The Hussy, David Nance, Lodgings, Almost Music record show, Mike Schlesinger Saturday; Reptaliens Sunday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 12:26 pm May 17, 2019

The Hussy at O’Leaver’s, June 27, 2015. The band returns Saturday night.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Tonight is looking pretty thin. Only one show — Relax, It’s Science opens for White Wolf T-Shirt and The Bedrock at The B Bar (right to Barrett’s on Leavenworth). $5, 9 p.m.

Tomorrow is packed.

Bobby and Heather Hussy (and Tyler Fassnacht) — better known as The Hussy — return to fabulous O’Leaver’s Saturday night. The Madison band used to play here all the time. If you don’t have Galore, their 2015 album on Southpaw, you’re really missing out on some seriously blazing punk. The last thing they put out was a 7-inch called, “I See Just Fine.” We need more Hussy and we’re gonna get it Saturday night. If that weren’t enough, David Nance Band and Dross also are on the bill. This has all the makings of a classic night at OLeaver’s. $8, 10 p.m.

Meanwhile, over at The Barley Street Tavern Saturday night, Lodgings headlines. They have a new album called Water Works that dropped a couple weeks ago, recorded and mixed by the legendary Steve Albini at Electrical Audio. Get it. Mere Shadows and Tom Bartolomei open. $5, 9 p.m.

And earlier in the day Saturday, Almost Music is having a record show at Reverb Lounge from 3 to 8 p.m., which will be followed by music from the Almost Music DJs. And it’s free!

One last Saturday night show: Mike Schlesinger opens for Win/Win and Field Club at The Sydney in Benson. $5, 10 p.m.

Finally Sunday, Captured Tracks band Reptaliens headlines at Reverb Lounge. $10, 8 p.m. No opener listed!

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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#TBT: Remembering SLAM Omaha (Lazy-i, May 2009)…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 12:44 pm May 16, 2019

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

A few things before I cut you loose on this Throwback Thursday Lazy-i column from a decade ago.

First, SLAM Omaha is dead. In fact, it’s long dead, so don’t go looking for it online. Social media ate its corpse a long time ago.

Second, though it’s been a decade since this was written, the typical cover for live bands at fabulous O’Leaver’s remains just $5. Inflation be damned. I figured by now the going price would have risen to, say, $7 or $8 per show, but no. Still only $5 to see some of the best local and touring indie bands going. Yes, for special shows O’Leaver’s does raise the price accordingly, but for the most part… $5.

Finally, who would have thought my comments about Facebook and social media would be relevant 10 years later. I blame Facebook for a lot of the political troubles we’re facing these days. That said, I wouldn’t want it to go away….

Lazy-i May 20, 2009: Column 222: The Art of Conversation
Online discussion boards are under siege.

Original SLAM Omaha logo.

Almost didn’t have a column this week. These are, indeed, the doldrums, my friends; the time just before summer where nothing “musically” is going on, no CDs are arriving at my door (or in my e-mail box). Everything is on hold, waiting for something to happen.

So in these times of uncertainty, when I’m clawing for an idea — any idea — for this column, I do what I normally do — I check out S.L.A.M. Omaha to see what the chatter’s all about.

S.L.A.M. Omaha (or just Slam), for those of you completely out of the loop (not by choice but by ignorance), is a website located at slamomaha.com that includes music and art events calendars, news and probably its most popular feature, message boards. For a decade at least, Slam has been a local musicians’ and music fans’ watering hole where folks shoot the breeze over last night’s show, tonight’s show, next week’s show and everything else in between. The occasional well-thought-out analysis of a specific music genre, artist or performance is mixed in with assorted dick jokes, insults and personal attacks. It’s the latter that keeps some musicians and music fans away, or chases away others who feel that the site isn’t living up to what the SLAM acronym stands for: Support Local Art and Music. My response to them: It’s a friggin’ discussion board. It’s the Internet. What did you expect? Along with unmonitored discussion comes controversy and general stupidity as well as the occasional thoughtful insight and humor.

