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Man Alone

The spotty connection struggling to connect Mark Sultan's Gmail chat application to my outdated Blackberry phone is no match for a quick exchange of emails, answering a slew of questions about a rare garage rock icon who never lost his soul.

First, the few nuggets of a short phone conversation with Sultan that soon fizzled into the technological hinterlands:

This is not a gimmick.

Sultan plays raw, true rock...


Good Together

Put down the needle on the Heartless Bastards' latest album, Arrow, and it's easy to feel the band is flowing together.

That comes from the steadiness that singer Erika Wennerstrom has found since leaving central Ohio for Austin, Tex.

Since the summer of 2008, the band's lineup has been Wennerstrom, bassist Jesse Ebaugh, drummer Dave Colvin and guitarist Mark Nathan.

"We're going on the mark of this being...


Maha finalizes event plans

* Maha Music Festival has finalized all but one spot on its 2012 line-up. The event, scheduled for Saturday, August 21st at Aksarben Village's Stinson Park, will now include Michigan indie folk band Frontier Ruckus and Omaha's own the Mynabirds. Local stage will include the already-announced Eli Mardock, along with UUVVWWZ, Icky Blossoms and Lincoln's Universe Contest.  Prior to Maha, the local stage performers...


<p>  Jeremy Lafrentz from Backstage Entertainment Interviews Ben and Chris from Incubus</p> River Riot 2012 with Backstage Entertainment

Like every year, the Omaha area is always in anticipation about who the bands will be performing at River Riot. When 89.7 The River announced this year’s lineup, it proved it was going to be another great show. This year there were five bands playing on Friday, May 11th with After the Fall opening followed by Emphatic, Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, and headlining the event was Incubus.

Backstage...


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