Maha Fever: Catch It; So where can I find that lyin’ Jonah Lehrer? (in the column); Peace of Sh*t tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: — @ 12:56 pm August 9, 2012

by Tim McMahan,

Omaha press is going ga-ga for Maha as everyone gears up for this Saturday’s big bash in Stinson Park. Check out features in The Reader, Shout WeeklyOmaha World-Herald and Hear NebraskaThe Chicago Tribune gives a glimpse of what we’re in for with this review of Wednesday night’s sold-out Garbage concert at Metro. “Wearing tall stiletto heels, black tights, a large necklace and sleeveless top, the spindly Garbage vocalist spent the first half of the ensemble’s 90-minute set in seek-and-destroy mode.” Imagine how Garbage’s sleek, well-oiled sound will contrast with Desaparecidos’ messy, suburban punk… Better get your tix.

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In this week’s column: Turns out Jonah Lehrer made up those Bob Dylan quotes in his new book Imagine, but does that make Lehrer’s ideas any less valid (or interesting); and how his publisher wants to make sure you don’t find out. It’s in this week’s issue of The Reader, or you can read it online right here.

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I know what you’re thinking: Why isn’t a highly cultured, sophisticated band like Peace of Shit playing the Maha Music Festival?

That very question has run though my deviant mind more than a few times as well. After all, tunes like “Drink Without You,” “Panic in the Streets” and “Out of Our Heads” from the band’s debut cassette tape (on the Rainy Road label) were among the best stuff released in 2011. Conventional wisdom is that the producers who make up Garbage were afraid that they might be outclassed on the massive Maha stage. Or that the “Stupid Girl” herself, Shirley Manson, would be lured into one of Peace of Shit’s famous gimp-approved sex pits. Well, Maha’s loss is your gain, as the boys of Peace of Shit are playing tonight at everyone’s favorite mid-town drunk tank, O’Leaver’s, with Oakland band Bonnie & the BANG BANG and Watching the Train Wreck. $5, 9 p.m.

Also tonight, the slab of noise known as Back When tries to burn down the House of Loom with FVTHR^ and Zach Peterson. The bludgeoning begins at 9 p.m, $7.

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