O’Leaversfest weekend: Flowers Forever tonight; High Up, Junior Boys Saturday; Cursive, Destroyer (solo) Sunday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 12:21 pm September 23, 2016
Cursive at The Waiting Room back in Dec. 2013. The band plays O'Leaversfest Sunday.

Cursive at The Waiting Room back in Dec. 2013. The band plays O’Leaversfest Sunday.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Our summer of music festivals continues this weekend with O’Leaversfest, held at fabulous O’Leaver’s, natch… It’s not so much a festival as three nights (and days) of music with some strong headliners every night.

The fest kicks off tonight with a four-band lineup headlined by the return of Flowers Forever — a band Derek Pressnall formed in the wake of Tilly and the Wall and preceding Icky Blossoms. At its height, FF released its debut album on Team Love Records in 2008 and I believe did some brief touring. Primary personnel in addition to Pressnall included Craig Dee and Chris Senseney. Who will make up the band tonight is uncertain. And why Pressnall decided to dust off this project now also remains a mystery.

Also on tonight’s bill are Bien Fang (Rachel Tomlinson Dick); Eric in Outerspace and Fun Runner, with the mighty Tyrone Storm spinning in the beer garden. $7, 8 p.m.

O’Leaversfest Day 2 tomorrow night (Saturday) starts in the afternoon with a beer garden show featuring James Maakestad, Mike Schlesinger and CJ Mills. That starts at 4 p.m.

Then, of course, the fest makes room for the Husker Game *sad trombone*.

The evening show is headlined by red-hot indie soul band High Up. Also on the bill are All Young Girls Are Machine Guns and experimental jazz act Chemicals, which demands that you get there at 10 p.m. sharp. Dramatron DJs in the garden. Your $7 entrance fee gets you in all day.

O’Leaversfest closes out Sunday afternoon with a Sunday Social program starting at 4 p.m. with Silversphere (new electronic project by the folks in The Lepers), Noah’s Ark Was a Spaceship and headliner Cursive — yes, that Cursive. Your $7 cover will include food (and fun).

O’Leaversfest isn’t the only thing happening this weekend.

Tonight Milk Run is hosting a Noise and Electronic Fest with Ruby Block, Satanic Abortion and Plack Blague (and more). $10, 7 p.m.

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers headline at The Waiting Room tonight with Enormodome. $20, 9 p.m.

Tomorrow night (Saturday) indie electronic dance giants Junior Boys are playing at Slowdown Jr. The band is on the road supporting its latest, Big Black Coat (2016, City Slang), a record that Pitchfork gave a massive 8.0, saying “Big Black Coat leaves behind introverted electronica of previous Junior Boys records. There’s some mid-era Kraftwerk in its place, as well as a big debt to Detroit techno, that sweet spot in the mid-’70s when krautrock met disco, several of Arthur Russell’s many house aliases, and even Prince circa Controversy.” Sounds tasty. Egyptrixx and Borys opens the show at 8 p.m. $16 Adv./$18 DOS.

If you want a preview of Sunday’s Cursive set, the band will be playing down in Lincoln Saturday as part of Hear Nebraska’s Beer Nebraska event. Five bands, five breweries, one price of $30. Also on the bill are Criteria, Universe Contest, Columbia Vs. Challenger reunion and Better Friend. The event runs from 2 to 9 p.m. at Zipline Brewing Company in Lincoln. No address listed, so get out your Google maps. More info here.

Finally Sunday night Destroyer (solo) plays at Reverb Lounge. I assume this is a Dan Bejar solo show. Mac McCaughan opens. $15, 9 p.m.

That’s all I got. If I missed your show, put it in the comments section. Have a great weekend and I’ll probably see you at O’Leaver’s!

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TBT: Sept. 25, 2006: Iron rises at Slowdown; Reader website redesigns; Chasm, Bib, The Vibrators tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , , — @ 12:53 pm September 22, 2016
#TBT: Guess what this is...

#TBT: Guess what this is…

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

On this Throwback Thursday, from Lazy-i, Sept. 25, 2006. Can you believe it’s been 10 years?

