* Several area bands have contributed songs to a new compilation benefitting the Omaha Girls Rock camp. Three of the participating bands will celebrate the compilation by playing a release show Sunday, November 17th at the Slowdown, 729 North 14th St. Howard, Manic Pixie Dream Girls and All Young Girls Are Machine Guns are set for the show, which will start early at 6 p.m. The $7 cover at the door is good for admission and a download card of the compilation. All proceeds go to Omaha Girls Rock, a music performance and education workshop that hosts a yearly summer camp for area girls. Check out the compilation online at hearnebraska.bandcamp.com/album/omaha-girls-rock-comp.
* Local jazz/experimental artist Luke Polipnick has two new releases out now. The first is Episodes, which is available on CD. Polipnick also put out a cassette-only release A Dozen Suns. The next time to hear Polipnick will be Saturday, November 8th at the Zoo Bar in Lincoln. He will be sharing the stage with the Bad Plus’ Dave King.
* The sounds of Christmas will take up residence at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St., starting in late November, with three unique Christmas-themed shows on tap. The Sounds of Christmas starring Elisabeth von Trapp with the Carolian Brass will connect yuletide sounds with the Sound of Music, as von Trapp is the granddaughter of the von Trapp family that inspired the classic musical. The Priests, a trio of Irish tenors whose debut album set classical music sales records, will visit the Holland Saturday, December 7th to perform a mix of Christmas and sacred music, classical arias and traditional Irish songs. The three tenors are brothers Father Martin O’Hagan and Eugene O’Hagan along with Father David Delargy. Local talent takes the stage Sunday, November 24th for the 45th annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah. The show is free, though donations will be taken to offset production costs. The show will feature 16 youth performers and four college-age singers from the Voices of Omaha program.
* Of Montreal proved that their headtrip visuals still had a home within a set comprised of some of the Athens band’s most organic, straightforward songs. While the usual theatrics of Kevin Barnes and company seemed scaled back to fit in with the retro-tinged nature of the band’s material on 2013’s Lousy With Sylvianbriar, psychedelic-swirl and kaleidoscopic projections still featured prominently as the band played a concise, but upbeat set of material. Three extras paraded out in mostly-white costumes to be hit with various targeted images as the band played. This time the visuals were truly extra, as Of Montreal’s set list seemed loaded with danceable beats and plenty of guitar pop bliss to hold an audience’s attention if the projections went away.