Saturday, October 2, 2010

Saturday, October 2 at Tavern On The Square
loom Weaves Lincoln w/Brent Crampton, Kethro, Marcelo Arevalo, Basharaat Dance Co.
$5 for 21+
RIYL: Masters At Work, Tito Puente, Fela Kuti, James Brown, Talking Heads

"loom - Weaving the Social Fabric Through Dance" is a social ideology conceptualized by Brent Crampton and Jay Kline in Omaha, Nebraska, with the idea of creating various dance celebrations and artistic platforms to promote social progress.

Since March of 2006, loom has manifested as a series of dance events where people of all colors, orientations and ages have gathered in a peaceful assembly. From its monthly-first-Thursdays home-base of EspaƱa Tapas Bar in Benson, to various one-offs at institutions such as the Joslyn Art Museum, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, & Love's Jazz & Art Center, loom has served as a positive social medium for bringing people together.

Various DJs and occasional guest musicians blend a colorful mix of world-inspired dance rhythms for what has been called "Omaha's longest running dance party" (City Weekly). Event theme's jump continents and timelines celebrating diversity across the board, including the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Brazil's Carnival festival, Nigeria's Fela Kuti, the buzz of Bollywood or dance arts from Salsa, Rueda, Bellydancing and Breakdancing.

On the community outreach level, loom has helped organize or support everything from race relation dialogues, fashion shows, film premiers and more. loom's also partnered with LA-based nonprofit, which finds sustainable and green ways to help children in Africa who are orphaned by AIDS.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Featured show of the day

Thursday, September 30 at The Bourbon Theatre

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers w/ The Allendales and Brad Hoshaw & the Seven Deadlies
$15 adv, $18 door
Click here for tickets
RIYL: Johnny Cash, Wilco, John Mellencamp

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers
Roger Clyne on the web

From Tempe, Arizona, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers is the only independent band to debut in the top ten on the Billboard Internet Sales chart for six consecutive albums, including two number one entries. They play some seriously catchy genre-crossing country jams that many critics foresee breaking them into the mainstream music world. On stage, Arizona Republic noted, “Clyne is a terrific showman, blessed with a charisma that few are born with. Add to that his sharp songwriting skills and a crack band...and you're guaranteed to have a good time."

Brad Hoshaw & the Seven Deadlies
On MySpace

With country sensation Dolly Parton gushing, “… he can sing me to sleep anytime,” it is evident that Brad Hoshaw is making his mark on the music world. Not only that, but Brad Hoshaw & the Seven Deadlies won 2010 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Best Adult Alternative/Singer-Songwriter. Hoshaw began composing songs at the age of eight, first playing piano by ear, then studying alto/tenor/baritone saxophone through high school, until he eventually settled on the guitar as his instrument of choice. Nowadays, he moves listeners with his genuine songwriting and expressive performances that seduce you and make you cry all in one night.

The Allendales
On MySpace

With a name taken from a significant Lincoln, NE street, The Allendales treat their hometown with a twangin’ Americana sound fueled by rough guitars and alcohol. They “rely on solid songwriting and three and four part harmonies that bring their songs together tight and seamless, moving almost effortlessly between country, pop, and punk to create a sound that isn’t exactly new but is definitely warped enough to fit their unique vision.” They’ve opened for national touring acts such as The Mike McClure Band, The Mighty Short Bus, and The Drams.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Featured show of the day

Thursday, September 30 at Zoo Bar
The Killigans w/ Filter Kings, Ted Stevens, Mitch Gettman
$6 for 21+
RIYL: Flogging Molly, Uncle Tupelo, Cursive, Radiohead

The Killigans
On MySpace

The Killigans are a staple of the Lincoln, Nebraska music scene. Their Irish/punk/folk/country sound is devoured by fans and newcomers alike, and it is indeed irresistible. Their live performances have set the bar high, their songs have never let us down, and their annual St. Patrick's Day show has become a phenomenon of its own. They’ve supported bands such as Flogging Molly, the Aggrolites, Street Dogs, the Briggs, Time Again, Left Alone,and Flatfoot 56. They were even recently contacted by Universal Studio and will contribute their song “Lessons from the Empty Glass” to next year’s Robin Hood movie starring Russell Crowe. Oh, when the great are great.