Finally, after months of sitting dormant, serious work has begun again on the Slowdown compound. I was surprised to see steel beginning to go up last week from my office window and felt compelled to take a few snappies as I drove by the property yesterday afternoon (see above photo). If the 24-Hour Fitness on 77th and Cass is any indication, once the steel arrives it’s only a matter of weeks before the whole damn thing is framed and walls become enclosed, and before you know it, they’ll be working on the interior. I’m hearing from various sources that one of the retail bays is now spoken for by a coffee shop, though the folks at Slowdown deny that any tenant has signed a lease. At first blush, a coffee shop seems like an ill fit for an indie music venue, offices and film house, until you realize that there will be a couple hotels right across the street (to the north, which I suspect at the rate they’re going up, will be open for business before the first band takes the Slowdown stage). I’ll continue to take pics as construction progresses. — Lazy-i, Sept. 25, 2006

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A quick note in case you have noticed it (and why would you?): In the last week or so, The Reader launched a new website design at thereader.com. This one actually makes sense, especially if you’re reading it on your phone. In addition to being easier to read, the site is responsive, which means it looks just as good on your phone as your tablet as your desktop. Take a look.

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A couple hot ones tonight…

At The Brothers Lounge, KC heavy stone band Chasm headlines with metal dudes Super Moon and one of the area’s most talked about noise-punk bands — Bib. Come see what all the hype is about. $5, 9 p.m.

Also tonight, UK punk legends The Vibrators headline at Lookout Lounge. The full docket includes Tiananmen Squares, Buggy Lewis and The Rabbit Grenades. $8, 8 p.m.

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Ten Questions with Mild High Club (9/21 at Reverb); Show Me the Body, Conny Franko tonight…

Category: Blog,Interviews — Tags: , — @ 12:41 pm September 20, 2016
Mild High Club plays Reverb Lounge tomorrow night (9/21). Photo by Jamie Wdziekonski.

Mild High Club plays Reverb Lounge tomorrow night (9/21). Photo by Jamie Wdziekonski.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Talk about your bands whose name perfectly suits their sound, Mild High Club takes the cake. We’re talking smooth, jazzy, indie-fied Yacht Rock from a band with roots in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Skiptracing, their new album on Stones Throw Records, would fit in heavy rotation with any run-of-the-mill ’70s AM rock radio.

The band says the album’s story arc is that of a “private investigator attempting to trace the steps of the sound and the spirit of American music.” One assumes it’s a story that takes place in LA, dressed in polyester, behind the wheel of a tan Chevy Nova, and airing right after The Rockford Files.

I sent Mild High Club the Ten Questions survey. The band’s founder, Alexander Brettin, took the bait:

1. What is your favorite album?

Alexander Brettin: I can’t narrow it down to one currently it’s The Nightfly by Don Fagen.

2. What is your least favorite song?

“Happy” by Farrell.

3. What do you enjoy most about being in a band?

Kicking out the jams, learning, seeing the world, freedom.

4. What do you hate about being in a band?

Witting in the passenger seat of the van gives me anxiety.

5. What is your favorite substance (legal or illegal)? favorite substance?

Jazz harmonies

6. In what city or town do you love to perform?

Omaha, baby

7. What city or town did you have your worst gig (and why)?

Pasadena – didn’t have the full band, struggled through a living room set.

8. How do you pay your bills?

With cash

9. What one profession other than music would you like to attempt; what one profession would you absolutely hate to do?

Would attempt working as a budtender; would hate to be a garbage man.

10. What are the stories you’ve heard about Omaha, Nebraska?

Actually, I’ve never heard a story about Omaha!

Mild High Club plays with Fullbloods and Ojai Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Reverb Lounge, Tickets are $10 Adv/$12 DOS. Show starts at 9 p.m. For more information, go to onepercentproductions.com.

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Speaking of Reverb Lounge, the club is hosting a rock show tonight with post-punk/hip-hop band Show Me The Body (Universal). Opening is our own post-core hip-hop artist, Conny Franko (M34N STR33T), and Jocko. $8, 9 p.m.

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Live Review: Eros and the Eschaton; Oberst talks Omaha in NY Mag; Dog Party, Swingin’ Utters tonight…

Category: Blog,Reviews — Tags: , , , , — @ 12:47 pm September 19, 2016
Eros and the Eschaton at Reverb Lounge, Sept. 16, 2016.

