Digital Leather at The Sydney, Dec. 3, 2011.

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OEAA showcases (Big Deep’s last gig), Life Is Cool tonight; Yes You Are (Kianna from Tilly…), Dundee Day, Mannequin Pussy Saturday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 12:52 pm August 22, 2014
Mannequin Pussy plays at MIddle Haüs Saturday night.

Mannequin Pussy plays at Middle Haüs Saturday night.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

It should be another busy foot-traffic weekend in Benson as the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards (OEAA) showcases are happening throughout Maple St. tonight and Saturday night. Wristbands, which are $10 for one night or $15 for the whole weekend, get you into all participating venues: The Waiting Room, The Sydney, Barley Street Tavern, Burke’s Pub, PS Collective and 402 Collective.

I’m not familiar with most of the bands involved this year. One notable exception is The Big Deep, who plays at 10:45 Saturday night at The Waiting Room in what will be their last waltz before an “extended hiatus.”

Basically, we’re calling a break and don’t have any plans right now to play again,” said Big Deep bassist Jared Bakewell. “There’s some burn out from creating our last album and a few people want to focus on other projects, both personal and musical, for a while.

“Other projects” include drummer Trenton Albers work with The Sub-Vectors and a new unnamed project from Bakewell that includes Cody Rathman and Nate Fowler. Better catch them Saturday night because you may never get another chance.

The full OEAA showcase schedule is available at http://oea-awards.com/.

Also tonight, Lincoln dance-rock outfit Life Is Cool headlines at fabulous O’Leaver’s with The Doneofits (EP release show), The Baberaham and Bird Shuus. $5, 9 p.m.

Saturday night a band out of Kansas City called Yes You Are plays at Slowdown Jr. Among the mysterious band’s members is Tilly and the Wall vocalist Kianna Alarid. Also on the bill are Lawrence band Oils and Omaha’s own Derby Birds. $5, 9 p.m.

Saturday is Dundee Days in, well, Dundee.  Bands performing are a middle-of-the-road bunch except for something described on event posters at “Noahs Arch Was a Spaceship.” Assume they mean Noah’s Ark…?  Music starts at 5 p.m. and costs $5 to get in. More info here.

No word as to whether there will be a Dario’s Day this year (which is usually run in conjunction with Dundee Day). If anyone has any data, please post it in the comments section.

Finally, NYC/Philly punks Mannequin Pussy play at good ol’ Middle Haüs (you know, that duplex right across the street from The Brothers) Saturday night along with Manic Pixie Dream Girls and the infamous TBA. $5, 9 p.m.

If I missed anything, put it in the comments section. Have a red hot weekend…

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‘Bent Over Neal’ soundtrack (Eli Mardock, Bloodcow, Strange Attractors) gets Oct. 24 launch date; Rikk Agnew Band, R.A.F. tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 1:05 pm August 21, 2014
Rikk Agnew Band plays tonight at The Hideout.

Rikk Agnew Band plays tonight at The Hideout.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Director Aaron Gum, who also happens to be a member of InDreama, emailed to say that his upcoming feature film, “Bent Over Neal,” is loaded with local star talent of the musical variety.

(It) features an eclectic blend of Nebraska actors, bands and musicians, including onscreen performances by Bloodcow & Eli Mardock and tons of local music from Civic Minded, InDreama, Rock Paper Dynamite, Adam Weaver and the Ghosts, Scott Severin, The Big Deep, Jeremy Starkel, Edge Of Arbor, and Strange Attractors…

The film’s soundtrack will be debuted at a concert at The Waiting Room Oct. 24 featuring eight of the bands represented on the album. That’s fine, but what about the movie itself?

Our first two Omaha film screenings sold out in advance, but we have added another Omaha date October 30 at Akasarben,” Gum said. “Our Lincoln film premiere and soundtrack concert will be October 26 at Vega.

