Lincoln Calling headliners announced (Charles Bradley, Real Estate, Kali Uchis); Frank Maxwell GoFundMe; The Most tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , , — @ 12:52 pm July 13, 2016
Charles Bradley headlines this year's Lincoln Calling Festival.

Charles Bradley headlines this year’s Lincoln Calling Festival.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

If you are an Omaha music fan, you’d have to be living off the grid (or lost on a Pokemon-fueled dumb-rush) to not know that Hear Nebraska released the list of primary artists for this year’s Lincoln Calling festival.

Heading up the 100+ list of musicians (and comedians?) performing on eight Lincoln stages Oct. 6-8 are Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Real Estate, Kali Uchis and Cloud Nothings. With my indie-focused music myopia, I had no idea who Charles Bradley was, and quickly discovered he’s currently signed to Daptone (which also releases music by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and The Budos Band).  I did know (of course) Real Estate and Cloud Nothings. And someone described Kali Uchis to me as “Columbia’s Lana Del Rey.” No doubt this first tier shows how broadly LC is casting a net for its audience.

The next tier is more indie-centric: Twin Peaks, Ceremony, Screaming Females, Allan Kingdom (Peanut Butter Prince), White Mystery and Icky Blossoms. I think all of these have played in Nebraska before (and recently).

Smaller-font bands include Esmé Patterson (who’s playing at Reverb in August), Megafauna, a reunion of local faves Neva Dinova (who saw Jake Bellows on TV the other night backing up M Ward?), David Dondero, Simon Joyner, A Giant Dog, Gosh Pith, The Kickback, HIDE, Twinsmith, Shy Boys, Modern Vices, Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal, See Through Dresses, The Architects, Plack Blague, Uh Bones, Conny Franko (a.k.a. Conchance), Both, Bib, Cory Call (Arliss Nancy), Echo Beds, Lloyd McCarter and Little Brazil.

The press release says this is “the initial line-up,” so expect even more names, but these are the big ones. Early-bird and “later bird” tickets are gone. General admission 3-day passes are $49. Being from Omaha, I won’t be driving to Lincoln for three days, so I’ll be strategically picking my one day to make the trek. I’d have to look long and hard at that one-day schedule to see if it’s worth $50. On the other hand, one-day tickets might available, maybe… This festival could conceivably sell out. Certainly that’s Hear Nebraska’s goal…

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A Go Fund Me campaign has been set up to help cover funeral expenses for the family of Frank Maxwell, who passed away this week. For decades, Frank and his brothers, Kelly and Danny, have played important roles in the Omaha music scene, which is still in shock from his unexpected loss. Click this link and open your wallet and remember the good times…

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Tonight at Milk Run, Connecticut indie band The Most headlines. The band just released its latest album, At Once. Check it out below. Also on the bill are Trevor Rothanzl and Doom Lagoon. $5, 9 p.m.

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Dog Party, Sneeze Attack, Frigs, Anna McClellan tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 12:55 pm July 12, 2016
Anna McClellan at O'Leaver's, Dec. 3, 2015. She opens for Frigs tonight at Brothers Lounge.

Anna McClellan at O’Leaver’s, Dec. 3, 2015. She opens for Frigs tonight at Brothers Lounge.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Briefly, a couple very good shows are happening tonight.

Firstly, Toronto band Frigs, who I wrote about yesterday here, are playing tonight at the Omaha’s No. 1 punk bar, Brothers Lounge. Opening the show is the amazing Anna McClellan and her band and Collin Duckworth & The Transcendental Lovers AKA Sophie Hug & The Kisses AKA Nathan Ma & The Rosettes. This $5 show is said to begin at 9 p.m.

Also tonight, Asian Man/Burger Records band Dog Party headlines at fabulous O’Leaver’s. Opening is Sacramento duo Sneeze Attack (one of the better band names in recent history, right up there with Dog Party) and Omaha’s own The Ridgways. This $7 show is start to start at 9 p.m.

