Monthly Archives: October 2013

Q&A: Deer Tick guitarist Ian O’Neil on ‘Negativity,’ maybe playing as The Deerplacements

One of Deer Tick’s most loved songs is “Let’s All Go to the Bar,” so maybe it’s no surprise that the last time the band came to town, it caused a ruckus. Lead singer John McCauley admitted to drinking too … Continue reading

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Under Review: Arcade Fire, ‘Reflektor’

Arcade Fire is searching for an identity. Are they the grandiose rockers of our time — today’s analog to 1991’s U2? Or are they another dance-rock band? Maybe do they want to become a guitar rock/trip hop hybrid? With LCD … Continue reading

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Weekend Shows: Blue October, Bennie & the Gents, Vanderslice and Halloween

Happy weekend, everybody! It’s another good one for shows whether you’re looking to do it Halloween-style or just have rock ‘n’ roll kind of weekend. There’s a little something for everyone: • First off is Omaha favorite band Blue October, which … Continue reading

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Comics: The 7 best and worst X-Men time travel tales

If you come to my house, you’ll actually see way more comic books than you will records. And so, sometimes I take a break from music to write about comic books. My friends at the Two-Headed Nerd comicast are gracious enough … Continue reading

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Stories of Nirvana, R.E.M., Green Day and more before they made it big

  Today on Omaha.com and in pages of The World-Herald, I shared more than a dozen stories from local concertgoers about seeing now-famous bands before they were a big deal. Some of the biggest memories are of Nirvana, Red Hot … Continue reading

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Under Review: The Avett Brothers, “Magpie and the Dandelion”

The most reliable artist producing good folk music is not Mumford & Sons and it’s not Bob Dylan. It’s actually the other band that performed with those notable names on The Grammys a couple years back: The Avett Brothers. But … Continue reading

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List: The 11 best Halloween horror songs

If you’re like me, you’re either attending or hosting a Halloween party this weekend. And if you’re also like me, you want some good tunes to play. Now, you could legitimately creep everyone out by playing the staccato theme to … Continue reading

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Under Review: Katy Perry, ‘PRISM’

Katy Perry’s power lies in singable pop anthems that just won’t leave our brains — and we’re OK with that. That’s lead-off track (and the song we’ve already heard a thousand times) “Roar” in essence: an inspirational earworm that we just want … Continue reading

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Q&A: David Bryan talks Bon Jovi tour, Sambora’s absence

Bon Jovi is always a good time. I saw the band back in April and, despite the glaring absence of guitarist Richie Sambora, the band packed it in and played all the hits. The rock band and its super-hits head … Continue reading

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Lincoln Calling Band of the Day: The 4onthefloor (Saturday)

Lincoln calling is a five-day music festival that ends today at 10 Lincoln venues. Every day of Lincoln Calling, we picked a Band of the Day. Lincoln Calling ain’t all indie rock. The 4onthefloor will deliver dirty blues rock. My brother … Continue reading

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