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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Backbeat Column – May 2018

The weather still feels like winter at this column’s deadline, but the calendar says it’s festival lineup announcement season. Nebraska’s two largest music fests came through with contenders for their most ambitious slates yet, both revealing full details within a two-day stretch in mid-April.  In its 10th year, Maha Music Festival is bigger […]

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Backbeat Column – April 2018

It seems Nebraska musicians as a whole prefer to release new music once the weather starts to warm up, and a handful of up-and-coming artists did just that in March, with everything from sample-based lo-fi hip-hop to upbeat piano-rock ballads dropping through the month. Let’s talk about those releases here. Omaha indie folk […]

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Backbeat for March 2018

Just when a random 50-degree-day makes it seem as if winter has reared its ugly head for the last time, it comes back viciously with negative wind chills and ice harshing the morning commute. Fortunately, as winter hangs around, so does awards season, so we’ll start this month’s column discussing the winners […]

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Backbeat for February 2018

This column is part of an ongoing collaboration between The Reader and Hear Nebraska, a music journalism and production nonprofit seeking to engage and cultivate Nebraska’s music scene (and now, a program of new nonprofit umbrella Rabble Mill). Here, we’ll break down the biggest Nebraska music news from the last month. Omaha’s legendary […]

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December Backbeat Column

Much of 2017 has seemed relatively quiet for Saddle Creek Records, but over the last 11 months the Omaha indie record label has built up a rather impressive list of releases, which includes Big Thief’s critically heralded second LP Capacity, Land of Talk’s first album in seven years Life After Youth and […]

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Backbeat Column: November

The number of Nebraska music festivals doesn’t seem to be dropping as the year moves later into autumn. In late September and early October alone, at least four festivals held 2017 editions, from tiny porches in midtown Omaha to capacity crowds in downtown Lincoln. We’ll start the column by looking back on the […]

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