FortyTwenty, Filter Kings tonight; McCarthy Trenching, Dirt House Sunday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 12:00 pm December 15, 2017

McCarthy Trenching at Reverb Lounge, Jan. 17, 2015. The band plays The Slowdown annual Shake Your Trunk sale Sunday afternoon.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Slim pickins show-wise this weekend and this time of year. There’s not too many bands on the road this close to the holidays let alone routing through Omaha, and even the locals are setting down for a long winter’s nap (or at least prepping for the few “holiday” shows happening around or after Christmas).

That said, there’s a hoot ‘n’ holler of a show tonight at The Waiting Room. Lincoln hay-rack-ride rock band FortyTwenty headlines a bill that also includes Omaha’s favorite outlaw country band, Filter Kings, and honky-tonk swingers The Willards. So dust off your cowboy boots (or leather jacket); this one starts at 9 p.m. and will run you $10.

Sunday night The Slowdown is hosting its annual local artist trunk sale — we’re talking tons of made-local Christmas gift ideas along with performances by McCarthy Trenching, Dirt House and CJ Mills. The shop is open from 1 to 7 p.m. I’m not sure when the show starts, but it’s free. For more information and vendor list, go to the Slowdown listing.

Can you believe those are the only shows featuring original music this weekend? Neither can I, so if I missed your gig put it in the comments section. Have a great weekend.

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Filter Kings, Uh Oh, Brad Hoshaw, Tara Vaughan, Routine Escorts tonight; The Facklers dance, Razors Saturday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 1:38 pm February 12, 2016
Valentine's Day is Sunday, stupid.

Valentine’s Day is Sunday, stupid.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

It’s Valentine’s Day weekend. Better get your cards and candy and shit figured out before Sunday. Just sayin’.

Onto the music part of our program:

It’s cowboy hat night at The Sydney in Benson tonight when The Filter Kings return to the stage. Rumor has it the band will have new T-shirts for sale, and copies of their hard-to-come-by Speed! Nebraska 7-inch. Joining FK are headliner Saint Christopher, The Devil’s Cut and The Broke Loose. $5, 9 p.m. Yee-haw!

Meanwhile, down on Leavenworth Street, indie rockers Uh Oh headlines an all-locals bill at Milk Run with Timecat and The Ridgways. $5, 9 p.m.

Just up the street, Brad Hoshaw headlines tonight at the Down Under Lounge, 3530 Leavenworth tonight. Joining him are The Woodwork and Chicago’s Adam Lee. No price shown on this one. Starts at 9. Anyone been to Down Under/Side Door since it changed hands?

Singer/songwriter Tara Vaughan headlines tonight at The Waiting Room. No doubt she’ll be playing songs from her forthcoming debut full length, Dandelion Wine, recorded last year in Nashville with producer Joe Pisapia (k.d. lang, Ben Folds Five, Guster, Joe Marc’s Brother). Joining Vaughan on the bill are The Hottman Sisters and Sarah Benck. $7, 9 p.m.

Finally, Routine Escorts are slated to play tonight at fabulous O’Leaver’s with Chicago’s Still + Storm and Crypt Kid. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Then comes Saturday and that dance program I told you about in The Reader (right here) featuring Kat and Nik Fackler. It’s called Making Space: An evening of curated choreography with Tbd. Dance Collective. The show starts at 7 p.m., at Kaneko, 1111 Jones St. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information, go to thekaneko.org.

Later that same evening, Razors plays at The Brothers Lounge. They have a new cassette out on Unread Records. I believe they call their style of music “whoa-fi.” Joining them are Shitgod and Noah Sterba. $5, 9 p.m.

Finally it’s Sunday and Valentine’s Day. Celebrate with Peter Case at Reverb Lounge. It’s an early 5 p.m. show. $15 Adv/$20 DOS.

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

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Octoberfests take over September; Filter Kings (farewell show) Saturday; Worried Mothers Sunday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 1:11 pm September 19, 2014
Drink, drink, drink...

Drink, drink, drink…

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

I generally don’t go to events whose sole entertainment value centers around the drinking of beer. Well, except for St. Patrick’s Day, and of course for two Octoberfest celebrations happening this weekend.

Tonight, mere footsteps from my front door, is the Benson Community Garden Octoberfest, located right at the garden spot at 1302 N. 60th St. The event promises “Fresh Food, Local Beer, Live Music & Great People” and yeah, bands will play. It’s 5 to 11 p.m. and costs $5. More info here.

