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Sucettes at Pet Shop Gallery Dec. 9, 2017.

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Ten Questions with Quivers (performing at Grapefruit Records Sunday)…

Category: Blog,Interviews — Tags: , , — @ 11:37 am September 24, 2022
Quivers play at Grapefruit Records in the Old Market Sunday night.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

It’s starting to become a stereotype about Australian indie bands — they just know now to write really catchy, embraceable melodies that sound on first listen as if you’ve heard them all your life. Melbourne’s Quivers certainly falls into that category. 

The band’s latest album, Golden Doubt (2021, Ba Da Bing!), is a 10-song collection of comfortable indie folk-rock characterized by gorgeous pop melodies, chiming, bright instrumentation and warm, layered harmonies. For me, it’s very much a throwback to the kind of music that dominated college radio in the ‘80s by acts like R.E.M., Hunters and Collectors, The Go-Betweens and The Reivers. 

The band consists of guitarist/vocalist Sam Nicholson, bassist/vocalist Bella Quinlan, drummer/vocalist Holly Thomas and guitarist/vocalist Michael Panton. I caught up with then on their way to Grapefruit Records in the Old Market this Sunday night, Sept. 25, for a very special in-store, and gave them the ol’ Ten Questions survey. Here’s what they had to say:

1. What is your favorite album?

We don’t really play favorites but here are some albums that have hugely impacted on us or we are just listening to at the moment.


Mike: Armlock – Trust


Holly: Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again


Sam: Chad Vangaalen –  Soft Airplane


Bella: Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels On A Gravel Road

2. What is your least favorite song?

Sam: I think all music is great, and if someone likes it somewhere then it deserves to exist.

3. What do you enjoy most about being in a band?

Holly: Having band mates! And sharing all sorts of wonderful experiences with them. 

Sam: All the people you meet and places you see that you would never if it wasn’t for a few songs.

4. What do you hate about being in a band?

Holly: I really can’t think of anything to hate.  It’s actually the best; everyone should be in a band!

5. What is your favorite substance (legal or illegal)?
Mike: Phosphorus
Sam: Pancakes
Holly: Love

6. In what city or town do you love to perform (and why)?

Sam: There’s no city that I wouldn’t want to visit and play music in – we are so excited to get around all these cities in the USA. I would love us to one day play in Mexico City though!

7. What city or town did you have your worst gig (and why)?

Sam: Really don’t want to name names. Our worst gig was still too much fun, sometimes when it gets weird it really is more memorable!

8. Are you able to support yourself through your music? If so, how long did it take to get there; if not, how do you pay your bills?

Sam: It supports us emotionally and sometimes financially!

9. What one profession other than music would you like to attempt; what one profession would you absolutely hate to do?

Holly: Probably something creative that doesn’t involve 9-5 hours, or maybe a professional sports person? Though I think those days have well passed. I would really dislike working for a big corporation that doesn’t care about people or the earth.

10. What stories have you heard about Omaha, Nebraska?

As a kid my sister had hundreds of CDs, lots of R.E.M., but there was one Counting Crows CD that I think I still know all the words to even though I haven’t heard it since I was ten. Their song “Omaha” made me always want to get there! And of course later hearing Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen. We can’t wait to visit and also to check out Grapefruit Records as we play our instore – we’ve been in contact with Simon Joyner there for a while now and he helps us post our records around the USA. He’s also a great songwriter, too – and I’m sure those store shelves are stocked with some good records!

Quivers perform Sunday, Sept. 25, at Grapefruit Records, 1125 Jackson St., Suite 5. Local support is TBC. Show starts at 6:30 p.m. and is free/by donation. For more information, call 402-769-6583.

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Live Reviews: Brad Hoshaw & the 7 Deadlies, Dehd; Dinosaur Jr., The Cult, Quivers Sunday; Lincoln Calling weekend…

Category: Blog,Reviews — Tags: , , , — @ 1:18 pm September 23, 2022
Brad Hoshaw at Benson Theater Sept. 22, 2022.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

One of the best songwriters to come out of Omaha, Brad Hoshaw, celebrated a homecoming and (sort of) album-release party last night at the brand-spanking new Benson Theatre. It was an appropriate stage for the occasion as Hoshaw once was one of Benson’s most visible artists, for years performing along Maple Street. These days, Hoshaw lives in a rural town in central California, but he’s still writing his classic brand of love-sick folk songs.

