* So Phil Lynott’s been dead for decades, but a trio of Thin Lizzy alumni (Scott Gorham, Brian Downey and Darren Wharton) are keeping the songs alive. They’ll perform Thin Lizzy classics in a line-up rounded out by Def Leppard’s Viv Campbell, bassist Marco Mendoza and The Almighty’s Ricky Warwick on Saturday, November 6 at the Slowdown, 729 North 14th St.
* In 2008, youthful London songwriter Alessi Laurent-Marke took up temporary residence in Omaha. At the time, she was signed to Virgin/EMI and recorded her debut record Notes from the Treehouse with Bright Eyes producer Mike Mogis. Now the 21-year-old singer, who releases albums as Alessi’s Ark, is preparing the American release of her second album Time Travel. She has left Virgin for the independent label Bella Union. The album was released in the U.K. in April.
* By all accounts, HearNebraska‘s Take Cover show in Lincoln was an intriguing trip through Nebraska music. The Omaha edition of the show, featuring local musicians covering two tracks by other Nebraska musical groups, is scheduled for Thursday, October 20th at the Slowdown. Performers include The Lepers, Eli Mardock, Kyle Harvey and Justin Lamoureux. The show, which is a fundraiser for local music website HearNebraska, is $5.
* Lincoln indie-rockers Once a Pawn will release their new album, In This House, with a CD release show Saturday, October 1st at Knickerbocker’s, 901 O St. in Lincoln. The drums-and-guitar boy-girl duo will be joined by Domestica and Dope Pope.
* Buy the new Blitzen Trapper album American Goldwing. The Sub Pop Records band, which often makes Omaha tour stops, have created a classic roadtrip record that fires up the band’s folk-rock sound with plenty of guitar. The band has tapped into an Allman Brothers Band vibe without surrendering to cliched Southern rock boogie.
* The best hope for an autumnal dose of Southern rock vibes won’t come from Blitzen Trapper, however. The Drive-By Truckers return to the Slowdown Wednesday, October 26th, in support of a new greatest hits package. The band has become a regular visitor to the area. Their Americana-gothic tales have covered the usual gamut of murder ballads, booze rockers and love-gone-wrong warnings, but have always been punctuated with the literary vibe of singer Patterson Hood’s lyrics.