Hear Nebraska partners with Fly Over Media for EXTANT photography series; Tim Kasher featured on Audiotree; LNK Fest to celebrate community and youth; Photo coverage: Twinsmith, I Forgot To Love My Father; Hear Grand Island tonight

Hear Nebraska partners with Fly Over Media for EXTANT photography series

by Andrew Stellmon

Photography has been a crucial component of Hear Nebraska’s journalistic mission since it began in 2010. In documenting what we feel is an important part of Nebraska’s cultural history, it’s those photos — taken by a strong tradition of interns, contributors and, later, staff — that complete those stories.

Multimedia intern Lauren Farris has played an integral role in visually capturing Nebraska’s music community over the past 13 months, and will showcase her work as part of Fly Over Media’s Extant series on July 7 at Lincoln’s Outlook Project Gallery, 2124 Y St. It’s the first of five shows this summer from the Lincoln-based journalism nonprofit which will feature partnerships with UNL’s Global Eyewitness, New Territory magazine, Women Photograph and Hear Nebraska (HN).

“The series is an opportunity for us to partner with and promote organizations working to produce high quality, in-depth journalism,” Fly Over Media fundraising and events director Jacob Zlomke says.

All four organizations have missions which overlap with that of Fly Over Media, which is to support, produce and publish in-depth multimedia journalism on rural and underrepresented communities. In addition to selections from Farris’ portfolio, HN will show photography spanning six years of our coverage and promotion of Nebraska music, specifically featuring the state’s artists and venues.

Each of the first four shows happen from 5-9 p.m., are free to attend, and will feature a guest speaker from each organization. Farris will give a talk at her opening, and Lincoln musician Kerry Eddy will perform throughout.

“Engaging your audience with journalism in a face-to-face context is exciting, too,” Zlomke says. “It’s a different experience than publishing online, one that frames the body of work in a new way.”

The final show, Sept 14, capstones the series with work from three Fly Over Media contributors created specifically for the show. It is a ticketed event, $25 in advance or $20 at any preceding Extant show.

See the full Extant schedule below and RSVP to the first one here. Find more info at Fly Over Media’s website here.

July 7 — Extant: Hear Nebraska
July 21 — Extant: Global Eyewitness
Aug 4 — Extant: New Territory
Aug 18 — Extant: Women Photograph
Sept 14 — Fly Over Media’s EXTANT

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Tim Kasher featured on Audiotree

by Sam Crisler

It’s surprising no one shed a tear at the Audiotree studio two weeks ago when Tim Kasher and his band played a set of mournful tracks from his back catalog and from March-released album No Resolution.

Audiotree recorded the session of anguished violin and piano arrangements with Kasher’s emotionally imposing vocals and released the video on Wednesday to their website and on YouTube.

Kasher just wrapped up a monthlong tour in support of No Resolution, but he’s got a trio of shows in Colorado with Conor Oberst coming up at the end of June. Check out Kasher’s performance of “Break Me Out” on Audiotree below.

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LNK Fest to celebrate community and youth on July 23

by Sam Crisler

This summer, the Lincoln Northeast Kiwanis Club will host the first LNK Fest, a family-friendly festival focused on celebrating Lincoln’s youth and the achievements of the Northeast Kiwanis Club.

Food trucks, Lincoln bands and local vendors will line Union Plaza on July 23, with food options courtesy of Big Luvs BBQ, Fly Dogz and Taco Loco, among others. Attendance to the festival is free and sponsored by Hear Nebraska, KZUM and Roots Music Shop.

From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. the festival will focus on the kids, with a performance from Theatre Arts for Kids, a storytime reading and a clogging dance party. After 2 p.m., The Blues Messengers, The 402 Band and The String Beans will play sets on the LNK Fest stage.

Festivalgoers will also have the chance to get henna tattoos, visit a petting zoo and have caricatures of themselves drawn. Head over to LNK Fest’s website to see what else the festival will have to offer.

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Photo coverage: I Forgot To Love My Father, Better Friend, Death Cow at The Bay

HN photogs Lauren Farris and Lindsey Yoneda went to The Bay Thursday for a packed local show featuring I Forgot To Love My Father, Better Friend and Death Cow. It was the first time in months for both IFTLMF and Better Friend, and both made the most of a youthful and energetic crowd, which broke into multiple pits throughout the night. Better Friend has its first full-length album in the can, and played a few songs from it last night. That looks to drop late summer/early fall. I Forgot To Love My Father takes its increasingly enthralling stage show across the border to Iowa this weekend.

See photos below:

Death Cow

Photos by Lauren Farris

(Editor’s note: Death Cow drummer Sam Crisler is HN’s summer editorial intern)

Better Friend

I Forgot To Love My Father

Photos by Lindsey Yoneda

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Photo coverage: Rooney, Run River North, Twinsmith at The Waiting Room

Catching up from earlier this week, HN contributor Morgan Kazanjian went to The Waiting Room Wednesday to catch Los Angeles alt-rock band Rooney, LA indie-folk band Run River North and locals Twinsmith. The Omaha indie rock band’s third album, Stay Cool, drops July 14 on Saddle Creek Records, and it will play an album release show Friday, July 28 at Slowdown (RSVP here).

