Starting Over

What better way to open an interview with Azure Ray’s Maria Taylor than with a scoop? Regarding band mate Orenda Fink, and her husband, The Faint’s Todd Fink, Taylor says: “I wouldn’t be surprised if in the next few years they pop out a little Fink.” Boom goes the dynamite. OK, maybe it wasn’t that […]

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Tick Rock

Deer Tick finds greater dose of rock ‘n’ roll The latest Deer Tick album, Black Dirt Sessions, is a rising tide of sonic despair that ends with singer John McCauley howling for redemption on garment-rending lament “Christ Jesus.” When the echo of the last pounded piano chord floats away, it’s hard not to feel like […]

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Class Act

Jeff Daniels kicks off Holland’s 1200 Club season You know Jeff Daniels. You know him as the goofy sidekick in Dumb and Dumber, as the neglectful dad in The Squid and The Whale, as the villain in Clint Eastwood’s Blood Work or maybe as the star of Woody Allen’s critically acclaimed The Purple Rose of […]

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Costume Beat

In the ’80s it was in vogue to spray on scads of punky pink hair dye and dress as a generic rock star for Halloween. Although we may have all been internally channeling Jem, the non-specific rocker look stood on its own. But what specific music-makers — besides the “truly outrageous” one — are good […]

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Firebird is the Word

Spicy clarinet joins Omaha Symphony for ‘The Firebird’ Ricardo Morales grew up in Puerto Rico, in what can only be described as a musical family. Morales is now a world-renowned clarinet player, and his five siblings are accomplished musicians, but the feisty, bubbly Morales didn’t always know things would turn out this way. “I thought […]

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Back Beat

Omaha Performing Arts’ 1200 Club at the Holland Center returns Nov. 3 with singer-songwriter/storyteller Jeff Daniels. In 2007 Daniels was the first performer to grace the stage at the cozy, intimate series, where he played to a sold-out crowd in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Recital Hall. I interviewed Daniels ahead of that performance and […]

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Where To Now?

As 2010 starts to wind down a new crop of bands begins to rise up to carry on Omaha’s reputation as one of the country’s best music scenes. There are some of you who, upon reading the above statement, quietly, cynically, laughed and thought (with a wry smile in your subconscious minds), ” Best music […]

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Dave Barger Benefit

Friends of guitarist Dave Barger will host a benefit this Sunday, Oct. 17, at New Lift Lounge to help the veteran Omaha musician. Among the popular musicians returning to assist Barger are California guitarist John Lawton, New Orleans sax man Joe Cabral Jr. and Boston bassist Ken Fallon. Barger has been the “go to” blues […]

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Rock of Ages

I’ve never bought the idea that age has anything to do with enjoying rock music, and I still don’t, but the question did come up last weekend. I waded into the crowd of suburban youth Friday night at The Waiting Room too late to see either of the opening bands, thanks to the Yankees. I […]

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Prophetic Rock

Chuck Prophet plays Sunday Roadhouse series, Thursday night at Waiting Room At 18 Chuck Prophet left his native Whittier, Calif. for San Francisco, where he almost immediately became a major part of cow-punk legends Green On Red. Prophet spent eight years with the band and in the process of touring and recording developed more than […]

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