* Local rapper Conchance will unveil his first full-length Calm Kids with a release show Saturday, April 7th at House of Loom, 1012 South 10th St. Brenton Walstrom Gomez has performed as Conchance the last few years, garnering Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards for Best Hip Hop Artists in 2010 and 2011. The Conchance record comes out on 12-inch vinyl, which includes a copy of the release on CD as well. The album contains sample-based songs, as well as songs backed by live instrumentation. The release will also mark the inaugural release on Make Believe Records, the label imprint associated with the downtown Omaha studio and graphic design house, 805 Hickory St. Keith Rodger, who DJs as Kethro, serves as the label's manager.
* Nebraska Jazz Orchestra will close their 2011-2012 season with "KC Swing". The event will feature guest saxophonist Kerry Strayer and high school pianist Josh Kosch, who won the 2012 Young Jazz Artist Competition. The 7 p.m. show is Tuesday, April 10th at Lincoln's Cornhusker Hotel, 333 South 13th St. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12.50 for students and can be purchased by contacting the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra business office at (402) 477-8446 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Nada Surf's five-piece line-up was on full display last Friday at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. The long-running New York indie rock band focused heavily on material from its excellent new album The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy during a set that also served as a comprehensive overview of its entire Barsuk Records output. The added guitar of Doug Gilliard injected new oomph to the band's songs, while singer Matthew Caws' voice delivered these gritty, but hook-filled indie pop gems with a lilt that strongly places the band as worthy Death Cab for Cutie contemporaries, far removed from the band's alternative rock beginning. The set's big encore of "Inside of Love", "Always Love" and "The Blankest Year" are such strong closing songs that any band should die twice to be able to claim them, which makes it all the more puzzling why these weren't the band's buzz bin hits. Opener An Horse, an Australian boy-girl duo, hit their own guitar-rock nirvana with catchy, simple jams. Like Matt & Kim, An Horse have a good knack for repeating phrases until they are undeniably hooked in one's brain.