A must-see show for guitar fans takes place at The New Lift Lounge Thursday, Dec. 16, when Texas guitar star Buddy Whittington joins popular songwriter Randy McAllister at 5:30 p.m. Whittington took Coco Montoya’s place with John Mayall’s band for 15 years when Montoya went solo in 1993. Mayall obviously has smart taste in guitar players, having been influential in the early careers of...

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Omahype Returns

Sometime in March 2009, a quiet sadness swept over the Internet when Andrew Bowen and Ian Atwood grasped firmly and pulled the plug on one of Omaha's more original websites -- omahype.com. Omahype enthusiastically chronicled the local music scene through Bowen and Atwood's acerbic music news bits, live reviews and leaked mp3 files that one assumes had to be illegal. The website had a wonderfully...

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String Theory

For eight years Hot Buttered Rum String Band (HBRSB) has refined its Newgrass sound to incorporate an amalgamation of styles and genres. Based around the traditional acoustic string set-up (and with the somewhat recent addition of a drummer), HBRSB paints on a bluegrass canvas with a folk, rock, reggae and jazz palette. And while the band owes a nod to contemporaries like String Cheese Incident...

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Tribe Vibe

For almost two decades Brulé has offered enchanting, live musical performances influenced by rock, jazz, and most importantly Native American culture. The haunting flute melodies, thundering drums and powerful chanting, combined with dazzling traditional dances, showcase the elements of Lakota culture that influenced Brulé founder Paul LaRoche. More interesting than the head-spinning...

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No. 300

Goddamn. Just look at that number. 300. Not all were as perfect as a bowling score, but still … that's a lot of friggin' words. And I haven't run out yet. It's hard to believe that six years ago Column No. 1, an interview with then-hot property Willy Mason, was published, Dec. 2, 2004. Golden-boy entrepreneur John Heaston and the work-hardened galley hands at The Reader have been kind enough...

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Here Come the Holidays, ORG Black and Blue Ball

* Scrooges be damned, those festive holiday feelings are beginning to take hold — escorted by sights, sounds and smells oozing citywide from often-tedious Muzak players, bundled bell ringers and mailboxes stuffed with Christmas cards. Allspice and cinnamon scents hang heavy in the air, along with the deafening hum of retail excess. Two of my favorite holiday traditions involve music: a...

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