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World of Winter

I recently met Jes Winter (officially) while working at Urban Outfitters. I'd seen a few photos, but heard many of her hauntingly beautiful songs. I had been exchanging e-mails with the driving force behind local favorite, the Jes Winter Band. She smiled and told me: “This is so funny, but it’s kind of magical. We were meant to meet.”

Winter was had choosing outfits for her CD release party Aug. 11 at the...

Warped Tour Memories

* Between torrential downpours Thursday, I caught two distinctly different live music events. The day started early at Westfair Amphitheater in Council Bluffs for the 2011 Vans Warped Tour. The sprawling summer road show is amazingly organized. It crams a bucketload of bands into one day's worth of shows and then pops up a day later in a different city. What originally was billed as a punk and pop-punk event has...

Live Connection

Matisyahu is rolling now, in a musical career that began in 2004.

That's why the rap-reggae-rock triple threat says he doesn't have a set pattern or schedule for how he works as an artist.

So far the 32-year-old artist has released three studio albums, plus multiple live releases and a remix record.

His two biggest studio albums were separated by more than three years. It's been more than two years since the...

All Systems Go for MAHA Music Festival

When the first band takes the stage at this year's MAHA Music Festival (at exactly 12:30 p.m. this Saturday), event organizers can take pride in knowing they've pulled together a program that not only tops last year's event, but also establishes itself as the area's premiere indie music festival.

Lord knows, it wasn't easy. Along the way, their difficult path was filled with unexpected turns, frustrating...

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