Lincoln Calling week: Hear Nebraska FM, HN Radio playlists; Hi-Fi House opens public memberships; Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards announces 2018 nominees

Lincoln Calling week: Hear Nebraska FM, HN Radio playlists

Steel yourselves, festivalgoers, because Lincoln Calling week is here!

The downtown Lincoln music festival takes over another fall weekend with a vast menu of local and national musical acts, comedy, skate, art and young professional exhibits and workshops all week long. You know the drill by now: Charli XCX, Angel Olsen, Best Coast and Beach Fossils headline three days of music across seven downtown venues, including the one we’ll create, the Night Market, by shutting down 14th Street between O & P.

It’s set to be a bonafide party, and all week long we’ve got the goods to get you ready. Start now with Lincoln Calling’s Spotify and YouTube playlists below and the complete schedule via pdf here. At the top of, there is yet another, this time all-local playlist filled with Nebraska acts you’ll see this weekend. And as if that weren’t enough, Hear Nebraska FM spins many of the same artists tonight over the KZUM airwaves (tune in at 8 p.m. to 89.3 FM in Lincoln or stream at

Tomorrow, we’ll roll out our digital guide with all you need to know to prepare for the big weekend ahead. Plus, festival booker Sam Parker and managing editor Andrew Stellmon have highlighted a few major routes by genre and mood to help you choose your own adventure; it’s live tomorrow as well.

Haven’t bought your passes yet? Weekend and single day tickets are still available. Find them here

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Hi-Fi House opens public memberships

Earlier this month, the long-touted Hi-Fi House — heretofore a largely private listening room — — began accepting membership orders for yearly access to its extensive collection of thousands of records and its state-of-the-art sound system.

Since early 2016, Hi-Fi House has operated under the radar, privately offering its library to select listeners, staging shows for acts like Omaha native and Kendrick Lamar collaborator Terrace Martin and interviewing touring bands like Big Thief. After going public, Hi-Fi House intends to foster a community where friends can gather to experience recorded music in the best setting and discuss what they hear. Memberships range from $75-$1,000 per year, and more information on events, membership and Hi-Fi House’s library is available at

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Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards announces 2018 nominees

Fall brings the start of awards season in Omaha as one of the city’s nonprofit arts supporters has narrowed its search for the cream of the artistic crop.

The Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards announced the nominees for its 2018 awards program, recognizing excellent achievement in music, visual and performing arts. Sunday night at Hi-Fi House, the organization revealed a plethora of musical honorees in 22 categories

In total, more than 125 musical acts received nominations, including 11 Album of the Year finalists and 10 for Artist of the Year. J. Crum, Amanda Deboer Bartlett and Andrea von Kampen check in with the most nominations at three apiece.

The OEAA’s will dole out more all 55 awards at its 12th-annual main event Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 at Omaha Design Center (RSVP here). The nominee showcase takes place Saturday, Nov 11 in Benson. View the full listing of music nominees below and find more info at OEAA’s website here.

Best Alternative/Indie
Daisy Distraction
Kait Berreckman
See Through Dresses
High Up
Daniel Christian

Best Americana/Folk
Andrea von Kampen
Jack Hotel
Ragged Company
The Time Burners
The Wildwoods
Township & Range
The Wood Notes
Dr. Webb
24 Hour Cardlock

Best Blues
Hector Anchondo
Us and Them Blues Band
Rex Granite featuring Sarah Benck
Steve Lovett Blues Band
The Redwoods
Virginia Kathryn Gallner
Emily Degraff (Emily Bass)

Best Country
Belles & Whistles
Clarence Tilton
Jason Earl Band
Pony Creek
Sack of Lions
Bucka Ruse
Dylan Bloom Band
Jimmy Weber

Best Jazz
Mitch Towne
Curly Martin
Steve Raybine
Omaha Guitar Trio
Matt Wallace
Jorge Nila and the Jazz Ninjas

Best DJ
DJ Madix
Mista Soull
Houston Alexander

Best Hip Hop/Rap
J. Crum
Mark Patrick
The Dilla Kids
Scru Face Jean
Ria Gold

Best Pop
The Sons of Rome
Clark & Company
Hottman Sisters
The Shineys
Jessica Errett

Best Progressive/Experimental/Electronic Dance Music
Citizen’s Band
Flux Amuck
Human Teeth Parade
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett
Plack Blague

