New Year, New Voice

* First of all, greetings are in order. I’m Chris Aponick and I’m your new Backbeat columnist. Think of me as your guide to what’s newsworthy in Omaha each week. I’ve written for The Reader frequently during the last three years, so I hope my voice is one you’re used to hearing. But here’s the […]

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Driven To Success

Dig into AM Taxi’s history and it might be easy to assume how the Chicago band quickly made it to the Virgin Records roster with their first album We Don’t Stand a Chance . But don’t think you can figure out the whole story, singer Adam Krier says. Krier and bassist Jason Schultejann logged time […]

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Quickly Orchestrated

Anniversaire’s album Nightingale may sound like the product of a meticulous, involved studio session, but singer Aaron Jordan says the orchestral pop band knocked out the recording of their debut disc in three days. The Omaha four-piece consisting of Jordan, bassist Travis Ahrenholtz, cellist Megan Siebe and drummer Ben Eberly recorded their album at ARC, […]

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2010 Top 10

* Band of Horses, Infinite Arms (Columbia/Fat Possum) — BOH had opening tours with Widespread Panic and Pearl Jam this year, and perhaps that reflects the band’s overall appeal better than anything. Infinite is an epic rock ‘n’ roll record, the kind our descendents will look on with the same slack jawed reverence we all […]

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2010 Top 10

It’s hard to put together these Top 10s in years where there aren’t one or two albums that you know are going to be permanent fixtures on one’s playlist for years to come. Instead, 2010 was a year of great songs on otherwise imperfect records. These stood out amid a crowded pack of good-not-great releases […]

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Lovin’ Local

Lovin’ Local * It’s True, It’s True * The Mynabirds, What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood * Baby Tears, Baby Tears EP * Son of 76 & The Watchmen, Letters From Shangri-La * All Young Girls Are Machine Guns, Secret Attic Recordings * Tim Kasher, The Game of Monogamy * […]

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