* Dead German had been the secret basement project of several Omaha garage punk kids, but now Dead Beat Records is pulling the project straight up from the bowels on the earth. The quartet of Parker Steele, Watching the Train Wreck's Kevin Cline, Ben Allen and Peace of Shit's Austin Ulmer worked on songs in Cline and Allen's midtown basement, in between gigs with their other bands. The result of those sessions is Vicious Repent, which is out now on Dead Beat. The Ohio-based Dead Beat specializes in lo-fi garage and punk rock releases and previously put out Forget About Never, the lone album made by Omaha/Lincoln trio the Terminals and The Forbidden Tigers' Magnetic Problems. The label is selling a mail-order only edition of the record on purple vinyl online at dead-beat-records.com, though Cline says Antiquarium Records, 417 South 13th St., will carry copies of the album as well.
* A whole season of holiday music is on tap at the Durham Museum, 801 South 10th St., during its yearly Christmas at Union Station celebration. The carols kick off Friday, November 25th with Camille Metoyer-Moten singing at the history-focused museum's tree-lighting ceremony. After that performances will happen weekly on Saturdays and Sundays through December 18th, with full day dockets of performances, featuring singing groups and bands from several high schools and church groups.
* Pianist Donovan Johnson will bring his own dose of classic Christmas revelry, as he leads a band through Vince Guaraldi's classic Peanuts Christmas special tunes at P.S. Collective, 6056 Maple St., over the course of four performances Friday, November 25th through the 27th. Last year's show sold out. Special guests include vibraphonist Steve Raybine. There will also be art by Michael Giron on display. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for those 12 years old and under. They can be bought in advance at donovanjohnson.ticketleap.com/charliebrown
* Dirty Fluorescents, the local power trio of singer/guitarist Shawn Cox, drummer Dave Hynek and bassist Cricket Kirk, will release their debut 12-song album Cut the Line this month. The band, whose members previously played in Lifeafter Laserdisque, Paper Owls and the Venaculas, will celebrate the album with a release show at O'Leaver's Pub, 1322 South Saddle Creek Road, Friday, December 2nd. The Butchers, Comme Reel, Ben Brodin and Melissa Dundis are also on the bill.