* Local dream-pop duo Drakes Hotel just released their new album, Logic Adopts Senses, last week. Drakes Hotel is the husband and wife tandem of producer/guitarist Chris Y. and singer Amy Drake. The album is available digitally on iTunes and Amazon, with physical copies for sale on CDBaby and drakeshotelmusic.com. The band will play a rare local show Tuesday, July 17th at the Barley Street Tavern, 2735 North 62nd St. with Nightmare Air.
* Taylor Hollingsworth is swinging through Omaha on a low-key tour with his current project Dead Fingers. Hollingsworth has played with Maria Taylor of Azure Ray and was a member of Conor Oberst’s Mystic Valley Band. Oberst co-owned imprint, Team Love Records, also put out Hollingsworth’s 2009 album, Life with a Slow Ear. Hollingsworth is joined by Kate Taylor, who also used to back up Maria Taylor. Their self-titled debut as Dead Fingers came out earlier this year. The duo play Thursday, June 21st at O’Leaver’s Pub, 1322 South Saddle Creek Road.
* The Hold Steady returned to Omaha last Friday, this time taking the stage at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. The current line-up continues to revel in its guitar-heavy attack, unravelling a set that was long on rockers, while sprinkling in two lower-key new songs and a third newbie, “Let’s Wait Awhile”, that could be the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Minnesota band’s new anthem. Craig Finn ably holds court, telling stories of massive nights and morning-after comedowns, while guitarist Tad Kubler leads a heady bar-band bombast that truly elevates the Hold Steady into America’s best rock band on the club circuit.
* So the unsigned, up-and-coming local band that garnered enough votes to open for Huey Lewis & the News at the Bank of the West Celebrates America concert Friday, June 29th at Memorial Park, 6005 Underwood Ave., is Scarlett Drive, from Omaha’s closest suburban neighbor, Worcester, Mass. The not-at-all Omaha-based band plays a mix of classic rock and new country that name-drops ZZ Top, The Eagles, Little Big Town and Keith Urban. Blue Bird and the Big Deep were among the other finalists in the contest.
* Audra Mae has added an acoustic in-store performance at Homer’s Music, 1210 Howard St., to her itinerary while she is in town on tour with Cory Branan. The SideOneDummy-signed singer-songwriter is set to play a free set at the record store Wednesday, June 27th at 5:30 p.m. The classic country-inspired Oklahoman will then join Cory Branan that evening for a 8:30 p.m. show at the Sydney, 5918 Maple St. Tickets for the evening show are $10 at the door.