Sorry about not updating the site yesterday, but I was waist-deep writing a profile on No Blood Orphan (online tomorrow) and a column about Outlaw Con Bandana’s Brendan Hagberg (online Thursday). Lots of interviews last weekend. Not enough shows. I missed Shelley Short and Dan McCarthy. And despite the fact that we’re midway through February, there are still very few mid-week shows on the ol’ rock calendar (not that Valentine’s Day was ever considered a good night for shows anyway). That won’t change until we reach March. Anyway, here are a few newsy things:
— The SXSW website updated their “confirmed band list” last Monday. Still the same Omaha bands as before listed: Criteria, Tilly and the Wall, Broken Spindles, and Neva Dinova. Criteria and Tilly, along with Two Gallants, are part of the combined Saddle Creek/Barsuk Showcase March 16 at the Parish Room. Creek press materials don’t list Neva and Tilly at their showcase but I wouldn’t be surprised if they made a guest appearance. Why Neva? Because Creek finally confirmed to me last week the news that everyone already knows — the label is indeed putting out the next Neva Dinova album. Congrats and welcome to Saddle Creek, fellers.
— MusicOMH has a 4-star review of Two Gallants’ What the Toll Tells. “It’s not really an easy listen, but it is an exciting one, even if the math-rock element seems, as it tends to, a little cold.” Math rock element? Huh? I have yet to hear this, so I can’t comment (where’s my copy, Saddle Creek?). The release date is next Tuesday.
— There’s an item in PopMatters about a new Wrens documentary. The filmmakers apparently tagged along with the band for a year and recorded more than 100 hours of live concert footage and interviews, including with Cursive’s Tim Kasher and Head of Femur’s Ben Armstrong. The time-frame isn’t given, but I don’t remember seeing a film crew at the March 14, 2004, Wrens show at Sokol Underground.
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