Despite its outdated technology and general lack of interest (or contempt for) indie music and Saddle Creek artists, Slam continues to be one of the most important online resources for Omaha music information. It is the first place I go for a daily perspective on the local scene. If a musician had a breakdown on stage the night before, you’ll read about it the next morning on Slam.

But lately, sites like Slam are under siege by new-ish social media “services” — Facebook and Twitter come to mind. Now musicians and music fans can create their own online communities and share their comments only with those who have a like-minded point of view — their “friends,” their “fans,” their “followers.” It’s safe, it’s easy, it avoids uncomfortable feedback from those who might not dig what you’re doing. For musicians, it paints a perennial rosy picture that almost always is untrue. Facebook can create a dangerous tunnel vision, a guarded, unnatural point of view, and before you know it, the emperor is parading down Maple Street naked with a guitar slung over his shoulder.

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An example of an interesting recent Slam thread asked whether venues’ “regulars” should be forced to pay a cover charge when there’s a live band scheduled to perform. Well, as with most popular threads on Slam, the discussion morphed from “regulars” not paying the cover charge to roadies and even free-loading music critics. Wrote Klark Kent (the K Mart of Supermen): “I’m wondering how long it’s been since (for example) MarQ (Manner, the patron saint of the Benson music scene) or Tim McMahan (has paid to get into shows — I had to finish the sentence because Klark apparently lost his chain of thought — don’t go to discussion boards for good grammar or spelling).

There was a time when I always was on “the list,” back in the Sokol Underground days, when the guys running the door just stamped my hand. Those days are gone, not because I pissed them off, but because those guys aren’t working the door anymore, and quite frankly, they don’t need to give the guy who writes Lazy-i a free pass. They know that — probably more than most people in the club — I can afford it.

Still, whenever I write a preview profile on a touring band or pimp a show in my column, I ask the record label to put me on “the list.” Why not?

The only place where I’ve never been on “the list” is O’Leaver’s. As One Percent Productions’ Marc Leibowitz used to say way back in the day when he booked shows there: “O’Leaver’s doesn’t have a list.” Nor should it. When a band rolls into town after driving in a dirty van all day, wondering if their petrol will hold out ’til they get to the club — hungry, tired, second-guessing this whole rock-star shtick — and then see the dump that they’re going to play at, they deserve every penny of that $5 cover charge from fans who showed up to rock. They need the cash to get to the next town. And while you’re at it, buy a T-shirt, too.

But should that include $5 from regulars? My answer: No, it shouldn’t. These “regulars” are the life-blood of any bar. They’re a hedge against tough times, showing up night in and night out to drop $10+ on booze. Without regulars, a venue is going to be forced to grind out shows on their stage every night, or quickly find themselves out of business (or both). Bands who feel cheated by a toll-free presence should feel lucky to even have a place to perform, because believe me, most bars or venues would rather cater to a roomful of regulars than those bands’ fans, who likely will be bolting the minute they say “Goodnight.”

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So that’s my take. After it’s published, I’ll post a link to this column on Slam Omaha. Some of the website’s regulars will read it and hate it and will say so. But that’s part of the fun. On a discussion board, you’re going to catch a few turds along with any roses. But if we all lived in Facebook, where would we find our turds? — First published May 20, 2009 in The Omaha Reader.

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Slothrust, Summer Cannibals tonight at Reverb…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 12:29 pm May 15, 2019

Summer Cannibals at O’Leaver’s, Aug. 21, 2015. They play tonight at Reverb.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

It’s not that the video for Slothrust song “Double Down” is in any way bad. It features frontwoman Leah Wellbaum dancing and prancing throughout a laundromat. Or whatever that is she’s doing. Now whenever I hear that song, which is the lead-off track to the band’s latest album, The Pact (2018, Dangerbird), all I can see is her wonky movements in my mind.