Best Rock
Low Long Signal
Satellite Junction
Through the Stone
Jump the Tiger
The Beryllium Takeover
Save The Hero
The Beat Seekers

Best Hard Rock
Arson City
Before I Burn
From The Arc
Louder Than Love
Screaming for Silence
Super Moon
Exit Sanity

Best Punk
The Boner Killerz
The Shidiots
No Thanks
Cordial Spew
Graveyard Smash
The Broke Loose

Best Metal
The Clincher
In the Attack
Narcotic Self

Best Soul
Edem Soul Music
Domestic Blend
Brad Cordle

Best R&B
Dominique Morgan
Jus. B
E Rawq
Keiria Marsha

Best World
Rhythm Collective
Mariachi Zapata
Esencia Latina

Best Cover Band
Pet Rock
Polka Police
Secret Weapon
Hi-Fi Hangover
3d In Your Face
Peace, Love, etc.
Sailing In Soup

Best Live Music Sound Engineer
Dan Brannan
Jon Pitts
Ben Stratton
Keith Fertwagner
Kevin Hiddleston

Best Recording Studio
ARC Studios
Hidden Tracks
Make Believe Studios
Screen Door
Ware House Productions

Best New Artist
Andrea von Kampen
Daisy Distraction
From The Arc
Satellite Junction
Ria Gold
Bathtub Maria

Local Album of the Year
Citizen’s Band – Revelation
Daniel Christian – COFFEE
Clark & Company – Josephine Had a Dream
The Wildwoods – Sweet Nostalgia
See Through Dresses – Horse of Another World
J. Crum – Flawed
Mark Patrick – Pen and Pad
Rothsteen – Moments After
Andrea Von Kampen – Desdemona
Carson City Heat – Living In Stereo
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett – Ice Cream Truck in the Sky

Artist of the Year
Dominique Morgan and the Experience
Sack of Lions
Josh Hoyer
Matt Cox
J. Crum
Arson City
High Up
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett
Dereck Higgins

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Photo coverage: Gabe Nelson with Pants, Clay at Hear Lincoln

Our weekend photo coverage starts at Lincoln’s Tower Square, where Gabe Nelson with Pants and Clay performed for the penultimate Hear Lincoln concert. HN intern Arianna Bohning caught the action; see her photos below. Join us this Friday night at 14th & P as Lincoln Calling’s Night Market absorbs the final Hear Lincoln concert of the year. The all-local stage starts at 5 p.m. and features Histrionic, Bazile Mills, Emily Bass & the Near Miracle, Ashley Buck and Pleiades & the Bear (RSVP here).

Gabe Nelson w/ Pants


photos by Arianna Bohning

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Photo coverage: Rothsteen, Daisy Distraction, Domestic Blend at Turner Park Night Market

HN photographer Lauren Farris stopped by the final Turner Park Night Market Friday to snap some photos of Rothsteen, Daisy Distraction and Domestic Blend. There were plenty of people (and dogs) at the series’ last concert and local artisan event. Shouts to Midtown Crossing for hosting these events and collaborating with HN to stage local, original artists. See Farris’ shots below:


Daisy Distraction

Domestic Blend

photos by Lauren Farris

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Photo coverage: Mesonjixx, Both at Zoo Bar

HN contributor Bridget McQuillan went to Zoo Bar Friday night as Lincoln soul artist Mary Lawson released her project Mesonjixx’s debut EP In The Middle. Omaha hip-hop duo Both opened the show. See McQuillan’s photos below.



photos by Bridget McQuillan

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Photo coverage: Evan Bartels & the Stoney Lonesomes at The Bay

Lincoln Americana act Evan Bartels & the Stoney Lonesomes released its long-awaited debut full-length The Devil, God & Me at a concert at The Bay Saturday. HN intern Arianna Bohning photographed the show, which also featured Jack Hotel and Mike Semrad & the River Hawks. Photos below:

Jack Hotel

Mike Semrad & the River Hawks

Evan Bartels & the Stoney Lonesomes

photos by Arianna Bohning

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Photo coverage: No Thanks, Naomi Punk, Fifi Nono at O’Leaver’s

HN photog Lauren Farris caught another all-local billing Saturday night at O’Leaver’s. The show featured No Thanks, Fifi Nono and Naomi Punk. See her shots below:

Naomi Punk

No Thanks

Fifi Nono

photos by Lauren Farris

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