The Year That Was

The Reader asked members of the Omaha music community to reflect on 2016. Here are some of the responses we received: Dominique Morgan, Icon One Music Musicians creating opportunities for other musicians: From The New Generation Music Festival to Femme Fest, artists are making room for others to shine and grow. […]

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Dark Days Ahead

When I spoke with Fat Mike of NOFX a few weeks ago before his gig at Sokol Auditorium, back before we plunged into this nightmarish alternate universe where a former reality TV star and outspoken racist and misogynist ascended to the world’s most powerful office, I asked the skate punk legend if he thought art or, […]

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Nothing Else Left

There’s an unintended irony that lurks within the liner notes of Nathan Ma’s Lonesome Heartland, a no-fi acoustic pop album that navigates the dark void of human loneliness: Ma recorded it in his bedroom with the help of about 40 of his closest friends. But the company Ma keeps and the amount of […]

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Not Like Anybody Else

If the triumph of pop stardom is universal name recognition, then those who only need a first name, whether given or invented, are the royalty amongst royalty. Beyoncé, Elvis, Madonna, Prince. Perhaps even Adele, Kanye, Rihanna, Bono and Björk. Each of these singular names generates a face so burned into our collective consciousness that it […]

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NOFX

When I spoke with Fat Mike of NOFX a few weeks ago, back before we plunged into this nightmarish alternate history where a former reality TV star and outspoken racist and misogynist ascended to the world’s most powerful office, I asked the skate punk legend if he thought art or, more specifically, […]

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Mix Master

In the intricate ecosystem that is Omaha’s music scene, which is composed of diverse micro scenes, Keith Rodger, aka Kethro, is the straw that stirs the drink. Well, he’s at least one of the more conspicuous straws: The DJ/producer is a fluorescent, bendy one. Rodger’s spirited flexibility ranges from co-owner […]

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Hoppy Hollow

By remixing Cursive’s 2006 Happy Hollow LP into an IPA, the brewers at Zipline Brewing Co. have validated a sentiment that singer-songwriter Tim Kasher first voiced some 13 years ago. Art, as it turns out, is hard. The Lincoln-based brewery is calling its masterpiece Hoppy Hollow — because […]

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