SummerBest: The Mid-Year Indie Rock Report

I used to write these CD review wrap-ups on a quarterly basis, but now that The Reader has gone monthly I've pulled back to doing them just twice a year. As a result, there's a ton more recordings to consider. 

In fact, so far 2015 has been a benchmark year for new music, at least from an indie perspective. There have been more quality indie records released at this point in the year than any other year I can...

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Nebraska Brewers Rally for Beer

The last time the American Homebrewers Association had a rally here in Nebraska was back in 2007. According to AHA director Gary Glass, it was clearly overdue.

In a phone interview, Glass told us they usually try to contact local breweries in places where they haven’t been in a while, and sometimes the breweries get a hold of them.

Glass said the rallies are an opportunity for brewers to get together and learn...

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E3 2015

The rest of this year and next year are shaping up to be a phenomenal time to be a video game fan, especially if you've been playing games for a while and desperately crossing your fingers for a new release or a remake of an old favorite. Here are some of the biggest highlights so far and why you should be as excited as everyone on your facebook feed—and these are in no specific order because far be it from me to...

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O Comic Con! in Retrospect

Previouly we wrote about what would be happening over the weekend at the first ever O Comic Con! at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs.

Walter Koenig of Star Trek: The Original Series was there. Jamie Bamber of Battlestar: Galactica was there. Professional wrestler Mick Foley was there. Voice actors Billy West of Futurama and Maurice LaMarche of Pinky and the Brain were there. Naomi Grossman of American...

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Can’t Stop the Music

As you read this, I will have crossed the line to the age of 50. And despite what I'd been told all my life, despite what I've seen in the lives of others who grew up around me, things haven't slowed down as I've gotten older. 

Tuesday night I went to see the rock band Palma Violets at The Waiting Room; Wednesday morning I went to a funeral. This morning I woke at 4 a.m. to write this column. Tonight I plan on...

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O Comic Con!

Comic convention season is in full swing. Around the country, scores of nerds of the comic, sci-fi, anime, television, fantasy, and gaming varieties are clumping together for weekends of excitement. The legendary Comic Con International is only two months away in San Diego. So what is a nerd in the Midwest supposed to do with their time, short of taking a trek to the coast?

The answer lies in O Comic Con, the brain...

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Midlands Pirate Fest

The Midwest may be far from any ocean, but that isn't stopping some people from showing their pirate spirits!

The eighth annual Midlands Pirate Fest is this weekend, May 30th and 30st in downtown Omaha. Located at their new "seaside" location at River City Star Landing on the Missouri riverfront, you can expect two days filled with elaborate costumes, sea shanties, swashbuckling, dancing and more.

The festivities...

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