What’s shakin’ folks? This weekend is the Nebraska Pop Festival over at the Waiting Room. Tomorrow is the Maha Music Festival, which you’ve probably noticed if you’ve seen any one of three local publications that had the fest as their cover story.
I’ll be at Maha to check out the indies and locals in the afternoon. Haven’t decided how late I’ll stay. I’m interested in seeing Dashboard and G. Love in the context of “Why not?” but I don’t know that I want to stand around all day and night to see either.
So, onto some headlines!
• I guess Five For Fighting (a.k.a. John Ondrasik) did an acoustic set in Omaha last night. Didn’t even hear about that. He performed one new one called “Chances,” (click the video on the top of the page to listen) although I heard complaints that he only played four songs. Weak.
• Warped Tour didn’t make it to Omaha (again), but according to this article, that doesn’t seem at all like a bad thing. I remember when I went to Warped about 7 or 8 years ago, it was still mohawks and ripped jeans, as the author mentioned. Guess it’s not any more.
• ZZ Top expanded to a quintet the other night. Who joined them? Well, John Mayer and Slash, of course.
• I mentioned the Foo Fighters in an earlier post. Stereogum asks who else is due for one.
• Taylor Hollingsworth, a guitarist in Conor Oberst’s Mystic Valley Band, is putting out a new album on Oberst’s Team Love label. “Life With a Slow Ear” will be out on Nov. 6. Conor and the MVB performed a few of Hollingsworth’s tunes on their various tours. My favorite was “Central City.”
• New live material from Nirvana: Live from Reading CD/DVD
• Speaking of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain has a character built for Guitar Hero. He’s wearing a Daniel Johnston “Hi, How Are You?” T-shirt. That’s outstanding.
• This Onion story is about four years old, but it still cracks me up.