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Thursday Notes

Thursday was the first chance I had to check out what amounts to SXSW's headliners stage — the Auditorium Shores at Lady Bird Lake. The Strokes played what amounted to a trip through their first two records dotted by a few new cuts from their forthcoming album, Angles. The band has become really polished, but on the way, it has changed the band's sound. It still sounds like them, but greater musicianship and...


<p>We hate to get too overly excited about it, but it’s all in the fun of being at South By Southwest, right? Our photographer Robert Robinson ran into R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe cruising the streets of Austin. The band screened videos from its latest album “Collapse” as part of SXSW’s film festival Wednesday.  </p> Recharged and ready for winners

After one impossibly long 14-hour drive down to Austin Monday night, I am safe, sound and partially recharged in Austin for the 2011 South By Southwest music festival. Tuesday night featured the first year that SXSW tried to bridge the gap between the music festival and the interactive and film portions that precede it, doing so by launching a half-dozen showcases a day early. The night reaped immediate highlights...


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...


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...


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