* All Young Girls Are Machine Guns will unveil their sophomore album, Here's Hopin' Tomorrow Never Comes, Friday, Sept. 28th with a CD release show at the Slowdown, 729 North 14th St. The indie-pop band, led by ukulele-toting singer Rebecca Lowry, combines elements of acoustic pop, 60s girl group bliss and just a little bit of swinging jazz. The band recorded the album in bassist Travis Sing's basement. Sing recorded and mixed the album. The band will be joined on stage by Field Club and the Mynabirds' Laura Burhenn, who will perform a special solo set. Tickets are $8.
* Dim Light also are releasing a new album, Cold City. The release show for the 14-song album is Saturday, Sept. 22nd at Brothers Lounge, 3812 Farnam St. The album was recorded at Sleepy House Audio by Tom Barrett. The line-up at the time was singer/guitarist Cooper Moon and drummer Boz Hicks. By the end of those first sessions, Barrett joined the band on bass. Slow Skate's Robb Davidson mastered the album in Seattle. Filter Kings will join Dim Light at the release show. Tickets are $5 at the door.
* Wild Nothing and DIIV represented two different sides of the indie rock's current infatuation with 80s synth and Brit-indie guitar sounds during a Friday, Sept. 14th show at the Sokol Underground, 2234 South 13th St. Brooklyn's DIIV centered more on sound than songs, offering a guitar-focused combination of early Cure and blissed-out guitar bands like Stone Roses and House of Love. Wild Nothing focused more on structured songs and billowing keyboard lines that floated atop guitars that shimmered and jangled in equal measure. Songs from Wild Nothing's new album, Nocturne, provided the high points, as they pointed to singer Jack Tatum's increasing pop smarts.
* Daytrotter released a new session with Omaha band Skypiper Friday, Sept. 14th. The Rock Island, Ill.-based recording studio captures live, one-take performances in its space and releases them daily on Daytrotter.com. Skypiper recorded the four-song session this past July.
* Mynabirds are soaking up the same sort of attention, as Daytrotter also released a session by the Saddle Creek Records act on Thursday, Sept. 13th. The band also got a boost from NBC's Rock Center news magazine program, which used their song "Greatest Revenge" in segment where anchor Brian Williams referred to it as "sexy background music".
* Local rapper Jimmy Hooligan is hitting the road with St. Louis artist Ruka Puff and Big Mista Friday, Sept. 23rd for a week of regional shows. The show will play as far away as North Platte, Neb., Sioux City, Ia. and Onawa, Ia. The mini-tour culminates Sunday, Sept. 30th at Shamrock's Pub, 5338 North 103rd St. in Omaha. Ruka Puff and Hooligan also team up on a new video for "Get Off My Face".