* The Faint have unveiled a video for scorching two-minute track Scapegoat, off their 2014 release Doom Abuse. The clip is directed by Harrison Martin and returns the synth punk band to its basement roots, washing them in strobing red lights and with a few choice freeze-frame spots. It’s a captivating video for one of the Faint’s best, most-blistering new tracks.
* The only thing hotter than a new Faint video is one from black-clad, electronic noise master Plack Blaque. His latest is “Boyz Club”, off his brand-spanking new Leather Band single, which is being released by Los Angeles label Cubicle Records. And you should play this one at your work desk. The clip is directed by Lincoln music video director Dustin Ferguson. Plack Blague will kick off the single with a release show Saturday, July 19th at Lincoln’s Bourbon Theater, 1415 O St.
* Local pop rock/funk band the 9s have planned a CD release show Friday, July 18th at the Hive Rock Club & Art Gallery, 1207 Harney St., to celebrate their new EP. The release is titled Gentleman Caller and features three new songs produced by production team BZZZ. The EP will be released on CD, as well as via iTunes and other digital music outlets via Silver Street Records.
* Saddle Creek Records will once again release an album by Canadian indie rock trio the Rural Alberta Advantage. The band’s third album is called Mended With Gold and is due out September 30th. The band previewed lead track “Terrified” on Soundcloud. The band recorded the album with live engineer Matt Lederman and co-producer Leon Taheny.
* Venue 51, 1951 St. Mary’s Ave, has apparently closed down. Musician and former Mick’s Music Bar owner Michael Campbell told The Reader that his upcoming Friday, July 18th show featuring Nashville folk singer Melissa Greener will be the downtown music club’s last show. The address formerly housed the Hive Lounge before it moved into the Old Market. Venue 51 took root in the space shortly after, hosting an eclectic mix of music including indie rock, jam bands, electronic music DJs and blues. Venue 51 will not have regular hours leading up to the final gig, planning to open Friday to fulfill the obligation to this one last show.
* Hear Nebraska, the nonprofit dedicated to sharing this state’s music via their recently-redesigned website, will spread some sweet, homespun sounds at Turner Park this summer. The free Wednesday night midtown Omaha shows kick off July 30th with Skypiper and Life Is Cool. Noah’s Ark Was a Spaceship and Snake Island! will bring the rock August 6th. Hip hop acts AZP and Both take the outdoor stage August 13th and Americana acts the Bottle Tops and Travelling Mercies will be featured August 20th. Midtown Crossing vintage furniture store Hutch is co-sponsoring the entertainment for the four week series.