NET’s Nebraska Stories to feature HN profile, live videos; Concert coverage: Leggy, T-rextasy, Bien Fang at The Commons LNK; Kill County releases two live videos; Lincoln Exposed starts tonight

 NET’s Nebraska Stories to feature HN profile, live videos

Hear Nebraska’s second Good Living Tour went to 12 Nebraska communities in 2016, expanding its furthest-reaching program yet. NET came along for the ride, filming concerts in Lyons and Imperial to get a sense of the organization itself.

It’s resulting Hear Nebraska profile, and a pair of our video productions, will air over the next few weeks on NET’s Nebraska Stories program. HN Live performances by Jocelyn and Mesonjixx will air this month as part of its music segment, while the March 23 episode will lead with our story.

In April 2016, Jocelyn performed her original song “Daisy Skies” in Omaha’s Old Market for our Lindsey Yoneda and JP Davis. That video airs tomorrow night at 8 p.m. CST and again on Monday, Feb 13, at 9 p.m.

Nebraska Stories will also air Mesonjixx’s Mary Lawson and Kekeli Dawes’ performance of “Sunshine,” filmed by Andrew Dickinson, Lindsey Yoneda and Chris Dinan during the Good Living Tour in Chadron State Park. It premieres Thursday, Feb 23 at 8 p.m. CST and again Monday, Feb 26 at 9 p.m.

NET’s profile of Hear Nebraska and footage from the Good Living Tour will lead the March 23 program, which also airs at 8 pm CST.

Nebraska Stories is 30-minute video journal which airs Thursday evenings and features the people, places, history and culture that make Nebraska unique. Stories are also posted via NET’s website here.

We are honored NET will feature our organization and our work. Follow Nebraska Stories via Facebook here, and get a sneak peek at tomorrow’s episode here.

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Concert coverage: Leggy, T-rextasy, Bien Fang at The Commons LNK

Review by Zach Visconti | photos by Lauren Farris

Upon arriving at The Commons Tuesday night, I encountered Bien Fang gathered around the mixer in the basement, twisting knobs in hopes of making sound come out of the speakers. With its equipment already set up, the band was ready to start the night, followed by New York City and T-Rextasy’s buoyant melodies and Cincinnati trio Leggy’s dreamy punk

Before long, the PA was up and running, and ready to embrace a night of punk rock in a venue seemingly built for it.

Bien Fang started the show with its unapologetically-distorted sound as patrons made their way into the basement. The Lincoln/Omaha trio’s songs were dynamically paced, flowing back and forth between fast and slow tempos. During their song “Blood and Guts,” vocalist/guitarist Rachel Tomlinson Dick and bassist Katherine Courtney Morrow squared up to each other, pushing a particularly fast rhythm and smiling at each other in acknowledgement.

T-Rextasy played second, immediately establishing a sound as playful and random as their name suggests. The five-piece lollipop punk band started their set by chanting “I am not a piece of food,” during their song “Chik’N.” Lead vocalist Lyris Faron stood before the microphone with one foot forward, rotating her hands erratically as she sang. The band’s soundscape was equally comedic as it was lively, offering a fun, artful take on modern punk. The set’s high-point came three songs in when the band played “Gap Yr Boiz,” a catchy song off of their latest album, Jurassic Punk which mocks previous exes who had taken a gap year to travel the world and gain false wisdom.

T-Rextasy is in the middle of a two week tour with Leggy, who played a similarly tongue-in-cheek set. The three-piece punk band is fronted by vocalist/guitarist Véronique Allaer, who swung her guitar’s neck back and forth, quickly strumming to keep up with the rhythm during “Even Lana.” The set was mostly comprised of songs from the band’s driving self-titled album, released in 2016. Closing the show Leggy wrapped up a full night of anthems with an equally energetic tune “Waisted,” succinctly summarizing the band’s sonic fullness underneath Allaer’s sweet-sounding voice.


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Kill County releases two live videos

It’s been a good while since we’ve heard from Nebraska-native folk band Kill County, with much of its membership based in Austin, Texas. In fact, it’s currently in the midst of a month-long residency at Austin’s Stay Gold, which it began last Wednesday.

The band has since released a pair of videos from that performance, one of new song “Coyote Trail” and another of Dwight Yoakam cover “I’ll Be Gone.” Both were filmed live by Christina Crawford; see them both below.

The last time Kill County played around these parts was July 2015, for HN’s inaugural Good Living Tour and for the first Branched Oak Farms-hosted Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival. If you happen to be down in Austin, the remainder of their residency is listed below as well.

Stay Gold residency:

Feb 8 with TBD
Feb 15 with Little Marzan
Feb 22 with The Lonesome Heroes

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Lincoln Exposed starts tonight

The first full week of February brings Lincoln’s annual local music showcase, and this year it’s bigger than ever.

