Hullabaloo

The touring game has changed drastically in the past decade, with bands often foregoing the 25-dates in a van route for several performances at festivals around the country. With ridiculously rising gas prices, the festival option allows smaller bands to play in front of more people than they likely would at a club or bar. […]

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The Beat Goes On

During a tumultuous weekend in March of 1979 (the same weekend as the Three Mile Island nuclear incident) a little upstart band from the working class neighborhoods of Birmingham, England called The Beat played their first show. Playing an intriguing amalgamation of ska, punk-rock, pop, soul and reggae, The Beat was literally making music like […]

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Razor-Sharp Jazz

The jazz trio has long been the minimalistic backbone of this fiercely improvisational art form. Usually consisting of stand-up bass, drums and melodies courtesy of a horn, piano or guitar, these three pieces usually take a balls-to-the-wall approach to reinventing and composing songs. Twin-Cities based The Bad Plus, while certainly a trio, has taken the […]

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Pick: Kevin Nealon

Friday, October 19; Saturday, October 20 Kevin Nealon The Funny Bone 17305 Davenport St, Suite 201 Village Pointe Center Friday at 7:30 PM and 9:45 PM and Saturday at 7 PM and 9:30 PM $25, 21 and over 402.493.8036 Funnyboneomaha.com I grew up watching Kevin Nealon on Saturday Night Live. Nealon started on the show […]

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Kevin Nealon (funny dude)

I will always remember Kevin Nealon as the tall, straight-faced and wry character on Saturday Night Live (SNL) from the late 1980s through the mid 1990s. Perhaps he’s better known these days as the loveable, dopey dope-smoker Doug Wilson on Showtime’s hit series Weeds, but his straight-laced voice and comic absurdity will always remind me […]

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Pick: An Evening With Gillian Welch

October 13 An Evening With Gillian Welch Rococo Theatre, 140 N 13 St., Lincoln $25 General Admission, $27.50 Reserved 8 p.m. Etix.com Gillian Welch writes and performs songs steeped in timeless Appalachian flavor and gives her compositions just enough modern edge to create something entirely new yet somehow immediately recognizable. She and partner/ guitarist extraordinaire […]

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An Electronic Touchstone

Jimmy Tamborello is best known for his work as a member of The Postal Service, where he teamed with Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and in 2003 released the gorgeous Give Up which is still Sub Pop’s second-best selling record of all time (behind Nirvana’s Bleach). However, he has been releasing well-received electronica records […]

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Freedom Rock

With the rise of instrumental rock bands like Explosions In The Sky, the Scottish-band Mogwai has caught the ears of many listeners and critics who might have previously shied away from the somewhat taboo nature of instrumental rock in the past. Mogwai has made itsa name for itself by creating compositions (that are often loud […]

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R&B & So Much More

When you put the new Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears record Scandalous into iTunes, its blissfully ignorant simplicity lists the genre as “R&B.” And while there are R&B flourishes, the categorization does a major disservice to the music. The Austin-based six-piece has hit a nerve with its sound: a glorious, barnstorming mix of soul, […]

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