Lord knows I tried to line up an interview with Clap Your Hands, Say Yeah, but my requests went unreturned. Alas, my only experience with this band is seeing their performance on The Conan O’Brien show (It was gawdawful) and hearing their one track on the One Percent Productions website juke box — not exactly earth shaking, hardly innovative, but it has a beat and you can dance to it. I get the feeling that the youth crowd that’s eating these guys up have never heard New Order or The Feelies before. And I guess if you were 16 or 17 and grew up only on Omaha radio, you’d think they were groundbreaking. And you’d sell out their show weeks in advance, as this show has been. More interesting than CYHSY is opening band The Brunettes. If you missed it the first time, here’s the review of Mars Loves Venus that I put on the site last July.
Tomorrow night, One Percent is doing three shows at the same time — Three! Ah, but they hardly compete with each other (except, maybe for parking). Downstairs at Sokol Underground it’s Little Brazil, Race for Titles, The Cops and Le Beat — four hot bands for a mere $7. Starts at 9 p.m. Get there early. Meanwhile, upstairs at Sokol Auditorium, it’s the glorious return of Blue October for a sold-out show. I’ve seen Blue October before. They’re horrible. Their cheesy live performance is only eclipsed by their painfully bad CDs, released on Universal. That said, they’ve got a huge following thanks to lots of local radio support. So when you go down to see the good show tomorrow night, make sure to address your curses at The River when you can’t find a parking space. Finally, at Duffy’s in Lincoln Saturday night it’s Tapes ‘n’ Tapes, Eagle*Seagull and Kite Pilot, all for a mere $5.
Duffy’s is the place to be Sunday for a homecoming show of sorts — former Lincolnites (now Brooklynites) Ron Albertson and Pat Noeker’s new band n0 things are playing, along with Knife Skills and Ideal Cleaners. Ron (formerly of Mercy Rule) and Pat (formerly of Opium Taylor) also used to be the rhythm section of The Liars before they got screwed by the other half of that band. Check out their myspace account. If you miss them on Sunday, they’ll also be playing at O’Leaver’s with The Lepers on April 4.
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