The other Octoberfest is Saturday night at fabulous O’Leaver’s and includes a volleyball tournament and polka (details here). Of great(er) interest is the after party, featuring performances by Reptar, Twinsmith and See Through Dresses. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Also Saturday night, The Waiting Room is hosting a fundraiser in honor of Alexis Stansbury. Performers include Snake Island!, John Klemmensen and the Party, Pyrate and The Filter Kings, who have said this will be their last show, maybe forever. Send Gerald Lee and Co. off in style and help a good cause at the same time. $10, 8 p.m.

They’ll still be picking the vomit out of the sand Sunday when Worried Mothers headlines a show at O’Leaver’s with Lvrk Late and  Minneapolis band The Funeral and the Twilight. $5, 9:30 p.m.

If I missed your show, put it in the comments area. Have a good weekend (glug-glug).

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Cactus Nerve Thang live at the Capitol Bar and Grill, circa 1994…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , , — @ 12:56 pm April 17, 2013
Cactus Neve Thang's infamous Sloth album artwork

Cactus Neve Thang’s infamous Sloth album artwork

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Not much to report today, so I thought I’d post the latest from our friends over at Trout Tunes. If you were going to shows in the early- and mid-90s at such places as The Howard Street Tavern, The Capitol Bar and Grill, The Ranch Bowl, Sokol Underground or any of the other long-gone music venues that helped define Omaha’s golden age of indie music (before Saddle Creek reared its lovely head) you probably saw “Kronch” and his film crew capturing live performances for their Cox Cable access TV show, Trout Tunes. Well, good ol’ Kronch has been pulling together clips from his show and putting them on YouTube on a weekly basis.

This week’s Trout Tunes Video of the Week features Cactus Nerve Thang live at the Capitol April 27, 1994. CNT was one of the Omaha bands that got signed by Grass Records (along with Mousetrap). Their debut, Sloth, not only was notorious for its rabid, acidic take on punk (bordering on grunge) but for its album cover artwork, that rumor has it was loathed by the suits at the label who described it as one of the ugliest album sleeves they’d ever seen. Hey, it ain’t that bad.

You may recognize the band’s lead guitarist as none other than Lee Meyerpeter (or Gerald Lee) of The Filter Kings. In fact, all three members of Cactus Nerve Thang are still banging around Omaha. What would it take to get them together for a reunion? The world may never know…

Enjoy, and thanks, Kronch, for the memories:

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Filter Kings, Dim Light, DJ Chris Aponick tonight; UUVVWWZ, Yuppies Saturday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 1:41 pm January 6, 2012

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Another weekend without a national touring show. But as info, I just glanced at the last issue of Time Out New York and they didn’t have too many touring shows this first week of the year, either. So things are tough all over, as they say. At least we’ve got a couple good local shows going on this weekend to tie us over until the spring thaw.

Filter KingsStarting tonight at The Waiting Room, with Filter Kings, Dim Light and Snake Island. It’s the kind of show where one of Benson’s many tattoo artists should ask Marc and Jim if he can set up a both in the corner and sell some ink (now that’s good marketing). $7, 9 p.m.

And what better place to show off that new tattoo than Saturday night at The Brothers, when Omaha’s favorite punk lounge hosts one of its rare rock shows, this time featuring Lincoln art/noise rockers UUVVWWZ (Saddle Creek Records) along with Iowa City shredders Solid Attitude and our very own garage heroes Yuppies. $5, 9 p.m. More info here.

Last but not least, if you’re out and about early this evening, drop by House of Loom and get your mind blown by DJ Chris Aponick — yes, that Chris Aponick, the music editor at The Reader. Chris will be running the tables (and hence, the dance floor) from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight as part of Loom’s new Friday Afternoon Club program, which, in addition to good music, also includes free food from Casablanca Moroccan Cafe as well as happy hour drink specials… and it’s free.

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More Kasher tour dates; an O’Leaver’s weekend; B-day fit for a Filter King…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 12:58 pm August 20, 2010

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Just as I posted the item yesterday saying Tim Kasher wasn’t touring anywhere near Omaha, he released a full tour itinerary that includes a date at The Waiting Room Nov. 19. You can read the full schedule at the Saddle Creek website, here.