The Filter Kings
On MySpace

Every Filter Kings performance is definitely a party with their rock/blues/funk sound and kickin’ guitar being the fuel for a crazy night. Formed in Buffalo, NY in October of 2000, The Filter Kings have been busy performing at numerous venues around the East coast. Tim McMahan calls it “the perfect soundtrack for a beer-drenched, white-knuckled bar fight, the kind of red-dirt honky-tonk music best played behind a chicken-wire fence, wearing a beat-up cowboy hat.” In June 2001, guitarist Mark Krurnowski won second place in the North American Rock Guitar competition held during the first annual WNED Buffalo Niagara Guitar Festival. The Filter Kings have had the opportunity to perform with such national acts as Blues Traveler, Blue Oyster Cult, Rick Springfield, James Cotton, Marcia Ball, Omar & The Howlers, Rik Emmett, Peter Frampton and The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

On MySpace

Mayday is the creation of Ted Stevens, of Cursive and Lullaby For The Working Class notoriety. It's the uprising of Ted’s own material, and the band features a collective of members from other Omaha bands. Mayday’s sound is orchestral dreamy storytelling bliss with a rock base. CMJ called it "...A quiet but complex affair that showcases Stevens' unique storytelling skills alongside his compelling, Morrissey-like vocals..." Mayday’s lyrics, mood, and instrumentation are the subject of tons of positive chatter for the band, and there’s much more where that came from. Ted will perform his songs solo at Lincoln Calling

Mitch Gettman
On MySpace

Mitch Gettman is still in high school and has already got the city of Omaha talking. He and his bandmates Andrew Malashock and Adam Gerber perfected their debut EP earlier this year and have been entertaining crowds ever since with original and cover songs, both of equal praise. maha City Weekly says, “His original songs show that Gettman is one of the most promising and impassioned musicians to come onto the crowded Omaha music scene in many years. Taking up residence on his set list are soaring epic ballads, catchy Smith’s era mope pop, and grunge influenced rock.” Gettman finished off 2009 with a nomination for Best New Artist at The Omaha Arts & Entertainment Awards. This nomination came in the form of votes from the Omaha music press, radio DJ’s, local music industry professionals, and promoters.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Featured artist of the day

Friday, October 1, Fat Toad
Brent Tactic w/ Ponce de Leon and Matte Fresh
9 p.m., free for 21+
RIYL: A-Trak

Brent Tactic

Brent Tactic has been running game in Kansas for a minute. After dominating the scene with his production partner for the mid part of the decade, Brent has been holding it down solo in the barbeque city torching dancefloors with any and every genre. More recently you could say that Brent is the go to guy to bring that added flavor to any party. His work with KC legend DJ SKU led to the inception of the most popular Hip-hop party in KC, YEAHHH BUDDY!!! Consisting of a themed night based around famous hip hop labels, producers, and MCs Brent has schooled the masses in the ways of The Dungen Family, Death Row, dancehall, and more. He also hosts Pop Rocks(90’s) with Lords of Tokyo great Bobby Keys and Risky Disco with KC don Bill Pile.

As a production due Brent and Ben Fuller joined forces as Tactic in 2002 after building successful careers individually in the Kansas scene. Tactic found common ground in bleeding a broad cross section of club culture. Their 4 turntable dj sets blurred the line between hip-hop, electronic, and club music to getting everyone’s ass shaking. Comfortable with any crowd that is ready to get down, Tactic has performed alongside everyone from Diplo and Spank Rock to Presfuse 73. Tactic has proven just as productive in the studio as they are in the club. Their remixes, re-edits, and blends have garnered international attention with plays on NYC’s East Village Radio and London’s prestigious KISS FM as well as getting rotation in the dj sets of Diplo, Tittsworth, Flosstradamus, and Eli Escobar. Their remix of Blaqstarr’s Superstar was released on Diplo’s Mad Decent label and has become a staple in the crates of many great djs including Nick Catchdubs. Recently they have been featured as remixers on EPs by Udachi and DZ.

