* Two bits of Saddle Creek Records news from the past week. Big Harp, the Americana-tinged indie duo of Chris Senseney and Stefanie Drootin-Senseney, released a video for "Everybody Pays" off their just-released debut album White Hat. The video, which premiered on IFC.com, was directed by Danny Drysdale and shot in the California desert. The band returns to Omaha with fellow Saddle Creek artist Maria Taylor Sunday, October 30th for a show at the Slowdown, 729 North 14th St. Meanwhile, Saddle Creek's most recent signee PUJOL is set to release his EP, Nasty, Brutish and Short Tuesday, October 18th. The lead single "Stuff" was featured on NPR's All Songs Considered. PUJOL will spend a chunk of the fall on tour with Ted Leo & the Pharmacists. Currently, there are no Omaha dates scheduled for PUJOL.
* Mitch Gettman's debut album We Are the Mad Ones is available as an MP3 download via Bandcamp, iTunes and CDBaby and is $8 at each website. The entire album is also streaming on the band's profile page on Bandcamp. The 17-year-old Gettman and his band recorded the album with A.J. Mogis at ARC Studios.
* Halloween is usually a night that bars clear out anything live music-related, hoping to pack their places with costume parties and dance music. However, this Halloween, which falls on a Monday, both the Slowdown and the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St., will host concerts. The Slowdown has indie-gone-alternative-radio-seeking Cold War Kids, while Lincoln native Joshua James and HoneyHoney will present a night of folky pop at the Waiting Room. My pick is the Cold War Kids, with the hope that songs from their slickly-produced latest album Mine Is Yours will come across with the soul and grit of the band's earlier material.
* Watch out for Youth Lagoon. The Boise, Idaho indie pop band is set to release The Year of Hibernation on Fat Possum. The piano-and-guitar duo unfurl slow-burn anthems, augmented by basic programmed drum tracks that make them a sound that's both sparse and big. The band played last week in Ames, Iowa with indie-dance act Gardens & Villa.