Lupines, North of Grand, Electroliners Friday; Record Swap, Empty Moon (x-4th of July) Saturday; James McMurtry Sunday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 2:06 pm November 14, 2014
The Bar Stool Record Swap is happening at The Brothers Saturday starting at 4 p.m.

The Bar Stool Record Swap is happening at The Brothers Saturday starting at 4 p.m.

by Tim McMahan,

The fact that it’s 8 degrees outside kind of puts a damper on going to shows, at least for me. But it doesn’t stop shows from happening, and there’s plenty this weekend.

Let’s face it, they keep the heat up pretty high at fabulous O’Leaver’s, where tonight The Lupines return for a headlining engagement. Joining them will be Des Moines rockers North of Grand and Nanahara (a Lincoln/Omaha conglomerate consisting of Eric Ernst, drums; Chris Palmquist, bass, and Rich Higgins, guitar). That’s a lot of rock for $5. Starts at 9:30.

Also tonight, Omaha C&W band The Electroliners plays at The Sydney in Benson. Opening is The Janousek Bros. and Backwater Spawn. No price listed (Why do people forget to put the price down on these things?). Starts at 9.

And as mentioned yesterday, The Down Under is hosting a punk show tonight featuring Texas band Dead Words, our very own Cordial Spew and Blowing Chunks, This Is Whispering and Addiction 13. $5, 8 p.m.

Here’s a fun activity for Saturday afternoon: The Brothers Lounge is hosting the Bar Stool Record Swap from 4 to 7 p.m. According to the invite:

Several of Omaha’s record stores and record collectors will be taking over Brother’s Lounge to offer you a chance to pair vices — boozing and record buying! We’ll be bringing in primo stuff to sell and swap and encourage you to do the same! PLEASE don’t bring in large collections though. Vendors include:

Almost Music
Homer’s Music & Gifts
Hipstop record shop
Drastic Plastic

…and several of our favorite record show sellers too! Bring in your good stuff to sell or trade!

This is free and it’s a 21+ event (it’s a bar, stupid).

Saturday night it’s back to O’Leaver’s for Empty Moon, the solo project by Brendan Hangauer, formerly of Lawrence band Fourth of July. Headlining is Manic Pixie Dream Girls. Opening is Those Far Out Arrows. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Finally, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter James McMurtry plays the Sunday Roadhouse series at The Waiting Room Sunday afternoon. Opening is Jonny Burke. The 5 p.m. show is $20 today, $25 on Sunday.

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

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Live Review: The Rebates; Best Coast, Capgun Coup, Talking Heads tonight…

Category: Blog,Reviews — Tags: , — @ 12:27 pm May 29, 2012
The Rebates at The Brothers Lounge, May 26, 2012.

The Rebates at The Brothers Lounge, May 26, 2012.

by Tim McMahan,

The Brothers Lounge turned into a punk-rock old folks home Saturday night for the big Rebates reunion, and I can say that without fear of reprisals since I was one of those old folks. Still, even I’m too young to remember The Rebates on their first go ’round circa sometime in the late ’70s. Back then I was busy tipping cows in Ft. Calhoun, listening to Zeppelin and Floyd on The Z and dreaming of Gina Tomasina. Meanwhile, this roughshod trio was injecting high-grade punk into the Omaha biosphere, reportedly for the first time.

I wasn’t the only person in the packed house who was too young to have seen The Rebates the first time, and was there because they’d been told the show would be special. And special it was. Although I didn’t recognize any of the songs (someone who was around during Omaha’s first wave pointed out a Stranglers cover) I recognized the vibe and the energy and can only imagine how it translated in a different Omaha, before punk and Caulfield and Saddle Creek, when the only thing in town was meat markets and cover bands. It was bands like the Rebates that helped lay the groundwork for what Omaha would become.

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It’s back to The Brothers tonight for the Capgun Coup tour send-off show. The band heads to LA for a month of shows. Help launch their tour in style. Opening is Gus & Call. 10 p.m., $?. More info here.

By the way, someone asked the other night how I found out about the Rebates show or any Brothers show for that matter. The only place I’ve seen their shows listed or mentioned was The Brothers Facebook page.  Go there now and “like” ’em.