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Finally, condolences to the Maxwell family on the passing of Frank Maxwell, 49. Frank was a member of legendary Omaha rock band Fifth of May, who I remember seeing at the old Howard St. Tavern many many moons ago. His loss is being felt throughout the entire Omaha music community.

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Ten Questions with Frigs; Real Estate, Twin Peaks, Ceremony among Lincoln Calling acts; Pageturners summer series, Thick Paint, Black Lips tonight…

Category: Blog,Interviews — Tags: , , , , , — @ 12:21 pm July 11, 2016
Frigs take the Ten Questions survey. They play at Brothers Lounge tomorrow night. Photo by Caitlin McLafferty.

Frigs take the Ten Questions survey. They play at Brothers Lounge tomorrow night. Photo by Caitlin McLafferty.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Toronto 4-piece noise punkers Frigs (formerly Dirty Frigs) play a dark, growling, acidic style of indie rock that either chugs angry and hot, or drags lethargically like a Robitussin-fueled nightmare.  On the band’s debut EP, Slush (2016, Arts & Crafts) the fast ones showcase front woman Bri Salmena sounding like a young Shirley Manson or Polly Jean Harvey as the band cranks like the reincarnation of Elastica. On the slower tracks, it’s all guitar chimes under water, backed by hypnotic, throbbing drums and Salmena spitting out the vitriol.

We asked Frigs to take our Ten Questions survey, Salmena and band member Edan Scime Stokell took the test:

What is your favorite album?

Bri Salmena: I hate this question because it changes, right all I want to listen to is Post Plague by Odonis Odonis.

Edan Scime Stokell: Rumors by Fleetwood Mac

2. What is your least favorite song?

Bri: Anything by Elvis Costello

Edan:  Anything by Janet Jackson

Bri: Edan you are insane.

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

Bri: I think if the answer isn’t playing music something is wrong.

Edan: Feeling cool and getting attention.

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

Bri: I don’t really hate anything about being in a band…

Edan: Road poops

Bri:  Oh ya, maybe that.

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

Bri: Ummmm Pepto Bismol. It helps me tolerate all my favorite “other” substances.

Edan: beer

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

Bri: Hometown shows are always fun, but it’s also nice to perform in front of a bunch of strangers. There is a certain amount of freedom for me to be as weird as I want. But i don’t really have an answer to your question.

Edan: New York City baby!

Bri: lol

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

Bri: Hmm, not sure. I feel like our first show in London, England, was pretty brutal. We had a lot of technical difficulties that made it really hard to play, but everyone was really nice.

Edan: Definitely London, yeah it was bad.

8. How do you pay your bills?

Bri: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Edan: I make pizza.

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

Bri: I studied Art History and want to go into art restoration if music is a bust. I would hate to do my job now as a real “profession” (sorry Mom, it’s just not for me!).

Edan: I’ve always dreamed of being an architect. I would hate to work in a hospital. I cant stand blood or guts or cuts or veins or stuff, ew.

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

Bri: I really like that song “Omaha” by Waylon Jennings, and I’ve heard really great things about Nathan Ma, the guy who booked us smile

Edan: Only the ones told by Bruce Springsteen on the album named after your glorious state.

Frigs play with Anna McClellan and Collin Duckworth & the Transcendental Lovers at Brothers Lounge, 3812 Farnam St. Tickets are $5, showtime is 9 p.m. For more information, go to facebook.com/brothersloungeomaha

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Over the weekend Hear Nebraska released a handful of performers who will be playing the three-day Lincoln Calling festival Oct. 6-8. I told you there were some big names:

Real Estate
Twin Peaks
Ceremony
Icky Blossoms
Esme Patterson
David Dondero
See Through Dresses
Plack Blague

There’s a shit-ton more (and bigger names) that will be announced Wednesday. Their plan to release names incrementally is working, apparently. Passes at the “early-bird” rate have sold out. Three day general admission passes are now $39 and will likely follow suit. Get them while you can at lincolncalling.com.

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Pageturners continues its summer music series tonight with Thick Paint, Graham Ulicny of Reptar’s one-man project. The 10 p.m. show is free.

While we’re at it, here’s the full calendar for Pageturner’s summer series. Impressive!

