Jurado, Sleater-Kinney tickets on sale; Sonata Sessions; Iceage and The White Buffalo this weekend

This week, we touched on a number of just-announced 1% Productions shows for the start of 2015. For an extra reminder, tickets for Damien Jurado, Sleater-Kinney and Cold War Kids went on sale this morning. Tickets here. These shows mark a light at the end of a relatively quiet holiday-season music tunnel.

The last two months really were quite the ride, though:

Future Islands @ The Waiting Room | 8.28.14

Future Islands by Molly Misek

The War on Drugs at the Waiting Room | 9-24-2014

The War on Drugs by Will Stott

CHVRCHES at Sokol | 9.24.2014

CHVRCHES by Bridget McQuillan

Phantogram | Sokol Auditorium

Phantogram by Nickolai Hammar

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A couple updates from our front: 

Hear Nebraska’s executive director, Andrew Norman, was in the North Platte most of this week representing HN at the Nebraska Tourism Conference. This included a couple performances by Omaha and Lincoln acts for the North Platte crowds, including The Bottle Tops, Funk Trek and McCarthy Trenching. Rest assured, it’s something we’d like to do more in an effort to connect music and arts scenes in the western, central and eastern parts of our state.

Dan McCarthy (@mccarthytrenching) with Miss Nebraska! #netourcon14

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Also, we wanted to quickly shout out former intern Nickolai Hammar’s fledgling new video series on HearNebraska.org. Dubbed “Sonata Sessions,” so far, they’ve been intimate one-camera live takes of Omaha and Lincoln songwriters. Nickolai’s session with Anna McClellan earlier this week (the voice and piano player from Omaha’s Howard) is one worth a repeat viewing:

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There’s a healthy amount of shows this weekend. You can check out our event calendar for a fuller listing, but here are a few notable offerings: 

The Danish punk band Iceage arrives at Slowdown tonight for a show with Helm and Telepathy Problems. Iceage was a group of Copenhagen 17-year-olds when they started up in 2008, and released its third studio album, Plowing Into The Field of Love, this month on Matador Records. We’ll have coverage of this one on Monday.

For a significant show on the local front, we wrote earlier this week about Blue Moon Ghetto’s reunion tonight at Sokol Auditorium. $20 tickets are still available to see this notable pre-Saddle-Creek Omaha name reconvene.

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Country/folk band The White Buffalo is at Reverb on Saturday, and a prime example of a show tailored to the new venue. It’s a band with a thoroughly convincing country look and flavor that played Jimmy Kimmel Live over the summer. While it boasts some caché, it could end up looking a little small at The Waiting Room. But White Buffalo will no doubt fill Reverb, with perfect billing partners in country balladeering: Omaha’s Travelling Mercies. RSVP here. Oh and, by the way, not this White Buffalo. Never this White Buffalo.

If you were a fan of the Omaha hip-hop duo Both’s debut album earlier this year — we were — you can see them with one of their national collaborators Sunday at Slowdown. The LA-based emcee Dusty Chucks contributed rhymes to the song “Quiet Down.” Odds are, he could join Scky Rei and INFNTLP on stage for the song on Sunday. RSVP here. Both emcee, Scky Rei, says it will be their last headlining show of the year, as the duo will be taking time away from the stage to work on a new EP with Make Believe Recordings.

If you think we missed something or you want to send along news tips, email news@hearnebraska.org.