Also tonight, a little ol’ band by the name of Best Coast plays at Slowdown with JEFF the Brotherhood. $17, 9 p.m.

Before you head to either show, drop by the Shop at Saddle Creek for tonight’s Record Club, featuring Talking Heads’ Remain in Light. The needle drops at 7, followed by friendly conversation. And pick up some vinyl while you’re down there.

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Tomorrow: Maha responds to the comments on this blog entry.

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Capgun Coup signs to Org Music? Milagres, Baby Tears tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 12:50 pm October 19, 2011

by Tim McMahan,

org music logoA sharp-eyed vinyl-loving Lazy-i reader wrote in to say that the next Capgun Coup album may be coming out on Org Records.

What’s Org? According to Org’s Facebook page, “Org Music is signed to Warner Bros Records and distributed through WEA (Warner Elektra Atlantic) and ADA (Alternative Distribution Alliance). We are the official special projects label of the international Record Store Day campaign. We have a variety of marketing & sales, licensing & publishing, promotion & tour, manufacturing & distribution partners worldwide. We offer traditional multi format record deals with active artists, label services and distribution for artist related imprints as well as special project related joint ventures. We are also a catalog support label, having released the most important catalogs in modern music from label groups such as Warner Music Group, Sony Music, EMI, Beggars Banquet and the Universal Music Group.

Org’s business includes vinyl reissues from bands like Nirvana, The Replacements, Failure, Sonic Youth, Teenage Fanclub and Beck, but they also do new releases from bands like 400 Blows (who just played at O’Leaver’s last week) and New York’s Caveman.  From their Facebook wall Oct. 3, Org posted: “We’re excited to announce our latest signing, Capgun Coup. Here’s a taste of the new record, coming in 2012…” with a link to “Claire Doesn’t Care.” (embedded below).


I have yet to confirm this, however. There is no mention of Capgun Coup at And no mention of Org on the Capgun Coup Facebook page. In the past, Capgun Coup has released albums on Slumber Party Records and Team Love.

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Milagres plays expansive, spacial vibe music in that Beach House/Grizzly Bear style of dreamy, glowing indie rock. Their new album, Glowing Mouth, was released this year on Kill Rock Stars. The NYC band plays tonight at The Waiting Room with South of Lincoln. $8, 9 p.m. Check out Milagres’ sleepy title track, below:


Also tonight…

What’s the deal with The Brothers Lounge? Is Tre getting back into the rock show business? Omaha’s favorite mid-town punk bar has shows scheduled for tonight AND tomorrow. Unheard of!

Tonight’s line-up at The Brothers features local heroes Baby Tears with Jealousy Mountain Duo (described as “German guitar drums spazz avant garde melodic may also CAN, MOGWAI, and JAZZ,” and Video Ranger. $5, 9 p.m. More info here.

Also tonight, Snake Island! is playing at The Barley Street, opening for Dan Tedesco, with Bradley Unit (and the Members). $5, 9 p.m.

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Read Tim McMahan’s blog daily at — 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 © 2011 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.


Capgun Coup captured in documentary (in production)…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 12:57 pm June 8, 2010

The following came in the ol’ email this morning from Liz Lawson at deusexmachinapr:

“About a couple weeks ago, producer Steve LaBate (formerly of Paste Magazine) and director Scott Sloan, the filmmakers behind the upcoming documentary 40 Nights of Rock & Roll, were in town, where they were fortunate enough to watch one of Omaha’s best bands Capgun Coup.  You can watch a bit of the footage here:”

The filmmakers were apparently at a Capgun show at The Brothers’ Lounge, judging by the clip, which includes some footage of Sam Martin and Co. talking outside on the sidewalk — there’s no actual performance footage. It’s a strange clip. According to the project’s website, the filmmakers are trying to answer the burning question: “What’s the current state of rock & roll in America? Has true rock and roll been reduced to a few dark corners and dive bars? Are there modern rock bands that are ready to fill the arena-sized shoes of bands like AC/DC and Judas Priest?”

The publicist mentioned that the filmmakers recently interviewed Paul Westerberg and taped him performing a couple acoustic songs. “They’re just about done their road trip, but the hard work is still ahead of them, as they begin the editing process on the thousands of hours of film that they’ve collected, and start work on the companion book.” Will we ever actually see a finished film? Your guess is as good as mine…