Internship apps by Friday; Photos of Meadowlark 10 years and Oquoa; Twinsmith’s ‘Dust’

May is fast-approaching, and Hear Nebraska is looking for candidates for our Summer 2015 internships.

We aim to bring on at least one multimedia intern and one editorial intern in both Lincoln and Omaha near the beginning of next month. As always, we’re looking for self-starting multimedia and story producers with a passion for arts, culture and community. And, of course, our interns get to undertake cool, self-guided projects:

I was lucky enough to serve as editorial intern in the fall of last year, and if I could say one thing about the experience: You get out of it exactly what you put in. There will be opportunities to produce engaging, original stories and multimedia; to see great shows, both local and national; and through tough edits and and a great work-ethic, to grow as a journalist.

It takes self-motivation, creativity and enthusiasm, but the effort pays off in valuable experience, a dynamic portfolio and heart-warming memories (plus, you get to hang out with me!)

If these qualities and opportunities appeal to you, we’d love to see your application. Apply by this Friday, May 1. For more information and to apply, visit our internships page. And please email our managing editor at with any questions.

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On Friday, Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso celebrated ten years of being a community hub, live music stage and coffee shop in Lincoln’s Near South neighborhood. Contributing photographer James Dean was on hand for a celebratory concert. See a few photos below of Frek and the Elixir, plus a band of the shop’s baristas, known as The Meadowlarks. This includes Will Hutchinson, Myles Jasnowski, Jim Rhian, Jarvis Davis and Bonita Rose, several of the organizers behind Meadowlark’s Songwriter Sundays. More on that series in this video.

Frek and the Elixir Meadowlark 10th Anniversary Celebration
Meadowlark 10th Anniversary Celebration
Meadowlark 10th Anniversary Celebration | Barista Band

Dean was also out and about Sunday at Duffy’s for a set by the Nashville rock band Radar vs Wolf.

Radar vs. Wolf at Duffy's Tavern
Radar vs. Wolf at Duffy's Tavern

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Going back a little further into last week, here’s a few photos of Oquoa’s second O’Leaver’s residency show. This time around, the band played with Sam Martin (formerly of Capgun Coup) and Thinkin Machines. You can catch the final installment of that series this Thursday with James Maakestad and Miniature Horse. RSVP here.

Oquoa’s been playing a bevy of new songs at these Thursday shows, but for more on its 2014 debut record, you can check out our podcast review here:

 photos below by Chris Dinan

Oquoa at O'Leaver's | 4.23.15
Oquoa at O'Leaver's | 4.23.15
Oquoa at O'Leaver's | 4.23.15
Thinking Machines at O'Leaver's | 4.23.15
Sam Martin at O'Leaver's | 4.23.15

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Twinsmith released yet another track Friday from its forthcoming Saddle Creek debut LP Alligator Years.

Early Friday afternoon, Culture Collide began streaming “Dust,” from the Omaha indie rock band’s May 4 release. This marks the band’s third such advance premiere from the album, following “Seventeen” via AV Club in January and the album’s title track via Flood Magazine in March.

Twinsmith will play a release show Friday, May 15 at Slowdown with Healer and State Disco. More tour dates are on the way, according to a recent press release. In the meantime, listen to “Dust” below.

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Monday means a new HN Radio playlist streaming on the top of every page. We lead it off with Darren Keen’s “Higher” this week, from his latest EP, Roland Is My Co-Pilot.

Also featured — a song from the improv Nebraska metal outfit Rift, a favorite from Sam Martin (who’s back in Nebraska), live songs from Miniature Horse and more.

On that same page, Hear Nebraska FM is on the air tonight on 89.3 KZUM.

AZP was scheduled to come on as a full band, but that in-studio has been pushed back one week. So, tune in from 8 to 10 p.m. for an eclectic playlist of Nebraska music and chat about latest music news.

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Let’s get to shows this evening.

Waka Flocka Flame returns to Lincoln to play The Bourbon at 8 p.m. with Shishi Shakari, Scru Face Jean and Nick The Quick. The rapper performed with Skrillex in October as part of The Bourbon’s Skrillex in the Streets production. General admission tickets are $25, and VIP packages, which include a meet-and-greet prior to the show, are $60. RSVP here.

Waka Flocka Flame at Skrillex in the Streets | 10-16-2014

photo by Will Stott

Lincoln pop project Alli and I plays Vega at 8 p.m. Andrew Standley, the group’s founder and frontperson, will perform tonight as part of a trio, before heading out on the road for a brief Mideast tour. Alli and I released its debut album Imaginary Hearts this past February. Tonight, they’ll play with Fargo, ND post-hardcore group Tracings. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door. RSVP here.

And New York City-based punk band Peelander-Z stops in Omaha to play The Waiting Room. The self-described “Japanese Action Comic Punk” band is known for its visually engaging live performances, featuring colorful costumes and slapstick gags like human bowling and mid-performance piggy-back rides. Tickets are $12. RSVP here.

For more show listings, check out our live music calendar. If you don’t see your show or a show you’re planning on attending, let us know. Or submit it yourself via the “Contribute” button on our website’s home page.