* Maha Music Festival organizers have set Sunday, April 22nd for the initial line-up announcement for the 2012 event. Maha is set to return to Stinson Park at Aksarben Village Saturday, August 11 for the day-long indie music focused concert. Additionally, Omaha City Council voted earlier this month to allow the event to extend its hours until midnight.
* House of Loom, 1012 South 10th St., hosted a crush mob Saturday night, thanks to Conchance‘s album release show. Opening sets by Max Fischer and Lincoln crew Dirty Diamonds provided a showcase for different segments of the area’s burgeoning hip-hop scene, before Conchance took over the dance floor. At the start of his set, Conchance urged the capacity crowd to pack in around him. The whole night contained a communal, celebratory feel. Conchance’s album, Calm Kids, is out now on Make Believe Records, the new label imprint owned by Omaha’s Make Believe Studio.
* Be sure to check out Conduits latest video for “Last Dirge”, off their recently released debut album. The video, directed by Back When’s Jonathan Tvrdik, strings a mysterious narrative from images of singer Jenna Morrison running in a forest and then back in the city. The growing tension of the clip brings another dark layer to one of the album’s best songs.
* Mark Sultan will return to the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St., Monday 28th. The Canadian garage rock icon often plays as BBQ and was one half of the duo, King Khan and BBQ Show. Sultan has maintained a prodigious release schedule, often putting out three or four releases a year over the last few years. Expect plenty of lo-fi romps through doo-woo, punk rock, garage rock and ’60s psych-fuzz oddities. The show’s $10 and not to be missed.
* Des Moines, Ia.’s 80/35 Festival is gearing up for its next edition July 6-7 at Western Gateway Park with headlining acts indie Americana act Avett Brothers and indie-pop kingpins Death Cab for Cutie. Other acts include alternative guitar noise makers Dinosaur Jr., hardcore punk F**ked Up and experimental electronic musician Dan Deacon. Advance tickets are $49 and $29 via midwestix.com.