Omaha is one of the world’s most up-and-coming cities for music, according to one of MTV’s many music websites.
Tell us something we don’t know, right?
In all seriousness, it’s a nice little honor for Omaha. MTVIggy.com focuses on world music, and Omaha is the only U.S. city mentioned in the list.
“MTV?” you say indignantly. “Don’t they do reality TV and not music?”
Yes, the network is known for abandoning music a long time ago, but their group of websites — Iggy, Hive, K, Music Meter and others — does a good job of covering all kinds of popular music.
The article cites Omaha’s jazz tradition that stretches back to the 1920s and the current presence of Saddle Creek Records (though one of the bands they cite, Tokyo Police Club, last released an album with Saddle Creek in 2008).
The article also talks about the “Omaha sound,” which I’ve always thought is a pretty poor way to lump hundreds of bands into one sentence. The MTV item said the Omaha sound mixes “the college radio lover’s alt rock” with “country twang.”
Eh, not so much.
Think about some of the best-known bands in town: Icky Blossoms, Bright Eyes, Eli Mardock, Tim Kasher, Little Brazil. Do any of those sound alike? Not particularly.
Omaha ranked No. 2 on the list alongside such cities as Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Lagos, Nigeria; Santiago, Chile; Athens, Greece; and Barcelona, Spain.
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On their way to the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, a few local bands are having send-off shows.
Icky Blossoms and UUVVWWZ perform Friday with Life is Good and Pleasure Adapter at Slowdown. Both Icky and UUVV will play a handful of shows in Austin, and each will take a turn onstage at the Saddle Creek Records showcase next week. Tickets for Friday’s show at Slowdown are available at www.etix.com or Homer’s Music, and are also available at the door.
Satchel Grande, who has a showcase March 14 at Javelina in Austin, will perform Friday at The Waiting Room Lounge with Josh Hoyer and The Shadow Boxers. Tickets are $7 at the door.
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Speaking of SXSW, I’m heading down to the festival once again. Pick up Tuesday’s paper or head to Omaha.com to read about first-timers and festival veterans as well as my picks for the bands that can’t be missed.
Starting that same day, head to my blog, at rockcandy.omaha.com, for lots of coverage from Austin. Also, check the paper and Omaha.com for a daily version of Rock Candy documenting the festival.
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Next week will be a tribute to Gary Flanagan, a longtime fixture in the Omaha music scene who sadly passed away in January.
One of Gary’s favorite bands, Sarah Benck & the Robbers, will reunite for a show March 16 at The Waiting Room Lounge.
“Gary Flanagan was more than a fan of Omaha music. He was its champion, loyal supporter and dearest friend. So rich was Gary’s love for our Omaha music community, he transcended fandom, becoming a part of our families,” reads the show’s description.
Performing with Benck and her band are The Whipkey Three and Brad Hoshaw. In addition, Matt Cox, Midwest Dilemma, All Young Girls Are Machine Guns, Scott Severin, Jessica Errett, Elizabeth Webb and Tara Vaughan will each perform short acoustic sets.