Eros and the Eschaton at Reverb Lounge, Sept. 16, 2016.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

It must be a pleasure for local musicians and bands who have moved away to return to their homes on tour and see all their comrades again. No doubt that was the case Friday night at Reverb for Adam Hawkins when his band, Eros and the Eschaton, played a sort of homecoming show.

With old friends scattered in the audience, Hawkins and his crew rifled through a deep selection from the band’s new album, Weight of Matter (2016, Bar None), closing with my two favorites from the recording: The spacey, floating “Center of the World” (wherein I could have sworn Hawkins changed the lyric on the main line of the song) and the brazen, post-punk burner “Rxx” that highlights co-frontperson Kate Perdoni barking out the staccato lines in all her feral glory.

Here’s a band that changes your perception of them when they perform live. Like, for example, Hawkins sang a lot more of the leads than I thought he did on the album. You could argue he has a higher voice than Perdoni. I also was impressed at the amount of guitar work Perdoni performed, spending a lot of time kneeling down, bending her strings alongside a bank of foot pedals.

I also learned (I think) how bands create that underwater, shimmy guitar sound so prominent on My Bloody Valentine albums. Hawkins grasped his whammy bar the entire time he stroked that guitar, which I assume constantly loosens and tightens the strings, causing that uneasy, drunken shimmy effect. Or maybe not. I’ll let the guitarists chime in to clarify. A final surprise was how little Hawkins and Perdoni harmonized — a lot of the harmonies were provided by the keyboard player.

Now a full band (including a dynamic drummer) Eros and the Eschaton have evolved beyond the duo-centric performance I saw a few years back. The band wraps up this tour tomorrow night in Chicago before heading out East again in a few weeks, closing out the tour with a gig at Cake Shop in Manhattan. Here’s hoping a solid album and all this touring helps them break through the waves.

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Culture site vulture.com this morning posted a lengthy feature on Conor Oberst that also appeared in the September issue of New York magazine. In it, Oberst recaps the last year or so of his life in Omaha, as well as the years leading up to it, including his health scare and rape allegation bullshit that turned his world upside down. You get a snapshot of what it’s like in La Casa Oberst as well as a sense that Omaha represented a necessary healing environment amidst a time of chaos. It’s an interesting read.

The article precedes the Oct. 14 release of his next solo album, Ruminations, which comes out on Nonesuch, as well as the release of the massive Bright Eyes box set, which was slated for release by Saddle Creek Records last Friday but has apparently been pushed back (due to manufacturing delays) until Oct. 21.

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There’s a couple hot shows happening tonight…

At fabulous O’Leaver’s it’s the return of Baltimore duo Dog Party (Asian Man, Burger Records).  Joining them are fellow Baltimore-ites Wing Dam, Every Goddess Wanted and Muscle Cousins (the Matz brood of Andy, Mari and Collin). $7, 8 p.m.

Also tonight, classic Bay Area punk band Swingin’ Utters (Fat Wreck Chords) plays at Lookout Lounge with Lincoln’s The Killigans and our very own Hand Painted Police Car. $12, 8 p.m.

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Read Tim McMahan’s blog daily at Lazy-i.com — an online music magazine that includes feature interviews, reviews and news. The focus is on the national indie music scene with a special emphasis on the best original bands in the Omaha area. Copyright © 2016 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.

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Ten Questions with Eros and the Eschaton (tonight @ Reverb); Growlers Sunday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 12:51 pm September 16, 2016
Eros and Eschaton at Slowdown Jr., Sept. 22, 2013.

Eros and Eschaton at Slowdown Jr., Sept. 22, 2013. The band plays tonight at Reverb Lounge.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Colorado Springs shoe-gaze band Eros and the Eschaton got its start right here in Omaha. At its core are former Omahans Kate Perdoni and Adam Hawkins. Hawkins used to be a regular on the local club circuit, playing under the name It’s True. Perdoni and Hawkins joined forces in 2012, and then hit the road to Greensboro, North Carolina, before releasing their debut album, Home Address For Civil War (2013, Bar None), a record that earned 3.5 starts from All Music, which called it a “warm, delirious product of two creative souls deeply in love.” Awww….

Three years later and Eros and the Eschaton now live in Colorado Springs, have expanded to a five-piece band and just released their sophomore album, Weight of Matter (2016, Bar None), which is just as shoe-gazey and ethereal as the debut without ever losing sight of its gorgeous melodies.  Although there are moments of rhythm and grit, at its core Weight is a collection of hazy, cloud-covered tunes that you might hear in the background when you’re about to enter those pearly gates.

