Primus to play outside in Benson this summer

* Military Avenue in downtown Benson is about to get stranger, thanks to a May 28 show with Primus. The alternative rock weirdos led by Les Claypool will play outside in Benson, just north of Maple Street on Military Avenue, during Memorial Day weekend. The band is preparing their first disc of new material since 1999's Antipop. The One Percent Productions and Rad Kadillac co-promotion starts at 7:30 p.m. and costs $32.50 in advance. Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m. After the show, Somasphere will play a special late show inside the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. That show will be $5 at the door. * Brad Hoshaw and the Seven Deadlies have entered the studio to work on a new record, a follow-up to the band's 2009 self-titled album. Hoshaw says he plans to release the new album this year, hopefully in the summer. The band has tracked most of the instrumental tracks for 11 new songs at the Music Factory Productions in Omaha. * Bear Country may have technically hung it up just a few weeks ago, but its principal members have already risen anew as Gus & Call. The five-piece Slumber Party Records band has just finished recording a new album at ARC Studios. No release date is set, but the band is set to play Saturday, March 12 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St., with Miracles of God and others. * Merge Records is now good enough to win Grammy Awards, but that doesn’t mean Omaha will show up to see two of the label’s most promising young bands play in town. Telekinesis and the Love Language played energetic sets to a light Tuesday crowd at the Slowdown. Little Brazil also played a set heavy on catchy, new songs. Telekinesis, the indie power-pop project of Michael Benjamin Lerner, continues to show an impressive evolution. His three-piece band — he drums — were as noisily direct as Superchunk, with nods toward Teenage Fanclub and early Death Cab For Cutie. Too bad so few actually chose to see it.

posted at 12:23 am
on Thursday, March 10th, 2011


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