Check out the film’s trailer below:

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Orange County hardcore legend Rikk Agnew and his band will be tearing up the stage tonight at the infamous Hideout Lounge, 320 So. 72nd Street. Guitarist Agnew’s list of acts he’s played with include The Adolescants, D.I., The Detours, Social Distortion, Voodoo Church and perhaps most notably, Christian Death.

Agnew promises to play songs from all four decades of his illustrious career. Also on tonight’s bill is Omaha’s own seminal punkers R.A.F., along with Sioux City’s The Pentagon, and Hand Painted Police Car. $10, 9 p.m.

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Post-script Maha comments, and the live review (in the column); Dereck Higgins Indiegogo campaign, Travelling Mercies, Feel Tight tonight…

Category: Blog,Column,Reviews — Tags: , — @ 1:01 pm August 20, 2014

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

More comments and review of this year’s Maha Music Festival are in this week’s column. You can read it in the new issue of The Reader, out tomorrow, or online right here.

Some final thoughts/post scripts to Maha 2014:

Domestica's Jon Taylor at the microphone.

Domestica’s Jon Taylor at the microphone.

– Jon Taylor sung leads on at least two Domestica songs during their Maha set — a departure as Heidi Ore has handled lead vocals with Domestica and Mercy Rule for about 20 years. Jon did a stellar job. It’ll be interesting to hear how it translates on future Domestica recordings.

– As mentioned in the review, Icky Blossoms’ new material is harder and more acidic than stuff off their debut album, but that doesn’t make it any less danceable. Expect their new album on Saddle Creek probably early next year.

The intense crowd in front of the stage during Icky Blossoms' set.

The intense crowd in front of the stage during Icky Blossoms’ set.

– Speaking of Icky Blossoms, the band got a nice shout-out from The Head and the Heart during their set, gushing that Icky was their favorite band so far at the festival. Maybe the Ickys should try to get an opening slot on THATH’s next tour?

– I was skeptical about the Maha Ferris wheel until I saw it. It actually was pretty cool and when I went past it early in the evening there was quite a line of people waiting to get on.

–  Maha outdid themselves with this year’s Global Village. Lots of cool shit for kids to do while mom or pop is rocking. This is one of the central things that make Maha a festival rather than just a day-long concert.

– Ain’t none of my business but it was disturbing to see — while leaning through the crowd near the stage during Local Natives’ set — some guy carrying a baby with no hearing protection standing right next to me. Even with ear plugs I thought their set was loud from that vantage-point. Can that level of decibels be healthy for a baby?

– The Boulevard seasonal ale being served in the beer tents (something sweet blended with ginger) was indeed tasty. I’m developing a taste for sissy beers.

– It wasn’t all roses for Maha. The food selection was…lacking. I’m not sure what they can do about this. I swear I saw people walking around with cheeseburgers but I couldn’t find where they were coming from. That said, would it kill them to find a vendor that offered a pleasant, refreshing salad? Or ribs?

– For every person I talked to who loved the line-up there was someone who whined about the line-up. Maha will never be all things to all people, nor should it be. I like their basic two-stage recipe, though I think they’re going to begin struggling to find new, decent locals to fill that local stage who haven’t already played in the past two years.

– BTW, I’ve gotten plenty of shit about missing Radkey’s and Doomtree’s sets. Sorry fans. I’m quite familiar with their catalogs, and it just ain’t for me. Knowing that I was going to miss about two hours of the festival, I had to choose judiciously. I’m sure they were fan-fucking-tastic…

– The biggest disappointment was The Both’s set. The idea was good on paper, but I don’t think it translated to a festival. Aimee Mann’s music is probably better suited for a sit-down concert in, say, the Holland or the Orpheum rather than an outdoor stage. Conversely, someone needs to book Ted Leo at The Waiting Room.

