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The Black Squirrels Are Hanging It Up

* The Black Squirrels are hanging it up, according to a post on the Omaha band's Facebook page. The band, led by female vocalist Kat Smith, cultivated a steady following in Omaha's roots and folk community with their throwback country sound during the three-plus years that they played around town. The one-time Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards recipients were also named a Top 20 band by The Reader in 2008 and...


Not Your Average Rapper

Seattle-based emcee Macklemore isn’t your average rapper. He’s not bragging about his Bentley, spitting about his diamond earrings or flossin’ a gold chain. His lyrics are born out of his struggles with drug addiction and his decision to get clean delivered with a refreshing honesty not normally found in the commercial hip-hop world. Along with his partner in crime, producer Ryan Lewis, Macklemore has tapped...


Full Steam Ahead

In 1945, Bill Monroe brought banjo expert Earl Scruggs into his Blue Grass Boys backing band (which also featured guitarist Lester Flatt) and in essence created the musical genre which would become known as Bluegrass. Through the 25 or so years that followed, Bluegrass was primarily played by old men wearing matching hats and suits who all stuck to a strict definition of what it meant to play the music. Then in...


<p>Austin’s world-famous Sixth Street buzzes, as per usual, on any given night during SXSW. </p> A Booking Wishlist

With such a sprawling event, it can be truly difficult to summarize South By Southwest in a neat and tidy way. The Austin, Texas music festival, conference and weeklong binge of beer, BBQ and bands has become unwieldy for those who, like me, don't want to miss a thing. In years past, I've issued a report card, going through each band, saying what my ears deciphered from the band's sound and then slapping a...


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