The first half of the set was just Hoshaw and his acoustic guitar, sitting center-stage playing a number of songs off his new album, Living on a Sliver, including personal favorites “My Dying Day” and broken-hearted lovesong “Lonesome Fool,” which he explained from stage really has a happy ending because after he wrote it, he first texted his now long-time girlfriend (Awwww.). 

The acoustic set showed off Benson Theatre’s acoustics — you could hear every fine wrinkle of Hoshaw’s vocals and guitar. What more to say about the theater except that you could see every dollar of the millions that went into its refurbishment — it’s gorgeous and surprisingly cozy for its size – which is a nice way of saying it’s smaller than I thought it would be. The room’s acoustics were so good that between songs I could clearly hear conversations at tables across the room. 

Brad Hoshaw and the Seven Deadlies at Benson Theatre, Sept. 22, 2022.

After about 45 minutes and a brief intermission, Hoshaw came back on stage with his band, The 7 Deadlies, for an hour-plus set of oldies, this time highlighted by killer versions of “It Falls Apart” (from 2014’s Funeral Guns) and show-stopper “Powdernose” from the 2009 debut, each featuring scorching guitar solos by lead guitarist Matt Whipkey. Rounding out the Deadlies were drummer Scott Gaeta and bass player Craig Balderston.

The band came out for a lengthy encore that included a solo-electric version of “Coma” and Hoshaw’s go-to cover, “Purple Rain” (No matter what I do, I can’t get him to cover “Please Come to Boston”). The crowd of around 80 gave Brad and the band a well-deserved standing ovation.

Dehd at The Slowdown, Sept. 22, 2022.

Afterward, I headed down to The Slowdown for Dehd.

Dehd opened with “Bad Love,” the hit single off the band’s most recent album, Blue Skies, and the youngish crowd of maybe 200 went nuts. Live the trio is even more minimal sounding than on record, with each player making the most out of his or her instrument. Frontwoman Emily Kempf sang and snarled her way through the set while holding down the bass line. Guitarist Jason Balla leapt and danced, warping his guitar’s sound in trademark fashion. There was a sort of underwater vibe to everything. Holding it all together was percussionist Eric McGrady standing between a couple large kettle drums and little else. As they moved through the set, songs did begin to blend into each other, creating one surfy, punky song, but what a fun song it was.  

Opener Exum was just Antone Exum singing and dancing alone with microphone over pre-recorded tracks. Initially, a bit of a let-down, especially considering the instrumentation heard on his albums. Still, he made the most of what he had, getting the crowd to dance and even sing along to his music. Exum’s music ranged from rap and R&B to industrial and punk. If he only had a band behind him.

Onto the weekend, and Lincoln Calling is the premiere event.

The full schedule is at lincolncalling.com. If I had to pick one night to attend it would be tonight. The highlights include a reunion of classic ’90s Lincoln post-punk band Sideshow; ’80s NYC post-punk legends Live Skull, as well as Together Pangea, Uh Oh, BIB, Las Cruxes and Thirst Things First. Saturday’s line-up ain’t bad, either, with David Nance, Catpiss, The Machete Archive, Domestica and The Menzingers among the highlights. There is a variety of ticket options, including venue-specific access. Study the LC website and plan your strategy.

Beyond that, back here in Omaha all the shows are bunched together on Sunday night.

Top of the order is The Cult at The Admiral Theater (formerly known as Sokol Auditorium). Expect a big, loud production from these ’80s first wave dynamos. Goth-heavy Oakland band King Woman opens at 8 p.m. Tickets are $64.50 for GA, and $125 for balcony access.

Meanwhile, over at The Waiting Room, Dinosaur Jr. returns with Chicago singer-songwriter Ryley Walker. 8 p.m. $30.

Around the corner at Reverb Lounge Agent Orange heads a punk ticket that includes local heroes R.A.F. and The Scabby Ghouls. $22, 8 p.m.

And last but not least, Melbourne band Quivers is doing an in-store at Grapefruit Records, 1125 Jackson St., in the Old Market at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Opener TBD. I’ll be posting a Ten Questions interview with Quivers tomorrow.

That’s all I got. If I missed your show, put it in the comments section. Have a great weekend. 

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Brad Hoshaw homecoming show tonight at Benson Theatre; Dehd, Exum at The Slowdown…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 12:33 pm September 22, 2022
At Hoshaw’s Corner, from left, Matt Whipkey, Vern Fergesen and Brad Hoshaw. Hoshaw returns to Benson tonight at the Benson Theatre with the 7 Deadlies.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

It’s a busy Thursday.

