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<p>  Backstage Entertainment meets Five Finger Death Punch at LAZERfest 2012</p> LAZERfest 2012 with Backstage Entertainment

It was a very busy weekend May 11th through May 13th as Backstage Entertainment covered two different radio festivals in Iowa. River Riot in Pacific Junction was on Friday, May 11th and then LAZERfest in Boone was on Sunday, May 13th. Like River Riot, LAZERfest was at a different venue then last year. This year they went to Boone, IA, to the Central Iowa Expo. It turned out to be a great day, weather wise and...


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The spotty connection struggling to connect Mark Sultan's Gmail chat application to my outdated Blackberry phone is no match for a quick exchange of emails, answering a slew of questions about a rare garage rock icon who never lost his soul.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


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