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First NewBraska Festival slated for May 14

* There's tons of news in the metro this week, so strap in. The folks at The New BLK, Omahype.com, HearNebraska.org, The Slowdown and The Reader, which you're obviously reading right now, are raising funds for the first ever NewBraska Festival. The outdoor event, scheduled for Saturday, May 14 at 12th and Jones streets, is raising funds via Kickstarter.com, in order to bring together 8 or 9 bands, visual artists and...


The Fidelity of DIY

Sic Alps and their decidedly homemade records are not so much lo-fi anthems as they are musical snapshots of the three-piece San Francisco band. That holds true for Sic Alps’ latest, Napa Asylum, which touches on psych-folk, garage rock and ’60s psych-pop in bite-sized musical pieces. The 22-song record is a double-album in the classic sense, clocking in at under 50 minutes. Multi-instrumentalist Noel Von...


Distinctively Dodos

The Dodos are back to being a two-piece band and they just finished an album with longtime collaborator John Askew. But this year’s model of the Dodos has a few new angles to call its own. The most apparent thing about the just-released No Color is its directness, starting with opening song “Black Night”. The album is a sprightly, nimble and brighter than anything the band has done. And on “Going...


Josh Garrett, Roomful of Blues, Jumpin’ & Swingin’

Last week I got so wrapped up in wistful longing for Austin’s SXSW events that I failed to give a good preview to Josh Garrett & the Bottomline. The band’s horn-driven Louisiana music hits the Zoo Bar Wednesday, March 16, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. So if you have this column in your hands in time on Wednesday, head on out to the Zoo. You won’t be disappointed. Fans of Tommy Castro and Tab Benoit should really dig...


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