We caught up with Eros and the Eschaton’s Adam Hawkins, who graciously answered my Ten Questions survey. And since he’s a former Omahan, he qualified for the bonus round.

What is your favorite album?

Adam Hawkins: Right now it’s a tie between Electric Warrior and The Slider.

2. What is your least favorite song?

“My Brother Thinks He’s A Banana”

3. What do you enjoy most about being in a band?

I love my fat Spotify checks. I almost have enough to replace the hood on my 2000 Toyota Avalon.

4. What do you hate about being in a band?

Interviews

5. What is your favorite substance (legal or illegal)?

2% milk

6. In what city or town do you love to perform?

All of them, unless they suck.

7. What city or town did you have your worst gig (and why)?

Kearney. I also played great shows there, but this particular door was the worst. I was playing solo. It was a packed show. I was just starting out. I started playing and nobody cared. Usually you at least get a minute or so where everyone quiets down before starting their conversations again. But I said, ‘My name is Adam Hawkins, and I am It’s True,’ and nobody even turned to the stage. Nobody even gave me a courtesy clap after any song. After the third song I threw my guitar across the stage and just screamed the lyrics to the rest of my songs.

8. How do you pay your bills?

I record bands and make pizza.

9. What one profession other than music would you like to attempt; what one profession would you absolutely hate to do?

At one point, I was considering going to school to be a counselor. I couldn’t do the nurse thing. Too much poop and blood.

10. What are the stories you’ve heard about Omaha, Nebraska?

I’ve heard some things

Bonus Round:

11. What do you miss most about Omaha?

I miss my buddies. Although most of them don’t live their anymore. I miss the music scene. I miss having so many cool places to play shows and go to shows.

12. What don’t you miss about Omaha?

I don’t miss playing a show on Husker game day.

13. What was the best part about making Weight Of Matter?

The la Croix.

14. What was the toughest part about making Weight of Matter?

la Croix ain’t cheap.

15. What do you hope to bump into when you return to Omaha and what are you going to tell him/her?

There are too many to list. I’m hoping to see as many of my old buddies as possible so I can pretend I don’t recognize them.

Eros and the Eschaton plays with Lonely Estates and Edison & the Elephant Friday, Sept. 16, at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Tickets are $8; showtime is 9 p.m. For more information, go to onepercentproductions.com.

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Eros and the Eschaton is the highlight of a very sparse weekend show-wise.

Tomorrow night (Saturday) you’ve got a big emo show at The Waiting Room featuring Taking Back Sunday and You Blew It! It’s $35 Adv/$40 DOS and starts at 8 p.m.

Sunday night Cali psych/garage band The Growlers are playing at The Waiting Room. The band’s new album, City Club (2016, Cult Records) was co-produced by Julian Casablancas (The Strokes and founder of Cult Records) and Shawn Everett (this year’s Grammy Award winner for his work with Alabama Shakes). This show lists no openers. Not sure what the deal is. $15, 9 p.m.

And that’s all I got. If I missed your show, put it in the comments section. Have a great weekend.

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Read Tim McMahan’s blog daily at Lazy-i.com — an online music magazine that includes feature interviews, reviews and news. The focus is on the national indie music scene with a special emphasis on the best original bands in the Omaha area. Copyright © 2016 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.

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Conor Oberst to play Omaha’s restored 40th Street Theater Nov. 3; Dressy Bessy, Little Brazil, M34N STR33T tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 12:58 pm September 15, 2016
M34n Str33t at Maha 2014. The band plays at Bancroft Market tonight.

M34n Str33t at Maha 2014. The band plays at Bancroft Street Market tonight.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

The announcement that got pulled back last week is back on again:

Conor Oberst announced that he’s scheduled “an intimate solo show” Nov. 3 at the The 40th Street Theater, 4006 1/2 Hamilton St. Originally a Vaudeville theatre, it recently was restored to its former glory by former Bensonite John Hargiss. WOWT did a story on the restoration last month, which you can read here.

Tickets for this special show go on sale at Pageturners Lounge, and at Ground Floor Guitars and Almost Music in the Blackstone District.  Tickets are $35 cash only, and there is a strict limit of two tickets per person. Theater capacity is 200. The show will be seated, first come first served, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Opening the show is Hartford/Focht (Matt Focht and wife Crystal Hartford).

