Gang of One (um, Four), Eric in Outerspace tonight at Slowdown Jr…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 1:51 pm February 12, 2019

Gang of Four plays tonight at Slowdown, Jr.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

I’m one of the odd ones. Even if all four members of Gang of Four were playing tonight at The Slowdown there’s a pretty good chance I wouldn’t go see them. I’m just not interested in heritage acts whose heyday was 40 years ago.

That said, I do get the appeal. Most (almost all) people not only are more enamored with the music they grew up with, but it’s the only music they can bear to listen to. Play a new band or a new sound for them and you’re bound to get a pinched-face reaction. It’s human nature, folks, which makes me a freak of nature, because I’d much rather hear something I haven’t heard before than to rehash the past with new actors in the power positions.

And don’t get me started on cover/tribute bands. Like I said, I understand the appeal — music-wise, people love what they’re familiar with, which is why cover bands always have made multiples above what original local bands earn on a given night. Such is life.

So, tonight is Gang of Four down at Slowdown Jr., with one original member, guitarist Andy Gill. And while I’m not going, I’d much rather see this band than, say, a Gang of Four tribute band. At least you’re getting one of the original gang, and a nice selection of oldies along with their newies.

Their Feb. 5 set at The Casbah in San Diego included “Anthrax,” “He’d Send an Army” “I Love a Man in Uniform” and “At Home He’s a Tourist” among its 17-song set list, which you can view right here.

By the Way, this is a Slowdown Jr. show — i.e., in the front room. I’m surprised it isn’t sold out yet. Opening is our very own Eric in Outerspace, so get there early. 8 p.m., $25.

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Eric in Outerspace, DROSS (NAWAS members) Saturday; Bazile Mills, Minne Lussa Sunday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 1:56 pm January 25, 2019

Eric in Outerspace at O’Leaver’s, Aug. 31, 2016. The band plays O’Leaver’s Saturday night.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Watched that Fyre Fest documentary last night (the Netflix version, not the Hulu version). The first question that came to mind after slogging through that slow-motion dumpster fire: How did Ja Rule avoid getting his ass sued off alongside Billy McFarland?

Onward to the weekend…

I can’t find a thing to do tonight show-wise. I suggest bellying up to the bar at The Brothers and enjoying their fine jukebox offerings. Now if only I could get Trey to stock Rolling Rock again…

Now, there are a number of shows Saturday…

Local indie stalwarts Eric in Outerspace headline Saturday night at fabulous O’Leaver’s. Joining them is DROSS (members of Noah’s Ark Was a Spaceship) and Cloud Feeder. $5, 10 p.m.

Also Saturday night, Benny and the Gents is doing another David Bowie tribute night at The Waiting Room. And She Was opens at 9. $10.

Around the corner at Reverb Lounge Saturday night, CJ Mills returns with Kethro and Masonjixx. 9 p.m., $8 Adv./$10 DOS.

Finally, there’s an early show at Reverb Sunday night headlined by indie Americana band Bazile Mills. Opening is Minne Lussa, a new project with Eric Ebers (Ritual Device), Alan Legge, Matt Rutledge on vocals and guitar, and Pat Reefe. This one starts at 5 p.m. and is $7.

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: Dec. 2, 2006: Slowdown under construction; new Maria Taylor streams; American Wrestlers, Varsity, Eric in Outerspace tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , , , — @ 1:47 pm December 1, 2016
#TBT, The Slowdown complex under construction, Dec. 2, 2006.

#TBT, The Slowdown complex under construction, Dec. 2, 2006.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

As a #TBT, this from the Lazy-i archives, Dec. 4, 2006 (though the photo was actually taken Dec. 2, 2006):

Here’s an updated pic of the Slowdown construction project. Amazing how much they’ve gotten done. This “pano” shows that they’ve apparently started on the condos on the property’s north side while they slowly begin closing in the theater on the south side. Can they get it buttoned up before the first snow?

Things did start going at a faster clip after that…

In other news, NPR is hosting a “first listen” of the new Maria Taylor album, In the Next Life, which will be out next Friday. Listen below or go to their website.

Tonight at Slowdown Jr. it’s American Wrestlers, who I wrote about yesterday. Opening is Chicago indie band Varsity, and our very own Eric in Outespace. $10, 8 p.m.

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

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 12:49 pm June 29, 2016
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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New Live@O’Leaver’s (Crushed Out, Eric in Outerspace, Powers); Anna McClellan, Miniature Horse, English Beat tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , , — @ 1:49 pm December 3, 2015
Miniature Horse at Reverb Lounge, Jan. 17, 2015. They play tonight at O'Leaver's.

Miniature Horse at Reverb Lounge, Jan. 17, 2015. They play tonight at O’Leaver’s.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

The next trio of Live at O’Leaver’s recordings went online this morning. Check them out below.

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Tonight at fabulous O’Leaver’s it’s the return of Anna McClellan. The singer/songwriter just released a new collection of songs called Fire Flames on hip, cassette/digital-only label Majestic Litter, and it’s a scorcher. Also on the bill is Miniature Horse (a.k.a.  Rachel Tomlinson Dick) and Razors. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Also tonight, legacy ska act English Beat is playing a sold-out show at The Waiting Room. The Interpreters open. 8 p.m.

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Has anyone noticed that friggin’ photo of Digital Leather has been on this homepage for four years? What did The Sydney ever do with that awesome Phillips 66 sign?

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