* If you have yet to read our cover story this week, go back and check it out. It’s a series of submissions from local artists, musicians and friends of Antiquarium Records‘ founder David Sink, who passed away late last week. There’s more contributions online at thereader.com as well. Anybody with an interest in Omaha’s punk or indie music scenes owe it to themselves to read about Sink. There’s not much that I could have said about Sink and his contributions to local music that hit home his impact like the words contained there. When I was in high school, I do remember seeing plenty of friends and school acquaintances hanging out in the Antiquarium Bookstore’s basement with Sink. One of those kids was Joseph Tingley, who now co-owns Antiquarium Records with Brian Byrd.
* Keep an eye out for Dead Leaves, because they’ll only be around these parts for a few months. The band is the project of Nashville-based Travis Egnor, who is currently assembling a local lineup to give life to his brand of indie Americana. Egnor is basically taking up residence in various cities in 2012, staying in each for a period of three months or so. His self-titled 2011 album plays like a lost Whiskeytown demo, wrapped in pedal steel and languid, whiskey-soaked melodies.
* The Big Deep brought out a sizable crowd for their Friday night Roman Empire album release show at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Their set was another upbeat romp through amped-up indie country-rock, However, slight elements of Phish and the Grateful Dead also peeked out from the band’s songs, colliding with songs that leaned sonically towards the indie style of artists like Bright Eyes, M. Ward and the Decemberists.
* On Saturday, Millions of Boys took to front room stage at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St., to celebrate their first release, the 10-inch vinyl album Competing For Your Love. Led by singer/guitarist Sara Bertuldo, Millions of Boys bounced their hearts out to punk-pop fare that split the difference between Lookout! Records and 90s indie guitar-pop. These are exuberantly-sung pop songs, especially the hook-filled “Dead Girls”. Local openers Dads set the mood for no-frills, fun-loving pop with their organ/keyboard-filled garage pop, which blared rudimentary, but entirely awesome guitar riffs with shoutalong vocals.