* Outlaw Con Bandana is raising money via Kickstarter.com to publish and press an ambitious overview of the art, writing and music from the band’s back catalogue. The band, led by Brendan Hagberg, is looking to publish Ticks and Trips, which is a book of art and writing by Hagberg and a double-LP compilation of tracks from the band’s previously released eight albums. The fundraising campaign will conclude Friday, March 29th. The following night the band will play a show at the Sweatshop Gallery, 2727 North 62nd St. Sam and Alexander Martin will also show photographs at the show and Sam Martin, also of Capgun Coup, will play a solo set before Outlaw Con Bandana takes the stage.
* Matt Whipkey now has a website for his ambitious new double album about the love and life in the late 80s at Omaha’s best known amusement park. MyPennyPark.com is the place to check out two singles from the forthcoming album, Penny Park: Omaha, NE: Summer 1989, and to connect with the Kickstarter campaign that is hoping to raise money to press the album on vinyl. Whipkey is also hoping to gather personal photographs and memories on Peony Park to include as part of the album’s art. Information on submitting material is available on Whipkey’s Penny Park website.
* Video Ranger will have a new tape available at their show Thursday, March 28th at O’Leaver’s Pub, 1322 South Saddle Creek Road. The scuzzy basement punk/ska band recorded the cassette’s seven songs in February and March using a Tascam 688. The homemade recordings can also be found online at videoranger.bandcamp.com.
* All Young Girls Are Machine Guns is spearheading a local take on the comedy-music variety show lately. The latest in a string of these shows is set for Saturday, March 30th at the Studio Gallery, 4965 Dodge St. The aptly titled Gun Show will feature The Weisneheimers, 1980 Star, The Badland Girls and Tracie Mauk, alongside All Young Girls are Machine Guns. The $5 show starts at 9 p.m.
* The Sub-Vectors, a local all-instrumental surf band, will bring a mountain of reverb and warm guitar tones to the Slowdown, 729 North 14th St., Friday, April 5th, as they celebrate the release of their debut album, Danger Close. The surf rockers will be joined by the Whipkey Three and John Klemmensen & the Party for a $5 CD release show.