Category Archives: live review

Review: St. Vincent is beautiful, bizarre

St. Vincent blew me away. Again. During a nearly two-hour performance at Sokol Auditorium on Tuesday, Annie Clark did nearly the same thing I saw her do at SXSW last month: She shredded, she sang like an angel and she … Continue reading

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SXSW Review: Foxboro Hot Tubs, Green Day side project, brings the fun to small venue

Green Day doesn’t play clubs any more. (At least, they don’t do it often.) Sure, the punk band came up playing tiny places, but they’re more used to huge arena tours. On Friday, the band played as its side project, … Continue reading

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SXSW: Bob Mould debuts hard-hitting ‘Beauty & Ruin’

Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman Bob Mould began his set with the familiar before bringing us the new stuff. His set Thursday night at the Merge Records showcase began with three songs from his last album, “Silver Age.” Mould ripped … Continue reading

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Live Review: Against Me! kick off tour with packed set

Don’t mess with Laura Jane Grace. In a T-shirt displaying an image of bare breasts, the Against Me! frontwoman had a blast, and also took no crap, during a blistering 75-minute set to kick off the band’s first tour since … Continue reading

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Review: Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl halftime show with the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Bruno Mars‘ halftime performance was, in short, great. Two things stood out: 1) It was fun, and that’s the whole point of of the halftime show. 2) Mars can really perform, and that was a bit of a surprise for … Continue reading

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Review: The 56th Grammy Awards’ best and worst moments

The Grammy Awards are always a big event – so big that they’re dubbed “music’s biggest night.” Overall, I thought it was a pretty solid telecast that would have been made even better with a better thought process regarding the … Continue reading

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Live Review: Eric Church captivates with his solo, (mostly) acoustic set

Eric Church played what is likely the first opening gig he’s done in awhile, but he did so for a legend. George Strait brought the “Springsteen” singer on tour for the weekend including a Friday date in Omaha where Church … Continue reading

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List: The 10 best concerts I saw in 2013

  Over the past year, I’ve seen hundreds of bands play dozens of venues at, well, I-don’t-know-how-many concerts. The following are 10 of the most memorable experiences I had at concerts both in Omaha and elsewhere. They are presented here … Continue reading

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Review: Vega is now open and it’s a pretty space

Vega is now open. I went down to Lincoln last night and though Filter and three other hard rock bands played the new spot, I was there to see the venue. (See some photos below.) I liked what I saw … Continue reading

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Review: Deer Tick gets rowdy at Slowdown (with photo gallery)

People wanted a stereotypical Deer Tick show: sweaty, crazy, beer-soaked and drunk. The men of Deer Tick were ready to deliver, but it seemed like they wanted to get rowdy on their own terms. It took until the final minutes … Continue reading

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