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Couple shows tonight.

At fabulous O’Leaver’s Dressy Bessy headlines. The Denver indie band, which released music on Kindercore back in the ’90s and early ’00s, is associated with the Elephant Six Collective and The Apples in Stereo, among others. Their new album, Kingsized, is out on Yep Rock. Opening is our very own Little Brazil and Arc Flash. 9 p.m., $8.

Also tonight, M34N STR33T is performing as part of a “walking interactive performance art event on South 10th Street.” They’re literally giving away beer (Brickway) and food at the gig (but you have to have a ticket), which is sponsored by Heartland 2050, and which you can learn more about here. Mean Street goes around 8 p.m., rain or shine (It’ll probably be moved inside). Go to the event page and follow the rules regarding free tickets.

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Read Tim McMahan’s blog daily at Lazy-i.com — an online music magazine that includes feature interviews, reviews and news. The focus is on the national indie music scene with a special emphasis on the best original bands in the Omaha area. Copyright © 2016 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.

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Album Review Sam Evian, Premium (2016, Saddle Creek); Off With Their Heads, Bad Cop / Bad Cop tonight…

Category: Blog,Reviews — Tags: , , , , — @ 12:59 pm September 14, 2016

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

From the label’s earliest days, there have been those who have sworn there’s a “Saddle Creek sound” that iconically identifies every act on the roster. And, of course, they’ve always been wrong. There is no sonic common denominator that linked Bright Eyes with Cursive with The Faint, nor with late-comers like Ladyfinger, Rilo Kiley or Son Ambulance, and certainly not with latter-day acts starting as far back as Tokyo Police Club through the list of artists you may already have forgotten, like Rural Alberta Advantage and Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson.

If there was a common thread among Creek artists, one could point toward solid song-writing and an uncompromising approach to the music that seemed genuine and unselfish. No one can accuse a Saddle Creek act of trying to write a hit song to benefit themselves or the label. Just didn’t happen (as far as I know). Instead, acts were — and are — free to make their own decisions based on the music they want to make, for better or worse, and commerce be damned.

Maybe that same philosophy drives the label’s roster decisions. After all, how does an act like Sam Evian fit into Saddle Creek’s history of signings? What qualities did the staff hear that made them decide, “We need to sign this guy; he belongs on Saddle Creek Records”? It certainly wasn’t a commerce-driven decision. I can’t imagine anyone thought, “Sam Evian’s gonna make this label a fortune.” It’s a head-scratcher.

Sam Evian, Premium (2016, Saddle Creek)

Sam Evian, Premium (2016, Saddle Creek)

So no, after listening to Premium for the past few weeks, the new album by Sam Evian, I can’t figure out why the label signed them. But then again, who would have thought that recent roster additions Big Thief and Hop Along were natural Saddle Creek bands? None have ties with Nebraska or sound like anyone else on the label.

Sam Evian’s music has a casual pop sound, an easy-going, loping meter augmented by glowing guitar tones, lilting synths and Sam Owens’ (the real Sam Evian) cooing voice that add up to the perfect soundtrack for walking barefoot along a West Coast beach at sunset. Call it Indie Yacht Rock; these tracks would sound right at home next to ’70s FM soft rock heroes Boz Scaggs, Player, Stephen Bishop, 10 cc and Bertie Higgins.

There are modern touch-stones as well. I was reminded of laid-back Kurt Vile and Foxygen. Highlights include the screaming sax solo on “Dark Love,” the 10 cc-sh “I Need a Man” and opening track and natural first single “Sleep Easy.” The whole album is warm and pretty and easy to take in, but unlike some of the more substantial Saddle Creek releases over the years, that good feeling is rather fleeting. Like a walk on the beach, the golden moment is lost after the sun goes down. This isn’t life-changing music, but it’s fun.

How does the album fit into the Creek catalogue? For those who’ve come to expect a quality product from the Saddle Creek imprint release-after-release, they won’t be disappointed. And maybe that’s the only requirement that matters. Premium comes out Sept. 30.

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I felt as if I had to write something about Saddle Creek after a post on Facebook a few days ago about tonight’s Off With Their Heads show at Lookout Lounge suggested I only write about O’Leaver’s and Saddle Creek bands. Pshaw… (though, yeah, I do write a lot about Saddle Creek and O’Leaver’s…).

