Almost Music almost gone; Typesetter, Broncho, El Ten Eleven tonight; Omaha Bugs Saturday; Cursive, Campdogzz Sunday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , , , — @ 1:38 pm November 16, 2018

Rusty Lord at Almost Music during Record Store Day, April 21, 2018. The shop will be closing its doors in January.

by Tim McMahan,

If you haven’t already got the news let me be the last to tell you that yesterday Brad Smith announced on Facebook that Almost Music will be closing its doors forever in January.

Seems like only yesterday (instead of nearly three years ago (April 2016)) that Almost Music moved to the Blackstone District from its original Benson location (65th & Maple), which opened in October 2013.

I don’t know what more I can add to what’s already been said by the broken-hearted wretches responding to the news on Facebook, other than what I told Brad:

Almost Music for me was a connection back to the old Antiquarium days, to the ’90s Omaha music scene and old friends like the long-departed Dave Sink.

Almost Music had that same Antiquarium vibe. It was a neighborhood store that welcomed anyone, but beyond that for music fans, Brad and his staff just made it easy to buy stuff. The difference between Almost Music and other record stores was the way the stock was curated, so the good stuff bubbled to the surface and was easy to find. I get exhausted just thinking about having to dig through stacks of dirty, dusty vinyl at Kanesville or the endless used bins at Homer’s looking for hidden treasure. Brad put the treasure right out front, clean and in perfect alpha order.

I’m speaking in past-tense. Almost Music is still open and will be through the holidays. I suggest you drop by with your wallet or credit card and take advantage of it before it’s gone for good, along with the remaining fond memories you had of Omaha’s past.

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Back to the weekend…

Chicago indie band Typesetter headlines tonight at fabulous O’Leaver’s. Joining them are fellow Windy City act Kali Masi and Omaha’s Centerpiece. $12, 10 p.m.

Meanwhile, over at Reverb Lounge Tulsa indie band Broncho headlines. The band’s latest album, Bad Behavior, was release last month by Park The Van Records. Sydney Australia band Valen opens at 9 p.m. $15

While you’re in Benson, tonight is the OEAA Nominee Showcase. Your $10 gets you into three venues — B-Side, Barley Street Tavern and Burke’s (all the “B” bars!) to check out bands nominated for this year’s awards. More info here.

Meanwhile, tonight down at Slowdown Jr. indie experimental instrumental duo El Ten Eleven headlines. Their latest, Banker’s Hill, was released this year by Top Shelf Records. Indiana band Thunder Dreamer opens at 9 p.m. $14.

Saturday The Omaha Bug Symposium is happening at OutrSpaces, 1258 So. 13th St. Says the press release: “It’s a mixture of science, art and music that we’ve been doing for the past five years. This year’s musical guest is Wrong Pets.” Starts at 8 p.m. Tix are $10.

Also Saturday night DMX (The Dereck Higgins Experience) headlines at O’Leaver’s with Dead on Dust and Bound. 10 p.m., $5.

Finally Sunday is the big 15 Passenger Records showcase at The Waiting Room featuring Cursive and Campdogzz. It’s been awhile since Cursive, who’s out touring their new album Vitriola, has graced an Omaha stage, and never with this new line-up (that includes the return of Clint Schnase on drums). Chicago’s Campdogzz saw the release of their latest album, In Rounds, this year on 15 Passenger, which, as we all know, is a label run by the guys in Cursive. Fellow Chicago act Meat Wave opens the show at 8 p.m., $15.

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

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Klemmensen and Party Saturday; New Lungs, Broncho, Small Houses Sunday; Lincoln Exposed…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 1:47 pm February 6, 2015
Small Houses plays at O'Leaver's Sunday night...

Small Houses plays at O’Leaver’s Sunday night…

by Tim McMahan,

When it comes to indie music, it’s slim pickin’s this weekend show-wise. There virtually is nothing on my radar tonight. I guess it’s Benson First Friday, but you wouldn’t know it based on what’s happening in Benson this evening.

Tomorrow night (Saturday) John Klemmensen and the Party headlines at fabulous O’Leaver’s. JK is on the verge of releasing a new album, and no doubt we’ll be hearing tunes off that collection during his set. Opening is State Disco, Backwater Spawn and Riverbirds. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Then comes Sunday and our long-awaited return to The Slowdown. Actually, Slowdown Jr. to be exact, with headliner Broncho. The Norman Oklahoma trio has been opening for, of all people, Billy Idol recently. Opening Sunday’s show is the always awesome New Lungs (fronted by DMax of Little Brazil). Tix are $7 today, $10, Sunday. 9 p.m.

Also Sunday night, O’Leaver’s hosts Small Houses a.k.a. Philly singer/songwriter Jeremy Quentin, who’s on tour supporting his new album, Second City. Opening is Anna McClellan. $5, 9:30 p.m.

What else…

Almost forgot that Lincoln Exposed is happening tonight and Saturday night. More info here, and here’s the line-up:


Duffy’s Tavern
7:40-8:20 – Gabe w/ Pants
8:40-9:20 – Dylan Bloom Band
9:40-10:20 – Emmett Bower Band
10:40-11:20 – Laughing Falcon
11:40-12:20 – Bogusman
12:40-1:20 – Bottle Tops

Zoo Bar
6-6:40 – Producers of the Word
7-7:40 – Evan Bartels and the Stoney Lonesomes
8-8:40 – Magma Melodier
9-9:40 – Weldon Keys
10-10:40 – The Whiskey Drinkers Union
11-11:40 – Her Flyaway Manner
12-12:40 – Halfwit

The Bourbon
7:20-8 – Pure Brown
8:20-9 – Tie These Hands
9:20-10 – Sputnik Kaputnik
10:20-11 – Bud Heavy & The High Lifes
11:20-12 – Once A Pawn
12:20-1 – Foam Form


Duffy’s Tavern
6:40-7:20 – Giant’s Arrow
7:40-8:20 – The Allendales
8:40-9:20 – Powerful Science
9:40-10:20 – Thundersandwich
10:40-11:20 – A Ferocious Jungle Cat
11:40-12:20 – Dude Won’t Die
12:40-1:20 – Thirst Things First

Zoo Bar
6-6:40 – Tupelo Springfield
7-7:40 – Gerardo Meza
8-8:40 – The Renfields
9-9:40 – Stonebelly
10-10:40 – The Crayons
11-11:40 – Commander Kilroy
12-12:40 – The Gov’t

The Bourbon
7:20-8 – Within Wilds
8:20-9 – Better Friend
9:20-10 – Ghost Town Radio
10:20-11 – Dude’s Gone Rude
11:20-12 – Night Push
12:20-1 – Eyes For Higher

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

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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 © 2015 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.