– Oddest moments at Maha: The times between sets when there was no music. I mean nothing. You’d think they’d at least have some house music going over the PA. Even the annoying generic reggae beats that I’ve heard at so many other large concerts between sets would have helped fill the void. The simple answer is for Maha to hire one (or a few) of the area’s many DJs to fill in the gaps between sets. It would be a nice tip o’ the hat to the local DJ culture.

After six festivals, Maha is finally reaching its capacity. No, it hasn’t outgrown Stinson Park. Even at (what I think was) its maximum attendance level (toward the end of The Head and the Heart or at the very beginning of Death Cab’s set) it was still possible to comfortably walk through the crowd (By contrast, try navigating through the crowd during the last band at the annual Memorial Park freedom rock July 4 hog-calling concert).  The attendance number being reported is 7,000. Maha could squeeze a couple more thousand into Stinson, and maybe even reach that golden 10,000 number if they find the right headliner. Does Maha need to get bigger than that? It will have to if it’s going to attract the Beck / Wilco-level headliners.  How else can Maha grow? How about a second day-long festival — one held in the spring, the other in the late summer? Or add an amazing Friday night warm-up set in the park…

BTW, if you went to Maha, fill out the Maha survey so they can capture your thoughts and make it even better next year.

More Maha review here.

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You know that Dereck Higgins release I mentioned the other day that I wondered would ever make it onto vinyl? Well it is, probably. Dereck launched an indiegogo campaign to help fund the pressing. You can contribute (and pre-order the LP) here.

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Hear Nebraska’ second-to-last Live at Turner Park concert for the season is tonight. The line-up is Lincoln bluegrass outfit The Bottle Tops and roots rockers The Travelling Mercies.The show starts at 6 p.m. Bring a blanket and some booze and enjoy. More info here.

Also tonight at Slowdown Jr. it’s the debut of Feel Tight, a new project featuring members of Talking Mountain, The Seen and Weird Howl. Opening up is Huge Fucking Waves and Stephen Nichols. $5, 9 p.m.

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Maha Music Festival 2014 in photos; The Everymen return tonight…

Category: Blog,Reviews — Tags: — @ 12:58 pm August 18, 2014
The Maha Music Festival crowd late in the evening, looking from stage left.

The 2014 Maha Music Festival crowd late in the evening, looking from stage left.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

A more-detailed review of the Maha Music Festival will appear in my column in The Reader on Thursday. The micro-summary: It was a good, though rather exhausting, day thanks to humid weather and a loaded line-up that made it hard to sneak away to re-energize. I ended up skipping the Radkey and Doomtree sets to go home and change my clothes and cool off.

All the performances were good. Domestica, Whipkey and Twinsmith were as expected. It was good to see Heidi and Jon on a festival stage. The surprises were M34n Str33t, who I’d never seen before and thoroughly enjoyed, and Envy Corp, a band I’d all but written off as just not being my thing, that is until this gig. I was talking to a musician and another music journalist during their set and all three of us were like, “Who the f___ is this? These guys are pretty awesome.

The Both were good, if not a bit sleepy in their mid-tempo way. I’d rather see them in a regular venue than on an outside stage. Local Natives ramped up the crowd for the coming evening, but what really got the crowd pumped was Icky Blossoms.  The old favorites from their debut album were as good as ever, but the new stuff points toward a different, more punk-fueled sound. Edgier, despite the dresses.

Head and the Heart and Death Cab did their things, and I’ll go in a little more detail about them in the column, though it’s safe to say Maha has broken its curse of having dull headliners.

Anyway, here’s a collection of photos taken throughout the day.

Domestica

Domestica kicked off Maha to an adoring crowd.

Early crowd

Actually, the crowd for Domestica was bigger than it looked.

Matt Whipkey and his band launched the local stage.

Matt Whipkey and his band launched the local stage in style.

And then there was Snot, representing this year's class of Omaha Girls Rock!

And then there was Snot, representing this year’s class of talent from Omaha Girls Rock!

Twinsmith on the main stage.

Twinsmith looked right at home on the main stage.