7/11 — Thick Paint
7/13 — Sam Martin / Pat Mainelli
7/18 — Digital Leather
7/20 — Closeness
7/22 — Phil Schaffart / Dan McCarthy
7/27 — Pro Magnum
8/1 — Noah Sterba / Ruby Block
8/3 — MiWi La Lupa / Justin Ready and Echo Prairie
8/6 — Tyrone Storm
8/8 — Chemicals
8/10 — Michael Favara / Mike Schlesinger
8/17 — Linemans Rodeo / The Shrinks
8/22 — Nathan Ma and the Rosettes

All shows are 10 p.m. start times and are free.

Also tonight, Atlanta garage band The Black Lips return to Omaha, this time to The Waiting Room. Not sure why they’re touring, as their last album came out a couple years ago. Trying out new material? Sounds like it could be a messy show, if this review of their gig last month at the 40 Watt Club is any indication. Chain and The Gang are opening. $15, 9 p.m

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Garbage, Kristin Kontrol, Under the Radar tonight; Relax, It’s Science Saturday; Marissa Nadler Sunday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 1:02 pm July 8, 2016
Garbage at Maha Music Festival 2012

Garbage at very rainy Maha Music Festival 2012. The band plays tonight at SumTur Amphitheatre.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Surprisingly a lot of shows this weekend, though many are “under the radar”…

Biggest show of the weekend is tonight at SumTur Amphitheater in Papillion where grunge-era British band Garbage will headline. You remember them from Maha 2012. Opening is Kristen Kontrol (Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls’ new project). Check out her Ten Questions interview. Tickets are $35 general admission, $45 reserved. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

It’s also Under the Radar weekend. I mentioned the highlights a couple days ago. Tonight’s UtR show of interest (to me, anyway) is at Milk Run where they’re showcasing a gaggle of electronic performers: Ammie Brod, Thomas Snydacker, Jared Brown, Jim Fusik and Big Slur (Dan Scheuerman of Deleted Scenes). Tickets are $10, show starts at 8 p.m.

It’s punk rock night at fabulous O’Leaver’s tonight with SHEdiots, Austin act All Opposed and Westside Proletariat. I’m not seeing a price for this one, but it’s probably $5, 9:30 p.m.

Also tonight, MiWi La Lupa opens for the Hottman Sisters’ EP release show at Reverb Lounge. I’ve been dying to catch MiWi’s set. Maybe tonight? Also on the bill are Walk By Sea. $7, 9 p.m.

Tomorrow night (Saturday) Relax, It’s Science opens for Lodgings at Barley Street Tavern. Dirty Talker and KC band Dark Satellites also are on the bill. 9 p.m., $5.

Meanwhile, O’Leaver’s is hosting Saturn Moth, Mint Wad Willy and Muscle Cousins. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Under the Radar shifts to The Slowdown Saturday night with a huge lineup that includes tbd Dance Collective, Radical 2, Bus Gas, Terrence McManus, Owen Weaver and Rosalyn Nasky and Les Moutons de Panurge. 7:30 p.m., $10.

Finally, there’s a gem of a show Sunday night at Reverb where Boston singer/songwriter Marissa Nadler headlines. She’s released albums on Kemado and Bella Union. Her latest album, Strangers, is out now on Sacred Bones. Pitchfork gave it a 7.6 saying she retains “her grey-skies aesthetic while bringing in a more spacious and rock-oriented sound.” Wrekmeister Harmonies & Muscle and Marrow also perform. Tickets are $12 now, $14 DOS. Show starts at 8 p.m.

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

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Ten Questions with Kristin Kontrol; What is NEDIY? Lincoln Calling broadens all-ages scope…

Category: Blog,Interviews — Tags: , , , — @ 12:51 pm July 7, 2016
Kristin Kontrol plays SumTur tomorrow night.

