Team Love’s ‘Financial Crunch;’ Schnase Returns to Cursive

This week is catch-up time for a couple news items that have been simmering in the background. First, what exactly is going on at Team Love Records, the label started by Conor Oberst and Nate Krenkel, whose roster has included Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Craig Wedren, Dave Dondero and Berg Sans Nipple? Eyebrows rose when it was announced that Nik Freitas' new album, Sunday Night...

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Live Review: Bright Eyes at Westfair Amphiteater

I begin what seems like my 100th review of a Bright Eyes concert by saying that last Saturday night's performance at Westfair Amphitheater may have been his best. Simply put, Conor Oberst put on a rock concert. Not an indie-folk show; not an "intimate acoustic evening of personal confessions." A rock concert. As heavy a show as he's probably capable of or would ever want to do. You can say you...

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Chasing Conor: A look back on 13 years of interviews

We were driving downtown in my Mini Cooper this past weekend when a Bright Eyes song came on the iPod connected to my car stereo. I leaned forward and skipped past it. Teresa shot me a glance, and I said, "I'm mad at him right now." I'd been going back and forth with Bright Eyes' publicist, Press Here Publicity, since last December, trying to line up an interview with Conor Oberst in conjunction...

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The Silver Lining of Man Man’s Dark Cloud

If you look closely during Sunday night's Man Man show at Slowdown, you might be able to glimpse the monster sitting on the edge of the stage. It's an insidious little guy who spends most of its time living inside Man Man frontman Ryan Kattner's head. But when Kattner's on stage with his comrades in arms, the monster is forced to make a brief exit, a momentary expulsion that frees the man also...

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Still an audience for the classic Cars?

This started as a simple review of The Cars' new album, Move Like This, which was released on Concord Music this past Tuesday. It's the band's first studio album since 1987's Door to Door, and the first since the death of bassist/vocalist Ben Orr of pancreatic cancer in 2000. If you grew up listening to The Cars or are just a fan, you're going to love this record. It has all the classic Cars...

entered on 05/12/11 at 08:18 PM | read more »


Omaha Girls Rock is about more than rock and roll

I was drawn to The Slowdown last Sunday night not only because the lineup was stellar (Fortnight, Honeybee and Hers, Conduits and The Good Life), but because I was down with the message behind organization "Omaha Girls Rock." But before we get to that, let's turn to Stefanie Drootin, founder and executive director of OGR. As a member of The Good Life, Drootin is among the best bass players...

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