M34n Str33t brought a lot of signs with them.

M34n Str33t was the only band to bring props for the crowd, which hung around at least until they got all but destroyed during Icky Blossoms’ set.

Aimee Man and Ted Leo do their thing as The Both.

Aimee Man and Ted Leo do their thing as The Both. And yes, there was even a rendition of “Voices Carry” (though it paled compared to Leo’s awesome “Bottled in Cork”).

Local Natives got the evening rolling in style.

Local Natives got the evening rolling in style.

Icky Blossoms dressed for success.

Icky Blossoms dressed for success.

The view from the side of the stage of The Head and the Heart.

The view from the side of the stage of The Head and the Heart.

Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard kicking off their headlining set.

Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard kicking off their headlining set.

A view of Death Cab from in front of the stage.

A view of Death Cab from in front of the stage.

The huge crowd on hand at the end of The Head and the Heart's set.

The huge crowd on hand at the end of The Head and the Heart’s set.

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Tonight at O’Leaver’s, The Everymen return. Remember them from a few weeks ago and from this column? Check them out again tonight. The Ridgways and Sidewalkers also are on the bill. $5, 9:30 p.m.

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Post Verse, John Klemmensen tonight; Maha Music Festival, rain or shine Saturday…

Category: Blog — Tags: — @ 2:54 pm August 15, 2014
Death Cab for Cutie is the headliner at Saturday's Maha Music Festival.

Death Cab for Cutie is the headliner at this Saturday’s Maha Music Festival.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

So, the Maha Music Festival tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed that the storms route around Omaha. I’d hate to see this one get water-logged. All the details, the band sched, everything is at mahamusicfestival.com. If you’re going and you don’t have tix, you should get them today to avoid a $10 DOS upcharge. I’ll see you there.

As for the rest of the weekend, there are a couple shows going on tonight:

Post Verse headlines tonight at Slowdown Jr. They describe themselves as “a band that doesn’t just seem inspired by the fuzzed out altars of Cobain, Corgan and Shields, but actually share the same DNA.” Nuit Vah and The Sun-less Trio — two bands I’ve never heard of — open. $5, 9 p.m.

Also tonight, John Klemmensen and the Party take their show to The Barley Street Tavern. Joining them are the Baberaham Lincolns, Superghosts and Thoughts — three bands I’ve never heard of. $5, 9 p.m.

O’Leaver’s is promising some “very special guests” at their Maha Music Festival after-party Saturday night. Who could they be? Find out. It’s free and starts at 9.

That’s what I got. If I missed your gig, put it in the comments section.

Stay dry, Omaha…

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Lazy-i Interview: The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo); Maha: The Head Vs. The Heart (in the column)…

Category: Blog,Column,Interviews — Tags: , , , , — @ 12:57 pm August 14, 2014
The Both = Aimee Mann + Ted Leo. They're playing at Saturday's Maha Music Festival.

The Both = Aimee Mann + Ted Leo. They’re playing at Saturday’s Maha Music Festival.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

The Maha Music Festival pre-coverage is hitting the streets today, including the stuff I worked on for The Reader.

Every year I do one Q&A with one of the traveling Maha artist, and this year it was with Aimee Mann and Ted Leo of The Both. Among the questions asked:

  • - Is playing together everything you dreamed it would be?
  • - Are you creating something with a new fan base or building on your solo fan bases?
  • - During the songwriting phase, Aimee, did you ask Ted to throttle back / Ted, did you ask Aimee to ramp it up?
  • - Aimee, did you foresee the decline of the music industry when you created your own record label in ’99?
  • - What do you think of Kickstarter?

And the question I was most interested in asking:

  • - Aimee, I have to ask a two-part Magnolia question: 1) What did you think when PT Anderson had the characters sing the lines to “Wise Up,” and 2) What did you think the first time you saw it in the finished film?

And so on. You can read the answers to those questions and more in this week’s issue of The Reader, or online right here.

