Lincoln’s calling to the nearby towns.

Celebrating its 15th year, the Lincoln Calling Music festival will hit several different downtown Lincoln venues and sport headliners such as celebrated indie rock bands Parquet Courts and Waxahatchee.

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Once again, the festival will also feature a night market as well as wellness activities and workshops.

With so many artists playing the festival — the count is more than 100 — it could be easy to get lost in the lengthy lineup list.

So I picked my favorites.

Japanese Breakfast

Michelle Zaunder has released two albums of soft, dreamy pop. The title of her latest album, “Soft Sounds from Another Planet,” is the perfect descriptor for her entire ouvre.


I’m a big fan of Katie Crutchfield and her indie rock band, whose albums are routinely a part of my year-end “best of” lists. Waxahatchee’s latest, “Out in the Storm,” is chock full of rock anthems.


One of the best Omaha rock bands of all time only has two albums, both released more than a decade ago. Its members perform sporadically, and they always pack a punch. Do yourself a favor and see them.

Fantastic Negrito

This Grammy-winning singer-songwriter crushes out rock and blues jams. You can’t help but stomp your feet and groove along with him.

Parquet Courts

The eclectic sixth album from Parquet Courts, “Wide Awake!”, is quirky, but you won’t be able to stop listening to it. It runs ramshackle all over with garage rock riffs and shouted gang vocals and all kinds of fun.

Evan Bartels and the Stoney Lonesomes

Last year, Bartels (pictured) released an incredible and introspective album, “The Devil, God & Me,” and followed it with more than 100 tour dates. The Omaha singer is doing big things, and I’m excited to watch where he goes.

Lion Babe

Hailing from New York City, the R&B and soulful pop duo of Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman will get people moving in Lincoln.

Dead Horses

The latest album from this Milwaukee indie folk duo, “My Mother the Moon,” is quiet, but it is full to bursting with both instrumentation and emotion. Sarah Vos’ voice and lyricism depict both hurt and hope.

The Kickback

These guys are catchy. Like, really catchy. I can’t get “False Jeopardy” and its strummy beat out of my head.

Reporter - Entertainment/music/concert

Kevin Coffey covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally cover other entertainment. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

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