See Kazanjian’s photos below:


Run River North


Photos by Morgan Kazanjian

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Film Streams announces judges for Local Filmmakers Showcase

While the Dundee Theater is slowly renovated into what will become Film Streams’ second location, the Omaha independent film nonprofit is planting its roots in Dundee by selecting the staff of Dundee boutique Hello Holiday as the jury for this summer’s Local Filmmakers Showcase.

As the jury, Hello Holiday’s staff will judge films made by artists from around Nebraska and Iowa and select which projects will be displayed at the Local Filmmakers Showcase.

Hello Holiday began as an online retailer back in 2012 before opening its brick-and-mortar location at 50th and Underwood two years later, bringing a feminist boutique to Dundee. The boutique follows Omaha organizations like the Omaha World-Herald, Saddle Creek Records and The Union for Contemporary Art which have served as the jury of the Local Filmmakers Showcase in the past.

In a press release, Film Streams said Hello Holiday’s mission to connect independent fashion designers to customers “searching for whimsy, authenticity, and accessible style” adds a unique perspective for this year’s panel of judges.

Local artists are still encouraged to send their films to Film Streams’ Dené Oglesby until July 21. Find more info on the Local Filmmakers Showcase and how you can get involved here.

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Concert Round-Up

Head into the weekend with an idea of which shows you need to check out with our picks below. Find a comprehensive list of statewide shows on our events page, add your own events to the list here and let us know which shows you’re hitting in the comments.


Hear Grand Island with Clarence Tilton, Domestic Blend and Dazzle Ships – Hear Grand Island continues with Omaha alt-country band Clarence Tilton headline the show along with Omaha rock/soul/indie hybrid band Domestic Blend and Lincoln’s Dazzle Ships (fka LIFE is COOL). Clarence Tilton recently did an interview with HN, which you can check out here. As always, it’s a free show with beverage and food options available in the Railside Plaza. 7 p.m. RSVP here.

Cultivated Kickback Series at Omaha Rockets Kanteen – Tonight marks the first of two Cultivated Kickback shows aimed at creating awareness for local talent and for promoting community involvement in Omaha and Lincoln. The Omaha show tonight features Sirso, Donte Anthony, J. Crum, Loud Minority and The Dilla Kids, and the Lincoln show takes place Aug. 18 at The Bay. 7 p.m. $10. All ages. Find more info here and RSVP here.


Boat Cruise S2E2: Miwi La Lupa, AllSortsOfGood and DJ Tyrone Storm on the River City Star – The River City Star Boat Cruise kicked off its second year in May when post-punk band Pile performed on the Missouri River. Tonight, Miwi La Lupa, the Omaha singer-songwriter and Conor Oberst collaborator sets sail along with indie rock band AllSortsOfGood and DJ Tyrone Storm. The Star sets sail at 9 p.m., and tickets are available here.


KHARI Album Release Show with HAKIM, Mesonjixx and Sleep Sinatra at Vega – KHARI, aka the hip-hop side project of AZP frontmen Ishma Valenti and Zach Watkins, have declared that they will force the decline of mumble rap, and they’re releasing their debut album Saturday night at Vega with the help of Lincoln hip-hop and R&B mainstays HAKIM, Mesonjixx and Sleep Sinatra. 9 p.m. 18+. $7. RSVP here.

Adult Mom with Free Cake for Every Creature and The Morbs at Milk Run – Stephanie Knipe has slowly developed a name for themselves in the national DIY scene as the mastermind behind New York bedroom pop outfit Adult Mom. Knipe released their second full-length, Soft Spots, last month, and they’re bringing their summer tour with Philly lo-fi band Free Cake for Every Creature to Milk Run on Saturday. Lincoln weirdo rock band The Morbs open the show. 9 p.m. $8. All ages. RSVP here.

Dummy Head Torpedo CD Release, The Regulation, Idlefox at O’Leaver’s – Last month, Dummy Head Torpedo dropped “Lock the Doors, Close Your Eyes,” a stripped-back folk-punk track with anguished vocals, and on Saturday, the band is releasing Dali’s Lobotomy at O’Leavers with the garage rockers in Idlefox and the punks in The Regulation. 10 p.m. 21+. RSVP here.


Roman Candles with After Arizona and Madison Growler at Duffy’s Tavern – California pop-punk band Roman Candles, one of the many projects of prolific punk devotee Chris Clavin, stops at Duffy’s on Sunday. After Arizona, who released their debut single, “I Can’t Do This On My Own,” back in November and singer-songwriter Madison Growler open the show. 9:30 p.m. $5. 21+.