Aimee and Ted were a lot of fun to interview, especially Ted, who reminisced about past shows he’s played in Omaha and how lousy they were. Leo came through with Dismemberment Plan in 2001, as a headliner at Sokol Underground in 2003, and opened for Against Me at Slowdown in 2008. He always puts on a great show, whether he thinks he does or not.

I have not had the best shows of my life in Omaha, and that’s not inflective of Omaha per se,” he said. “There’s so many factors that come together like a perfect crap storm to make a show crappy, there are so many moving parts and every day you’re on tour, you can’t blame it on one thing. I’m happy to be back in this context with Aimee at the Maha festival.”

This is the first time Aimee Mann’s been to Omaha, and she had no preconceptions about our fair city.  “I’ve heard nothing (about Omaha), so it’s a lovely clean slate,” Mann said. “The reason any musician doesn’t or does go to a town or area has nothing to do with personal preference, it’s all about the promoter or booking agent. If there’s not a promoter that thinks that people will come to see you, you don’t show up at that town.

Go read the interview. It’s long.

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In other Maha news, my column this week focuses on the future of summer music festivals and how Maha fits into the equation. For perspective, I interviewed Tre Brashear, one of Maha’s founders, about the challenges he and his team face putting the festival together every year, and where he thinks Maha is headed. You can also read that in The Reader or online right here.

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Bloodcow launches Kickstarter (Come on, guys); Dereck Higgins’ Murphy drops; Chris Walla leaves Death Cab; HN in Turner Park (hip-hop edition); Record Club tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 12:47 pm August 13, 2014
Frightening screen capture from the Bloodcow Kickstarter video.

Frightening screen capture from the Bloodcow Kickstarter video.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Well, Bloodcow launched its Kickstarter campaign yesterday. They’re trying to raise $8,900 so they can release their 4th album, Crystals & Lasers, on vinyl and other formats. I know there’s some folks who are “anti-Kickstarter,” but I see it as a chance for fans to pre-order a release at a pretty decent price and get some other tchotchkes along the way.

If there’s one disappointment with Bloodcow’s Kickstarter it’s the lack of creative premiums. They’re only offering the usual war chest of goodies — vinyl, CD, T-shirt, play at your house, producer credit, etc. I was hoping for something more becoming of a Council Bluffs band of self-proclaimed Xenu followers. Come on guys, where’s the “Spend a night with Bloodcow at a classy Council Bluffs strip club” or “Have your picture taken with Bloodcow at the BLACK ANGEL OF DEATH” or “Hand-etched Bloodcow tattoo by artist Karl Nicholason” or “Guest role in Aaron Gum-produced drag queen video” or “An actual Bloodcow” (I’m not sure what that is).

Without those, I’ll probably just go in at the vinyl/t-shirt level. You should, too. Check it out.

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Dereck Higgins, Murphy (self-release, 2014)

Dereck Higgins, Murphy (self-release, 2014)

This morning Omaha songwriter/musician Dereck Higgins (InDreama, Strange Attractors)  posted a link to his latest release in Bandcamp, Murphy, the follow-up to his Flyover Country album. Higgins says he might release the all-instrumental Murphy on vinyl late this year or early next year. The record is named after a buddy Higgins knew in high school who had a party spot along the Elkhorn River. Check it out.

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Death Cab for Cutie announced on its website today that longtime member Chris Walla is leaving the band. No reason was given for his departure. This Saturday’s Maha Music Festival will be among the last times you’ll be able to see Walla on stage with the band. DCFC also announced that its new, yet-to-be-titled  album has been recorded with producer Rich Costey (Mew, Interpol, Cave In) and is slated for release in early 2015. Wonder if they’ll be playing any of the new material on Saturday?

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The second in Hear Nebraska’s Live at Turner Park concert series is tonight at 6 p.m. and features local hip-hop artists AZP and BOTH. The concert is free and a fun way to check out Turner Park’s new concert stage. Find out more here.

