Milk Run re-opens; Weekend photo coverage features Good Gospel, Joshua James, Montee Men and more; Unmanned live tonight on Hear Nebraska FM

Milk Run re-opens

Omaha DIY venue Milk Run hosted its first show at its new home on Friday, drawing an enthusiastic, moderately-sized crowd into the Midtown Art Supply basement for Denver band Altas with local acts Mint Wad Willy, The Dereck Higgins Experience and Jack McLaughlin.

Friday night’s lineup was fitting of Milk Run in terms of variety, with McLaughlin’s impassioned acoustic songs, Mint Wad’s speedy punk rock and DHX’s zany, electronic experimentation. Altas even brought their own lights, which allowed the venue to show a couple of different looks and augmented its theatric prog sound.

The new spot already feels like home. The path to its stage twists from alley door through a back-room shop, down a sloping ramp into the graffiti-covered basement, creating an aura of discovery. The concert room itself is much larger than Milk Run’s original location, its built-in stage and spacious corners allowing for different logistical configurations. And while it was a little chilly Friday, one can imagine a packed house would keep the temperature comfortable.

HN contributor Molly Misek caught photos of the show and the space. Grab a first look below and see it first-hand tomorrow night, as Vancouver grunge pop band The Courtneys comes to town. David Nance Group, Vegetable Deluxse and Nathan Ma & the Rosettes round out the billing. RSVP here.

Milk Run

Jack McLaughlin

Mint Wad Willy

The Dereck Higgins Experience


Photos by Molly Misek

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Photo coverage: Good Gospel, Volume V

Elsewhere, HN contributor Alex Durrant attended local Lincoln hip-hop showcase Good Gospel, which held its fifth installment Friday night at 1867 Bar. Founded nearly a year ago by Lincoln rapper Sleep Sinatra, the series features Nebraska hip-hop acts on a now-monthly basis. On Friday, it was Lincoln rappers DrewRill and Dey-Jean and Omaha acts MADE, Buddi3 Da Gawd and VERZE.

View Durrant’s photos below:

Sleep Sinatra



Buddi3 Da Gawd



Photos by Alex Durrant

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Photo coverage: Jump the Tiger, Montee Men, Jocko

HN multimedia intern Connor Lepert went to Slowdown Friday to catch an all-Omaha front room show with Jump The Tiger, Montee Men and Jocko. Lepert interviewed JTT earlier this year about frontman Lawrence Deal’s “leap of faith” and its debut EP; watch the video here. Jocko has also recently released new music, its debut demo, here.

View Lepert’s photos below.

Jump The Tiger

Montee Men


Photos by Connor Lepert

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Photo coverage: Thick Paint, Sam Adam Martin, Thor Dickey

HN contributor Harrison Martin went to O’Leaver’s on Friday to catch Thick Paint, Sam Adam Martin and Thor Dickey. Dickey is one of the sound engineers at the Omaha club, playing his debut show that evening. See Martin’s photos below:

Thor Dickey

Sam Adam Martin


Thick Paint

Photos by Harrison Martin

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Photo coverage: Joshua James, Timmy the Teeth

Wrapping our weekend photo coverage, first time contributor Robert Taylor caught a pair of folk songwriters in Lincoln-native Joshua James and Provo, Utah’s Timmy The Teeth on Friday at Zoo Bar. Last month, Rolling Stone named James one of “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know,” calling his latest album his “rootsiest yet” (read here).

See Taylor’s photos below:

Joshua James

Timmy The Teeth

Photos by Robert Taylor

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Unmanned on Hear Nebraska FM

Tonight, Unmanned joins us live at the KZUM studio for Hear Nebraska FM. The four-piece Lincoln rock band releases its sophomore LP Favorites, the one-year follow-up to debut Night Friends, this Friday at Duffy’s Tavern. They’ll play a few tracks from the new album and sit for an interview.

The show starts at 8 p.m. with an all-Nebraska music playlist and continues at 9 p.m. with Unmanned. Tune in to 89.3 FM in Lincoln or stream live at

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