* The Kris Lager Band is preparing for two big events in August. First, the band will play all three nights of the Hullabaloo Music & Camping Festival starting Friday, August 3rd at River West Park, 23101 West Maple Road. The event also includes performances by That 1 Guy, Walter Trout and a host of local bands. Then, the Kris Lager Band will release their new album, Swagadocious, on Friday, August 31st. The album includes a cut with Magic Slim, a Chicago blues icon who now resides in Lincoln. The band also recorded tracks with Tab Benoit in Louisiana earlier this year, as well.
* Nebraska Pop Festival wrapped up its weeklong event Sunday, July 15th at the Barley Street Tavern, 2735 North 62nd Street. The event donated 100% of its proceeds to Arts For All Inc., which provides affordable arts education in the Omaha area. The total donation totalled $1630 from all of the festival's shows, which featured local bands alongside several national and international touring acts.
* Mynabirds have released a new video for "Disarm", the second video to be made for their 2012 album Generals. The mid-tempo track is again guided by synth and a bedrock of stomping percussion. Generals' producer Richard Swift directed the black-and-white bonfire clip, which can be viewed on Vimeo.com. Meanwhile Omaha band is set to support Okkervil River on a short tour run in late August.
* Grace Potter and the Nocturnals cement their sound on the bluesy Janis Joplin-inspired wail that emits from Grace Potter whenever she opens wide to sing. While that meant at times the backing band's instrumentation got lost on a hot summer night Sunday, July 22nd at Harrah's Stir Cove, 1 Harrah's Blvd. in Council Bluffs. Still, the band did best when their classic rock bar band bombast met with Potter's vocal strength. That was apparent with the band's hit, "Paris (Oh La La)" and the sultry "Medicine". The sashaying, excitable Potter did her best to get the audience moving, even trotting out a pitch-perfect version of Heart's "Crazy On You".
* Lincoln's Bourbon Theater inexplicably relegated New York's acid-bathing post-shoegaze noise kings A Place To Bury Strangers to a underpromoted, 6 p.m. early show slot and then cut short the show to make way for a DJ in their front bar area. But that didn't stop A Place to Bury Strangers from delivering a jet-engine-loud blast of effects-rattled noise-rock, highlighted by singer/guitarist Oliver Ackermann building a field of feedback by carting a Marshall amplifier over his head and then parking it at the very front of the stage. Ackermann then ended the set bathed in seizing strobes, one of which he grated across his guitar for a shockwave of noise and light that will be hard to forget for a long time.