* Rainy Road Records is preparing two new cassette-only releases by two of Omaha's dirtiest, most dangerous garage punk acts, Peace of Shit and Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Arabia tape is the first out, with a 15-song salvo that will also serve as the four-year-old band's swan song. The band, which rose out of the smoldering ashes of the Shanks, celebrates the tape release with a blow-out farewell show Saturday, March 10th at O'Leaver's Pub, 1322 South Saddle Creek Road, with Thee Eightysevens opening. Meanwhile, Peace of Shit has slotted their release show for Saturday, March 24th at Brothers Lounge, 3812 Farnam St. The band, the project of Austin Ulmer and a revolving cast of musicians, will unveil Business As Usual. The release is Peace of Shit's second full-length cassette recording. The show will also feature Baby Tears and Digital Leather. Pre-orders for both releases will be available at rainyroadrecords.com.
* The evolution of Andrew Bailie and his band Moscow Mule continues to be an intriguing local story. The one-time sideman in It's True and long-time member of the Jazzwholes is now bringing elements of indie, blues, jazz and jam band rock into his own batch of original songs. Bailie and company will play Saturday, March 10th the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St., to unveil the first of his new recordings. That release will be a free three-song digitial download available via the band's Facebook and Bandcamp.com pages. The digital release is in anticipation of Deeper Wells, the first of two planned 2012 Moscow Mule EPs. That EP will be feted Sunday, April 15th at House of Loom, 1012 South 10th St, as part of the dance club's Sunday Live Series. Bailie will also take part in a Jazzwhole revue set, revisiting that band's material in a stripped-down setting, at that show.
* Delicate Steve is returning to Omaha, thanks to the booking expertise of Darren Keen (The Show Is The Rainbow, Bad Speler) and this time the show's proceeds are going to charity. The show takes place Sunday, March 25th at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Delicate Steve is the project of Steve Marion and company, who blend instrumental indie rock and Afrobeat with a jammy, dancey energy. The band is on David Byrne's long-running world music label Luaka Bop. The band will be joined by Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang. Nabay is from Sierra Leone, where he is a folk hero, Keen wrote in an email. The show's proceeds will be donated to allasone.org, which helps misplaced youth in Sierra Leone.