Nebraska Exposed showcase returns to SXSW; Bent Life set featured by 197 Media; Conor Oberst closes down St Dymphna in new video; Photo coverage of Mykki Blanco, Cakes da Killa, Plack Blague

Nebraska Exposed showcase returns to SXSW

Add another swath of Nebraska musical acts to the SXSW festivities.

The Nebraska Exposed showcase returns to Cheers Shot Bar for a second straight year on Wednesday, March 15. The KZUM-presented lineup features nine acts including Universe Contest, Freakabout, Both, The Hottman Sisters, AZP, See Through Dresses, Hakim, The Bottle Tops and Laughing Falcon. Comedian Audrey Farnham will also perform.

Many of these acts are veterans of the Austin extravaganza. Freakabout, AZP, Both and Laughing Falcon all played last year’s showcase, while See Through Dresses appeared at an unofficial show. Universe Contest was supposed to join in 2016 but missed due to injury.

These nine acts make a total of 12 Nebraska-native ones heading to SXSW, joining High Up, Closeness and Rig1, which were part of an official lineup announcement earlier this year.

RSVP to the 2017 Nebraska Exposed showcase here.

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Bent Life set featured by 197 Media

Bent Life shows are wild, raucous affairs, the band’s brutal hardcore often driving multiple audience members to and off of the stage. That energy has powered the Lincoln five-piece through international touring and helped it amass a devout fan base.

197 Media captured Bent Life in all its glory during its current tour, at a show at Anaheim, Calif venue Chain Reaction on Feb 17. The one-camera video features the relentless 23-minute set, filled with songs from its Bridge 9 debut Never Asked for Heaven, and a parade of fans launching itself from the stage.

Bent Life joined Milwaukee hardcore band (and Bridge 9 labelmates) Expire on its farewell tour, which started Feb 4. It departs after tonight’s show in Dallas.

Watch the video below:

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Conor Oberst closes down St Dymphna in new video

In the run-up to his forthcoming LP, Conor Oberst has shared a second video featuring one of its tracks.

The Omaha singer/songwriter released the full-band version of “‘Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out,” which will appear on his forthcoming album Salutations. Directed by Greg Marinaccio, the video features a cast of characters closing down the titular East Village Manhattan bar.

Salutations is the full-band companion piece to Oberst’s solo LP Ruminations. Recorded with the Felice Brothers, it includes a new version of each track from the October 2016 release plus a handful of new ones. The album is out March 17 on Nonesuch Records.

Watch “‘Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out” below:

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Photo coverage: Mykki Blanco, Cakes da Killa, Plack Blague at The Waiting Room

HN contributor Harrison Martin went to The Waiting Room Lounge last night to catch rappers Mykki Blanco and Cakes da Killa with Lincoln industrial artist Plack Blague. Blanco is currently on tour in support of debut LP Mykki, which dropped Sept 16 on Dogfood Music Group.

See Martin’s photos below:

Mykki Blanco


Cakes da Killa

Plack Blague

Photos by Harrison Martin

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Concert Round-Up

Tonight, electronic jam band Lotus comes to Slowdown with producer jackLNDN. Lotus has built its fan base on the strength of its instrumental jam rock and its regular appearances on the jam circuit. Its 10th studio album Eat The Light dropped last July. Doors at 9 p.m., $25, all-ages, RSVP here.

Also tonight, Lincoln hip-hop series Good Gospel returns to Duffy’s Tavern for its fourth edition. This one focuses on beatmakers, and features Ichiban Hashface, R_DB_ARD, NonPlus and Nick Von Beats on the 1s and 2s. Doors at 9 p.m., $5, 21-plus, RSVP here.

Find a fuller listing of tonight’s show at our statewide calendar here, and contribute by emailing