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The Black Squirrels Are Hanging It Up

* The Black Squirrels are hanging it up, according to a post on the Omaha band's Facebook page. The band, led by female vocalist Kat Smith, cultivated a steady following in Omaha's roots and folk community with their throwback country sound during the three-plus years that they played around town. The one-time Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards recipients were also named a Top 20 band by The Reader in 2008 and...


SXSW Days 3 and 4

It's Monday and I'm in Oklahoma on my way back. The road trip's ugly cousin — car problems — has reared its head, but I'm on my way back to Omaha. Consider this a recap of what happened Friday and Saturday, the highlight of which I didn't get to catch. A semi-secret Death From Above 1979 reunion show was easy for badgeholders to get into around 9:30 p.m. but impossible an hour later. After getting in around 8...


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...


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