Ten Questions with Ratboys

Ratboys’ publicist described the duo as a “‘post-country’ meets indie rock group from Chicago.” After listening (many times) to their last full-length, GN (2017, Topshelf), and the follow-up EP, GL (2018, Topshelf) — the titles stand for Good Night and Good Luck — I can’t find much “post-country” about them. But then again, I’ve never […]

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Jocelyn: Omaha’s Rising Star

  Beloved Omaha singer-songwriter Jocelyn, who’s just turning 22, has been a star-in-the-making since playing street corners and open mics as an old-soul teen prophet. Her winsome presence, yearning voice, melodic guitar licks and heartfelt lyrics about personal empowerment can move even jaded listeners. In early 2018 she won over the suits of major record […]

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Swing into Summer

Summer music gets into full swing, starting with Summer Arts Festival June 7-9 featuring some great roots and blues talents including San Francisco’s The Lucky Losers Saturday, June 8, 3 p.m. and Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band Saturday, 9 p.m. See summerarts.org/music for all the details. This year’s event moves to Mike Fahey […]

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Local Roots Run Deep

In conjunction with The Reader’s annual music issue, I was asked to come up with some top local roots bands. In no particular order, here are six local bands that I return to again and again for solid, heartfelt, original roots music. Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal I think the first time I heard Josh Hoyer […]

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Ten Questions with Diane Coffee

Diane Coffee is Shaun Fleming. As an actor, he’s voiced a slew of animated characters including Jim & Tom Possible in Kim Possible and Leonard Amadeus in Teacher’s Pet. As a musician, he’s played drums in Foxygen. But as Diane Coffee he’s released three albums of retro electro-pop, singing in a voice that would make […]

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Cher’s Still Kicking

Cher’s career stretches back nearly 60 years and she touched on all of it and more when she brought the Here We Go Again tour to the CHI Health Center on Tuesday night. The 73-year-old icon played a lean 90-minute set that included hits, tributes to other artists, and more than a few montages. Before […]

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