Picks of the Week | X-Rated

by Hilary Stohs-Krause

Looking to see some lady music?

Check here every Thursday for the best shows of the week featuring lady musicians — whether it's a CD release show, tour kickoff, a national act's first time in town or simply a great lineup.

Want your show to be considered? Send me an email at xrated@hearnebraska.org with the who, what, when, where, how much and why.

Photo courtesy of Wild Flag

Bold denotes female artist band with female member;  * indicates if those bands or artists are not from Nebraska



AYGAMG w/ Howard & some sweet, sweet slam poets

Howard is a really, really new Omaha group, fronted by 18-year-old Anna McClellan. Her deep, throaty voice is reminiscent of Thunder Power's Kacynna Tompsett mixed with Tracy Chapman, with a healthy undercurrent of blues. AYGAMG doesn't even need an introduction by now, but think lovely, ukulele-driven swing/pop/soul.

Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. in Omaha
9 p.m.
$5; all ages (with consent form)




Conduits w/ Thunder Power, Outlaw Con Bandana, Wayward Little Satan Daughters

This show features some of my favorite Omaha musicians and groups: supergroup Conduits is led by veteran Jenna Morrison, and they're one of the Next Big Things to emerge from the area; Thunder Power continually impresses me, and Wayward Little Satan Daughters comprises Melissa and Rachel from Honeybee & Hers.

Waiting Room Lounge, 6012 Maple St. in Omaha
9 p.m.


Thunder Power:

Wayward Little Satan Daughters:



Once A Pawn CD Release w/ Domestica & Dope Pope

Once A Pawn is continually underrated in Nebraska; they're sure to challenge that with their latest offering, "In this House." They played several tracks from the album at the KZUM in-studio they did with us earlier this summer — and they're playing with Domestica, a band that seems to get better and better with age


Knickerbockers, 901 O St. in Lincoln
9 p.m.
$5; 18+

Once A Pawn:



*Pree w/ Mint Wad Willy and Life In Prism

"A cross between Joanna Newsom and Modest Mouse — full of that warm, intimate twang perfect for this time of year." – The Washington Post

I've only listened to Pree's forthcoming debut album, "Folly," once, but I was instantly hooked. It might not be anything terribly original, grant — lots of bands out now are doing similar things — but it's thoroughly enjoyable, and often, that's more than good enough. And their sound fits in well with a lot of the music being made in Nebraska; I referred to it as "indie twang" about five years ago in an interview, and I think that designation still fits. Should be a good show.


Barley St. Tavern, 2735 N. 62nd St. in Omaha
9 p.m.
$5; 21+




Feminist Reading Group Special: Feminism Rocks!  w/ Meaner Pencil and X-Rated: Women in Music

"The oppressed have long since used music as a means to express their hardships and as a rallying call for action, and women are no exception. Whether through mournful soul or loud angry punk, music is yet another front on which we battle for our voices to be heard."


I'll be playing and talking about music from seminal feminist bands; everyone — male, female, old, young — is welcome. LUNk House is Lincoln's infoshop and community gathering space.

LUNk House, 1315 S. 24th St.  in Lincoln
4 p.m.
Free, all ages


Mount Eerie (ex-Microphones), Nicholas Krgovich, UUVVWWZ

Apart from random house shows, UUVVWWZ hasn't played since drummer Tom Ambroz moved to New Zealand last summer. But they have a new drummer — Dave Ozinga of Black Hundreds and Carrot Carrot — and I'm infinitely curious to hear them.

Oh … and they're playing with motherfucking Mount Eerie.

Drift Station Gallery, 1746 N St. in Lincoln
9 p.m.
$8, all ages


Mount Eerie:



*Wild Flag with YellowFever

Wild Flag is the band everyone's been waiting for … I mean, it's Mary Timony plus half of Sleater-Kinney. I've been remiss in that I haven't actually heard any of their music, but critics are raving (for what that's worth), and I think the band members' pedigrees speak for themselves.

The Waiting Room, 6012 Maple St. in Omaha
9 p.m.
$12 ADV / $14 DOS

Wild Flag:


Hilary Stohs-Krause's fondest wish is to own her own Tardis … or a Viper spaceplane. She gets her local music fix through HN and as a cocktail waitress at Duffy's Tavern. For more on Nebraska ladies making music, tune into the "X-Rated: Women in Music" radio show every Thursday from 1:05 to 3 p.m. CST at 89.3FM KZUM in Lincoln or streaming live at kzum.org. Find it on Facebook at facebook.com/xmusicnebraska. Or, if Tumblr is more your style, check out xmusic.tumblr.com.