Minneapolis punk band Off With Their Heads records for Epitaph. They’ve toured with Bad Religion and Dropkick Murphys, among others. Openers include West Coast act Bad Cop / Bad Cop (Fat Wreck Chords), Omaha hardcore act Stronghold and The Ridgways. $15, 8 p.m.

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Quick Note: That big (but actually quite small) show I mentioned last week that I didn’t get to announce will be announced tomorrow at noon… probably.

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Read Tim McMahan’s blog daily at Lazy-i.com — an online music magazine that includes feature interviews, reviews and news. The focus is on the national indie music scene with a special emphasis on the best original bands in the Omaha area. Copyright © 2016 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.

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Live Review: Clarence Tilton at a block party; Terror Pigeon, Iska Dhaaf tonight…

Category: Blog,Reviews — Tags: , , , — @ 12:42 pm September 12, 2016
Clarence Tilton at the Parkwood Lane Bluegrass Festival, Sept. 10, 2016.

Clarence Tilton at the Parkwood Lane Bluegrass Festival, Sept. 10, 2016.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

From the porch of my house on Sunset Trail I could see the lights glowing from the stage through the trees. This was no ordinary block party, it was the Parkwood Lane Bluegrass Festival, an event that’s been held since 2014 along the said neighborhood street between Western and Underwood. It’s gotten bigger every year; this year’s featured performer was Clarence Tilton. Next year I expect Wilco to headline.

Despite the stage and professional sound (Hiddleston is first class), it really is just an annual block party. The street was blocked off on either end and long tables were set up leading to the stage, which was a riser surrounded by white Christmas lights strung from poles. It was like a small-town concert, with kids tooling around on push-scooters screaming and laughing, people in groups drinking beers and wine, a portable fire pit and kiosk loaded with flat-panels that showed night college football games for those who couldn’t bear missing a snap.

What I found interesting was how everyone knew everyone; whereas I didn’t know anyone on the street. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised — I don’t live on Parkwood Lane. But then I got to thinking about how many people I really know on my street; know by name. Or who know me. The number is maybe five or six? That’s what happens when you don’t have kids. If you have kids, well, you’re going to know everyone in a four-block radius…who has kids. That’s how it’s always been and should be.

Anyway, we sat on a hay bale and listened as the Clarence Tilton gang ripped though a set of alt-country songs that deserve attention from the rest of the world. At the core is the Weber Brothers on electric guitars and vocals, surrounded by some of the tightest-playing musicians in Omaha. Though alt-country in style, the music reminded me of bands like The Rave-Ups, The Reivers, The Windbreakers and Uncle Tupelo. It’s music that will appeal both to country fans and fans of good, upbeat, tuneful indie music. In fact, I don’t know why they haven’t been discovered by a label. Their debut album, which came out last year, is among the best things produced out of Nebraska.

Though I didn’t see anyone doing a two-step (which got me thinking, these guys really should try playing a few sets at Bushwackers in Ralston) the neighborhood looked like it was having a good time. And the sound was immaculate. We left after about an hour, and of course, was able to continue listening from our house, and didn’t mind at all…

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Tonight there’s a pretty cool electronic/dance show at Lookout Lounge. I haven’t been able to find a shit-ton of info about the headliner, Terror Pigeon, on the interwebs. The best info was from this 2014 Stereogum article:

…formed as Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, it’s a collective that was created in 2008 by then-SUNY Purchase student Neil Fridd. They signed to David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label and put out one full-length in 2010, the charmingly-titled ‘I love you! I love you! I love you and I’m in love with you! Have an awesome day! Have the best day of your life!’ They were written up in The New York Times and played shows at SXSW, CMJ, and around DIY venues in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Their emoji-heavy website shows that they’ve been touring consistently for the past four years since the release of their debut. With “Girl!,” they’ve officially started the rollout for their sophomore album, called Live It Up Before You Die It Up!, which will be released through Nashville-based label Stay Magical.

Their music reminds me of Matt & Kim, sorta, though I like TP’s music a lot more.  Also on the bill is Real Dom, a lap-top dance dude. Locals Thick Paint (Graham Ulicny of Reptar) and Big Slur (Dan Scheuerman of Deleted Scenes) open. $5, 8 p.m.

