Over The Edge

Local history will look upon the 2016 Maha Music Festival maybe not as a game changer, but certainly as a course change from the direction the festival was headed after seven years of growing success. It was a course that had to change if M... more

Aug 22, 2016 4:00 PM Over The Edge

Ah, Maha! That's my "slogan suggestion" for the 8th annual Maha Music Festival, being held at Aksarben Village Aug. 20, which features headliner Passion Pit, along with electronic popster Grimes, hip-hop phenom Vince Staples, returning Neb... more

Aug 15, 2016 8:11 AM Over The Edge

When it comes to dining, an ongoing joke among my friends and colleagues is whether or not I've been banned from a particular restaurant. I have been banned from two restaurants in the past, and a third restaurant produced a YouTube video w... more

Jul 22, 2016 3:52 PM Over The Edge

Our story begins with words of advice received by a 25-year-old Mike Tulis some time at the dawn of the 1990s from his bandmate, Kevin McClay. Young musicians and would-be rock stars, pay attention: "McClay told me, 'Tulis, I've been in a ... more

Jun 9, 2016 9:23 AM Over The Edge

I was all set to write yet another flaming political diatribe about the current presidential primary cycle, but my heart just ain't in it.  Prince's death last week has thrown a pall over politics. Or maybe I'm just getting bored by the wh... more

Apr 26, 2016 2:25 PM Over The Edge

March 27, 2016. Easter Sunday. Yesterday several primaries were held in the Pacific Northwest… I think. Certainly Idaho was among the states that caucused for the Democratic candidate for President of the United States, right? Why the non... more

Mar 28, 2016 2:39 PM Over The Edge

When I wrote a column late last year saying you'd all be sorry when Donald Trump was out of the 2016 presidential picture, I figured he'd be long gone by now. And yet, as of this writing -- the morning after he strongly won the South Caroli... more

Feb 29, 2016 9:36 AM Over The Edge

It was 10 years ago this past January when I first met and interviewed filmmaker/rock 'n' roller Nik Fackler for a story for The Reader. At the time, Fackler was known only for his film making, thanks to the now legendary story of turning h... more

Feb 9, 2016 6:31 AM Over The Edge

When you think back on 2015, what are the first things that pop into your head? Quick like a bunny. What are your most important memories of the past year? The first things that pop into my head: — The Paris massacre. Bleak television rep... more

Dec 31, 2015 4:15 PM Over The Edge

The TV news reports varied on how many were actually there. One station said 300; another quoted someone saying more than 500. From my perch across the street from the Specht Building, leaning over the brick overpass in Gene Leahy Mall, the... more

Nov 24, 2015 6:24 PM Over The Edge

I tried to a avoid writing about Trump and adding to the cacophony surrounding his presidential campaign, but I couldn't help myself. There is no topic more alluring or gruesome than Trump, at least to a political junkie who approaches cam... more

Oct 4, 2015 9:00 AM Over The Edge

There's an inside story to The Mynabirds' poignant new album Lovers Know, a story that begins way back in 2010 when the band's frontwoman, Laura Burhenn, still lived in Omaha.  She arrived from Washington, D.C., after splitting with her pr... more

Sep 3, 2015 8:50 AM Over The Edge

Oh my, how far the Maha Music Festival has come.  Few remember its inauspicious beginnings in 2009 at Lewis & Clark Landing, because few were there. The day featured has-been emo act Dashboard Confessional and where-are-they-now casino... more

Aug 10, 2015 6:38 AM Over The Edge

I used to write these CD review wrap-ups on a quarterly basis, but now that The Reader has gone monthly I've pulled back to doing them just twice a year. As a result, there's a ton more recordings to consider.  In fact, so far 2015 has bee... more

Jul 6, 2015 9:02 AM Over The Edge

As you read this, I will have crossed the line to the age of 50. And despite what I'd been told all my life, despite what I've seen in the lives of others who grew up around me, things haven't slowed down as I've gotten older.  Tuesday nig... more

May 28, 2015 7:10 PM Over The Edge

Before you turn the last page on this month's topic — Work — let me tell you the story of Dereck Higgins, one of the area's most celebrated and talented musicians and how Higgins' work shifted from drudgery to art. First, for those of you ... more

May 11, 2015 6:21 AM Over The Edge

This was the least impressive, least satisfying year I’ve attended the South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival, held last month in Austin, Texas. The event, which began as a sleepy gathering of unsigned bands in 1987 and has since balloon... more

Mar 24, 2015 12:27 AM Over The Edge

The first question that came to mind when I contemplated putting together a weekly podcast: Is it worth my time? Case in point: Turn around wherever you're reading this column and ask the person next to you if s/he ever listens to podcasts... more

Feb 24, 2015 12:34 AM Over The Edge

I don't know what more there is to say about this issue's cover topic (sex). Probably nothing. But let me add this: The Internet has, well, killed romance in a million different ways, in ways that anyone born after the 1990s — or certainly ... more

Feb 10, 2015 7:00 AM Over The Edge

In that this is among the last entries of this weekly column, I figure it's a good time to look back and reminisce — not just on the past year, but on Over the Edge's nearly three years of columns. So without further ado, here's a recap and... more

Dec 9, 2014 2:16 PM Over The Edge