Live Review: Summer Cannibals, Straight Outta Compton; the Maha survey; the week ahead…

Category: Blog,Reviews — Tags: , , — @ 12:46 pm August 24, 2015
Summer Cannibals at O'Leaver's, Aug. 21, 2015.

Summer Cannibals at O’Leaver’s, Aug. 21, 2015.

by Tim McMahan,

Light crowd for Summer Cannibals Friday night at O’Leaver’s. I guess that was to be expected, considering they’re virtually unknown here and Sting’s daughter was playing cross-town at the same time. The dozen or so of us on hand got a great show by a young band that could emerge as this generation’s Sleater-Kinney. Actually, I’m more apt to reach for SC’s latest album than S-K’s (sacrilege!) thanks to having a better handle on pop, though the band was no slouch when it came to raw, meaty guitar sound.

BTW, Miniature Horse cancelled Friday night and Low Long Signal played as a two-piece, so it should have been an early night, except that I ran into a local music scene legend and we proceeded to attempt to solve the entire music industry problem over PBRs and Rolling Rocks. Our solutions are pending.

We also talked about Straight Outta Compton, which I recommend you catch whether you have an interest in late-’80s gangsta rap or not. I was warned the two-and-a-half hour movie had too many slow moments, but I didn’t notice them. It was fun seeing not only NWA re-imagined on screen, but also other stars from the era, like Snoop Dogg and 2Pac. Who would have guessed Eazy-E could come off so lovable?

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The folks behind the Maha Music Festival launched their annual post-festival survey this weekend where they ask what you liked and didn’t like about Maha and (more importantly) who you want to see at next year’s festival. Now is the time to speak up. Survey feedback was one of the factors that got Modest Mouse booked this year. Survey here.

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Friday night was my only venture out to music this weekend, and this week is looking kinda thin. The highlights:

— Simon Joyner plays at O’Leaver’s Tuesday night.
— Little Brazil closes out the Hear Omaha concert series at noon Thursday outside at 13th & Howard.
— Beach Slang (Cursive tour mates) and See Through Dresses play at O’Leaver’s Thursday night.

And then it’s the weekend again already…

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