Solid Goldberg, Lupines, No Getter, Bed Rest, BFF tonight; Pine Ridge toy drive, Uh Oh Saturday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 1:58 pm December 2, 2016
Solid Goldberg is playing tonight at fabulous O"Leaver's.

Solid Goldberg is playing tonight at fabulous O”Leaver’s.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

It’s the weekend before the blizzard? Not likely, but it’s bound to snow sometime; we might as well get it over with.

Enjoy the last tropical weekend of the year tonight at fabulous O’Leaver’s with performances by Solid Goldberg (a.k.a. the legendary Dave Goldberg), the mighty Lupines and Des Moines punks Broken Ones. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Also tonight at Milk Run there’s a big double record release/benefit show. It’s a four-band bill headlined by Bed Rest and No Getter with The Way Out and Minnesota’s The Crash Bandits. Bed Rest will be releasing their second EP, Gloom, alongside No Getter, who will be releasing their debut EP/cassette, Fitting. A portion of the door will go to RAINN (rape, abuse and incest national network). $5 is the door charge, but go ahead, be generous. Show starts at 9.

Also tonight, it’s Benson First Friday. Among the art openings tonight is the second annual Little Show at The Little Gallery. Each piece of art is 12″ x 12″ or smaller and sells for $100 or less. Give the gift of local art! The reception runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Address: 5901 Maple St., in the ground-floor storefront of the Benson Masonic Lodge (across the street from the Sydney). Beer and treats. Come by and say hello.

On Saturday night, The Waiting Room and Reverb lounge are both in play for the annual toy drive for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The event raises toys and money for the 501(c)(3) organization, started in 2003 by Omaha musician Larry Dunn a.k.a. Lash LaRue.

It’s a country-rocking event, with bands including Township & Range, Pancho & the Contraband, The Willards, Matt Cox, Korey Anderson, 24 Hour Cardlock, Vago, Kait Berreckman and Ryan Osbahr, as well as Lash LaRue and the Hired Guns. Admission is $10 or a new unwrapped toy per venue or $15, and two unwrapped toys for entry to both venues. The shows start at 8.

Also Saturday night it’s back to O’Leaver’s for Relax, It’s Science with Brazen Throats and Stronghold. $5, 9:30 p.m.

And here’s one that’s under the radar: Indie punk rock band Uh Oh, who hasn’t done a show in ages, plays at Lucy’s Pub way out on 89th and Blondo. Turns out this is actually a house show at 8932 Blondo St. Joining Uh Oh are The Way Out and MAGU. Uh Oh will be filming a music video that night, so look out. This one’s free and starts at 9.

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

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The Faint weekend (tonight w/Solid Goldberg, Saturday w/Digital Leather); McCarthy Trenching, Derby Birds…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 12:38 pm June 13, 2014
The Faint's most recent unofficial band photo...

The Faint’s most recent unofficial band photo… They play tonight at Sokol Auditorium and Saturday night at The Waiting Room.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

The three “F’s” are perfectly aligning tonight: Friday the 13th. Full Moon, and… The Faint at Sokol Auditorium. Be afraid, be very afraid.

I still don’t know why The Faint booked a second show for Saturday night at The Waiting Room. Conventional wisdom is that you book a second show when/if the first show sells out. But tonight’s show at Sokol ain’t sold out (though a few people I’ve talked to seem to think it is).

Tonight’s show features the legendary Solid Goldberg a.k.a. Dave Goldberg as the 8 p.m. opener. Goldberg, who you might remember from The Carsinogents (or Full Blown before that), is a consummate showman and one helluva talent. Do Not Be Late.

Playing both tonight and tomorrow night is Athens band Reptar (Vagrant Records). I’m not huge into Reptar, but they no doubt have their fans.

I am huge into Digital Leather, who plays the 8 p.m. opening slot tomorrow night (Saturday) at The Waiting Room. Expect to hear songs from their sublime new split LP they made with The Hussy. This likely means that Faint frontman Todd Fink will be pulling double-duty Saturday as he also plays keyboards in DL. The Faint at The Waiting Room is something not to miss (though I’ll probably miss it as I’m a cheap-ass bastard and couldn’t get on the list for the show).

Based on their setlist from their June 8 Roxy show in West Hollywood, expect a good blend of classic Faint songs along with new material from new album Doom Abuse. Todd said the band has a cool new LED-panel-driven light show that is sure to dazzle. You may just want to go ahead and buy your tickets now in case it, you know sells out.

There’s not much else indie-music-wise happening this weekend.

Tomorrow night (Saturday), McCarthy Trenching returns to the stage at fabulous O’Leaver’s. Joining him are Lars and Mal. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Also tomorrow night (Saturday) The Derby Birds open for Edge of Arbor at The Barley Street Tavern along with Township & Range and Ojai. $5, 9 p.m.

And, of course, there’s that whole College World Series thing that will be tying up downtown Omaha for the next couple weeks. If you’re stuck down there and don’t have tickets to a game, you can always hang out at the many booze tents scattered throughout NoDo (including The Slowdown’s).

