After a breakout debut record, there was no worry about a sophomore slump for Alabama rock soul band St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Read more
What a beautiful bunch of voices.Read more
In the last 10 days, I’ve reviewed four concerts.Read more
Conor Oberst went live on Facebook this afternoon. Read more
They played quiet, contemplative folk songs and foot-stomping blues. They pulled out deep cuts and covers and tributes to old friends, and they also busted out a few big hits.Read more
For more than 90 minutes Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena, a nearly sold-out crowd screamed the words to “You Look Good in My Shirt” and slow-danced to “Cop Car.”Read more
Maroon 5 kicked off with “Moves Like Jagger” and moved on to “This Love” and “Harder to Breathe” and on down the line without stopping for more than 10 seconds to get a drink, wipe a brow or grab a new guitar.Read more
Conor Oberst is home. Read more
The story of Eros & the Eschaton is the story of Adam Hawkins and Kate Perdoni.Read more
"This is my first music festival," Warren Buffett said.
He stood on the main stage at Maha Music Festival to introduce indie rock band Car Seat Headrest and his Drive 2 Vote campaign.
Buffett was cheered by the crowd, which numbered in the thousands at that time in the afternoon.
"A crowd this size could literally decide who becomes the next president," Buffett said.Read more
Pop-rock band 5 Seconds of Summer filled the CenturyLink Center with 90 minutes of perfectly choreographed pop music that was enough to make thousands of girls sing and scream through Monday’s whole show.Read more
Their particular brand involves noisy garage rock, the sort that's full of pop hooks and power chords. But these fellas layer on four guitars that rip out complex melodies as if Jimmy Page joined The Black Lips.Read more
Between sets from See Through Dresses and Diarrhea Planet, Farrar led his trio through songs from Som Volt's now-classic 1995 album, "Trace."Read more
All three of the area bands playing are excellent, and they're the sort of workhorse groups with a growing presence in the national music scene.Read more
They're quite different bands, but The Joy Formidable and Car Seat Headrest kept the energy high Saturday afternoon at Maha Music Festival. Read more
Time to go back to school.
And I have some songs for that.
Though “back to school” doesn’t have quite so obvious and cathartic jams as summer break — say, Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” or any number of Beach Boys surf songs — there are still plenty of tunes that make sitting in a classroom at least a little more exciting.
Listen in to the 10 best back to school songs.Read more
Aside from having audience that pay to sit and be entertained, comedy and rock don't have too much in common.
Then you have “Weird Al” Yankovic, whose concert Wednesday was an odd mix of laughs and straight-up rock star moments that you won't find much anywhere else.
As he rocked out to “Smells Like Nirvana,” the crowd rocked out like it was actually at a Nirvana show. (And for those of us who personally relate to “White & Nerdy,” it felt like seeing a legend onstage.) And just after the band blazed through the chorus, we laughed when he sang the parody’s nonsense of “It's hard to bargle nawdle zouss.”Read more
After a canceled tour, Conor Oberst found himself in Omaha last winter with nothing much to do.
He wrote an album. Then in 48 hours, he recorded entire thing.
"I wasn't expecting to write a record. I honestly wasn't expecting to do much of anything. Winter in Omaha can have a paralyzing effect on a person but in this case it worked in my favor," he said.Read more
Miranda was ready to see her girls.
The country star took the stage to Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls),” and as she kicked off her set with three girl-power anthems — “Fastest Girl in Town,” “Baggage Claim” and “Kerosene” — she was greeted by thousands of women shouting the lyrics.
With the arena’s upper bowl blocked off, Miranda Lambert filled the CenturyLink Center’s lower bowl Saturday. The thousands of fans were dominated by groups of women enjoying a night out as they raised cups of beer to the sky, and Lambert joined them with her rhinestone-encrusted mug.Read more
For more than an hour Wednesday, M83 turned Stir Cove into a blissed-out dance hall.
Led by French singer and musician Anthony Gonzalez, the electronic rock band pushed guitars, synths, saxophone, keyboards and percussion together to construct lush environments that sounded straight out of movie soundtracks and dance clubs.
Two days before playing the main stage at Lollapalooza, Gonzalez and his band pushed thumping beats, electric solos and grooving melodies out to a an eager Stir Cove crowd ready to throw their arms up and dance.Read more
You can’t miss Ground Floor Guitar.
As you stroll down Farnam Street, you can’t help but notice the floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a good look at the showroom of Ground Floor Guitar.
A wall of guitars is painted with the same design as the album “Figure 8” by Elliott Smith, the legendary singer-songwriter who was born down the street at Clarkson Hospital.Read more
Stir Cove was sold out for the concert from the two rock bands, who made it worth it to sit outside on a very hot and humid Saturday.Read more
Bright Eyes is set to re-release its studio albums. Read more
For more than two hours Saturday, the singer-songwriter and his 12-member band — and as many as 23 total musicians when an Omaha choir took the stage — worked through lots of gospel, a little jazz, some blues and a bit of Lovett’s signature Texas country sound.Read more
The pair debuted as a duo with Tuesday’s concert, and they spent nearly three hours playing new songs as well as reworkings of tunes by The Flecktones and the Punch Brothers.Read more
The long-awaited Lincoln Calling lineup is here. Read more
Death Cab For Cutie made a perfect soundtrack for a serene July night.Read more
For co-headliners Taking Back Sunday and Dashboard Confessional, fans shouted their favorite songs and danced around the amphitheater’s lawn.Read more
Lincoln Calling is set for October. Read more
Stapleton is capable of country slow-jams, bluesy ballads and romping folky stomp songs, and we got a little of it all. His best stuff was the thumping country singalongs “Nobody to Blame,” “Traveller” and “Might As Well Get Stoned,” but fans also cheered for his cover of “Tennessee Whiskey” and his own “The Devil Named Music.”Read more
Willie Nelson and his band sprinted through a set of old favorites and tributes for an hour Sunday at SumTur Amphitheater, and the 83-year-old outlaw had a near-capacity crowd on its feet as the sun went down.Read more