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 signifies the band has at least one female member
Monday, May 14
*St. Vincent w/ Shearwater at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. in Omaha; 9 p.m.; $15 ADV/$18 DOS
St. Vincent needs no introduction — and if she does, you seriously need to reexamine your musical priorities. Uncompromising, fierce, structured yet raw music. St. Vincent isn't a singer-songwriter who plays guitar, she's a guitarist who happens to sing. Whether it's rock-shattering opuses or merrily delicate hopscotches, St. Vincent's talent is undeniable.
Tuesday, May 15
Thunder Power at Ted 'N' Wally's Homemade Ice Cream, 1120 Jackson St. in Omaha
I know absolutely nothing about this show, apart from what was posted on Thunder Power's Facebook page. But if it's true, it combines two of my favorite things: TP and ice cream. Delicious.
Wednesday, May 16
*Bears of Blue River w/ Classes, Great American Desert and Betsy Wells at Duffy's Tavern, 1415 O St. in Lincoln; $5/$7; 9 p.m.
The Chicago-based Bears are beautiful people who make beautiful music. And I'm not just talking about their dashing good looks — though there's that, too (see: Gavin "Fabio" Wilkinson). They're just genuinely delightful people, and their camarderie, I think, contributes as much to their lush indie-folk-pop as their musicianship.
This time around, they're joined by newish Lincoln band Classes (featuring Daniel Dorner, Jordan Ellis of the Betties and Ian Francis of Machete Archive), whom I've only caught once but who showed great promise. Omaha acts Great American Desert and Betsy Wells round out the solid supporting cast.
Bears of Blue River:
Here are some shows in the next few months that you'll want to get on your calendar early:
June 16: Blue Bird album release with Skypiper, Lonely Estates & The Big Deep at the Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. in Omaha
July 11: *Ingrid Michaelson at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th 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.)
Yummy breakfasty type home-cookin'" including vegan/vegetarian options. "Mimosas…?" All donations will go toward recording and production costs.
Hilary Stohs-Krause loves all the bands mixing music and food lately … her favorite idea? A pancake feed fundraiser for Lincoln band Masses featuring homemade "Masses Molasses." (Eric, I'm looking at you to make this happen.) 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 89.3 FM KZUM in Lincoln or streaming live at kzum.org. Find it on Facebook at facebook.com/xmusicnebraska.