When the Music’s Over…

This is it, the last installment of my first column for The Reader.

It began Dec. 2, 2004. I had been suggesting to editor John Heaston, literally for years, that he needed to integrate columns into The Reader, that all good newspapers included an opinionated voice willing to speak his or her mind without fear or concern of offending. The music scene needed a voice like that even more....

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Simon Joyner meets Kickstarter.com goal

* Earlier this month, Simon Joyner took to Kickstarter.com to fund the final recording, mixing and manufacturing expenses for this forthcoming 13th studio album, due out later this year. Now, with two-plus weeks left to go, Joyner has already cleared his $6,000 fundraising goal. But that doesn't mean fans no longer can donate to the cause. Joyner has been recording the untitled double album in...

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<p>  Dave Sink</p>Arbiter of Taste

It’s difficult to express the impact Dave Sink had on people who make up Omaha’s independent music scene.

To countless musicians and music fans, Dave, who passed away Jan. 19 from complications of emphysema at the age of 63, was more than just the guy who ran the Antiquarium Records Store in the Old Market during the ‘90s. He was a cultural icon whose personal vision of art, music and...

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Two for the Shows

“Making it” in the music industry can be quite the arduous journey. Maintaining prolonged success can prove to be even more difficult. What may be the hardest hurdle of all, though, is how a band responds to reaching the pinnacle of their music rock’n’roll dreams. Enter two bands who’ve traversed this path, albeit, with different outcomes. The Kentucky- based Black Stone Cherry and the St....

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IBCs & Country Soul

There are two more shows celebrating local bands headed to the national Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge (IBC) Jan. 31-Feb. 4 in Memphis.
Blues Society of Omaha BluesEd youth band Crimson Dawn will represent the BSO in the International Blues Challenge Youth Division. They open for The 9s at P.S. Collective inside Benson’s Pizza Shoppe Saturday, Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m.

The Lil’...

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Remembering Dave

It began in November 1992. I was a few years out of college at UNO, already working full time at Union Pacific, but still writing about underground music, something that I’d begun doing as the editor of the college paper and as a freelance writer for The Metropolitan and The Note, a Lawrence, Kansas, regional music paper that had expanded its coverage to Omaha and Lincoln.

One of my first...

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