* Earlier this month, Simon Joyner took to Kickstarter.com to fund the final recording, mixing and manufacturing expenses for this forthcoming 13th studio album, due out later this year. Now, with two-plus weeks left to go, Joyner has already cleared his $6,000 fundraising goal. But that doesn’t mean fans no longer can donate to the cause. Joyner has been recording the untitled double album in his south Omaha studio space, all-analog and plans to mix the album at ARC Studio. The album, which commemorates Joyner’s 20th anniversary of recording music, will be self-released, with added distribution via Ba-Da-Bing Records and Team Love.
* A. Cavallo Violins, 8705 Shamrock Road, will host the Art of Sound, an exhibition of 150 modern violins crafted by violin masters across the world, from March 29th to April 14th. The violins will be on display during A. Cavallo’s regular store hours. All of the shown violins at the fourth annual event will be available for sale. There will also be a violin making competition, hosted at the Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St., during the first three days of the exhibition. A winner will be named March 31st.
* The Lemonheads ripped through their concise 90s alternative rock classic It’s a Shame About Ray at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. last Thursday. Evan Dando opened the show playing several solo acoustic songs, before bringing the band on-stage. From there, the power trio brought new life to Dando’s songs, playing the songs with even more grit and grunge than the original recording offers. Meanwhile, Dando’s voice has deepened over the years, which also added a tougher edge to the songs. After running through the album’s short tracklisting in under 40 minutes, Dando again brought out the acoustic guitar. For an encore, the whole band returned for more hits.
* Farewell to Cymbal Rush, who played what was billed has their final show at the Side Door Lounge, 3530 Leavenworth. Frontman Ryan McKeever has started a new project, New Ocean, and is assembling a backing band. Local band Field Club also played, offering a set of female-fronted indie-rock that spread its roots back to Alanis Morissette and other ’90s female alterna-rock singer-songwriters. Small Houses from Michigan took the stage as well, strapped with an acoustic guitar and a rustic batch of indie folk songs.