Have a good weekend…

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Speaking of Goldberg; SPIN streams Bellows’ latest; Gordon, Major³ tonight; new Micek project; Mystic Valley at Pageturners…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 12:56 pm July 30, 2013

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

As I mentioned yesterday, local legend Dave Goldberg (Full Blown, Carsinogents) is now playing keyboards in Simon Joyner’s band. And while that should be news enough for anyone, it should be pointed out that Dave’s primary project, Solid Goldberg, recently released a four-song EP via Bandcamp, which you really need to check out below. You can even download the EP at a “name your price” price. Do it. And keep an eye out for the next Solid Goldberg live performance, which always promises to be a life-changing experience.

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And speaking of online music, SPIN magazine yesterday posted a link to a stream of Jake Bellow’s entire new album, New Ocean, slated for release on Saddle Creek next Tuesday, Aug. 6. The story’s headline kicker calls Jake “The Omaha lifer…” even though last I heard Jake was living somewhere on the West Coast. I guess he’ll always be an Omahan in his heart of hearts…

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O’Leaver’s is having a particularly busy week this week. Yesterday was that Pleasure Adapter tour kickoff show which featured their “latest” new bassist Darren Keen, who also took the stage as Touch People. Now tonight O’Leaver’s hosts local faves Gordon with Austin Texas garage rockers Major Major Major and Video Ranger. $5, 9:30 p.m.

And then Friday night O’Leaver’s will see the debut of a new band fronted by Steve Micek (ex-The Stay Awake) called Adtrita. I’m not exactly sure what the name means but I think it’s Latin for “extra special.” And even though they haven’t played out, the band already has a track up on a Bandcamp (below). Kind of reminds me of Bottomless Pit/Silkworm and is downright poppy compared to Micek’s previous band. Friday can’t come too soon…

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Last but not least, two members of Conor Oberst’s Mystic Valley band, Jason Boesel and Taylor Hollingsworth, are playing a free gig tonight at Conor’s Pageturner Lounge in Dundee. The free show starts at 9:30 and should be an absolute crush mob.

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Hey, I’m Alive; Solid Goldberg does Hootenanny tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 1:17 pm December 18, 2012

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

I’m back. And it only took three days. Don’t get what I got.

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Not much happening musicwise. The PR folks behind Statistics (Denver Dalley of Desaparecidos) are letting it be known today that you can download the first Stats track, “Nineteen Ninety-Nine,” right here. It’s free. Get it.

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Pitchfork just posted its top-100 tracks of the year. Grimes’ “Oblivion” was No. 1. Meh. They sure like Frank Ocean.

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There is actually a show going on tonight. They’re calling it “The Last Hootenanny.” I’m not sure if it’s a side-joke about the Mayan calendar or they’re really ending the series, which has been going on around town for years. Regardless, it’s happening tonight at The Waiting Room and features the usual collection of Benson-centered alt-country/Americana/folkies, with one very bold exception. Listed in the line-up is the one and only Solid Goldberg, a.k.a. Dave Goldberg’s one-man rock freakout which must be experienced to be believed. It’s not just a performance, it’s also fan-frickin’-tastic songs by one of Omaha’s most iconic musicians. Your $7 cover supports “the Nebraska Farmers Union and the Nebraska Agriculture Council in their efforts to start up a small food hub so you can buy more local, sustainable, humanely raised meat” (because “Humanely Raised Meat Just Tastes Better”®). The show starts super-early at 5:30 p.m., and the partial lineup of acts is here on the One Percent website.

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Live Review: Solid Goldberg, Jake’s ice-cold Block Party; MAHA announcement, TSOL, Lucinda Williams tonight…

Solid Goldberg at The Barley Street Tavern, May 13, 2011.

Solid Goldberg at The Barley Street Tavern, May 13, 2011.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

The hype was true.

Solid Goldberg is a spectacle of most-groovy proportions. A musical head trip featuring one of the area’s — nay, one of the country’s — most ingenious musical talents. The set-up is deceptively simple: Two keyboards, a battery of effects pedals and amplifiers, a digital projector and colored lights, and Dave Goldberg. You may remember him from Full Blown or the Carsinogents or The Terminals or most recently, Box Elders. Now all by his lonesome (and loving it that way) Goldberg is free to make the music he’s always wanted to, and there’s no one to blame (or praise) but him.

Not surprisingly, he pulls it off. The core sound is a simple electronic beat layered with dense Goldberg-style psychobilly/garage/punk keyboards and his distorted, twisted, howling vocals that are part caged animal, part Elvis, part Jon Spencer. It’s groovy; as groovy as the psychedelic lighting effects that include floating dollar signs and the letter ‘g’ blasted right into Goldberg’s face. Ask Dave and he’ll tell you it’s all about the performance, but it’s the music that makes it work, driven mostly by a left hand that provides all the bottom end he needs, and more than enough to get all the other bottoms in the room shaking. Imagine Solid Goldberg leading a dance party from on top of a huge festival stage. Too bad none of the local fests have the cojones to give it a try.