Kristin Kontrol plays SumTur tomorrow night.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Kristen Kontrol is the new project by Kristin Welchez, formerly known as Dee Dee, leader of indie rock band Dum Dum Girls, who you may have caught when they played a rainy Maha Music Festival in 2012. Garbage headlined that festival, just like they’ll be headlining Friday night’s show at SumTur Amphitheatre, which Kristen Kontrol opens. Some might argue after hearing each band’s new album that the promoters accidentally reversed the order.

X-Communicate (2016, Sub Pop) sounds nothing like Welchez’s last band. Rather than indie punk, Kristen Kontrol’s songs — rife with synths, huge beats and fist-pumping, anthemic melodies — recalls such ’80s acts as Blondie, ‘Til Tuesday and The Motels, with Welchez in the Debrorah Harry/Martha Davis role. These are songs that would be right at home heard on ’80s MTV as they are on today’s Sirius XMU.

I caught up with Welchez and asked her to take my Ten Questions survey. Here’s what she had to say:

1. What is your favorite album?

Kristin Welchez: Right now I’m listening to The Durutti Column’s Chronicle on repeat. I can work over it without being distracted, but it moves and motivates me.

2. What is your least favorite song?

The worst thing I’ve heard lately is the jingle from a White Castle commercial. Fuck all of that.

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

I make music because I can’t not. I play in a band because it’s the only way to transcend the creative process into something more visceral.

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

Bad A/C in hotels and lack of leafy greens. Not much else.

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

Coffee-and-hash

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

So many places surprise you, good or bad. Boston has somehow moved to top of the list.

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

Too many to name for essentially esoteric reasons.

8. How do you pay your bills?

Via cheque.

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

Customer service for elitists is my nightmare. Social work is probably where I’ll end up.

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

I haven’t heard any, but I’ve definitely contributed to some while in town.

Kristin Kontrol opens for Garbage Friday, July 8, at SumTur Amphitheater, 11691 So. 108th St., Papillion, Nebraska. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., tickets are $45 reserved; $35 general admission. For more information, go to ticketmaster.com.

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Today Milk Run posted a graphic on its timeline under the heading NEDIY. According to Sam Parker, who runs Milk Run, NEDIY is a collective that includes Milk Run, Reverb, The Brothers and O’Leaver’s in Omaha, and The Commons in Lincoln.

“We’re all in this together, so why not act like it?” Parker said. “We want to start really supporting each other’s shows. Not just our own.” Sounds like a grand idea to me. Check out the NEDIY July ’16 schedule below.

NEDIYJuly16

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Tickets to Lincoln Calling went on sale today at lincolncalling.com. You’ll notice LC dropped separate all-ages tickets, and for good reason: The Bourbon and Vega have been added to the list of all-ages venues that already includes The Bay and Tower Square — that’s a big coup for LC. So, all three-day general admission LC festival passes are available at one price, which right now is a mere $29 — a price that will steadily rise over the coming weeks to $49. Better get your tickets while they’re at the “Nice Price.”

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Clarification is in order regarding yesterday’s Under the Radar post. I said that Nik Fackler’s new film will premiere this Saturday as part of the Kaneko event. In fact Nik’s film premiers next Saturday, July 23, at Kaneko, a program entitled Meaning in Movement. That event will include a performance by the .tbd dance collective scored with live original music performed by Graham Ulicny of Reptar. Again, that’s July 23. This Saturday .tbd dance collective performs at The Slowdown as part of Under the Radar. So look at my screw up this way: You’ll get a double dose of .tbd this Saturday and next Saturday.

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Under the Radar Festival kicks off; Milk Run double header (Conny Franko, The Bricks) tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 12:41 pm July 6, 2016
A frame from the Studio Fackler film "One Day, One Month, One Year," which premiers Saturday night at Kaneko as part of the Under the Radar Festival.

A frame from the Studio Fackler film “One Day, One Month, One Year,” featuring members of the .tbd dance collective. The film premiers Saturday, July 23 at Kaneko.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

The third annual Under the Radar Festival kicks off tonight at Project Project, 1818 Vinton St. I don’t know what Project Project is, nor do I know much about this festival, which runs through Saturday at venues around downtown. But I guess that’s why they call it “under the radar.”

