Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Thermals sign to Saddle Creek Records

Saddle Creek Records is adding some punk to its stable. Portland punk and rock group The Thermals will release its upcoming album, “Desperate Ground,” on Saddle Creek on April 16. (Pre-order it here.) Prior to this, the band released albums … Continue reading

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Weekend Shows: Satchel Grande, Burns Night and more at The Waiting Room

If you’re up for some local music, it’s a good weekend for it. There are several good shows and some diversity among genres, which is always nice. There’s lots going on, and I picked some highlights. » Satchel Grande plays Saturday … Continue reading

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Column: Big Harp’s new sound; Waiting Room shows continue

Turn up the distortion. Big Harp did. Chris Senseney and Stefanie Drootin-Senseney recorded their debut album “White Hat” after being a band for only a week. It was a low-key, lo-fi, folky record. I loved it and the band did, … Continue reading

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Unreleased Elliott Smith performance now online

Acclaimed singer-songwriter and Omaha native Elliott Smith tragically died in 2003. Many of his unreleased tracks have been leaked posthumously, but one live performance was recently uncovered. The performance is from a pilot of “The Jon Brion Show,” which was … Continue reading

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Album Review: The Joy Formidable, ‘Wolf’s Law’

(Atlantic) Available now Rating: ★★★½ (out of four) On its second album, Joy Formidable went epic. Like Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars or other bands influenced by prog and space rock, they smash into every song, most of which would … Continue reading

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Album Review: Big Harp, “Chain Letters”

(Saddle Creek Records) Available now Rating: ★★½ (out of four) After recording the band’s first album, Big Harp finally started to play gigs. As they went, things got louder, more distorted. The band, which has its roots in Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Rock Candy Interview: Railroad Earth’s John Skehan

Railroad Earth comes back to Omaha for a show tonight with Whitewater Ramble at Slowdown. (Get your tickets.) We called Railroad Earth’s John Skehan, the band’s mandolin player, and talked the band’s upcoming album (its first since its 2010 self-title … Continue reading

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Take Cover is a pretty cool event put on by This year’s event includes 14 artists who will each perform a single original song and a single song by another Nebraska artist. Check out the even tonight, which includes … Continue reading

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Column: More awesome songs from 2012; Thunder Power show

Maybe you’re sick of hearing about 2012. We’ve already published plenty of lists. Still, I keep getting asked about what my favorite music was, especially because many people are always on the lookout for good, new tunes to listen to. … Continue reading

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The Avett Brothers, Tiesto, Kendrick Lamar to play Kanrocksas

Kanrocksas, the two-day music festival near Kansas City, announced The Avett Brothers, Tiesto and Kendrick Lamar as its first three confirmed acts. It doesn’t say whether those are the headliners, but if they are, it’s a bit of a step … Continue reading

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