* The first songs bearing the name the Lupines, the new project of Brimstone Howl songwriter/mastermind John Ziegler, are now available at thelupines.bandcamp.com. The album is called I Blame Creation. The eight songs were recorded after the dissolution of Brimstone Howl and before the formation of the Lupines by Mark Wolberg and John Ziegler at Plan C in Lincoln. While the record is essentially a solo record, the Lupines play the songs from this release live.
* Several local roots, Americana and blues artists will provide musical entertainment to those attending the Junkstock Festival, a gathering of vintage and antique vendors. The event runs Friday, June 21st through Sunday, June 23rd on an old dairy farm at 315 South 192nd St. Scheduled performers include Sarah Benck, Matt Cox Band, Brad Hoshaw, Midwest Dilemma, Prairie Gators and the Southpaw Bluegrass Band. For information on set times and more, visit
* The Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha’s Botanical Center, will host a series of outdoor concerts on Tuesdays this summer. The next Tempo of Twilight concert is Tuesday, July 2nd featuring Peace, Love, Etc. and begin at the center, 100 Bancroft St. at 6 p.m. Concerts are free with paid admission to the gardens. Guests can bring food, beverages, chairs and blankets to the shows. The series will also feature eNVy on July 16th, Blues Agent on July 30th, the DAYBREAK Rock N’ Roll Show on August 13th and Persuaders on August 27th.
* Kansas City band the Grand Marquis are heading to Omaha to celebrate the release of their latest albu, Blues and Trouble. The band is teaming up with Omaha Jitterbugs’ Night Out, the weekly swing dancing event at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 201 South 24th St., to headline the group’s Friday, June 21st dance. Tickets for the night at $10 at the door.
* Thunderstorms washed away a Friday night of live music, as Stir Cove was forced to postpone the Silversun Pickups set June 14th after opening act the Joy Formidable played for around 30 minutes. Many concertgoers that stuck around waiting for word on whether the show would continue stayed at Harrah’s Casino much longer after the sky dumped a downpour shortly after the first lightning strikes. It was especially a bummer after Joy Formidable’s energetic set seemed to point towards a night of guitar fuzz post-shoegaze alternative rock.