The event describes itself as an annual “experimental performance” festival. “We emphasize non-commercial and independently created work, and work that represents under-represented ideas and identities,” says the website. Performers come from all over the country to take part. The common denominator is “avant garde,” which is a rarity (and a tough sell) in Omaha.

One of the highlights is a show being held at The Slowdown Saturday night that features the .tbd dance collective.

Another festival highlight is Thursday night at House of Loom where a handful of electronic musicians will perform, capped off by Dereck Higgins, the local legend who should add “hardest working man in the biz” to his unofficial title. Higgins is in at least four bands the last time I counted (including the sublime Chemicals).

And Friday night Milk Run holds the UTR court with a show featuring Big Slur (Dan Scheuerman of Deleted Scenes).

Full festival details, ticket info and schedules are available at http://www.undertheradaromaha.com/.

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Speaking of Milk Run, tonight the tiny club on Leavenworth is hosting two shows simultaneously. Minneapolis punk act Fucking headlines with Conny Franko (a.k.a. Conchance of M34n Str33t fame), Flak and CBN over in the tiny side, while The Bricks headlines in the art gallery side with Kate Berreckman Sam Vicari and Lincoln’s Scott Severin. The shows are $5 each and start at 9 p.m.

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Live Review: Refrigerator, Simon Joyner; Lincoln Calling tix on sale Thursday; Electric Six tonight…

Category: Blog,Reviews — Tags: , , , — @ 12:29 pm July 5, 2016
Refrigerator at O'Leaver's, July 1, 2016.

Refrigerator at O’Leaver’s, July 1, 2016.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Refrigerator is a literate indie rock band that puts its guts out there for everyone to see, but still doesn’t take itself that seriously. Case in point: Halfway through their set Friday night at O’Leaver’s, guitarist Dennis Callaci decided it was a good time to form a congo line and bounce on out to the beer garden with his brother, frontman Allen Callaci, while the bassist and drummer kept the beat in the club. And out they went doing the usual bunny hop with grins on their faces (along with the dozen or so people who joined in, hands on hips).

The show had been promoted as a special occasion based on the fact that Refrigerator has never played in Nebraska before, despite having close ties with some prominent Nebraska musicians — Simon Joyner chief among them. To me, the band is identified with The Antiquarium, which was where you’d find their albums and cassettes, along with other releases on Callaci’s label, Shrimper. Their music has the same pleasantly abrasive style of a few of my favorite ’90s indie bands like Silkworm, Grifters, a more refined Guided by Voices — smart, earnest rock with a crashing beat that gets you moving. It was a great set.

The band had a big spread of their releases available at the show — lots of cassettes and some vinyl. But with only $20 to spare, I bought a copy of Allen Callaci’s book, Heart Like a Starfish, a handsome tome and a challenging read that I began tackling this weekend. The story recaps Allen’s medical struggles involving his heart. I’m just 40 or so pages into it and it’s getting rather grim, but I know the book has a happy ending because I saw it being lived out on O’Leaver’s stage.

Simon Joyner at O'Leaver's, July 1, 2016.

Simon Joyner at O’Leaver’s, July 1, 2016.

During the opening set, Simon Joyner on electric guitar, accompanied by a drummer, ripped through a number of new songs as well as some chestnuts like “Joy Division” (or at least part of that song) and “Javelin.” Always a good time.

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Lincoln Calling Oct. 6-8

Lincoln Calling Oct. 6-8

As you may or may not know, Lincoln Calling is getting a rather massive facelift this year. The primary change: Hear Nebraska is now putting on the three-day festival, which is being held Oct. 6-8 in venues throughout downtown Lincoln. Believe me, you will be impressed by the line-up, which HN will begin to announce July 13 (they’re doing incremental lineup announcements).

That said, tickets go on sale this Thursday, July 7. Early bird, three-day general admission festival passes will be available at a discount price of $29. Once those sell out, 3-day passes will increase in price to $39 for a limited time, and will eventually sell for $49.

Sales of all-ages 3-day passes that allow entrance only into two venues — The Bay and Tower Square — also go on sale Thursday for $25. Comedy-only passes will be sold for $25.

