Spring 2016 HN internship applications open; James Maakestad, CJ Mills and more featured New Live At O’Leaver’s recordings; Virgin Mary Pistol Grip releases rocking live video

Spring 2016 internship applications open

Autumn is well underway, and as we draw nearer to the end of the year, we’re looking for applicants for our Spring 2016 internships.

We aim to bring on at least one multimedia intern in both Omaha and Lincoln and one marketing intern by the beginning of January. As always, we’re looking for self-starting multimedia and story producers with a passion for arts, culture and community. Your computer will be your workplace, and you will help us cover, promote and document the state’s music culture for 15-20 hours/week.

And, of course, our interns get to undertake cool, self-guided projects:

I was lucky enough to serve as editorial intern in the fall of 2014, and if I could say one thing about the experience: You get out of it exactly what you put in. There will be opportunities to produce engaging, original stories and multimedia; to see great shows, both local and national; and through tough edits and and a great work-ethic, to grow as a journalist.

It takes self-motivation, creativity and enthusiasm, but the effort pays off in valuable experience, a dynamic portfolio and heart-warming memories (plus, you get to hang out with me!)

If these qualities and opportunities appeal to you, we’d love to see your application. Apply by Friday, Dec.18. For more information and to apply, visit our internships page. Please email Hear Nebraska’s associate editor at andrews@hearnebraska.org with any questions.

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James Maakestad, CJ Mills and more featured New Live At O’Leaver’s recordings

The Live at O’Leaver’s crew continues to churn out new recordings.

Omaha singer/songwriters James Maakestad, CJ Mills, John Larsen and Michael Hulstein (as Ojai) were among the featured artists in yesterday’s batch. Maakestad is one half of Omaha folk duo McCarthy Trenching, which releases its fifth album this Friday. Ojai is Hulstein’s solo project; he also plays in Omaha’s The Derby Birds. Twin Cities indie punk band Griswold is also included.

The live audio series received national attention earlier this week, as Stereogum featured a trio of recordings from buzzy national acts Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang and The Hussy. Read that article here.

Hear a sampling of the new tracks below, and head to Liveatoleavers.com for the complete archive.

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Virgin Mary Pistol Grip releases rocking live video

Virgin Mary Pistol Grip frontman Jales Hupka recalls old memories and engages the crowd in a new live video from Make Believe New Media

The Omaha jam-rock band released live video of nostalgia-beating “Rocking Chair,” performed recently at The Waiting Room. By the end, Hupka drops his guitar and hops around stage, inducing a crowd sing-a-long to close the show.

See the video below, filmed and directed by Dan Thompson III and Miguel Cedillo. The band plays Slowdown this Friday for Naked Sunday’s album release show (RSVP here).

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Photos of Lyons Theater grand opening

Earlier in the week, we mentioned Monday’s debut of Lyons, Neb., community theater, which literally folds out of its formerly abandoned building space.

Roughly 200 people showed up for the inaugural event, according to Tyler Vacha, Director of Development at Center for Rural Affairs. Vacha also sent photos courtesy of Lyons resident and filmmaker Bill Hedges, who also debuted a documentary on the town’s Main Street.

Congratulations to Lyons on its unique new theater space. We look forward to seeing how it develops and what kind of art, music and film it attracts.

See Hedges’s photos below:

photos by Bill Hedges

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HN Workshops: Protect yourself and your music

If you’ve ever written, recorded and released a song, you need to know this stuff.

Hear Nebraska is hosting a pair of free workshops designed to help musicians with the legal side of recording. University of Nebraska College of Law student attorneys will teach legal basics relevant to all musicians, including: copyright law; licensing; contracts; streaming services; performance rights organizations; and signing with agents, managers and labels.

The first session is Saturday, Nov. 14 from 1-2:15 p.m. at Omaha’s TipTop Building, 1516 Cuming St. (RSVP here). The second is in Lincoln at NonProfit Hub, 211 N 14 St in the third-floor conference room (RSVP here). Omaha’s session is sponsored by Omaha Creative Institute; Lincoln’s is sponsored by KZUM.

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Concert Round-up

Tonight, Chicago-area bands Ratboys and Bedroom Sons make their way to Omaha for an acoustic billing at The Food Court, a house show venue at 8912 Blondo St. Omaha’s Super Ghost and Memory Mines will also perform. Ratboys released full-length LP AOID in June on Topshelf Records. The two Chicago bands are on tour, shooting through Omaha on the way to the Pacific Northwest, down the coast and back up to Chicago by way of I-29. While there is no cover, donations assisting the touring bands are encouraged. RSVP here.

As always, head to our statewide calendar at hearnebraska.org/events for a fuller listing of shows. If you do not see your show or one you plan to attend, email us at news@hearnebraska.org, or add it yourself. And keep those song submissions, story ideas and news tips coming.

Andrew Stellmon is Hear Nebraska's managing editor. Reach him with news tips and story ideas at news@hearnebraska.org.