Back Beat

He’s technically going by Black Francis again these days, but you’ve also known him as Frank Black or even Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV. By any name, he’ll always-and-forever be the absolute hottest chubby, bald man you’ve ever seen. He rocked your face off a few weeks back at the Orpheum with a little band […]

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Library of Love

Stuart McLamb’s bumpy road with The Love Language The Love Language was created out of chaos. Birthed from the ashes of failed relationships, incarceration and weekday benders, Stuart McLamb assembled his first record under the moniker primarily by himself. The self-titled debut was released by Portland’s independent label Bladen County in 2009. McLamb insists those […]

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Lincoln Calling, Pt. 7

I simply could have listed the bands that are playing at this year’s Lincoln Calling Festival, along with their time slots, and been done with it. What else do you need to get your asses to Lincoln this weekend? Instead, I’m telling you to use that magic box on your desk and go to lincolncalling.com, […]

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National Backspin

Reader reviews a smattering of new, national releases There are plenty of places to read music reviews, but what’s the fun of reading one where you can’t disagree face-to-face with the guy who wrote them? Well, I work at a downtown record store and don’t mind being told I’m off base. Here are some albums […]

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Burning Flames

Several shows with some of the biggest names in roots and blues music grace local performance spaces this week. Taj Mahal, W.C. Clark, Tab Benoit and Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi are on tap. Legendary Taj Mahal in Lincoln The Bourbon Theatre and the Zoo Bar present a rare Nebraska performance by the great Taj […]

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From The Abyss

Serena-Maneesh uncover layers of sound Norwegian noise-pop band Serena-Maneesh dug deep with its latest album, literally. For Serena-Maneesh 2: Abyss in B Minor, released in March on 4AD Records, mastermind Emil Nikolaisen recorded tracks in a cave located outside Oslo, Norway. “It was an interesting journey, at times rough, at times inspiring,” said Nikolaisen via […]

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Classical Coup

Iconic classical musician joins Omaha Symphony Sometimes a talent is so incredible, so iconic, it needs only one name for worldwide recognition — Cher, Madonna, Sting, Gallagher (um, maybe not that last one). In the word of classical music, that one-name icon is Midori, a violin virtuoso who, at age 11 she was a special […]

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Back Beat

Kids In Concert relays a big “thank you” to the charitable Omahans who donated musical instruments to the Omaha Public Schools’ Musical Instrument Department. OPS will rehab the instruments for deserving students to use. So what did Omaha have to give? The final tally was 96 used musical instruments and additional accessories, including: 18 violins, […]

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