Live at O’Leaver’s features Head of Femur, Mint Wad Willy, Xetas in first full-set release; Omaha’s Bib listed in national blog’s top 12; Delve Trio plays final Pageturners show

Live at O’Leaver’s features Head of Femur, Mint Wad Willy, Xetas in first full-set release

One of the state’s most ambitious audio projects has reached another milestone.

Live at O’Leaver’s has released its first batch of complete live sets. This round features October 2015 performances from Mint Wad Willy, Austin, Texas band Xetas and Head of Femur (playing its second reunion show).

Past releases have included just three to five songs from any particular live set. As expected, the most recent sets are of excellent quality, and give a bit more insight into the flow and continuity of each concert. O’Leaver’s sound engineer Ian Aeillo hinted to us at the end of 2015 that more might be on the way (more on that in our look ahead to 2016 later in the week).

Live at O’Leaver’s also re-released recordings by Orenda Fink, Annalibera and Dirty Talker. Check them all out here, and hear the series’ first full-sets below:

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Omaha’s Bib listed in national blog’s top 12

Bib is already getting some buzz barely six months into existence.

The Omaha hardcore foursome was tabbed by national blog No Echo as one of the Top 12 newer hardcore bands to watch in 2016. The list includes a variety of hardcore sounds from all over the country, from Boston and Washington D.C. to Chicago, Texas and California.

Bib — the DIY quartet comprising Brock Stephens, Nathan Ma, Alex Kinnerk and Billy Liebermann — debuted July 1 at Lookout Lounge, and released its first demo in September. Here’s what No Echo’s Carlos Ramirez had to say:

“I’m not hip to what’s up with the Omaha hardcore and punk scenes these days, but if Bib is any indication of what they’ve got cooking over there, I need to pay more attention to the region. What sends this band over the top for me are the snotty vocals.”

Read the full feature here.

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Delve Trio plays final Pageturners show

HN multimedia intern Lindsey Yoneda stopped by Pageturners Lounge last night for Delve Trio’s farewell performance. As we noted yesterday, guitarist Luke Polipnick is leaving the country later this week to study music in India (read our interview here). Up until a year ago, the jazz outfit had played there every Tuesday for roughly 18 months, so it made for a fitting Omaha finale. Delve Trio plays Zoo Bar tomorrow night in what will be Polipnick’s last Nebraska show for the foreseeable future (RSVP here).

See Yoneda’s photos below:

photo by Lindsey Yoneda

photo by Lindsey Yoneda

photo by Lindsey Yoneda

photo by Lindsey Yoneda

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HN Contributor examines Daytrotter Sessions 10-year progress for NPR

Daytrotter Sessions, the innovative yet modest recording series founded out of Rock Island, Illinois, has featured the likes of Carly Simon, Alabama Shakes, Bon Iver and many others. In its tenth year of existence, HN contributor and current National Public Radio Muisc contributor Clay Masters profiles its anniversary makeover.

In a recent NPR article, Masters looks back at the recording studio’s humble beginnings above a pizza shop in downtown Rock Island. What began as a stopover for touring bands has become a destination, all the while maintaining its low-key aesthetic.

Read more about Daytrotter Sessions’ history and its brand new digs here. Good on Masters for an insightful read.

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Concert Round-Up

Tonight, Los Angeles rockers Hot Stop play Duffy’s Tavern with locals Meadow Rave and Free Pizza. Lincoln is the second stop on the foursome’s DIY tour across the South and Midwest. RSVP to the 9 p.m. show here.

Lastly, save the date for HN’s Fifth Annual Take Cover concerts. In two shows — Lincoln’s The Zoo Bar (Jan. 23) and Omaha’s O’Leaver’s (Jan. 30) — a total 37 Nebraska musicians will each reinterpret/cover a song by an influential Nebraska musician, plus one original.

New this year: awesome Nebraska comedians Annie Hildebrand (Lincoln) and Ryan de la Garza (Omaha) host. Nearly all performances are full bands. And proceeds help support HN’s paid internships! Rsvp to the Lincoln concert here and Omaha show here.

As always, head to our statewide calendar at for a full listing of this week’s shows. If you do not see your show or one you plan to attend, email us at, or add it yourself. And keep those song submissions, story ideas and news tips coming.