* Orenda Fink released a new music video for single "Ace of Cups", in advance of her upcoming album Blue Dream. The album is out Tuesday, August 19 on Saddle Creek Records. The video was directed by Aaron Gum and Icky Blossoms' Nik Fackler and places the the hushed vocals and lush, slow instrumentation of the track in a sea of percolating kaleidoscopic colors. The psychedelic shafts of light and glowing nebulas surround Fink and the video's cast of "co-singers". It's an ideal pairing of dreamscape imagery and the gorgeously unfolding song penned by Fink.
* Local hip-hop act M34N STR33T have released a video for "Nite Owl". It's the their first official music video and it's a collaboration between the group and director Harrison Martin. The video plays off the song's vintage sonics with a classic rock radio introduction by UNO deejay Mr. 1960 before transitioning to a hot rod outside Omaha's retro eatery, the Diner, and then finally to rapper Conchance, who takes the viewer on a skater's travelogue of midtown Omaha.
* The Seen's latest video for their song "And Collapse" features a host of dudes and a few ladies spastically dancing in various backdrops, a great match for the energetic guitar rock song. Pick your flavor of any of these three videos by typing it into your Youtube search bar and hitting enter. That's a pretty easy way to check out an awesome music video.
* Downtown's live music offerings are expanding again, thanks to the opening the Omaha Lounge, 1505 Farnam St. The cocktail lounge, located in the recently renovated Barker Building, will host live jazz and blues nightly from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The selection of local musicians will include pianists and guitarists, according to the lounge's press release. The venue will be open daily until midnight.
* The 12th annual Cowtown Jamborama is set for four days of swing dancing and live jazz kicking off September 11 and running through September 14th. The event will feature nightly dances starting Friday, September 12 at the Eagles Ballroom, 201 South 24th St. Falty & the Defects will perform September 12, the Robert Bell Uptown Swing Combo will play on the 13th and the Little Harper Big Band will close the festivities out September 14. The weekend will also include plenty of dance instruction workshops and other events. For more information, visit the event's website at jamborama.com.