Singer/songwriter Brad Hoshaw high-tailed it to California a few years ago conceivably to chase fame and fortune. Well, he’s back in Omaha tonight for one performance at the Benson Theatre, performing alongside his band, The 7 Deadlies.

No doubt he’ll be playing songs off his latest self-released album, 2021’s Living on a Sliver, as well as his greatest hits off Funeral Guns and his 2009 self-titled breakthrough LP.  It’ll be like an episode of VH-1 Storytellers! And this will be my first opportunity to step inside the new Benson Theatre. Exciting! 

Tickets are still available for $15 from his website, though I have to believe they’re also taking money at the door? If you’re going, the safe bet is to buy online now. Show starts at 7 p.m. 

Also later tonight, Chicago indie rock trio Dehd headlines at The Slowdown. The band’s latest, Blue Skies (2022, Fat Possum), includes breakthrough single “Bad Love,” which is on heavy rotation on Sirius XMU. Frontwoman Emily Kempf sounds like a cross between Karen O and Sheer Mag’s Tina Halladay on indie rock songs that border on surf thanks to that echoing, twangy, reverb-heavy guitar. 

Opener Exum is former San Francisco 49’r Antone Exum. He toured last year with Alex G and now has this Dehd slot, supporting a couple albums of his own infectious indie pop reminiscent of Twin Shadow. Garst opens at 9 p.m. This one’s in the big room, $25. 

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Ten Questions with Live Skull (playing Lincoln Calling Friday night!)…

Category: Blog,Interviews — Tags: , , , , — @ 12:25 pm September 20, 2022
Live Skull plays Friday night at Lincoln Calling. Photo by Jen Jaffe.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

When it was announced that Lincoln Calling managed to book seminal ‘80s noise-rock legends Live Skull for this year’s festival, which runs this Thursday through Saturday, I was flummoxed. 

A product of the Lower Manhattan music and art scene of the ‘80s, Live Skull was the definitive post-punk noise act alongside bands like Sonic Youth, Swans and Lydia Lunch. They dominated the late-‘80s with a handful of albums released on Homestead, many featuring Thalia Zedek on vocals and all begging for a reissue. Soon after Positraction was released in ’89, the band called it quits. 

Now they’re back after a 30-year hiatus. The band’s founder — guitarist/vocalist Mark C. — reformed Live Skull with a new line-up in 2018 that includes Lincoln native Kent Heine on bass (Who remembers Kent’s former band, The Holy Ghost? I do. Read my interview with the band from way back in 2002). Live Skull has released a couple new albums including 2020’s Dangerous Visions on Bronson Recordings. 

The Lincoln Calling gig is part of a fall U.S. tour and will no doubt be a highlight of the Festival. I caught up with Mark C. and gave him the Ten Questions treatment. Here’s what he had to say:

1. What is your favorite album?

Mark C.: Depending on the day of the week either, Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks, or Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, or Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew, or Joni Mitchel’s Blue, or The Fall’s Live At the Witch Trials, or Fela’s Expensive Shit!

2. What is your least favorite song?

Every pop song with auto-tuning!

3. What do you enjoy most about being in a band?

Travelling to different cities around the world to perform can be exciting, when the drives aren’t too long, you’ve gotten some sleep, and you get a soundcheck! I also relish not always having to be the driver, so I can shoot video out the window.

4. What do you hate about being in a band?

Hearing loss! Also having to feign laughter at bad, drummer jokes! How can you tell someone’s a drummer? He’s the one hanging with musicians…

5. What is your favorite substance (legal or illegal)?

Organic Hawaiian black tea from the Big Island!

6. In what city or town do you love to perform (and why)?

New York City will always be my favorite, but our last tour of Norway was super fun, and I would say recently we’ve been having a lot of fun playing upstate in Kingston. The air is sweet, the crowd is enthusiastic, and there’s nice outdoor space at the club we’ve been playing at, Tubby’s -where they feed you the most amazing vegan pizza and win you over with positive vibes!

7. What city or town did you have your worst gig (and why)?

Hmm… we’ve played shows where guitar amps blew up, lead singers could just barely crawl onto stage in the middle of the opening song, disappearing sound engineers at showtime…but back in the day we had a gig in Wuppertal, Germany, where we were told we had damaged a $1,800 microphone (somehowjust about the amount of our fee) and therefore they wouldn’t be paying us. And there was the time in Phoenix, Arizona, after a well-attended gig, I think the day after New Year’s, when Tom Paine and I were summoned upstairs to the club owner’s office, but instead of a check, he pulls a gun out of the drawer and slams it down on his desk in front of us. He looked up and asked what we were still doing sitting there!!

