My streak of late nights was broken last night when I got word that Jay Reatard canceled (thank you, Omahype). I ended up skipping the show altogether, having already seen the Black Keys a few times, in favor of getting a few extra much-needed hours of sleep.
I doubt I’ll get much sleep this weekend, though. Here’s the rundown:
Tonight at Slowdown Jr. it’s the return of Portland Sub Pop band Blitzen Trapper with fellow Sub Pop act Fleet Foxes and the free-wheelin’ Tim Fite. $8, 9 p.m.
Over at The Saddle Creek Bar (yes, they’re still doing shows) it’s a line-up of bands I’ve never heard of, including NYC power-pop act The Crash Moderns, Melismatics, Sight Unsound and Pictures of Lilly. The best part: It’s free. Starts at 9.
Over at The Waiting Room it’s five more bands I’m not familiar with: Victory Records act The Audition, Hit the Lights, Every Avenue, The Morning Light and Kiros (Sounds kind of emo to me). The difference is this show costs $12. Starts at 8 p.m.
Down at Sokol Underground, it’s more emo featuring Converge, The Red Chord, Baroness and Genghis Tron. $15, 8 p.m.
Saturday night at Slowdown Jr. it’s the return of Lawrence band Minus Story (Jagjaguwar) with Denton TX band Tre Orsi and our very own Dim Light. $7, 9 p.m.
Zep tribute band The Song Remains the Same is playing at The Waiting Room with Matt’s Rocket Collection doing an AC/DC trib. $7, 9 p.m.
O’Leaver’s is hosting The Shanks, Mosquito Bandito and Perry H. Matthews. Big noise punk death and destruction vulgarity (and maybe a tribute to local music hero Madder. Check out Aponik’s Reader story on Joe here). $5, 9:30 p.m.
The Whipkey 3 is doing a set at The Barley St. starting at 9. Barley shows are usually free, but there could be a cover.
Omaha avant-garde noise king and Public Eyesore label chief Bryan Day is putting on a show at Benson Grind with many experimental bands. Could be weird. Probably will be weird. Weird is good. 8 p.m., donation requested.
Finally, over at The 49’r, punk band The Deformities is playing its final show, which one assumes will likely get out of hand. Corpse Show Creeps also are on the bill. $5, 9 p.m.
Then comes Sunday and Malpais — you know, that band fronted by Omaha man of mystery and walking urban legend Greg Loftis. Opening is the Son, Ambulance and Landing on the Moon. Quite a lineup for $7. Starts at 9.
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