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2015 Top Bands


The 21st Saloon


Sending a Message with Solid Soul


Classic & New Artists


Music by a Catalan, a Basque and a Russian merge


Music Issue: Venues


Hot Tamale Baby


Harmonies of our time


New American music merges with beloved classics by Elgar and Brahms


Interview with FIDLAR Guitarist Elvis Kuehn


A Martinez Music Legacy

Singer-songwriter-turntable artist SA Martinez is a cog in the successful rock band 311 that started in Omaha 21 years ago and is still going strong today from its Southern Calif.-base. Recordings and national tours keep the group, whose founding members remain intact, a popular draw.

While he’s reached musical heights, SA is not the first professional musician in his family. His father Ernie Martinez and late...

News: Gus & Call, MAHA, Capgun Coup, Cursive & The Replacements

Before we start plowing through the year-end minutia that will be inundating us for the next month and a half, here are some "newsy" items that have been dying to get squeezed into the column before they fall between the cracks.

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Gus & Call (former members of Bear Country) announcing that they will have a residency at Slowdown throughout the month of December was, by itself, a big deal. Add to that the...

Dead German births new album

* Dead German had been the secret basement project of several Omaha garage punk kids, but now Dead Beat Records is pulling the project straight up from the bowels on the earth. The quartet of Parker Steele, Watching the Train Wreck's Kevin Cline, Ben Allen and Peace of Shit's Austin Ulmer worked on songs in Cline and Allen's midtown basement, in between gigs with their other bands. The result of those sessions is...

Against The Current

                  In the seemingly never-ending mission to group bands into a myriad of categories, Split Lip Rayfield has been allotted the “thrash-grass” label, which can be described as aggressive acoustic music with elements of punk and bluegrass. They’ve influenced a slew of other like-minded artists, but are careful not to take sole credit.
                 “I’ve never gotten any financial reward for coming...

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