Goldberg set up his rock ‘n’ roll space station not on the Barley Street Tavern’s stage, but in the back of the room, across from the soundboard. With the tables and chairs stacked up against the wall, the room felt like a rock club. Sure, the table/chair set-up is fine for acoustic gigs, but cleared out like it was Friday night, I get the feeling that they could host some sizable shows if they wanted to. The cleared-out set-up also worked well for twisted electronic metal-heads Cloven Path, who took the opportunity to shred right in the middle of the crowd.

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Brad Hoshaw and the Seven Deadlies at Jake's Block Party, May 14, 2011.

Brad Hoshaw and the Seven Deadlies at Jake's Block Party, May 14, 2011.

Could the weather Saturday have been worse? Sure, it could have been raining or drizzling or snowing. Instead it was just overcast, windy and bone-chilling cold, made all the more painful by the prior weekend’s 90+ degree heat. The cold was almost too much to bear as I stood along with about 40 others, bent forward into a north wind that blew through Military Ave., at Jake’s “just because we can” Block Party.

By 6 p.m., Brad Hoshaw and the 7 Deadlies were rifling through a set that included some new tasty material, and closed with Hoshaw’s solo-acoustic rendition of Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic,” which he made thoroughly his own.

Matt Cox performed as a trio without a drummer, which he didn’t miss at all. I’ve been told he’s a blues guy, but he didn’t play any blues Saturday afternoon, more like C&W-inflected Americana, Hank Williams Sr./Jr. meets John Prine and a double-shot of bourbon. Word is he has a new album coming out. Looks like I’m late to the party (again).

Despite wearing an insulated wool peacoat I only had enough left to make it through one more band — Gus & Call — who continue to define their unique brand of alt-country that mixes twang with drone and feedback, or “Bootgaze” as I like to call it. I left right after their set at around 8 p.m., just as the crowd was beginning to show up. Here’s hoping the weather is better for this Saturday’s Dundee Spring Fling…

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Watch your MAHA Music Festival Feed (facebook.com/MahaMusicFestival) tonight at around 9 as they announce two more main stage acts and three local bands who will be performing on the side stage, as well as all the details regarding their local showcase events. If you’re a Guided By Voices fan, chances are you’ll dig one of these main stage acts, a definite classic.

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Speaking of classics, TSOL is playing tonight at The Waiting Room w/ Shot Baker, Bullet Proof Hearts, RAF and Cordial Spew — maybe the best full-out punk show of the year. $14, 8 p.m. (early start). Bring your earplugs!

Just as classic is Lucinda Williams tonight at The Slowdown. This also is an early start — 8 p.m. — with no opening act, so you better get down there on time. $30.

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Solid Goldberg, Con Dios tonight, Jake’s Block Party (Little Brazil, Dim Light, Gus & Call), Anonymous American Saturday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 12:47 pm May 13, 2011
Con Dios at The Waiting Room, Nov. 27, 2010.

Con Dios at The Waiting Room, Nov. 27, 2010. The band plays at Slowdown Jr. tonight.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

We’re making up for this week’s drought in rock shows with a jam-packed weekend worth of gigs.

It starts tonight at The Barley Street with Dave Goldberg’s newest rock project, Solid Goldberg. I’ve been hearing nothing but raves about last week’s SG show at The Brother’s and the SG opening gig for Black Lips. If you missed those gigs like I did, you’ll get another chance tonight. Also on the bill is electro-metal freak show Cloven Path. $5, 9 p.m.

Meanwhile, Omaha’s latest super-group, Con Dios, is playing at Slowdown Jr. tonight with Canby and Darren Hanlon. Con Dios is bassist Matt Maginn (Cursive), keyboardist Dan McCarthy (McCarthy Trenching), drummer Pat Oakes (Ladyfinger) and frontman Phil Schaffart. Word on the street is that Con Dios just finished recording some new tunes. $7, 9 p.m.

Also tonight, Christian folk-rocker Tim Wildsmith’s new project, The Foresters, plays at The Waiting Room for a CD release show with Skypiper. $5, 9 p.m.

And let’s not forget O’Leaver’s, who has Dirty Fluorescents tonight with The Garden and John Klemmensen and the Party. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Then comes Saturday. The big event is, of course, Jake’s “Because We Can” Block Party, where they block off a section of Military Ave. right outside of Jake’s east door, set up a stage, and booze it up. It’s a solid line-up, featuring Dim Light, Ghost Runners, Brad Hoshaw & the Seven Deadlies, Blue Bird, Matt Cox, Gus & Call, Mojo and the Mofos, and headliner Little Brazil. 5 p.m., $5.

Also Saturday night, Anonymous American is having a one-off reunion at The Waiting Room with At Land (Doug Kabourek of Fizzle Like a Flood) and Tara Vaughn. $7, 9 p.m. And just down the road at The Barley Street, Lincoln punk band Once a Pawn plays with Saturn Moth. $5, 9 p.m.

Finally, Slowdown Jr. is hosting S. Carey (who’s a member of Bon Iver), with Stillwater, Oklahoma band Other Lives (Who remembers when they opened for Elvis Perkins back in May 2009? (review here)). $10, 9 p.m.

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