The Brooklyn band released its debut in 2016 and this time is aided by producer  Billy Bush (Garbage, Neon Trees, The Boxer Rebellion), and it shows. It is very Garbage-y.

Kill Rock Stars act Summer Cannibals opens for Slothrust tonight at Reverb Lounge. As I said the last time I saw them play O’Leaver’s, they could emerge as this generation’s Sleater-Kinney. Actually, I’m more apt to reach for SC’s latest album than S-K’s (sacrilege!) thanks to having a better handle on pop, though the band was no slouch when it came to raw, meaty guitar sound.

In other words, get there early. 8 p.m., $14, Reverb Lounge.

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Saddle Creek Records update: Ada Lea joins the roster; new Stef Chura; Treadles gets Document(ed)…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 12:45 pm May 14, 2019

Ada Lea is the latest artist signed to Saddle Creek Records.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

It’s a quiet Tuesday so might as well catch up on some Saddle Creek Records news…

The label announced May 8 that it signed Montreal singer/songwriter and visual artist Ada Lea. A follower of Sylvia Plath and Nina Simone, Lea’s Saddle Creek debut, What We Say in Private (I added the capitol letters), “began with a need to document the ending of an important romantic relationship. Following a tormented period of staying up all night (sometimes days at a time), frantically painting or writing songs as a means of coping, she journalled for 180 days in the hope of finding herself again.”

Yikes. The first single, “The Party,” has already dropped. The rest of the album comes out July 19.

There’s not a lot online about Ada Lea. No Bandcamp; one song in Spotify. Methinks the Saddle Creek digital team scraped the usual sites of any tracks she might have lying around. There is one live set on YouTube from May 2018.

Here’s the single:

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Seems like we’ve been waiting for the new Stef Chura album for a 100 years. Titled Midnight, it’s slated to drop June 7. It wa produced by Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest.

To keep you psyched, Stef dropped a new video for single “They’ll Never,” below. This one’s a kicker in the Angel Olsen vein. Chura could have a second career as a country crooner if this one doesn’t work out (but I think it will).

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And I forgot to mention that New Orleans band Treadles is the subject of the eighth installment of Saddle Creek’s Document singles series. Their 7-inch, “Cold” b/w “Iron,” comes out May 24.

This is an interesting statement that came with the press release for the Treadles single:

In the beginning, Saddle Creek was simply a way for us to highlight the music and art community in our hometown of Omaha, NE. Over the years, we have grown and our roster expanded to include artists from all over the world, but we never lost our love for the spirit in which the label was founded. While the scope of the label may have evolved over time, we know there are great music scenes all around the world that are in the same place we were in the beginning: a group of creators coexisting and collaborating within an artistic community that they know is special, but hasn’t quite gotten the spotlight it deserves.

I bring it up only because someone recently asked me if I consider Saddle Creek to be an Omaha label. I do. In fact, I would venture to guess that one of their biggest selling albums so far this year is the new release by The Faint, an Omaha band whose core members are scattered throughout the country, but still… an Omaha band (if you ask me).

Despite having offices in Los Angeles, Saddle Creek will always be considered an Omaha label, just like it continues to be referenced in reviews as “Conor Oberst’s label” even though Conor moved onto other labels years ago. It was Saddle Creek where Conor got his start and where he’ll forever be identified with…

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Live Review: Left Is West, The Lupines; Chris Isaak in Memorial Park…

Category: Blog,Reviews — Tags: , — @ 12:47 pm May 13, 2019

Left is West at O’Leaver’s May 10, 2019.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

A friend who listened to the new Left is West album How to Be Happy Without Even Trying described it as sounding “expensive.” I’m not sure exactly what he meant by that other than the recording quality was impeccable, which it is. So well done, in fact that it eclipsed the band’s live performance last Friday at O’Leaver’s.