And then there are the two specialty passes:

Trustee passes at a cost of $250 includes a three-day festival pass, access to a lounge area with comfortable seating and tables, food and drink tickets, and additional perks to be announced.

SPEED! passes at $150 (only 10 available) gets the bearers to the front of the line at every concert, and allows access even when shows are at capacity.

One-day passes may be available day of show — subject to availability. In other words, at these price points, they’re expecting to sell out those 3-day passes.

No doubt Hear Nebraska is going for a South By Southwest-type event. The difference is they’re combining national touring acts of various genres with some of Nebraska’s finest bands, all playing in multiple venues for multiple days.

BTW, I have seen the initial line-up, and yes, it rivals this year’s Maha Festival. Get your tickets Thursday morning at lincolncalling.com.

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Tonight Detroit disco-punk-new wave-garage-metal band Electric Six makes its annual pilgrimage to The Waiting Room. Joining them are In the Whale. $15, 9 p.m.

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Refrigerator, Simon Joyner, Chemicals, BFF tonight; The Queers Sunday; Pinkwash Monday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 10:05 am July 1, 2016
Classic underground indie band Refrigerator plays tonight at O'Leaver's.

Classic underground indie band Refrigerator plays tonight at O’Leaver’s.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

The holiday weekend. Rarely a good thing music-wise. That said, there’s a grip of shows happening through Monday. Let’s go…

The weekend kicks off at fabulous O’Leaver’s with Refrigerator, one of the more storied and least-known underground indie bands which, if you were a former frequenter of The Antiquarium, is not unknown to you.

There is a detailed description and history of Refrigerator at the Facebook invitation. Here’s a summary: Allen and Dennis Callaci formed the band in 1990. Shortly afterward, Dennis created Shrimper records. The band and label are truly underground — no internet presence for either of them. You want the records? You’ll have to frequent your friendly neighborhood independent record store (or “know someone”).

Refrigerator’s last record, Temple City, came out in 2014. The band hasn’t toured in nearly 20 years and has never performed in Omaha. They’re apparently in Omaha to record a new album with the help of Simon Joyner, who, incidentally, will be opening tonight’s show with his band, The Ghosts, and the L. Eugene Methe band.

Yes, this is a special occasion. The show starts at 9:30. $7. See you there.

Also tonight, progressive jazz rock band Chemicals headlines at the Barley Street Tavern. Joining them are All Young Girls Are Machine Guns and Kethro. 9 p.m., $5.

Tonight also is Benson First Friday. They’re trying something different this month with a summer street concert on Military Ave. (in front of Jake’s). It’s free and starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

If you’re in Benson tonight, stop in at the Little Gallery (right across the street from The Sydney) where we’re featuring the work of printmakers from Frogman’s Print Workshops, all of which celebrate multi-modal transportation. A portion of proceeds from print sales will go to Mode Shift Omaha. The opening reception is 6 to 9 p.m. and is absolutely free.

Also tonight, Tara Vaughan plays at Slowdown Jr. with Tiny Monsters and Tony Bonnaci. $7, 9 p.m.

Tomorrow night Lincoln band Universe Contest headlines at Reverb Lounge. KC band The Philistines opens, along with Heavy Lungs. $7, 9 p.m.

Sunday night, Lookout Lounge is hosting a Punk Rock BBQ. Among the rock being served is legendary band The Queers, along with a slew of local punkers, all listed here. The music starts at 4 p.m.. Tickets are $8 Adv.$10 DOS.

Then comes the Fourth of July.

The only bar crazy enough to hold an event on a national holiday is, of course, O’Leaver’s. The Club is hosting an ice cream social and early evening concert featuring Philly band punk band Pinkwash (Don Giovanni Records), whose music has been described as “hypnotic mathy metal riffs and tight punishing drumming.” Sounds about right for fireworks day. Also on the bill are Hussies and Big Slur (ex-Deleted Scenes) The free show starts at 5 p.m.

That’s what I got for the weekend. If I missed your show, put it in the comments section. Have a great 4th….

