I received a communiqué yesterday from a very good source telling me that the Rolling Stones has been booked to play in Omaha Jan. 29, 2006. No specific venue was stated, but considering the time of year, the only realistic facility would be the Qwest Center. Is it a done deal? Well, there’s nothing confirming this information on the Qwest Center events page, the official Stones tour page or the unofficial Stones page, but my source has never been wrong. His information, however, could change and this concert could never happen, such is the complicated world of rock and roll. If it happens, figure on tickets with a face value of $150 to $300, if you can get them. I suspect if this is true you’ll be reading about it in the Omaha World-Herald or hearing about it on the radio the day it’s confirmed. Probably the only show more exciting is tonight’s Fromanhole show at O’Leaver’s. This one has been confirmed and tickets have a face value of $5 (if you can find them).
Phosphorescent, Aw Come Aw Wry (Misra) — Vocalist Matthew Houck has the same broken, craggy Peter-Brady-at-puberty voice as Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, and some of the music is even reminiscent of Okkervil’s, but this Athens band takes things even further from a twangy, rural-route standpoint. The tinkling piano waltzes are infused with both old-fashioned brass and newfangled electronics. Think of it as a trip-hopped bluegrass swing album with more than its fair-share of Van Morrison-style dirges. Sure, the dirges can get heavy at times (the barely moving, thick as molasses “Dead Heat”), but when the harmonies are rich it can be a slow glide into waltz heaven (the ethereal “South (Of America)”. Dark and surreal, Aw Come Aw Wry is the hip soundtrack to your own funeral. Rating: Yes.
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