It’s usually the other way around — bands rarely capture the ferocity of their live set on their recordings. For example, Omaha’s The Carsinogents were mercurial on stage, and while their recordings rocked, the albums never rocked nearly as intensely as when they were trying to burn down Sokol Underground. Left is West isn’t in the same incidiary category as Carsinogents. Instead, their album has a peaceful easy feelin’ style as if recorded in the ‘70s with one of the great producers like Bill Szymczyk at the knobs — it’s a true studio document that sounds like a perfectly balanced weapon. There was no way the band was going to replicate it in O’Leaver’s.

And they didn’t. The songs were still there, but… you couldn’t quite hear the keyboards, the vocals were at times soft and the drums hid behind the bass. Lead guitarist Matt Wellendorf, however, soared, and I was reminded again of Jackson Browne to the point where I kinda/sorta wanted them to cover “Running on Empty.” 

The Lupines at O’Leaver’s May 10, 2019.

On the other hand, The Lupines were completely uncaged and on fire Friday night. But I’ve never seen them perform any other way. They rolled out a couple new songs, which I hope means there’s a new album waiting in the wings. 

We’re in an era when there just aren’t many indie bands performing in Omaha anymore; and instead, garage / psych-rock bands are in the forefront. The Lupines stands tall as being among the best of them, alongside David Nance Group and Those Far Out Arrows. 

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The folks behind the June 28 Memorial Park Concert this morning announced that Chris Isaak is opening for Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul for their big event. Who remembers “Wicked Game”? Great video. Couldn’t tell you what Isaak’s been up to since then except for some cameo film appearances. The Firm (not the one with Jimmy Page) opens the show at 6 p.m. Fireworks at 10. 

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Left Is West, Lupines, Exhalants, Dross, Julia Jacklin, Black Belt Eagle Scout tonight; Omaha Girls Rock benefit Saturday; Lemonheads, Tommy Stinson Sunday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 12:42 pm May 10, 2019

Black Belt Eagle Scout at Reverb Lounge Sept. 26, 2018. The band returns to Reverb tonight.

By Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Did you know today is the 150th anniversary of the driving of the golden spike that marked the completion of the transcontinental railroad? Believe me, I knew….

OK, it’s a little crowded this weekend…

Tonight at fabulous O’Leaver’s is Des Moines’ band Left is West (You read about them Wednesday) and our very own Lupines. And, I believe the magic patio officially opens this weekend. Has spring really sprung? $5, 9:30 p.m.

Meanwhile at Omaha’s favorite punk bar, The Brothers Lounge, Austin band Exhalants headline. Heavy, heavy stuff. They’re on the road with Ft. Worth post-rock band Bulls (sorta like Chavez?). Our very own DROSS opens at 10 p.m. $5, 10 p.m.

It could be a late night.

Back over in Benson, Polyvinyl Records artist Julia Jacklin headlines at Reverb Lounge. The Aussie singer/songwriter has been compared to Sharon Van Etten and Caitlin Rose. Opening is Saddle Creek Records artist Black Belt Eagle Scout. $15, 8 p.m.

Tomorrow night (Saturday) O’Leaver’s is hosting a benefit for Omaha Girls Rock from 2 to 8 p.m. out in the magic patio. Among the performers is Annie Dee (Dirt House), Bathtub Maria and Jocelyn, who just released a new single on BMG Music today. $10 suggested donation at the door.

Saturday night, Gerald Lee, Jr. (Filter Kings) opens for blues-country act The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band at The Waiting Room. 9 p.m. $15.

Finally, Sunday night at The Waiting Room ’90s college rock act The Lemonheads headlines. What will Evan Dando do this time? The latest album, Varshons 2, is a bunch of covers including songs by Nick Cave, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Yo La Tengo and The Eagles, among others. Tommy Stinson (of The Replacements and Bash & Pop), opens at 8 p.m. $25.

