* Baby Tears will release their Rusty Years album on vinyl August 24th. The band's platter of noise rock/garage punk hybrid cacophony is currently available for pre-order on rainyroadrecords.com. The band has also released a video for "Hypochondriac Wetdream" off the album. The clip, which can be viewed on vimeo.com, was filmed in the 100-degree heat inside a garage and also includes public domain educational video clips.
* Longtime Omaha punk rock/DIY rock icon Jim Jacobi has put out a new Crap Detectors' album Crap Detectors Vs. Parrotman. The band will play a release show Saturday, August 11th at Mojo Po's, 6118 Military Ave. The CD is Jacobi's 24th release and can be purchased at CDBaby.com.
*McKenna's Blues, Booze & BBQ, 7425 Pacific St will host an all-day music bash Saturday, August 11th, featuring several Blues Society of Omaha's Blues ED youth bands and performances from the Back Alley Blues Band and the Don Ray Band.
* The Black Keys combined their blues-garage rock beginnings with their current radio rock standing with skill and just the necessary amount of grit during their Wednesday, August 1st show at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs. The band opened their set with an added keyboardist and bassist to supplement the sound of the core duo of guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney. Underneath the sheen of material like "Gold on the Ceiling" still lies a blues-rock heart with drums and guitar driving the songs. While the expanded lineup allows the Black Keys to give life to all the layers of the band's most recent material, the show really took off when Auerbach and Carney played as a true duo. "Your Touch" as a duo garnered almost as big of a reaction as radio hit "Tighten Up" did several songs later. At times it seemed as if the Keys haven't quite figured out how a big arena stage production could fit in with the band's bare-bones sound. The set closed strongly with their two T. Rex-referencing guitar jams, "Lonely Boy" and "Everlasting Light". The latter song got the best production treatment, with blue, yellow and then orange lights bouncing an array of color off of a giant mirrorball.