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Someone e-mailed yesterday asking for more details on the 5th of May recording after having seen this week’s column in The Reader (No. 284). The respective blog entry with links, etc., is here. Check it out.

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It’s looking like another O’Leaver’s weekend…

Tonight at fabulous O’Leaver’s Dim Light is headlining a show with Leeches of Lore and Comme Reel (No Blood Orphan). $5, 9 p.m. And then tomorrow night at O’Leaver’s, The Stay Awake is headlining a show with Honey & Darling and Millions of Boys. $5, 9 p.m.

Also on my radar screen is a special birthday bash for Filter Kings‘ frontman Gerald Lee Meyerpeter at The Barley Street Tavern tonight. Performing at this festive event are Lash Larue, Alex McManus, Whipkey/Zimmerman/Sing, and of course, Lee himself. Show starts at 9, no idea what it’ll cost you to get in. Drop down and buy Lee a shot of Thunder Chicken…

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Filter Kings tonight; Nick Carl tomorrow; Clawfoot’s summer season…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 1:00 pm June 4, 2010

It’s been awhile since I did a live review, mainly because I haven’t been to a show in awhile. Things have been quiet when it comes to big national touring acts, though there’s been plenty of local stuff going on. Such is the case this weekend — no big national shows come to mind, but a couple local gigs are worth checking out.

Tonight at The Waiting Room, The Filter Kings headline a show with Loyd McCarter, The Willards Band and 24-Hour Cardlock. Cowboy hats/seed caps are optional. $7, 9 p.m.

Saturday night, singer/songwriter Nick Carl and his band, The Meadowlarks, are headlining a show at The Barley St. Tavern with Harlot and Portland guy Nick Jaina. $5, 9 p.m. While just up the street, Ames/Des Moines band The Envy Corps is playing at The Waiting Room with Broken Spindles and 1/Fourth DJs. They’re calling it the “Carnival Dance Dement” — a dance party with masks and lights and stuff, which may be just enough to keep me from going. $8, 9 p.m.

If you’re in Lincoln, check out Damien Jurado Saturday night at The Bourbon Theater with Manny Coon, Ember Schrag and a few others. $10 today/$12 tomorrow. 9 p.m.

And Sunday night at Lincoln’s Clawfoot House, 1042 F St., Nick Jaina and Bear Country are playing with Ember Schrag and her new band.  Clawfoot is in the heart of its summer season. Schrag said that the house will end its show season in late July or early August and take a few months off. In addition to her new band, Schrag has her hands full with a new job booking shows at Lincoln’s Cultiva Cafe, a just-opened coffee house at 11th & G streets that will feature live free performances nightly from 8 to 10 p.m., with an open mic on Thursdays.

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Box Elders tonight; Filter Kings, Jake’s-fest tomorrow…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 12:54 pm May 14, 2010

The hot show tonight is at all-ages club The Hole, 712 So. 16th St. (formerly the Diamond Bar). Cave rock sensations Box Elders are headlining a show with Perry H. Matthew and No Bueno. It starts early (as all their shows do) at 7 p.m., cover is $6. And there’s No Booze! Afterward, head up to The Brothers, because that Hole show is the only thing on the radar tonight. Hey, there’s always the goon-rock festival over at Westfair featuring Godsmack.

Tomorrow starts off early with Jake’s “Cuz We Can” block party, hosted (apparently) outside of Jake’s in Benson. There’s no actual details as to how this showcase is going to work. Are they blocking off the street? I guess we’ll have to find out tomorrow. The line-up of local acts is top-drawer: Satchel Grande, UUVVWWZ, Brad Hoshaw & The Seven Deadlies, Matt Cox Band, Gooses, Awkwords, Conchance and Dim Light. It’s a benefit, so your $6 will go toward the ongoing publication of the Found in Benson ‘zine. Show starts at 5 p.m. and runs to 11.

Also tomorrow starting early, and also in Benson, is the Liquid Courage 10 Year Anniversary Party at The Waiting Room, whose two chief proprietors, ironically, lack a single tattoo (as far as we know). The free show features The Mercurys, Cover Me Badd and headliners The Filter Kings. Show starts at 6 p.m. and according to the 1% website, “food and beverages will be provided while supplies last.” Better get there early.

Also tomorrow night, Ragged Company is slated to play at The Barley Street with Western Electric. $5, 9 p.m.

And Sunday Simon Joyner is playing a house show at 4507 So. 15th St., start time is 8 p.m.

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