8. Are you able to support yourself through your music? If so, how long did it take to get there; if not, how do you pay your bills?

There was a time near the end of the ‘80s when Live Skull could support the band members while touring and pay everyone’s rent back home. But I’ve always had other jobs, and these days I record bands at my studio, Deepsea in Hoboken, New Jersey. I also piece together photography work and other assorted activities to help make ends meet.

9. What one profession other than music would you like to attempt; what one profession would you absolutely hate to do?

I’ve been semi-obsessed with art photography since I was a kid — you can see some of my work on our early album covers, posters and the 5-D video as well as on Sugar’s Copper Blue – and I imagine I would like teaching it.

Basically, I never thought I could face a steady 9-5 office job of any kind.

10. What stories have you heard about Omaha, Nebraska?

Aside from Insurance tips from Mutual of Omaha, I’ve heard they have the largest indoor desert and the largest indoor rain forest in America. Why travel further? And I always thought the Brooklyn Botanic Garden was special with their Bonsai Museum!

Live Skull plays Friday, Sept. 23, at Bodega’s Alley, 1418 O Street, Lincoln, as part of Lincoln Calling. Showtime is 9 p.m. For more information, including ticket pricing, go to LincolnCalling.com.

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Cog Factory doc, Wagon Blasters, Breakers, The Sun-Less Trio, The Obscurants Saturday; Pink Fuzz Sunday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , , — @ 1:04 pm September 16, 2022
Wagon Blasters at Lookout Lounge April 30, 2016. The band plays Saturday night at The Waiting Room.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Before we get into the weekend, the folks who run the Maha Music Festival are now giving you a chance to suggest bands for next year’s fest, which will again be held at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village.

All you have to do is click here and fill out the survey. Yeah, I know, the odds of Maha actually booking the bands you list are, well, pretty slim. It’s not unlike when a radio station asks for requests when you know they’re only going to play your song if it’s already on their playlist. Still, it’ll give them an indication of just how broad a net to cast when the Knitting Factory folks who help book the festival actually start reaching out to acts. 

And, if you don’t fill out the survey, you can’t complain next year when your bands aren’t on the line-up. Here’s the link. I’m not sure how long it’ll be available, so do it now. 

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OK, onto the weekend.

There’s not much happening tonight. Stinson Park is hosting a post-punk cover band called The Damones. This was originally supposed to happen a few weeks ago but was rained out. No, this is not original music, but it could be fun, and it’s a departure for the Stinson Park series. And it’s free. Runs from 7 to 10 p.m. 

Moving onto a very busy Saturday…

Top of the order is the screening of the Cog Factory Documentary at The Waiting Room. I could have sworn this movie had already been released online. At any rate, here’s your chance to see it if you haven’t already. She screening starts at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a discussion, and then a live performance from The Wagon Blasters, probably around 9 p.m. UN-T.I.L. also is on the program. $15.

Meanwhile, across town at fabulous O’Leaver’s, The Club is hosting its monthly rock show. Headlining is Breakers, a newish band featuring Matt Focht of Head of Femur with Chris Yambor and Robert Little. In the middle slot The Sun-Less Trio celebrating the release of their new record, Cemetary Road. And opening is a new project from Lincoln’s Eric Maly (Fair Moans, Hi Ho Silverfox, Slow Pioneers) called The Obscurants. Joining Maly in the band are Shawn Williams, drums; Jon Ruff, bass; Danny Carraher, guitar; Chris Maly, guitar; and Emma Nelson on violin. Whew! You get all this entertainment for a mere $10. Show starts at 9 p.m.

Also Saturday night, Petshop in Benson (just south of the old Barley Street Tavern) is hosting a show with FLT RTH, Specter Poetics and Jeff in Leather. $5, 10 p.m.

Finally on Sunday, Denver grunge rockers Pink Fuzz play at The Sydney in Benson with Hussies. $10 9 p.m.

And that’s all I got. If I missed your show, put it in the comments section. Have a great weekend.

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Sunny Day Real Estate, The Appleseed Cast tonight at The Admiral…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 12:55 pm September 14, 2022
Sunny Day Real Estate plays tonight at The Admiral.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

It’s Emo Night at The Admiral tonight… the real emo night, not just someone playing a playlist of their favorite emo songs. 