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Also, tonight’s Record Club at the Shop @ Saddle Creek features Death Cab for Cuties’ seminal 2003 release Transatlanticism. Record Club is a chance for folks to get together and listen to an album in its entirety, then discuss it afterward. Fun! The needle drops at 7 p.m. More info here.

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Feel Tight = Talking Mountain + The Seen; New M34n Str33t video; Bloodcow gets ready to Kickstart; Orenda’s Blue Dream streams…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 1:00 pm August 11, 2014
Orenda Fink's new one, Blue Dream, is streaming at NPR Live. Photo by Bill Sitzmann.

Orenda Fink’s new one, Blue Dream, is streaming at NPR Live. Photo by Bill Sitzmann.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Going through the mailbox…

This just in from Talking Mountain main guy Jason Meyer:

“Feel Tight” is a new band that I’m in with dudes from the Seen and Weird Howl. I think we’re calling it “black prog stoner doom,” which is just a fancy way of saying Black Sabbath stoner rock with other tendencies. Explorations of genres I know very little about. I get to play a loud guitar.

ANYWAY.

We’re playing our first show at The Slowdown August 20 with Huge Fucking Waves (Allan from Snake Island’s surf band) and Stephen Nichols, who is doing some sort of solo/bass/noise/art performance and is Christine Fink’s huzbs. Could be a blasto.

Yes it could, indeed.

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What else:

M34n Str33t has a new video out for “Night Owl,” a track from their Mutants of Omaha LP. Check it out below. No doubt the crew is getting ready for Saturday’s Maha Music Fest (They go on stage at 1:55). Is Mean Street on the verge? There’s a lot of people who think so.

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Speaking of being “on the verge,” the guys in Bloodcow are prepping a Kickstarter campaign for their new album, Crystals and Lasers. Hey guys, don’t tell us you’re going to do a Kickstarter, just do the damn thing. I can only imagine the twisted “premiums” available for donors with this one, none of which can legally be delivered via the U.S. Mail.

Check out the new track here, if you have a PC. They posted the track as a frickin’ .wma file, which isn’t happening on my Mac.

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NPR First Listen is hosting a stream of the new Orenda Fink album, Blue Dream. Check it out here.

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So what do you think of the “We Don’t Coast” slogan, which is showing up on billboards and Social Media?

I stand by my original suggestion. BTW, I’m getting tired of all these montage videos that show zoos and ball parks in timelapse format. What would it take to get someone to make a gonzo-style video that highlights one crazy night in Omaha?

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BTW, there ain’t much happening music-wise this week. Save it up for Maha.

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Jolie Holland, Matt Cox, Midwest Dilemma tonight; Millions of Boys Saturday; 1912 is now open…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 12:35 pm August 8, 2014
Matt Cox celebrates the release of his new album, Nishnabotna tonight at The Waiting Room.

Matt Cox celebrates the release of his new album, Nishnabotna tonight at The Waiting Room.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Not a lot happening from a national indie standpoint again this weekend, but we’ll make up for that next Saturday when the Maha Music Festival blows up Stinson Park again.

That said, there is one national show worth mentioning. Houston singer/songwriter Jolie Holland headlines at The Slowdown tonight. Holland has quite a pedigree, having been courted musically by the likes of Tom Waits. She was sort of known as a bluesy twanger but walked away from that slightly with her latest, Wine Dark Sea (ANTI-, 2014), an album at times rife with rough-hewn, feedback-fueled electric guitar while at other times, haunted by glowing strings. There’s a hollow shimmer to this recording that reminds me of very early Cowboy Junkies, a loose, jazzy, dark-lit feel that’s both lonely and inviting. Opening is Brooklyn trio Shy Hunters. $12, 9 p.m.

