* Icky Blossoms latest video “Heat Lightning” premiered recently on RollingStone.com. The Omaha indie dance band teamed up with video artist Ross Brubeck for the clip, which pairs live-action performance with overlays and backgrounds of patterned animation.
* English singer Morrissey has rescheduled a run of North American dates, after cancelling shows due to his mother’s illness. Morrissey will now play the Rococo Theatre, 140 North 13th St. in Lincoln, on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. The show had originally been scheduled for Thursday, November 1st. Tickets purchased for the original show will be honored for the new date and do not need to be exchanged. The show is also still sold out, according to a release
* New Jersey indie punk band Titus Andronicus is looking for local business tips from fans on their current tour. The band’s Twitter feed (@titus_ndronicus) will be commenting and stopping in at places suggested to the band throughout their current tour. To suggest a local establishment to the band, be sure your Tweet includes the hashtag #localbusinessforever. Check out more details at titusandronicus.net/localbusinessforever. The band stops in Omaha Wednesday, November 21st at the Sokol Underground, 2234 South 13th St.
* The Mynabirds will release their new single, “Body of Work”, due out Tuesday, November 19th on Saddle Creek Records. The song is featured on the Omaha band’s Generals album, released earlier this year. The single features “In the Mouths of Wolves”, a non-album track on the B-side. A four-panel jacket can be folded into an origami horse. The single is limited to 1,000 copies on random colored vinyl
* Cursive singer Tim Kasher took to the streets of Spain to film two songs for the website They Shoot Music. Kasher played “This House Alive” and “The Cat and Mouse” from the band’s 2012 Saddle Creek Records release I Am Gemini in the Malasaña neighborhood of Madrid. The videos can be seen at theyshootmusic.at.
* A Place To Bury Strangers returned to Nebraska, headlining a Monday, November 12th show at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. They benefitted from the cozier confines of the Waiting Room, after last playing at Lincoln’s cavernous Bourbon Theater. Singer/guitarist Oliver Ackermann and his cohorts jammed a concise, jarring dose of in-the-red shoegaze sonics to a 50-person crowd that all seemed to hang on to the band’s barely-controlled chaos. The set closed on “I Lived My Life to Stand In the Shadow of Your Heart”, with Ackermann running a strobe light fixture across his guitar to create screechingly fantastic feedback.
* Matt & Kim brought a dance party to the Slowdown, 729 North 14th St. on election night last Tuesday, November 6th. The Brooklyn keyboard-and-drums duo were high energy from their stage entrance to the end of the set, when drummer Kim Schifino walked into the crown on top of upstretched palms. The band’s songs all stayed upbeat and were guided by big, melodic hooks, while Matt Johnson triggered a few hip-hop beats between songs to keep the dance party rolling. Openers Oberhofer played with own brand of pop-rock, drawing on a host of contemporary American and British indie guitar acts. They surprisingly sounded more like the British side, sounding more like the Kooks than they did U.S. acts like Vampire Weekend.