by Hilary Stohs-Krause
PINK NOISE: A signal or process with a frequency spectrum in-between white noise and red noise. In pink noise, each octave carries an equal amount of noise power.
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PICKS OF THE WEEK
* signifies from out of town; bold signfies the band has at least one female member
Sunday, April 22
EARTH DAY: UUVVWWZ and Once A Pawn at the Rococo Theatre, in Lincoln; free; 6 p.m.
This event to celebrate Earth Day features an eco-art show, Ignite Lincoln and a sustainable fashion show, as well as performances from Lincoln staples Once A Pawn (pop-punk-political rock) and UUVVWWZ (Saddle Creek art-rockers). Great music for free — it doesn't get more wallet-"sustainable" than that.
Once A Pawn:
Friday, April 27
*Lights w/ Ambassadors at the Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. in Omaha; $13 ADV, $15 DOS; 8 p.m.; all ages — 17 and under w/ permission slip
Lights will not change your life, but goddammit, she's fun. Some of the tracks on her debut album don't veer too far from the electro-pop beaten path, but standouts like "Siberia," "Banner" and "Flux and Flow" make it worth it, and I love how she incorporates elements of dubstep without alienating those who maybe can't handle the full-on genre. Think Ellie Goulding's lyrical sensibilities and voice with a dash of the Knife and Skrillex.
Friday, April 27
Goo w/ Harouki Zombi at House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St. in Omaha; $5; 10 p.m.; 21+
And there will be dancing.
As Omahype describes them, Harouki Zombi is "zombie-geisha-VJ-DJ-performance-art duo madness," featuring Azure Ray's Orenda Fink and Of Montreal's Nina Barnes. You can read my review of their SXSW performance here. The cultural appropriation of the geisha theme makes me a bit uncomfortable, but the overall aesthetic and sheer volume of Harouki Zombi's sensory explosion is unforgettable.
Sunday, April 29
Love Drunk Studio and Duffy's Tavern presents *Arrah and the Ferns, Classes, Millions of Boys and Flashbulb Fires
Love Drunk Studio kicks off its second free-music-video tour with a benefit show led by Philly band Arrah and the Ferns, with their blend of alt-country and pop-punk: spunky, a little brash, a little sweet and thoroughly enjoyable. They join Lincoln band Classes (featuring Jordan Ellis of the Betties) and Omaha band Milions of Boys (honest, uncluttered, melodic punk-rock).
Arrah and the Ferns:
Millions of Boys:
Here are some shows in the next few months that you'll want to get on your calendar early:
May 16: Great American Desert w/ *Bears of Blue River, Classes and Betsy Wells at Duffy's Tavern, 1415 O St. in Lincoln
Aug. 10: Edge of Arbor w/ Tara Vaughan, All Young Girls Are Machine Guns and Ally Rhodes at the Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. in Omaha
This is for items that are based more on community and less on strict performance. (Some might only indirectly be related to music, apart from the fact that the women involved are active in Nebraska's music scene.)
Inspired by HN Managing Editor Michael's Todd's recent article postscript, Hilary Stohs-Krause thought back to her first live concert — and she's pretty sure it was Third Eye Blind. Hilary 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 89.3 FM KZUM in Lincoln or streaming live at kzum.org. Find it on Facebook at facebook.com/xmusicnebraska.