Clark & Company Named Finalist for International Acoustic Music Awards; Closeness shares pulsing new track; Wolf Dealer shreds pools and pizza in new video; Dawes tonight

Clark & Company Named Finalist for International Acoustic Music Awards

By Zach Visconti

Omaha band Clark & Company has been named to the list of finalists in the 13th annual International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) for its song “Something.” The band has been nominated for the “Open” category, which includes songs that may not fit into one specific genre.

This is the band’s third time as a finalist in the IAMAs. It is also being considered in this year’s Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards for the third time in a row, this year in the “Best Jazz” category.

“This is truly an honor,” said vocalist/keyboard player Sophie Clark. “It’s special to be recognized for our work and our art. We’re so blessed to call Omaha home – the music community here is ripe with talent. We want to keep reminding people across the globe that we have a voice.”

The contest features artists from all over the world, and is judged by A&R representatives from Sony/BMG, EMI, Universal Music and Warner. The grand prize winner will receive $11,000 in merchandise and services,and will be announced February 8th.

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Closeness shares pulsing new track

Todd and Orenda continue to gear up for their new electronic project’s debut, yesterday releasing their second single as Closeness.

“End Of The Maze” dropped yesterday via Brooklyn Vegan, and will appear on the Finks’ Personality Therapy on Feb 24 via Graveface Records. Pulsating with deep electronic rhythms, it showcases Todd’s digitally affected voice at the front, backed by Orenda’s ethereal harmony.

Closeness has played a handful of times since establishing the project in late 2015. Their first show following the release is Sat, Feb 25 at Omaha Design Center for Omaha Fashion week. They play O’Leaver’s March 10 before heading down to SXSW.

Listen to “End Of The Maze” and see upcoming shows below:

Feb 25 — Omaha at Omaha Design Center (Omaha Fashion Week)
March 10 — Omaha at  O’leavers w/ High Up, BareBear
March 13 — Oklahoma City at Powerhouse w/ High Up and Living Body (UK), and SSB
March 14-18 — Austin, Texas at SXSW
March 22 — Chicago at Subterranean
March 25 — Queens, N.Y. at Knockdown Center (Unseen Hand Art Exhibit) w/ O Paradiso, Roarke Menzies

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Wolf Dealer shreds pools and pizza in new video

There comes a time, perhaps in your 30s, when dying young is out of the question. You are no longer young, no matter how many halfpipes you shred or slices of pizza you can scarf down. There will be no legendary blaze of glory, so you press on, as Wolf Dealer does in its new video.

The Omaha garage rock band released “Too Old To Die Young” late last week. Filmed on a smartphone, it features band members cruising through a skatepark and eating pizza (two great past-times).

“Too Old To Die Young” appears on the band’s demo tape of the same name, released Dec 1, 2016. The song’s old-school feel and pacing makes it perfect for even the silliest of skate videos.

Wolf Dealer plays Milk Run this Saturday with Des Moines’ Karen Meat. The two bands share a neat connection; Karen Meat’s omnichord player Bradley Turk is a former member of Wolf Dealer frontman Jason Steady’s Talking Mountain. Iowa City songwriter Anthony Worden and Omaha producer Haunted Gauntlet (RSVP here).

Watch the video below:

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Concert Round-Up

Tonight, Los Angeles folk-rock band Dawes plays The Waiting Room. The band, formed by brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, tours in support of its fifth studio album We’re All Gonna Die, out September 2016 on HUB Records. Taylor Goldsmith spoke with HN contributor Mark Hayden last week about the new record, his reuniting with former bandmate Blake Mills and the story behind “When The Tequila Runs Out”; read the Q&A here. 9 p.m., all-ages show, $25 entr. RSVP here.

Elsewhere, HED PE plays Lookout Lounge with Motograter, Lost Boys, JoNasty and Flux Amuck. The Huntington Beach act performs a mix of punk rock and rap it has coined as “G-punk.” Doors at 6 p.m., $15, all-ages, RSVP here.

In Lincoln, Cincinnati dream-punk band Leggy and New York slop pop band T-Rextasy tour through The Commons. Both bands released records in May 2016, the former on Damnably Records, the latter on Father/Daughter. Lincoln garage rock trio Bien Fang provides local support. The all-ages show starts at 7:30 p.m., $5 donation goes to touring bands. RSVP here.

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