If raising a daughter and holding down a 9 to 5 isn’t enough, Brent also runs a label called Think2wice (with ben too, who now lives in Portland). With seven releasesdone Think2wice has pulled remixes from Salva, Dan Daneeka, Ghosts on Tape, B. Rich, and Dubbel Dutch as well as featured artist Norrit. Look out for upcoming EPs from Potions and B-Stee.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Featured show of the day

Thursday, September 30, Duffy's Tavern
The Photo Atlas w/ Landing on the Moon, Dirty Talker and The Vingins
8 p.m., $5 for 21+
RIYL: Franz Ferdinand, Mates of State, The Police, The White Stripes

The Photo Atlas
On MySpace

A dance rock band from Denver, The Photo Altas rock their live shows with explosive energy and raw passion. They got deliciously irresistible melodies and danceable rhythms. Alternative Press has stated that TPA is "one of twenty-two underground bands that likely won't stay underground for long." They've have toured along with The Bravery, Portugal.The Man, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Alkaline Trio, 3OH!3, Motion City Soundtrack and Unwritten Law and played festivals such as the Monolith Festival, the Mile High Festival, Warped Tour, SXSW, CMJ, and XGAMES.

Landing on the Moon
On MySpace

They have shared the stage with such acts as Portugal. the Man, Cursive, Vampire Weekend, Say Anything, and The Fray, their drummer Oliver Morgan is also the drummer for Little Brazil, and their vocalist Megan Morgan also lends her chops to Saddle Creek band Ladyfinger. Indie pop/rock outfit Landing On The Moon have proven themselves time and time again that they are staples in today's music scene, and good ones at that. The band consists of siblings, a pair of spouses, and two friends that are like brothers to the rest, attributing to great chemistry, originality and harmony. Heartfelt songs and vocal dutiy switches are the foundation that makes this band stand out against the rest.

Dirty Talker
On Facebook
Long time friends and bandmates, Justin Adam and Brendan began playing music together in 1995. Dirty Talker is the culmination of years of writing songs and working on their craft. Picking up from where they left of with Thunderstandable, Dirty Talker is a hard rocking, technical pop band featuring smart lyrics with loud guitars and bombastic drums. Keep your eyes on this influential power trio in 2010.

The Vingins
On MySpace
Fellow Lincolnites The Vingins are here to bring an offering of pure psychedelic punk rock. Synth-less guitar-driven tunes are their fantastic contribution to the music world. In their own words, “We’re acid chic.” Members went to the same school since 6th grade but never talked until college, when their similar musical interests fueled the flames for great things and amazing music.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Featured show of the day

Thursday, Sept. 30 at 12th St Pub
Pharmacy Spirits w/ Honeybee, Bear Country and Once a Pawn
8 p.m., $5 for 18+
RIYL: The Cure, Band of Horses, Mazzy Star, The Pixies

Pharmacy Spirits

on MySpace

From Lincoln, NE, Pharmacy Spirits members deliver a new wave punk rock a la Joy Division and The Cure. Their sound is “crude, damaged, and charged, yet tempered with the persistence of hope.” It’s strong uptempo rock with haunting overtones. Their latest album “Teen Challenge” references the hardships associated with growing up in L-town and the hindrances that follow suit. The album is a hopeful launch pad to nationwide touring and exposure for the band. Pharmacy Spirits have shared the stage with Tilly and the Wall, Beep Beep, Birthday Suits, Head of Femur, Brimstone Howl, These are Powers, Eagle Seagull, Flaming Fire, For Against, Skeleton Breath, O’Death, Broken Spindles, Mercy Rule, Capgun Coup, UUVVWWZ, harvey Sid Fisher, Caustic Resin.

