Lodgings LP release, Cigarettes After Sex Saturday; Bazile Mills Sunday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 12:47 pm October 11, 2019

Lodgings at O’Leaver’s, Dec. 2, 2017. The band celebrates its album release Saturday at The Brothers.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Who got Lana tickets? At $180-$200 a pop for orchestra seats — too rich for my blood, unless, of course, there was a VIP tent and two or three quality bands playing before her, and I could move around a park-like setting and could just ride my bike home afterward…

That said, the Lana show is (mostly) sold out.

The two hottest shows this weekend are (surprise) on Saturday night, the night of a Husker game. The caveat — The Brothers show probably won’t start ’til after the game, and fans of a band like Cigarettes After Sex could give a flying f— about college football.

Let’s start with Lodgings. They’re celebrating the release of their new LP, Water Works, Saturday night at The Brothers Lounge.  Recorded and mixed by the legendary Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago, this is on top of my list of favorite Omaha-based releases in 2019.

Fronted by guitarist/vocalist Bryce Hotz, Lodgings’ music is a solid combination of Big Star (Hotz’s voice reminds me of Alex Chilton from back in the day), The Grifters and (dare I say it) early Pearl Jam. The band is rounded out by the infamous Stephen Micek (Adtrita, ex-Stay Awake) on guitar; Michael Laughlin, bass; Eric Ernst, drums, and Cursive’s Megan Siebe on strings. The Sun-Less Trio and The Sunks open at 10 p.m. (but like I said, that Husker game…). $5.

Also Saturday night, Cigarettes After Sex returns to Omaha, this time to The Slowdown. The Bushwick-based shoe-gaze indie act has a new album coming out Oct. 25 on Partisan Records and their shows have been selling out all over the country. $25 tickets are still available for The Slowdown’s big room. The music will be preceded by a short film, “You’re the Only Good Thing In My Life,” at 9 p.m.

And there are a couple shows happening tonight (Friday).

Singer/songwriter Martin Sexton is at The Waiting Room. $35. 9 p.m.

Kris Lager Band is at fabulous O’Leaver’s. $10, 10 p.m.

Also Saturday night at O’Leaver’s is Halfloves, Steady Wells and Win/Win. 10 p.m., $7.

And then, finally, on Sunday, O’Leaver’s has Bazile Mills for a matinee show with Edge of Arbor.

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

Let me leave you with this performance by Les Savy Fav from last night’s Seth Myers show. Their 2001 show at Sokol Auditorium is still up there as among my all-time favorites.

Have a great weekend.

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Parquet Courts headlines Lincoln Calling; Maha line-up tonight; Cigarettes After Sex, Headroom, David Nance tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 12:49 pm April 17, 2018

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

I’m sure you’ve already seen the initial line-up for Lincoln Calling 2018. I’m not going to list all the bands. You can see the full line-up at lincolncalling.com, but the highlights (for me, anyway):

Parquet Courts — Break-out indie band from Brooklyn on Rough Trade. They’ve been through here a few times, including a gig at Sweatshop Gallery.

Waxahatchee — Very cool indie singer-songwriter. Gorgeous stuff.

Japanese Breakfast — On rotation at Sirius XMU, another indie singer-songwriter.

Ron Gallo — Blew it up at Slowdown Jr. last year.

The Nude Party — North Carolina indie band will be touring with Sunflower Bean in June.

Ought — On Merge Records, Pitchfork darlings.

That’s some quality shit. Alone, none could sell out The Slowdown, taken together and we’re talking the stuff of an epic SXSW day party.

Add a ton more nationals and a strong collection of locals and you’ve got a nice little festival on your hands. Remember, this is only the “initial announcement” — there’s more to come.

The event takes place Sept. 17-22. The venues are the usual LC suspects: Duffy’s (inside and out), The Zoo, Bodega’s and 1867, plus 14th St. for a night market. Missing is The Bourbon Theater, which I’m told currently is on hold. Bourbon hosted major acts at LC in years’ past.

Tickets start at $35 and go up to $75 for VIP. One price gets you into the shows all week. Cheap! The performance schedules aren’t online yet. If you’re like me, you’re not driving to Lincoln more than once, so that schedule will be crucial…

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Speaking of schedules, the Maha Music Festival line-up is scheduled to be announced tonight. The embargoed press release says hold until 7 p.m., but I’m guessing Maha will leak the names prior to that time.

Yes, I’ve seen the line-up. My only hint: I haven’t seen any of the three primary headliners perform live before. Considering the thousands of bands I’ve seen live, take that for what it’s worth. The main headliner will likely cast a wide net. Stay tuned…

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Two good shows are happening tonight:

At The Waiting Room tonight it’s an evening with Cigarettes After Sex. The El Paso dream-pop act has been getting some serious Sirius airplay with their self-titled debut, out last year on Partisan. No opener listed. $20, 8 p.m.

Also tonight New Haven psych-rock band Headroom headlines at The Brothers Lounge. Joining them are David Nance Band, Alcools and Systematic Development Band (a four-band bill on a Tuesday night?). $5, 10 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 © 2018 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.