Category Archives: slowdown

Review: Jim James funks out Slowdown, invites Mike Mogis onstage for a half-Monsters of Folk reunion

The highlight of Jim James’ show was when he invited Mike Mogis onstage during the encore. Some people buzzed that Conor Oberst was going to show up, but I figured that wouldn’t happen. Mogis, one of James’ Monsters of Folks … Continue reading

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Interview: Jim James says Monsters of Folk started a new album, talks solo tour

Jim James plays a solo show tonight at Slowdown, and when I called him last week, we got to talking about all kinds of stuff including Monsters of Folk, which recorded its first (and so far only) album here in … Continue reading

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Mystic Valley Band to play Conor Oberst-less show at Pageturners

Before Conor Oberst brings the Mystic Valley Band back together for a two-night stand at Slowdown, he invited them up to his bar for a turn on that stage as well. Jason Boesel, Nik Freitas, Macey Taylor, Taylor Hollingsworth and … Continue reading

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Photos: They Might Be Giants bring 27 songs to Slowdown

I don’t know that I’ve ever had more fun at a club show than the times I’ve seen They Might Be Giants. On Wednesday at Slowdown, the Brooklyn band played “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” and “Birdhouse in Your Soul,” of course, … Continue reading

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Q&A: John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants on ‘Nanobots’ and trying to be pretentious

As goofy or quirky as you think They Might Be Giants are as a band, they’re actually trying to be serious. A lot of thought goes into songs such as “Tesla,” and as TMBG’s John Flansburgh puts it, “We’re trying … Continue reading

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Review: The Thermals hit Slowdown for fast, rowdy set

When The Thermals walked onto Slowdown’s small stage last night, they kind of looked at each other, strummed a chord and then slammed into “Faces Stay With Me.” No hesitation, no pause and no introduction (other than to some power … Continue reading

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Q&A: The Thermals bassist Kathy Foster on ‘Desperate Ground,’ Omaha, Saddle Creek

The intense and bouncy audiences at The Thermals’ performances a few months ago in Austin were a welcome site to the Portland punk band. South by Southwest was a chance for the band to show off its then-upcoming album, “Desperate … Continue reading

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Guest List: Ben Kweller debuts new song, ‘Holy Water’

Sometimes I wonder if I’m the luckiest guy on the planet. A couple weeks ago, before performing a private show in Omaha, we took Ben Kweller to a quiet corner of Slowdown and taped him performing a brand new song, … Continue reading

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Weekend Shows: Four CD release shows worth your time, plus Bon Jovi, PUJOL and Touch People

There are a lot of shows going down this weekend, including a quartet of album release shows. • First off is The Sub-Vectors album release show tonight with The Whipkey Three and John Klemmensen & The Party. Between The Sub-Vectors’ surf … Continue reading

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Oberst and Mystic Valley Band to play their only two shows in Omaha

Wanna see Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band this year? You get two chances, both in Omaha and both at Slowdown: July 31 and Aug. 1. The band revealed the info via a tweet that also mentioned it would be … Continue reading

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