Ashley Bles

Hagar. Page. Nugent. Cocker. Beck. Money. White. Jagger. Ricky Phillips has been referred to as "the Kevin Bacon" of rock and roll for his connection to so many legends. Phillips, who joined Styx in 2003 and has been with them on bass ever... more

Aug 4, 2015 1:00 AM Music

It was the final Saturday of the 2015 College World Series and downtown parking was a nightmare. This is not a story about sports (or parking), however. In a parking lot on __ street, a canvas tent houses the beginnings of a band setting u... more

Aug 1, 2015 2:18 AM Arts

Let me get this out of the way first: I love alt-J. The band, also known as ∆ (the symbol for delta and somehow the adopted favorite shape of hipsters everywhere even before the band showed up), is about the best you can find in weird Engli... more

Jul 29, 2015 11:00 PM Music

45 years ago, Creedence Clearwater Revival headlined the Saturday night slot at the legendary Woodstock Music Festival. Rolling Stone ranked them at 82nd of the 100 greatest artists of all time and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll ... more

Jul 28, 2015 11:00 AM Music

Lydia Loveless is someone that continues to evade easy classification. The singer/songwriter/musician/focus of Color Me Obsessed director Gorman Bechard's new documentary "Who is Lydia Loveless?" has much to say about growing up and acting ... more

Jul 20, 2015 11:00 AM Music

For San Diego-based Switchfoot, getting caught up in the label of being an "alternative" band or "Christian" band is much less important than the message. They're in the midst of a Tour de Compadres with NEEDTOBREATHE, Drew Holcomb and the ... more

Jul 17, 2015 9:00 PM Music

As a part of their Second Sunday Lecture Series, the Douglas County Historical Society will be hosting a lecture on Omaha's immigration history July 12. The discussion will be led by retired Creighton University professor of history Dennis... more

Jul 5, 2015 5:00 PM News

Heartless Bastards are coming to The Slowdown tomorrow night, but don't let their name fool them: their music is anything but heartless or apathetic. The band started over ten years ago in Dayton, Ohio but has since have moved to Austin to... more

Jun 29, 2015 8:00 PM Music

I make it a point to try to only review things that are my thing, so I never have to add "...if that's your kind of thing" to soften my message.  Motion City Soundtrack and William Beckett at The Waiting Room was exactly my kind of thing. ... more

Jun 26, 2015 11:00 PM Music

An interdimensional rift has torn through the middle of Omaha, dragging heros and villains out of their comic book universes of Marvel and DC. Predictably, nothing good happens in this situation and in a room full of reporters just trying t... more

Jun 24, 2015 7:00 PM Arts

Motion City Soundtrack first started in 1997 in Minneapolis but it wasn't until 2002 that they released their first album, I Am The Movie, with their lineup that would last until today.Their sound merges everything from Elvis Costello to Hu... more

Jun 22, 2015 11:00 PM Music

The 2000s, on the heels of the '90s grunge whine, saw an influx of bands that were so in touch with their emotions that they got their own genre name: emo. They were known for being raw, expressive and earnest in their heartache. Arguably o... more

Jun 18, 2015 6:00 AM Music

The rest of this year and next year are shaping up to be a phenomenal time to be a video game fan, especially if you've been playing games for a while and desperately crossing your fingers for a new release or a remake of an old favorite. H... more

Jun 17, 2015 6:00 AM Art

Poppy dance-punk (according to their youtube) band Neon Trees of Provo, Utah is taking it easy and having some fun this tour. They will be a part of the Stir Cove concert series in Council Bluffs this summer as part of their tour "An Intima... more

Jun 16, 2015 6:00 AM Music

Looking for dancing? Looking for homemade juice (whether or not it's mixed into liquor)? Looking for an atmosphere so welcoming that their code of conduct is clearly emphasized on their website? Looking for salsa, jazz, swing, funk, EDM or ... more

Jun 10, 2015 10:30 PM Music

Have you ever been to a music festival? You should go to a music festival. If you're saying, "but Reader, I don't know any music festivals to go to!" you need to calm down and listen. I have some amazing news for you: the summer is full of... more

Jun 10, 2015 6:00 PM Music

I'm going to start this with a cliche: music is my life. I mean it too. It is and has been for literally since before I was born. My parents toured with the Grateful Dead and I was a product of that groovie atmosphere. I got pulled out of f... more

Jun 8, 2015 2:00 PM Music

It's been almost three years since Canadian synth rock group Metric have put out a new album but fans can finally rejoice. The band has announced their sixth studio album, Pagans in Vegas, to be released September 18. They've also joined Im... more

Jun 4, 2015 6:00 AM Music