Dumb Beach, Fire Retarded and Pro-Magnum at O’Leaver’s | Photo Essay

words and photos by Molly Misek

Friday’s crowd at O’Leaver’s didn’t quiet down as the opening band, Coaxed, began the chords of their first song. Judging from the rest of their set, the musicians crowded on the bar’s small stage didn’t mind. They simply played louder — much louder.

A conglomerate of Sun Settings and Capgun Coup members, Coaxed was just one of four bands to entertain the packed pub.

Pro-Magnum played gritty garage-rock anthems, managing to simultaneously swing and shred on guitars. Fire Retarded, hailing from Madison, Wisc., provided an almost theatrical performance, complete with hair-whipping, somersaulting, shot-taking and shirtlessness.

Closing the night, Dumb Beach performed a high-decibel array of songs, highlighting the band’s use of double drums. O’Leaver’s reverberated long after the set was finished, ringing in our ears.

See photos from the night below:

Dumb Beach

Fire Retarded



Molly Misek is a multimedia intern at Hear Nebraska. She is still partially deaf after this show and wishes she had a garage where she could play cool rock songs on her ukulele. Reach her at mollym@hearnebraska.org.