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Tonight at O’Leaver’s, our old friends from Columbia, MO, The Pomonas will be returning to O’Leaver’s with a whole new batch of tunes. Pomonas play laid-back summertime slacker indie pop, sort of like a low-octane version of Pavement without the fashion sense. Opening are Springfield, MO’s Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (more low-fi indie pop) and Omaha’s own The Third Men (What song will Dana Rouch and Co. cover tonight? My money is on “The Dream Police,” but I’ve never been right in my life). $5, 9:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, down at Sokol Underground, the return of Vagrant Records punk-pop band Alkaline Trio. According to their site, on this tour they’re playing 1998’s Goddamnit in its entirety along with other golden oldies. Opening is Gainesville, FL, Fat Wreck Chords band Against Me! $15, 9 p.m.
Also tonight, Spanish for 100 plays at Shea Riley’s with Arbor Vitae and The Films. Here’s my review for Spanish for 100’s self-released album, Metric:
A friend of mine has a band that he vehemently denies is alt country even though their twang is undeniable. I bet Spanish for 100 holds that same denial. Though their rhythms are straightforward, mid-tempo fare, the vocals are Wilco-esque and the guitar roar is only missing a pedal steel. In fact, the guitar work here is the most riveting part of the recording. On any given song, the guitar counters the vocals in a preordained sloppy approach, just banging into whatever feels right, off the beat or just behind it. There are a couple songs where the guitars seem to wander off in their own strange angles, pulled (eventually) back into the fold by the rhythm section. The final result is that Spanish has a tightfisted jam band essence about it, especially on “See Now (Live at the Crocodile)” that pulls together all the elements into a crowd-pleasing roar. Go ahead and clap. Produced by the Phil Ek. Rating: Yes.
This could be the weekend’s sleeper show. $5, 9 p.m. 320 So. 72nd. St.
Saturday night is the return of Maria Taylor to Sokol Underground. Niz reported in the Omaha World Herald yesterday that Maria will be playing drums with Bright Eyes on their next tour (which includes the upcoming Memorial Park show June 17 and the Bonnaro Festival). I didn’t even know she could play drums. Opening is Birmingham’s haunting 13 Ghosts and Mal Madrigal. Wouldn’t be surprised if this one was a madhouse that brings out just about every Saddle Creek “personality” in the audience. Bring your bad hair, a disheveled look and a wrinkled jacket. $8, 9 p.m.
You prefer your music a little more rockin’? Than you’ll be at The 49’r Saturday night with a couple hundred others watching John Wolf and Bad Luck Charm with Cruisin’ Rosie. No idea what they’ll be charging, but it likely will be $5 or less. Get there by 9 to get a chair.
Watch for reviews here at Lazy-i throughout the weekend (or shortly thereafter).
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