Cloud Nothings – Nov. 13

November 13 Cloud Nothings The Waiting Room WaitingRoomLounge.com Cleveland’s Cloud Nothings infamously started in songwriter Dylan Baldi’s parents’ basement as an outlet for the high school social outcast to imagine a future as a famous musician. Signing to Carpark Records and constant touring sparked the band’s promising […]

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Backbeat for August

In the past few months, it’s become almost customary to start this column with news from the Saddle Creek Records camp, whether to commend the new Sam Evian and Hop Along albums, or to discuss the signing of a new artist like Tomberlin or Stef Chura. The trend won’t end this month, either, as Saddle […]

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Citizen – July 23

In the early 2010s, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia were fertile ground for bands heavily indebted to ‘90s indie rock and Midwest emo bands like Mineral and American Football, and Boston-based Run For Cover Records took many such acts under its wing. Among labelmates like Turnover, Tigers Jaw and Title Fight, Toledo’s Citizen rose to the […]

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A$AP Ferg – July 14

Since the release of his debut Trap Lord in 2013 and his rise along with Harlem-based collective A$AP Mob, A$AP Ferg has solidified himself as one of the preeminent names in today’s hip-hop/trap-rap landscape. Ferg most recently dropped his third LP Still Striving in August 2017, which is loaded with bangers and high-profile features from […]

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July Backbeat

The wheels at Nebraska’s largest record label, Saddle Creek, and its first cousin, Cursive’s 15 Passenger, spun swiftly in June, with both signing new artists within the past month, and the former releasing a new record. Saddle Creek welcomed Kentucky-based singer-songwriter Sarah Beth Tomberlin, or Tomberlin for short, to the ever-growing Omaha label’s […]

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June Backbeat

The weather’s nice, school is out, and local bands are hitting the road — often with new records in tow — officially bringing us to the time of the year when there’s no shortage of Nebraska music to talk about. May’s wide-ranging local release crop deals in genres as varied as reggae-infused art rock and […]

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Migos at Stir Cove – May 26

It’s not really an exaggeration to say Atlanta hip-hop trio Migos have taken over the rap game since their track “Bad and Boujee” topped the Billboard Hot 100 and became a near-cultural phenomenon in 2016. Their heavy-hitting style, aided by Metro Boomin’s bass-heavy instrumentals, has become the standard in trap-rap, earning them a pair of […]

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