Live Review: The Gardenheads; a busy last half of the week…

Category: Blog,Reviews — Tags: — @ 1:46 pm November 11, 2013
The Gardenheads at The Barley Street Tavern, Nov. 8, 2013.

The Gardenheads at The Barley Street Tavern, Nov. 8, 2013.

by Tim McMahan,

I tweeted the following at around 9:15 Friday night:

Gardenheads start at 10 at the Barley St. I’m tellin’ ya. Zero people here. Ah, the power of Lazy-i.

No surprise no one was there. Ted Stevens and Dave Dondero were playing across town at O’Leaver’s and the Bastard Sons were at The Sydney and let’s face it, no one has a clue who The Gardenheads are (despite my September column lauding their debut record. Who remembers that? Who reads my column?).

But as 10 rolled around a few people showed up and were treated to a pretty good set, maybe a bit twangier than I’d hoped based on their album, which isn’t twangy at all. As one patron told me after the show: “They sounded like they’re from Missouri.”

The four-piece slouched onto the stage and proceeded to play a set that included favorites off their latest album (“Adderol” was their set closer), new material and an obligatory cover (a John Prine song).

Their error in judgement came toward the end of their set. They blazed through a ballsy rendition of hell-raiser anthem “Fucked Up Kids” that included something I haven’t seen or heard in years — an extended drum solo. That’s right. While the frontman laid flat on the stage and the bassist went to get a beer, the drummer did a full-on John Bonham routine that would have made any drummer proud.

The error came after the band got back together, finished the song with a fist-pumper of an ending, and instead of leaving on a high note played three more songs. It was like hitting a winning walk-off home run and then sending the next batter up to the plate.

Still, a good set that didn’t make me embarrassed for having made such a big deal out of them back in September. I’d love to see them come back through town and open for someone like The Filter Kings or The Sons Of… or The Whipkey Three. They’d be a good “trade” band, who could probably help set up a show down in their stomping ground of Springfield, which is just a few hours south of KC.

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The week starts off slow show-wise and ends with a bang Thursday when we’ll be pulled in three directions at once, with Gordon and New Trust (members of the Velvet Teen) at O’Leaver’s, Saintseneca at Slowdown Jr. and Hear Nebraska Presents Red City Radio at The Brothers Lounge.

Then Friday night is the big Pleasure Adapter/Pro-Magnum/Brigadiers show at Slowdown Jr. while So-So Sailors return to O’Leaver’s with McCarthy Trenching.

And then Saturday night Simon Joyner and Eros and Eschaton both return to Slowdown Jr.

And then Sunday the big Hear Nebraska Omaha Girls Rock show at Slowdown Jr.


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The latest clue..

The latest clue…

The Black Friday at O’Leaver’s clues keep coming. I know it’s impossible to read the graphic at the left, but that’s all the space I’m giving it. Here’s the translation:

Then We Found a Clue. ONE special performer has THREE unique albums available in the online shop. A special or deluxe edition of an album does not COUNT as an additional unique album. Black Friday O’Leavers.

People have begun to figure out this show…probably. Check out yesterday’s Lazy-i comments. Got to hand it to the band for its clever marketing.

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Burgerama Caravan of Stars (The Growlers + five more bands), Vibrators tonight; who are the Gardenheads (in the column)…

Category: Blog,Column — Tags: , , , — @ 12:57 pm September 26, 2013

Burgeramaby Tim McMahan,

I was on the list and everything for last night’s Orenda Fink / Simon Joyner show and just plain didn’t make it and I feel guilty about that. Another super-early morning kept me out of the clubs. There are  trade-offs in life, it seems…

I have tomorrow off so there’s nothing stopping me from hitting the big Burgerama Caravan of Stars Tour 2013 at Slowdown Jr. tonight. Burger Records is a red hot DIY punk / indie/ noise label. The SF Weekly called the label “contingent somehow within and decidedly apart from the indie rock sphere, boasting followers from all walks of life and similarly branded offshoots springing up throughout the land.” I’ve read that three times and I still don’t know what it means.

Anyway, the label’s biggest stars are on the road together and have finally made it to Omaha. The headliner is California act The Growlers. They call their sound “Beach Goth,” which also happens to the be name of their limited edition cassette-only 2012 Burger release. Their last formal album came out on FatCat this year.

Also on tonight’s Burgerama fightcard: Cosomonauts, Together Pangea, Gap Dream, White Fang with Colleen Green, and The Memories. All for $13. Show starts at 8. Why go to a festival when the festival can come to you?

Check out the story of Burger Records:

And here’s some samples from tonight’s bands:


Also tonight, punk band The Vibrators return to The Brothers Lounge with Bullet Proof Hearts, and Officially Terminated. $5, 9 p.m.

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In this week’s column, I get cold-called by Springfield, Missouri band The Gardenheads in the form of their new vinyl release Growing Season. Album of the year? Maybe, maybe.. You can read it in this week’s issue of The Reader or online right here.

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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 © 2013 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.