* Tilly & the Wall debuted the music video for new track “Defenders” on National Public Radio’s All Songs Considered blog last week. The song is on the band’s new album Heavy Mood, due out October 2nd on Team Love Records. Tilly member Kianna Alarid and director Ben Fee developed the video based on Alarid’s idea, featuring Native American imagery, face paint and a host of children.
* OFF!, The Spits and Double Negative will play the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St., Tuesday, October 30th, in a show sponsored by Drastic Plastic as part of the downtown alternative culture store’s 30th anniversary celebration. OFF! is a classic hardcore punk act fronted by ex-Circle Jerks and ex-Black Flag singer Keith Morris. Drastic Plastic, now at 1209 Howard St., originally opened in a south Omaha storefront in 1982.
* Gator O’Malley’s, 12143 West Center Road., is marking six months from St. Patrick’s Day with a Sunday night bash Sept. 16th. Runny Nose Pete and Banjo Loco will take the stage at 8 p.m. for the Irish pub’s celebration of the dwindling time to the next green beer blowout.
* Meanwhile, Reader columnist B.J. Huchtemann reports that it appears as if the current owners of Gator O’Malley’s are looking to sell the business, due to health issues affecting the owners. According to a Craigslist.org posting, the owners are hoping to pass on lease and business to new investors, despite having success with the business.
* Hall & Oates stuck primarily to the hits, while grooving with a sold-out crowd Friday, Sept. 7th at Stir Cove, 1 Harrah’s Way in Council Bluffs. Darryl Hall and John Oates were joined by a full-band adding plenty of oomph to their extensive catalogue of late 70s and early 80s hits. The band kept songs interesting, playing out a few arrangements beyond their original pop radio constraints. Oates stayed in the background, trading off solos with another band member, while Hall held court wearing reflective shades. The tight, concise set ended with the one-two punch of “Kiss On My List” and “Private Eyes”.
* Twin Shadow‘s George Lewis Jr. set aside a host of 80s synth-pop comparisons for another 80s icon during the band’s Saturday, Sept. 8th show at the Waiting Room Lounge. As Lewis played guitar over muscular, but minimal songs, Prince became if not a sonic signifier, certainly a spiritual one. Twin Shadow as a band lent a heavier, modern-sounding feel to the wistful, synth-led tracks penned by Lewis. Meanwhile, Swedish opener Niki & the Dove did their country’s heritage of understated, danceable pop proud, unleashing intricate, electronic pop songs that got the crowd moving.