Also tonight, Matt Cox is having a big ol’ CD release party at The Waiting Room for his new album, Nishnabotna (2014, Sower).  The self-produced album was recorded and mastered at Hidden Tracks Studio/J Garrett Sound Productions over the past year. Very laid-back, very country. Cox’s press release references Allman Bros and Willie Nelson, which certainly gives you an idea of his influences. Opening are his pals Sarah Benck, The Filter Kings and The Electroliners. $7, 9 p.m.

Meanwhile, over at fabulous O’Leaver’s, it’s the return of Midwest Dilemma. Where have these guys been the past couple of years? With Las Vegas folk-pop band Rusty Maples. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Tomorrow night’s only gig (on my radar, at least) is Millions of Boys, Free Cake for Every Creature and Lincoln’s Once a Pawn opening for The Shidiots at The Barley Street Tavern. $5, 9 p.m.

BTW, the new bar across the street from The Waiting Room, 1912 (read about it here), finally opened its doors this past Tuesday. The rooftop deck awaits you. And no, the kitchen isn’t open yet and won’t be for awhile.

Did I miss anything? Put it in the comments section. Have a great weekend.

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New Orenda video; Big Star tour; new ROAM; Mula, Zucchini, Maha, Guardians and Chubby Cyclists (In the column); Talbott Brothers, Burkum Boys tonight…

Category: Blog,Column — Tags: , , , , — @ 12:48 pm August 7, 2014

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Orenda Fink yesterday released a new video for the song “Ace of Cups” from upcoming album Blue Dream, which comes out on Saddle Creek Records Aug. 19. The video (below) was directed by Nik Fackler (the director of feature films Lovely Still and Sick Birds Die Easy as well as a member of Icky Blossoms and InDreama) and Aaron Gum (also in InDreama). It’s a head trip. Look for cameos by The Faint’s Todd Fink and InDreama’s Dereck Higgins.

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Some Big Star news…. A band is being pulled together to play Big Star’s Third in concert that includes original member Jody Stephens on drums. Joining him are Mike Mills, Mitch Easter (Let’s Active), Chris Stamey (The dB’s) and “guest musicians from each city.” The band will be backed by a chamber orchestra and sets also will include songs from #1 Record. Cities are Carrboro, NC; Washington, DC; Seattle and LA. More info at ardentmusic.com. Ardent recently announced that #1 Record and Radio City are being remastered and rereleased by Stax, with a drop date of Sept. 2. I do love Big Star…

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When in ROAM: Audio Postcards from the Four Corners of the Globe

When in ROAM: Audio Postcards from the Four Corners of the Globe

David Matysiak (Coyote Bones) posted the next installment of his ROAM audio series. This time it’s audio postcards from around the globe. Contributors include Sarah Bohling (Icky Blossoms), Sam Martin (Capgun Coup), Mike Albanese (Maserati), Graham Patrick Ulicny (Reptar), among others.

Check it out via SoundCloud here.

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In this week’s column, random notes on Mula (delicious), zucchini (big), Maha (soon), Guardians (awesome) and cyclists (chubby) . You can read it in this week’s issue of The Reader or online right here.

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Speaking of Maha, the Maha Team announced yesterday that the festival is getting a Ferris wheel for the Aug. 16 concert at Stinson Park. “We are also introducing a game truck to the entertainment lineup in the early part of the day,” Maha said in a press release. “This truck will be stocked with a variety of XBOX, Nintendo Wii, and PlayStation 3 games.”

Ironically, I jokingly called their $50 ticket an “all-day ride pass” in my column this week not knowing about the impending Ferris wheel addition, which is bound to cause some confusion with someone.

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Couple shows to consider tonight:

At The Waiting Room indie/country blues band Bazile Mills headlines with Burkum Boys (the bros from Skypiper). $7, 9 p.m.

At The Barley Street, it’s The Talbott Brothers Band w/ Maxwell Hughes (former Lumineers guitarist, yes those Lumineers) and John Larsen. 9 p.m. $5.

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