HN’s new vinyl compilation; Super Ghost and A Wasted Effort tours; Funk Trek video

Get ready for Hear Nebraska Vol. 3. 

This weekend, we launched a pre-order Kickstarter campaign for our third annual compilation of Nebraska music. It’s our second compilation to be released on vinyl, featuring ten of Nebraska’s most active, exciting and diverse music acts.

We’re honored to have two previously unreleased tracks on the compilation — “Journals” by Outlaw Con Bandana and “Junk City” by Ladyfinger (ne).

Additionally, tracks from John Klemmensen and the Party, The Bottle Tops and Both will have their first release here. We’re also excited to release a live version of Cursive’s not-often heard “Tall Tales, Telltales,” written and sung by guitarist Ted Stevens 

With beautiful cover art designed by Jake Fyfe, mixed-color vinyl, liner notes written by Hear Nebraska staff and ten excellent songs, Hear Nebraska Vol. 3 is an important cultural document for Nebraska music. 

Not to mention, it’s just a really great record. Here’s the tracklist: 


  1. John Klemmensen and the Party | “Ghosts” from their upcoming full-length album, Party All Night
  2. Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers | “Let It Out” from the band’s new full-length, Living By The Minute
  3. The Bottle Tops | “The Farmer’s Hill” from their upcoming full-length
  4. Jake Bellows | “Meaning Wrong” from Help
  5. Outlaw Con Bandana | “Journals” previously unreleased


  1. M34N STR33T | “D34TH” from the Mutants of Omaha album
  2. BOTH (featuring Rothsteen) | “Airwaves” from their upcoming album, BOTH Sucks
  3. Halfwit | “Full on Halfwit” from their upcoming full-length
  4. Ladyfinger (ne) | “Junk City” previously unreleased
  5. Cursive | “Tall Tales, Telltales” recorded live at O’Leaver’s Pub

For $20, Kickstarter backers get the vinyl. For as low as $5, get a digital download. Higher-level rewards include t-shirts, signed copies of the compilation, LP carrying cases, test-pressings and free entry into the compilation release shows.

On Friday, April 17, we’ll host Jake Bellows, The Bottle Tops and Universe Contest at The Zoo Bar (RSVP). On April 18, Bellows, Ladyfinger and Both play The Waiting Room (RSVP).

Get Vol. 2 here and Vol. 1 here.

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Omaha hard rock band A Wasted Effort will hit the road next month for a tour down to Texas.

A Wasted Effort’s Derek Talburt tells us this will be the band’s first time touring southward. Texas made sense because the band’s manager lives there and “huge venues,” like Stereo Live in Houston and Gas Monkey Live in Dallas, were draws. It’s officially themed a Spring Break Tour, as the band is playing Corpus Christi’s spring break party.

“Plus…. nice weather and college kids!” Talburt writes.

The band won Best Hard Rock Band in 2013 for the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards after releasing its EP Riches to Rags. Check out the dates below the video.

March 7 – Shamrock’s Pub, Omaha
March 11 – Knickerbocker’s, Lincoln
March 13 – KatHouse Lounge, Manhattan, Kan.
March 15 – Jackpot Music Hall, Lawrence
March 17 – St. Patty’s at Clancy’s Pub, Omaha
March 19 – JJ’s Pizza, Denton, Tex.
March 21 – Zero’s Hard Rock Bar, Corpus Christi, Tex.
March 24 – Venue TBA, Texas
March 26 – Stereo Live, Houston
March 28 – Gas Monkey Live, Dallas

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You’ll be seeing more of Super Ghost around.

The post-rock band began in June 2014 as a two-piece but has since expanded to four. Super Ghost released three demos in November. Guitarist-vocalist Jake Newbold and Obi Maina also play in Lot Walks. Pat Stutzman has played in The Decaturs, which recently announced a hiatus.

Super Ghost is touring the Midwest in June and has a handful of local shows coming up. Check out the dates below.

March 6 – Barley Street Tavern with The Kickstand Band (Michigan) and Captain Crud
March 10 – O’Leaver’s with The News Can Wait (Colorado)
March 11 – Reverb Lounge with Free Throw (Tennessee) and Dowsing (Chicago)
April 2 – Urban Outfitters with Better Friend for UOxHN

June 5 – Minneapolis
June 6 – Madison
June 7 – Chicago
June 9 – Columbus, Ohio
June 10 – Detroit
June 13 – Toronto
June 14 – Lansing, Mich.
June 16 – Nashville
June 17 – Memphis

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Funk band Funk Trek released a video for “B Balling with Obama” over the weekend. The video was shot at Studio Blue in LaVista earlier this month. Jeremiah Weir shot and edited the live video.

Funk Trek was recently nominated for an Omaha Entertainment and Art Award for Best Progressive/Experimental/EDM.

The band released Purify in 2013.