Lincoln Exposed starts tonight, kicking off four nights of more than 100 Lincoln acts in five downtown venues. That’s more acts and more venues than in any previous year while still maintaining its apparent commitment to mixed billings.

The entire schedule (as of Noon on Wednesday) is below. HN’s editorial team will be out and about all four nights, with coverage going live Thursday, Friday and Monday afternoons and via Instagram and Twitter (@hearnebraska).

All access passes are $25. Day passess are $8 for Wednesday and Thursday, $10 for Friday and Saturday. All venues are 21-plus except for The Bourbon (hosting concerts Wednesday through Friday) which 18-plus. RSVP here.


The Zoo Bar
6-6:40 Prairie Psycho
7-7:40 Tupelo Springfield
8-8:40 Jadyn Keller
9-9:40 Risky Clique
10-10:40 Phip Phippa
11-11:40 blet

Duffy’s Tavern
8:40-9:20 The Renfields
9:40-10:20 Stonebelly
10:40-11:20 Once A Pawn
11:40-12:20 Salt Creek

Bourbon Theatre
8:20-9 King Thumper
9:20-10 Producers of The Word
10:20-11 Root Marm Chicken Farm
11:20-12 23rd Vibration

Bodega’s Alley
8-8:40 Cornerstone Dub
9-9:40 IchibanHashface
10-10:40 Mike & The Likes
11-11:40 Pure Brown

8:40-9:20 Warbonnet
9:40-10:20 Ozark Hutch
10:40-11:20 The Dancing Dead
11:40-12:20 Lulay


Zoo Bar
6-6:40 Whiskey Drinkers Union
7-7:40 Swing Fever
8-8:40 Kellison Acoustic Duo
9-9:40 Abby Nicole
10-10:40 Brazen Throats
11-11:40 Cynge
12-12:40 A Ferocious Jungle Cat

Duffy’s Tavern
8:40-9:20 The Grand Poobah
9:40-10:20 MrMc$
10:40-11:20 Rift
11:40-12:20 Powerful Science
12:40-1:20 Primal Waters

Bourbon Theatre
7:20-8:40 The Way Out
8:20-9 The WIldwoods
9:20-10 The Wondermonds
10:20-11 Hangin’ Cowboys
11:20-12 Hakim
12:20-1 Mad Dog & The 20/20s

Bodega’s Alley
8-8:40 Andrea Von Kampen
9-9:40 Magma Melodier
10-10:40 Tie These Hands
11-11:40 Emmett Bower Band
12-12:40 Manslaughterer

8:40-9:20 Tim Budig Band
9:40-10:20 Ro Hempel Band
10:40-11:20 Halfsies On A Bastard
11:40-12:20 Evan Bartels & The Stoney Lonesomes


Zoo Bar
5-5:40 The Bottle Tops
6-6:40 Domestica
7-7:40 Gabe Nelson w/ Pants
8-8:40 Jack Hotel
9-9:40 Tijuana Gigolos
10-10:40 Charlie Burton & His Pals
11-11:40 Shithook
12-12:40 Gerardo Meza Band

Duffy’s Tavern
8:40-9:20 Magnetic Souls
9:40-10:20 Glo Worm
10:40-11:20 Trash Kat
11:40-12:20 Sleep Sinatra
12:40-1:20 AZP

Bourbon Theatre
9:20-10 Dirty Talker
10:20-11 Herbert’s Rainbow
11:20-12 Thirst Things First
12:20-1 Midland Band

Bodega’s Alley
8-8:40 Yesh
9-9:40 A Different Breed
11-11:40 Floating Opera
12-12:40 Omni Arms

1867 Bar
6:40-7:20 Nebraska Music Academy
7:40-8:20 Commander Kilroy
8:40-9:20 Jazzocracy
9:40-10:20 Bernardus
10:40-11:20 Verse & The VIces
11:40-12:20 Emily Bass and the Near Miracle
12:40-1:20 Laughing Falcon


Zoo Bar
6-6:40 The Flasks
7-7:40 Mobius
8-8:40 Within Wilds
9-9:40 Golden Studio
10-10:40 Tragic Jack
11-11:40 Green Trees
12-12:40 The Inbetweens

Duffy’s Tavern
8:40 – 9:20 ANJ
9:40-10:20 Sputnik Kaputnik
10:40-11:20 SAS
11:40-12:20 Halfwit
12:40-1:20 Dudes Gone Rude

Bodega’s Alley
8-8:40 Ghost Town Radio
9-9:40 Night Push
10-10:40 Wendy & The Lost Boys
11-11:40 Jens Lehman & The Time Cops
12-12:40 M Shah
1-1:40 Bogusman

1867 Bar
8:40-9:20 Tonlode
9:40-10:20 The Mezcal Brothers
10:40-11:20 Dylan Bloom Band
11:40-12:20 Sweats
12:40-1:20 The Hanyaks