Also tonight, Iska Dhaaf,  is playing a sneaky show at Milk Run. Sneaky because it came out of nowhere. They played at O’Leaver’s this past April (BTW, here’s Ten Questions with Iska Dhaaf written in support of that show.)Opening are Idle Fox and King Pegion.  $8, 9 p.m.

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Read Tim McMahan’s blog daily at Lazy-i.com — an online music magazine that includes feature interviews, reviews and news. The focus is on the national indie music scene with a special emphasis on the best original bands in the Omaha area. Copyright © 2016 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.

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Bob Mould, Guerilla Toss tonight; The Renderers Saturday; Rene Orduna benefit (High Up, Closeness, Simon Joyner) Sunday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , , — @ 12:48 pm September 9, 2016
Bob Mould at The Maha Music Festival, Aug. 17, 2013. Mould plays The Slowdown tonight...

Bob Mould at The Maha Music Festival, Aug. 17, 2013. Mould plays The Slowdown tonight…

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Another deep weekend of shows. The big one is tonight. Bob Mould and his band kick of their tour at The Slowdown’s big room. Mould’s supporting his new album, Patch the Sky (2016, Merge), which continues in the same roaring guitar style as 2012’s Silver Age (thankfully). Opening is Minneapolis band Fury Things, who just played some dates with Weezer. Surprisingly, this $25 show has yet to sell out. If you’re planning on going, you may want to get your ticket online. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Also tonight, Boston band Guerilla Toss headlines at Milk Run. The band’s latest album, Eraser Stargazer, was released earlier this year on the amazing DFA label (LCD Soundsystem). Opening is Saxophone Juice (Reptar’s Graham Ulicny) and fan favorite, TBA. $8, 9:30 p.m.

Tomorrow night, Almost Music in the Blackstone District is hosting a pretty cool in-store. Headlining is New Zealand legends The Renderers (Flying Nun, Merge, Siltbreeze, Ba Da Bing). Their pal Simon Joyner and his band are opening the show, along with Razors. $5, BYOB, 8 p.m. Fun!

Also tomorrow night, Low Long Signal headlines at fabulous O’Leaver’s. Helping them out are Armful of Tigers and The Sleeperhits. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Hey, don’t forget the Punk Rock Flea Swap at The Brothers Lounge tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon from 4 to 8 p.m. Antiques, vendors, food, fun. More info here.

Finally, Sunday night is the big benefit for Rene Orduna at The Slowdown.

From the Facebook invite: “…the heart and soul and master chef of our beloved Dixie Quicks, Rene Orduna, has recently been diagnosed with stage four kidney cancer and is currently bravely battling for his life with his husband, Rob Gilmer, at his side. Rene will be traveling to the Mayo Clinic soon for life-saving care. We are raising money to help with their extensive medical expenses, travel, medication and the toll the illness is taking on their ability to work at the restaurant.

In addition to a silent auction, there will be performances by High Up, Simon Joyner and Closeness, and a special appearance by Dixie Drag. $15 suggested donation at the door, which opens at 6 p.m (music starts at 7). If you can’t make it (or even if you can), throw some bucks at the GoFundMe campaign.

That’s all I got. If I missed your show, put it in the comments section. Have a great weekend.

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Frightened Rabbit, Into It. Over It., Blind Pilot tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 12:43 pm September 8, 2016

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Drat. Here I was all set with a show announcement and then the rug gets pulled from under my feet. It happens, it happens…

Regardless, something tells me this show will be announced sometime soon, so keep watching the social media skies. If it happens, you’ll be lucky to get a ticket.

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A show I can tell you about:

Scottish folk-rock band Frightened Rabbit returns to The Slowdown tonight. The band is on the road supporting Painting of a Panic Attack (2016, Atlantic). These guys kind of fell off my radar the last few years. Into It. Over It., a.k.a. Chicago emo dude Evan Thomas Weiss (Triple Crown, Topshelf), opens at 8 p.m. Tix are $18.

Also tonight, Portland indie band Blind Pilot headlines at The Waiting Room, with River Whyless. $16, 9 p.m.

And The Matador is at fabulous O’Leaver’s tonight with Those Dirty Thieves and Jump the Tiger. $5, 9 p.m.

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