On Myspace

What was once Melissa Geary's solo venture, Honeybee is now a collective of her close friends and high school sweetheart-turned husband - an awesome band with awesome music. It's an almost chilling twist on cute indie pop music and is completely and infectiously irresistible. Melodic vocals are supplemented by "guitar, organ, keyboard, electric drums, sand blocks, harmonica horn, wood floor creaks, things falling, and whatever Melissa can find to add a little something." Honeybee was listed as one of Omahype's Top 10 Local Albums of 2008.

Bear Country
on MySpace

Omaha's Bear County is pinpointed midwestern jam greatness with an "eclectic sound rooted in folk, classic country, blues, and the minimalist and cool movements. Bear Country’s sound palette is based upon the band’s focus to attain a dynamic and organic ensemble-like sound and is supported by a mix of voices ranging from breathy croons to throaty bellowed moans laying atop the amalgamation of minimal drums and percussion, stringed instruments and keyboards and their reverb-decay, and tempos that dip between boot-tappers and slow hip-swayers. Their songs range from soft, sweet, and flowing, to staggered and intoxicated volumes fortified in range by a song’s experience."

Once a Pawn
on Myspace

Since meeting in high school gym class, Catherine Balta and Eric Scrivens have developed the punk/indie/rock of Once A Pawn into a stellar two-piece that rivals similar and larger bands. Catherine Balta as the band's vocalist/drummer belts melodies over her outrageous drumming skills while Eric Scrivens energetically rocks out on his guitar. The Queer Control Records-signed band is original and amazing and definitely one to watch. They have been touring around the west and midwest playing with a variety bands from all over the country. They've been featured on Lincolns local music website,, in Omahas publication, The Reader, Lincolns annual presentation of the best in local music, Scenefest, and their song Writing A Letter was listed at 50 on top 100 on KRNU, the University of Nebraska's radio station.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Featured show of the day

Wednesday, September 29, 12th St. Pub
The Love Language w/ Turbo Fruits and Diamond Kazzoo

8 p.m., $8 for 18+

RIYL: The Walkmen, Tilly and the Wall, T. Rex, moonshine

The Love Language

on MySpace

The Love Language's Stuart McLamb insists he doesn't seek chaos for art's sake -- it just seems to find him. "It's funny how that works," he says over cigarettes and coffee at a java joint in his band's hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. "I'll have these periods where just nothing is in my head. Then it's like a phoenix, coming out under stress. There's got to be easier ways to get the wheels turning."

But it's from that chaos that the Love Language arose. In 2006, McLamb was kicked out of his former band, garage rockers the Capulets, after he broke into their practice space in a drunken stupor to teach a girl to play drums and ended up trashing some gear. After a painful breakup with his girlfriend, his downward spiral culminated in a drinking binge of epic proportions. "When I came to, I was in a friend's apartment in handcuffs with my ankles bound, not knowing how I got there," says McLamb, 28. "That was a pretty ugly night, but it was also a turning point."

McLamb retreated to his parents' house and started recording what would become his debut, The Love Language (Bladen County), a casually stunning work of one-man-band lo-fi indie pop. McLamb's songs -- a mix of moody piano ballads and bouncy guitar rock -- are aching love letters to his ex that combine the emotional directness of Big Star with the raw immediacy of Guided by Voices.

Turbo Fruits

on MySpace

Reminiscent of an explosive 1970s garage rock band or rather “barn rock,” as they describe themselves, Turbo Fruits hail from Nashville, TN and embody everything we love about sweaty, rambunctious southern garage rock. These Nashville rockers have had quite a busy year. Nonstop touring and playing a strenuous 17 shows at SXSW, this is a band that we will surely hear a lot more about in the future.

Diamond Kazzoo

on MySpace

At full force Diamond Kazzoo consists of 6 members rolling out the best gosh darn bluegrass you ever did hear. It's a sound that truly challenges you not to stomp your feet, clap your hands, and get on up and DANCE!