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R&B & So Much More

When you put the new Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears record Scandalous into iTunes, its blissfully ignorant simplicity lists the genre as “R&B.” And while there are R&B flourishes, the categorization does a major disservice to the music. The Austin-based six-piece has hit a nerve with its sound: a glorious, barnstorming mix of soul, blues, punk and indignant, righteous rock ‘n’ roll. The band’s second...


Icons, Heroes and Funky Bears

Icons, Heroes and Funky Bears Roots and boogie keyboard queen Kelley Hunt hits The 21st Amendment Saloon, formerly The New Lift Lounge and Murphy’s at 96th & L, for the Thursday show for March 31, 5:30-8:30 p.m. The popular singer-songwriter and keyboard virtuoso is at home in styles from old-school boogie-woogie and R&B to tunes shaded with jazz or pop influences. It’s her Omaha CD release party for her latest...


The Black Squirrels Are Hanging It Up

* The Black Squirrels are hanging it up, according to a post on the Omaha band's Facebook page. The band, led by female vocalist Kat Smith, cultivated a steady following in Omaha's roots and folk community with their throwback country sound during the three-plus years that they played around town. The one-time Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards recipients were also named a Top 20 band by The Reader in 2008 and...


Not Your Average Rapper

Seattle-based emcee Macklemore isn’t your average rapper. He’s not bragging about his Bentley, spitting about his diamond earrings or flossin’ a gold chain. His lyrics are born out of his struggles with drug addiction and his decision to get clean delivered with a refreshing honesty not normally found in the commercial hip-hop world. Along with his partner in crime, producer Ryan Lewis, Macklemore has tapped...


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