Sunday night, Maha Music Festival will announce its lineup for Aug. 17.
Find the news at my blog, rockcandy.omaha.com, and on Omaha.com. The news will also be in the paper on Monday morning.
For the record, I think you'll like it.
In case you missed it, the festival announced its local stage artists last week.
Garage-synth band Digital Leather leads the lineup, which also includes Criteria, The Millions, Rock Paper Dynamite and HERS.
It's hard to find novel acts since the point is to get a lineup that people will want to see, and those local bands will have performed a lot and, therefore, built up an audience. Still, it's a solid group of artists
I'm not sure the local stage is ever going to be a way to draw tons of ticket buyers (no one's buying a $45 ticket to see Criteria), but it's a great way to pad out the lineup and showcase deserving local talent. And all of these bands are deserving.
It will be cool to see these groups, especially Digital Leather and Criteria, playing around the national acts.
At a show last week, I found myself wondering aloud if Maha would ever replace at least some of the locals with touring bands. Of course, that means an added expense because the festival would have to pay the bands more.
Anyway, Maha has a great slate of local artists.
Digital Leather, which recently added Todd Fink of The Faint as a band member, released “Modern Problems” last year. The album has a combo of new wave synths and fast-paced, fuzzed-out garage sounds that I really dig.
Criteria is one of my favorite Omaha bands, but they haven't put out new music since 2005's “When We Break.”
HERS will perform with some special guests: Girls from Omaha Girls Rock will join the band during its set, which should be pretty special.
Lincoln band The Millions — known for its 1991 major label album “M is for Millions” — released a “rarities” compilation last year called “Poison Fish.”
And rounding out the lineup is Rock Paper Dynamite, the Omaha rock band that's racking up fans as fast as it can play shows. It's a good addition to the lineup.
An as-yet-unnamed band, which will be selected at an Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards showcase, will also play Maha's local stage.
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Has anyone tried out the new Twitter app called #music?
It works as a recommendation service by searching Twitter and highlighting artists that are trending as well as artists you might like. And if you have the music-streaming service Spotify, which I do, it will connect into your Spotify account and play the songs recommended by #music.
My main complaint about Spotify has always been that it's really bad at recommending new music. You have to know exactly what you want or search out playlists created by other people; #music is the answer to that.
If you like music (and I can assume you do if you're reading this column), give #music a try. (It's available as an iPhone app and also at music.twitter.com.)