Tonight emo royalty Sunny Day Real Estate headlines at The Admiral Theater. Formed in the early ‘90s in Seattle, the band was and is an influence on Omaha’s late-‘90s indie scene, specifically Saddle Creek bands like Cursive, who would go on to become emo royalty themselves. 

I’m not sure what’s driving the band’s reunion this time ’round. Monday night’s show at Spokane Club in Washington was their first time performing in 12 years with the line-up that includes Jeremy Enigk, Dan Hoerner, William Goldsmith and new bassist Chris Jordan. They played at Liberty Hall on Tuesday night. Check out that show’s setlist here, which will probably indicate what they’ll be playing tonight.  

Am I surprised the show hasn’t sold out in an emo-loving town like Omaha? Not really. I’m not sure the second-gen emo fans are familiar with SDRE, and judging by their tour page, only their Brooklyn show at the end of the month and the tour ender in Seattle have sold out so far.

The Appleseed Cast, who seems to come through town annually, opens along with Listener at 8 p.m. $35. 

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Pageturners Lounge weekend (Jake Bellows, Digital Leather, David Nance Band, Solid Goldberg, special guests?); Gary Numan Saturday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 12:47 pm September 9, 2022
Pageturners Lounge at 50th and Dodge celebrates its 10-year Anniversary this weekend, starting tonight.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Tonight is the first night of the Pageturners Lounge 10 Year Anniversary weekend. I still don’t know how they’re gonna cram all this entertainment into that little bar, but at least now we have start times and line-ups, as follows:

FRIDAY 9/9:

6:30PM
Las Cruxes
Cat Piss
Digital Leather
Oquoa
Marcey Yates
Jake Bellows

MIDNIGHT:
Specter Poetics
DJ Tyrone Storm

SATURDAY 9/10:

6:00PM
Stathi
Bug Heaven
M34n Str33t
Mesonjixxx
Felice Brothers w/ Special Guest

MIDNIGHT:
Solid Goldberg
Crabrangucci

SUNDAY 9/11: 

6:00PM
Hartford/Focht
McCarthy Trenching
Megan Siebe
Ben Eisenberger
Jim Schroeder Band
David Nance & Mowed Sound

Not listed in the acts above Conor Oberst, who’s name is prominently displayed on the the weekend’s show poster. I’m told there may be an unannounced performance (of sorts) tonight was well, which should be the crush mob as Jake Bellows is headlining and there are tons friends and family dying to see Jake back on stage, especially with the re-release of the entire Neva Dinova catalog on Saddle Creek Records. Should be something special.

“Suggested Donation” is $10, which I guess is an alternative to charging a cover (is this a tax dodge?)? If you’re going, get there early, though I have a feeling there will be a constantly rotating audience throughout the night, cuminating with the headliners each night (Felice Brothers w/”Special Guest” headline Saturday night, which has got to be the Oberst appearance (if there is one)). 

It’s a shame this isn’t being held outdoors (but where would they put it?). Of course it’s supposed to rain tomorrow, so that would have brought everyone inside anyway. 

Pageturnersfest not the only thing going on this weekend. 

Gary Numan’s long rescheduled concert is finally happening Saturday night at The Waiting Room, and lo and behold, the show still isn’t sold out. This is among his last shows on Numan’s tour and who knows when he’ll tour again (if ever). I Speak Machine opens at 8 p.m. $35.

Also Saturday night, Des Moines singer/songwriter Dan Tedesco headlines at Reverb Lounge. Local boys Farewell Transmission and singer/songwriter Jeremy Mercy open. 8 p.m. $17.

Is that everything? Oh yeah, 311 is playing out at Shadow Ridge Country Club tonight. Wouldn’t want to forget that. Did I miss your show? Put it in the comments section. Have a great weekend.

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Crywank, Chastity (Captured Tracks) tonight at Reverb Lounge…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 12:28 pm September 8, 2022

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

A quick note.

I’m back from NYC. My only music-related note is the above photo, taken from the sidewalk of my hotel. Looks like Bad Boy Worldwide hasn’t been in that building for years, yet the sign remains, I guess as a tribute to where it all began for Puffy and his team? It’s fun to imagine the godfather’s of East Coast hip-hop going through those doors…

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Strange under-the-radar show happening at Reverb tonight. Crywank is a Manchester-based anti-folk duo who has been described as “a sarcastic Bright Eyes.” They’ve released eight full lengths, mostly on their own. Opening tonight is Ontario-based emo-esque band Chastity a.k.a. Brandon Williams, whose previous album, Home Made Satan, was released on boutique indie label Captured Tracks Records. The latest, Suffer Summer, was released earlier this year on Deathwish.