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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When Particles Collide, #BFF tonight; Wagon Blasters, 24 Hour Cardlock Saturday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 12:33 pm May 3, 2019

24 Hour Cardlock at Burke’s Pub, OEAA Showcase, Aug. 23, 2014. The band celebrates the release of its new album tonight at the Barley Street Tavern.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

One of the quieter weekends in recent memory…

Tonight, of course, is Benson First Friday. And as per usual, I beseech you to drop by our gallery — The Little Gallery located at 5901 Maple Street (the east bay of the Benson Masonic Lodge) — for the opening of Raw/Beauty, the works of Shaun Ilahi. The opening runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Booze. Treats. Come by and say hi.

Also tonight, I was given a head’s up about a show at The Down Under Lounge tonight — a Bangor, Maine, duo called When Particles Collide. A VERY well-respected Lincoln musician recommends this one (the duo played in the Star City last night). Also on the bill are Robo Dojo and Tame Suns. No idea what this costs but it starts at 9 p.m.

Tomorrow night, 24 Hour Cardlock celebrates the release of their new album, Semibicoastal, at Barley Street Tavern. The mighty Wagon Blasters open along with the equally mighty Korey Anderson. $5, 9 p.m.

Believe it or not, that’s all I got. If I missed your show, put it in the comments section. Have a great weekend.

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Little Steven in the park (and fireworks); Lincoln Calling 2019 line-up; Radkey, Chase the Ghost tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 12:37 pm May 2, 2019

Chase the Ghost at O’Leaver’s Feb. 9, 2019. The band plays tonight at The Waiting Room.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Well, here I was thinking I was going to get a respite from the army of lawn-chair-carrying cooler-dragging sloths who traverse through my neighborhood every year for the annual Memorial Park fireworks display. But apparently some anonymous, rich, good Samaritan (or company) has stepped up and funded this year’s display on June 28 after the usual cadre of sponsors backed out a few weeks ago.

I’ve heard one TV morning show declare: “This could be the biggest Memorial Park fireworks display ever!

And, of course, there’s also a concert going on. Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul are the main event. That’s right, Silvio Dante and his band are going rip it up after opening sets by a cover band and a second unnamed “national act.”

There’s a lot of folks very excited about Little Steven, no doubt Springsteen fans, old-time music folks, etc. Good for them. I haven’t been to a Memorial Park concert since Benatar or Cheap Trick (can’t remember which played last), and will definitely stroll down to the park for this one. Looking at a recent Little Steven setlist, I don’t recognize any of the songs except for the anthem “Sun City,” which should make the oldsters in the crowd lose their shit. Still, it should be a fun time, and… there’s fireworks.

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Speaking of old-timey music, Lee Fields and the Expressions are headlining this year’s Lincoln Calling. Never heard of him? Neither had I. According to Wikipedia, “Elmer ‘Lee’ Fields is an American soul singer, sometimes nicknamed ‘Little LB’ for his physical and vocal resemblance to James Brown.”

Also in “big letters” on the Lincoln Calling 2019 website: Soccer Mommy (who played at Reverb last fall), TT The Artist (hip-hop), Charly Bliss (played Reverb the summers of 2016 and 2017), and Taylor McFerrin (son of Bobby McFerrin).

The standout in the next tier of acts is none other than Lincoln band Bright Calm Blue, who apparently are reuniting for this gig, along with Diplomats of Solid Sound (an O’Leaver’s regular). The tiny-letter bands of note include locals Thick Paint, Her Flyaway Manner, MiWi La Lupa and Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal. There’s a lot of names I don’t recognize on this list, so… research.

More bands to be announced, according to the Lincoln Calling website, where you can see the full list as of now. Lincoln Calling runs Sept. 18-22 in venues throughout downtown Lincoln.

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Missouri punk trio and local favorite Radkey returns to The Waiting Room tonight. You remember them from the 2014 Maha Music Festival. Chase the Ghost — the duo of Reagan Roeder and Brian Tait — opens at 8 p.m. $12.