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Live Review: Twin Peaks, Ne-Hi; Sinkane (DFA Records), Lunch Duchess tonight…

Category: Blog,Reviews — Tags: , , , — @ 12:52 pm June 30, 2016
Twin Peaks at The Waiting Room, June 29, 2016.

Twin Peaks at The Waiting Room, June 29, 2016.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

The kids, they love their Twin Peaks. Last night’s show at The Waiting Room had all the charm of a modern day American Bandstand production.

The Chicago five-piece has evolved from the garage band that played at Midtown Art Supply a couple years ago to a full-blown stage act with four dudes sharing lead vocals. My favorite was probably the guitarist who looked like Greg Brady and sounded like Mick Jaggar or maybe the bass player who looked like Bobby Brady belting out rockers in his deep basso voice, or the guitarist in the overalls with the shag cut that fell over his eyes or the keyboardist/left-handed-guitarist in the white T-shirt who really leaned into the microphone. No wonder there were so many young girls in the audience pressed against the stage. Twin Peaks is the veritable Tiger Beat of rock bands.

They meld a ’60s rock vibe to a ’90s indie-rock esthetic. The acts that came to mind: Pavement, The Stooges, Velvet Underground, maybe the most central was mid-’60s era Rolling Stones circa “Get Off of My Cloud.” While I dig their new album, Down in Heaven, the recording seems  subdued compared to the live versions, which added manic energy. Or maybe it was the young crowd, who danced/slammed/jumped, even tried a bit of awkward crowd-surfing atop the estimated 150 or so on hand. Maybe rock ‘n’ roll is back?

Ne-Hi at The Waiting Room, June 29, 2016.

Ne-Hi at The Waiting Room, June 29, 2016.

Opener Ne-Hi reminded me of a different kind of stones — The Stone Roses — thanks to the band’s awesome rhythm section — a rolling bass that owned the melody while the drummer pounded away on those heavy toms. Add post-wave guitar lines and you’ve got a band that would sound at home in Manchester as well as its hometown of Chicago. Keep an eye on them. They’re label-mates with Twin Peaks on Grand Jury Music. When is their next LP going to arrive?

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There’s a very interesting under-the-radar show tonight at Reverb Lounge. London artist Sinkane is described as “a musician who blends krautrock, free jazz and funk rock with Sudanese pop.” His last full-length, 2014’s Mean Love, was released on NYC-based independent dance-punk label DFA, who you might recognize as the label of such acts as The Rapture, Hot Chip, Holy Ghost! and most prominent of all, LCD Soundsystem, whose mastermind, James Murphy, co-founded the label. When was the last time we had a DFA-type artist in our town? Carl Miller & The Thrillers opens. $12, 9 p.m.

Also tonight, Minneapolis, MN grunge-pop band Lunch Duchess headlines at Milk Run with Apes of the State, Anna McClellan and The Way Out. $7, 9 p.m.

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Twin Peaks, Ne-Hi, Eric in Outerspace tonight…

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Twin Peaks at Midtown Art Supply, Nov. 25, 2014. The band plays tonight at The Waiting Room.

Twin Peaks at Midtown Art Supply, Nov. 25, 2014. The band plays tonight at The Waiting Room.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

The only update today is a reminder of tonight’s Twin Peaks show at The Waiting Room. The last time they came through back in November 2014 they played at Midtown Art Supply to a crowd of fewer than 100, but it was a good show. You can read the review of that one here.  No doubt the band’s exposure has grown since then, or else they wouldn’t be playing a big space like The Waiting Room. BTW, here’s that link to my Ten Questions with Twin Peaks if you haven’t already read it. Funny stuff.

I’m as interested (and maybe a bit more interested) in the opener, a Chicago four-piece called Ne-Hi, whose 2014 debut on Manic Static has been on constant rotation on my iPhone for the past couple days — refined psych garage rock. Extraordinary. These days they’re on Grand Jury, and I have a feeling they’re going to blow up.

Also on the bill are Omaha’s own Eric in Outerspace. $12, 9 p.m. See you there.

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