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<p>In booking local band Cursive — in addition to other coups Guided by Voices and Matisyahu — MAHA lands one of the original crown jewels of the Saddle Creek Records triumvirate.  </p> Guided by Voices, Cursive, Matisyahu to play 2011 Maha Music Festival

The news is in the headline, exactly as it was announced Monday night. To reiterate: This year's MAHA Music Festival, to be held Aug. 13 at Lewis & Clark Landing, will feature among its main stage bands Guided by Voices, Cursive and Matisyahu. Take a moment. Breathe deep. Soak it in. When you consider what the MAHA folks are now up against, not the least of which is MECA's six-day, three-stage,...


Dodging traffic and tornados with The Rural Alberta Advantage

The Rural Alberta Advantage keyboard player, Amy Cole, had every reason for sounding distracted. You try riding through road-rage fueled traffic on Interstate 5 in Los Angeles in a van pulling a trailer while the rest of your band is shouting directions in the background -- the same silver 2003 Dodge Caravan, incidentally, which carried The Rural Alberta Advantage to Omaha for the first time two years ago. Now...


Four bands, two slices of vinyl, one distinctive sound

The dim, squalid confines of The Underwood Bar are a fine place to drink yourself into oblivion while playing a game of pool or pinball. They're not such a fine place to conduct an interview, especially with four bands simultaneously. But that's where Conduits drummer Roger Lewis decided would be the best place for what would turn into chaos. Crammed between the pool table and glowing digital jukebox in the back of...


Hot Wax Holiday

We had time to kill before the 7:45 p.m. show at Aksarben Cinema, and having already grabbed a bite to eat decided for reasons of proximity to walk through Kohl's, whose overly ambitious catchphrase is "Expect Great Things." As I was strolling down one of the fluorescent-bright main aisles, somewhere between the jewelry counter and "notions" toward the checkout, I nearly stumbled over a stack of turntables smack-dab...


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