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2021 Music Year in Review

I know, I know… it’s only December, and anything can happen before the year is actually over, but I ain’t got that luxury, deadlines being what they are. Rather than wait until January after you’ve (hopefully) long forgotten and moved on from 2021, I thought I’d do the recap now while it’s fresh in your […]

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Burning Down the House

Let me start by telling you who Denver Dalley is. Because some of you (OK, most of you) don’t remember or weren’t around when Omaha was at the center of the indie music world, circa 2001-2005. Dalley was (and is) a stellar guitarist and songwriter who played in seminal Omaha indie punk band Desaparecidos with […]

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Music Visions of 2022

Who could have predicted what we lived through over the past 12 months? Well, I guess I could. Before I give you a glimpse of what’s to come in ’22, let’s see how I did predicting ’21. 2021 Prediction: Vaccinating enough people so it feels safe to go to concerts again will take a lot […]

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Cleveland’s ‘Serial’ Spotlight

Season 3 of the Serial podcast is under way and it’s (once again) engrossing and addictive while it shines a much-needed light on issues that are frustrating and appalling.  This time listeners will be enlightened at Serial‘s deep look inside the Cleveland judicial system that also will leave them disgusted at the racism, incompetence and outright graft that […]

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The Real Divide

One of the first things that crossed my mind when the Affordable Care Act — a.k.a. ACA, a.k.a. Obamacare — finally passed and was signed all those years ago was how the legislation could impact artists and musicians. In the back of my mind, I thought Obamacare would liberate the creative set, for the first […]

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Have Albums Gone to the Movies?

Along with cat videos and Trump memes, surveys and lists power social media, specifically Facebook, where every few weeks a new question emerges out of nowhere and is repeated endlessly on our newsfeeds. The latest that scoured Facebook was a sequel on an old theme: “List 10 albums that have made a lasting impression on […]

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Yelp Helper

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 with the sole purpose of ridiculing me. All because of my Yelp reviews. […]

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Bernie and the Bird

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 nonchalant attitude? While everyone stands aghast at what’s happening on the Republican side of the election, the real […]

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Climb Every Mountain

After a season like this, you have no choice but to look with admiration at the Iowa State sports fan.  Life is, indeed, different for Cyclones. Unlike your typical Nebraska Cornhusker, there is no burning anxiety leading up to and following Saturdays in the fall. Iowa State fans seem satisfied merely fielding a team and […]