Hear Nebraska Benefit, NextAid loom

* In the absence of an Omaha-Lincoln light-rail (don’t get me started … ) it takes a lot for me to make the trek to Titletown, even for the best of events. But if you travel I-80 southwest just once this year it should be this Friday, Dec. 3, for the Hear Nebraska Benefit at Bourbon Theatre featuring Orion Walsh, Shaun Sparks and the Wounded Animals, and Bandit Sound. Hear Nebraska bills...

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Still Ungrateful

With this issue's deadline pressing heavily on my shoulders a full week before the paper will hit the stands (thanks to a lousy print schedule), I was left pondering a topic for this week. That's when I stumbled upon something I wrote in 2005. It was a time just after the Omaha music scene hit its peak and was beginning the slide down the other side of the mountain. We were all still cocky. Omaha...

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Marathon Man

The first time I saw singer-songwriter Mark Mallman was at a pizza place that no longer exists. October 2005. The sign outside Sammy Sortino's on S. 72nd St. read, "Welcome Piano Man Mark Mallman." As I stepped inside I was overcome by a waft of sour pepperoni and an ocean of nomming families pushing mozzarella-covered glop into their drooling maws. The guy at the door told me Mark Mallberg was...

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Season of Giving

If it’s hard sometimes to find reasons for thanks amid the commercial hub-bub, non-stop to-do lists and expectations that dominate our lives, try making some time to just breathe and focus on what you really enjoy. Remember that when you give of your true self, the biggest recipient is often you. Since 2003, Lash LaRue has focused on delivering holiday toys to the children of the Pine Ridge...

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Get Out You Gratitude, Battle of the Grandes and Black Friday at Homer’s

* NPR Music regularly posts online missives of themed playlists. As a list-lover and NPR fanatic I am always all ears. A recent example is “Get Out Your Hoodie: Songs For Fall,” with tracks from Galaxie 500, Los Amparito, The Foreign Exchange, Burial, American Football and Bill Evans Trio. Other occasions have included poolside party, end of summer, weddings, “heavy-metal keggers” and...

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Games People Play

Will we ever know the real story behind the songs that make up Tim Kasher’s debut solo album, The Game of Monogamy? Probably not. “Some friends and family — people who really know me well — try to guess which songs are accounts of my life, and they’re always wrong,” Kasher says, on the road in Dallas. “To me, that’s great. That means I’m getting better as a writer.” I, too,...

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