Cog Factory documentary trailer, New Year’s Eve with The Bottle Tops, Jake Bellows tonight

There’s more news on The Cog Factory documentary front, this time in an extended trailer.

Director Kyle Benecke released the trailer for the film about the defunct, all-ages Omaha punk rock venue featuring interviews with founder Robb Rather, Simon Joyner, Matt Baum of Desaparecidos, Gary Dean Davis of Frontier Trust and Speed! Nebraska and more familiar faces. 

The general theme? The Cog, which closed in 2002, was a filthy hole. But that hole was a cornerstone for developing so much geography of Omaha’s music scene today. 

Benecke has been at work on the feature-length documentary for at least two years. Keep your eyes here for more news on the forthcoming film.

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Maybe you’re not spending your New Year’s Even seeing The Machete Archive reunion. Maybe you had something a little less dingy-bar in mind.

Lincoln’s newest restaurant and brewery, Ploughshares, might have the evening for you.

From 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., Ploughshares will host a performance by The Bottle Tops, a dinner buffet, a midnight champagne toast and a complimentary drink with ticket purchase.

Tickets are $75 per person and you can snag them here.

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Tonight begins a solid two-week run of stellar winter shows with Jake Bellows solo appearance at Crossbones Bar. RSVP here. On Monday, we premiered the video for Bellows’ “Help” from 2013’s New Ocean (Saddle Creek).

In Lincoln, McCarthy Trenching plays with Miniature Horse, Michael Wunder and Little Marais (HN’s managing editor Chance Solem-Pfeifer) play Duffy’s Tavern. It’s been awhile since McCarthy played in Lincoln, so if you haven’t seen the shrewd and artful Omaha songwriter before, you might make it a priority tonight.

RSVP here.