I’ve heard nothing about this show, and seen nothing about it on social media. It’s as is if it was scheduled and then forgotten, with no promomotion. Regardless, it’s tonight at Reverb, starting at 8. $15.

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An early look at the weekend: BFF, Oquoa, Bad Self Portraits Friday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 9:22 am September 1, 2022
Oquoa at Reverb Lounge, April 13, 2017. They play Friday night at The Sydney.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

You have to be strategic when picking which weekend to leave town, and this turns out to be a good one. No touring indie bands are playing anywhere (What else is new?).

One show of note is The Sydney’s monthly Benson First Friday bash, this time featuring local indie bands Oquoa and Bad Self Portraits. Teetah also is on the bill. $10, 9 p.m. 

Saturday, Dr. Jack’s Drinkery a.k.a. the old Brass Knocker, is hosting their annual Punk Rock BBQ. Looking at the line-up, I’m not familiar with any of these bands, but that doesn’t mean anything. $40, show starts at 4 p.m. 

Look, it’s a lousy weekend for shows, but you’ve got Pageturners’ big weekend of shows next weekend (Sept. 9-11) celebrating their anniversary, and you’ve got Lincoln Calling coming up Sept. 22-24. 

So take the weekend off. 

BTW, the next touring indie shows are Gary Numan Sept. 10 at The Waiting Room, Sunny Day Real Estate Sept. 14 at The Admiral and DEHD Sept. 22 at The Slowdown. So don’t fret, pet. 

If I missed your show, put it in the comments section. Have a great weekend!

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Live Review: Little Brazil at TWR; what’s it take to make it these days?…

Category: Blog — @ 12:50 pm August 29, 2022
Little Brazil at The Waiting Room, Aug. 26, 2022.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Last Friday’s Little Brazil show at The Waiting Room felt like a wedding reception wherein you run into people you haven’t seen in 20 years, all there to support old friends on this very special day. In this case, that special day was LB’s album release show for Just Leave (Max Trax Record), a long-delayed show that was originally slated back in June. 

Many old-timers were in the crowd, myself included, to catch another in a series of sets by one of our favorite local bands. Little Brazil has been playing for more than 20 years, and though we’ve all grown older, they’ve stayed the same, both in energy and sound. The new LB album is one of their best, but it’s also in line with the music they’ve been playing since the beginning. 

And to prove this, Little Brazil played a song off every previous album, the highlight being a very groovy rendition of “The Way You Listen,” from You and Me, released back in 2005. It’s one of those tunes that rewards rediscovery. Other deep cuts included “Shades” from Tighten the Noose (2007); “Separated” from Son (2009); and “Motorbike” from Send the Wolves (2018). 

Of course there were plenty of songs from the new album, including a scorching version of stand-out tracks “Same Old Dress,” and “Come Along.” The band was in its usual fine form and frontman Landon Hedges was in good voice, though unsure of a few lyrics to those old chestnuts, looking at times as if he was daring himself to sing the next line. 

Danny Maxwell mentioned from stage that Landon has already written 10 new songs, so we’ll be doing this all again soon. Here’s to it. 

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I had an interesting side convo with one of the music scene’s legends about the pathway bands take these days as they try to break through to a larger audience. In the old days, the steps you took were straightforward — Write songs, get gigs, record an album, find a label, book a tour. Evidence of success included articles in national magazines, attaining college radio airplay and, if everything clicks, landing on the CMJ charts. 

The old rules really no longer apply. Oh sure, you still need to write songs, but recording can be done in your bedroom. Record labels are great but hardly a necessity, especially if you only intend to stream or sell downloads. College radio? What’s that? The new thing is going viral on Tik Tok (or at least it is for pop bands). CMJ, once the bible of indie music, folded five years ago.

So yeah, even magazines are things of the past. The new pinnacles for indie bands include landing a Pitchfork review — a near impossibility without being on a respected label, so I guess labels are still important. But even then, a Pitchfork or Stereogum article hardly guarantees success. Getting added to a significant playlist on Spotify can certainly raise your exposure. So can getting added to another successful band’s tour as an opener – but that’s going to cost you both money and time.

It sounds bleak for new bands trying to get ahead. In the end, in addition to making great music, luck is one of the most important factors to breaking through to an audience outside of your hometown…

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