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Live Review: Minne Lusa, Domestica; The Drums tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 12:41 pm April 29, 2019

Minne Lusa at O’Leaver’s, April 26, 2019.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

As far as I can tell, there is no music from the band Minne Lusa online anywhere, and that’s a shame, because I’d like to listen to some right now.

Fronted by Matt Rutledge, ex of bands Compost and The Sons of… among others, with guitarist Pat Reefe (ex-Tomato a Day), bassist Alan Legge and drummer Eric Ebers (ex-Ritual Device), you’d expect a bombastic sound. But the vibe was subdued, if not serene, when the four-piece took O’Leaver’s stage Friday night, playing in the dark beneath a shimmering lighting effect that made the stage feel as if under water. So did the music.

Rutledge used what appeared to be a vintage copper microphone that distorted his voice, making it sound static-y and distant. The effect, along with the laid-back groove, reminded me of early Galaxy 500 music. The set was half instrumentals and half sung in French, sort of The Album Leaf meets Daniel Lanois. And while the guitars had a lonely elegance, Ebers’ drumming cut through the shimmer with crisp military precision. That contrast between Ebers and the rest of the band took it to a new place that you’ll want to go to.

I’m told the band has been in the studio; here’s hoping an LP is on its way.

Domestica at O’Leaver’s, April 26, 2019.

The night’s band order for Friday’s show was a bit of a controversy, but in the end no one wanted to follow Domestica. And who can blame them?

The band hit the stage after midnight and ripped through their usual bombastic set. I’ve been watching Heidi and Jon blow up venues for more than 20 years, and it never gets old. And, seemingly, neither do they.

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Tonight at The Waiting Room it’s The Drums. The Brooklyn band fronted by Jonny Pierce released their latest, Brutalism, earlier this month on Anti- Records. Tanukichan, featuring San Francisco’s Hannah Van Loon, opens at 8:30 p.m. $18.

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Mercy Rule goes online; Wagon Blasters, Domestica, Minne Lussa tonight; Priests Saturday; Murs Sunday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 1:48 pm April 26, 2019

Mercy Rule albums God Protects Fools and Providence. Both are now available on major streaming services.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Caulfield Records yesterday announced that legendary Lincoln post-punk band Mercy Rule’s first two albums, God Protects Fools and Providence, became available for streaming at the usual services.

I first fell for Mercy Rule with their debut; while their 1999 release, Flat Black Chronicles (also available on streaming platforms), quickly become a favorite. I never gave Providence the attention it deserved, having owned it only on cassette. I must tell you, after listening to it this morning, it, along with the other two albums, have held up well after 25 years. Find out for yourself:

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Speaking of Mercy Rule, the band’s current incarnation, Domestica, plays tonight at fabulous O’Leaver’s. It’ll be just like old times as joining them on the bill is Wagon Blasters, whose members include Gary Dean Davis, the former frontman of ’90s tractor punk band Frontier Trust, who often shared bills with Mercy Rule back in the day. Headlining is Minne Lussa, a band consisting of Eric Ebers (Ritual Device), Alan Legge, Matt Rutledge on vocals and guitar, and Pat Reefe. 10 p.m., $5.

Tomorrow night (Saturday), D.C. post-punk band Priests headlines at Reverb Lounge. The band played the Maha Music Festival back in 2017 – you can read a Ten Questions interview with them right here. Their latest, The Seduction of Kansas, was released earlier this year on Sister Polygon Records. German garage-rock duo Gurr opens at 9 p.m.

Also Saturday night, Denver garage rock act The Ghoulies plays at O’Leaver’s with headliner Orca Welles. Lincoln up-and-comers Histrionic open at 8 p.m. according to the listing (I’m dubious about that start time). $5.

Finally Sunday, legendary indie hip-hop artist Murs headlines at The Waiting Room. Openers are Locksmith and Cojo. $20, 8 p.m.

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

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