Photo coverage: Caspian, The Appleseed Cast at The Waiting Room, Mr Little Jeans at Slowdown and more; Review of Gongfermour, Sweatpantzdaze, Man Vs Animals at Milk Run; Tower Duo kicks off Eko Nova’s second season tonight

Photo coverage: Caspian, The Appleseed Cast at The Waiting Room

We lead a massive Monday morning photo spread with coverage of Massachusetts post-rock band Caspian’s set at The Waiting Room. HN multimedia intern Lauren Farris was there to catch the action, which included an opening set from Kansas City native The Appleseed Cast.

Caspian has been touring hard for much of the year in support of 2015 album Dust and Disquiet. It hit more than 50 shows by the end of April and is on the road through mid-November.

See Farris’ photos from last night below:


The Appleseed Cast

Photos by Lauren Farris

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Photo coverage: Halz & Oate, Halfwit, Trash Cat at Gray’s Keg

HN intern Connor Lepert went to Gray’s Keg Friday night to catch Lincoln bands Halz & Oate, Halfwit and Trash Cat. See his photos below:

Halz & Oate


Trash Cat

Photos by Connor Lepert

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Concert review: Gongfermour, Man Vs Animals, Sweatpantsdaze at Milk Run

By Jhalisa Robinson

Gongfermour synth player/vocalist Dave Diction played wearing an Austin Powers-inspired costume with sunglasses. The band brought comic relief to the crowd with Man Vs. Animals and Sweatpantsdaze throughout their set at Milk Run the first Saturday after Election week.

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Man Vs. Animals furiously played with heavy intentions and engaged the audience in the stage space of Milk Run. The band’s fifth album Get A Grip, and thus its performance Saturday, had a transition from modern, somber punk rock into upbeat 90’s punk. The performance of lead vocalist Tim Cruz delivered versatile transitions as he performed with both Man Vs. Animals and Sweatpantsdaze. The band’s lead guitar carried their sound throughout their last song, “Hard Dicks,” which showed the band’s sense of humor.

Gongfermour took the stage next, and was the only local band playing for the evening. “We Ain’t Got No Soul” from their EP Librarians in Space set the a tone for the evening with a somber, aggressive tune.

“This song is about depression,” Synth player/vocalist Dave Diction said before they started playing. The synthpunk band of four brought an eeriness with their showmanship, which featured occasional French lyrics and robotic synth playing. The band’s drummer, Rat Think, wore a black zipper mask. Lead singer Dinghuaas matched with black attire that contrasted with a pointed, white guitar.

Sweapantdaze played the final set of the evening. The band’s songs were soft, mellow and bouncy, with elements of 90’s punk rock. This gave Cruz versatility with his ability to go from a grungy sound to a mellow, more playful sound.

The show’s intimate turnout was an appropriate tone setter for all of the bands’ performance, and demonstrated their professionalism, passion, and love of performing.


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Photo coverage: Mr Little Jeans, TRACE, Rothsteen at Slowdown

Farris went to Slowdown last night to catch Norway-native producer/songwriter Mr Little Jeans, on tour in support of her latest EP Fevers. Los Angeles pop artist TRACE is on tour with Mr Little Jeans, opening Sunday’s show with Omaha R&B singer Rothsteen.

See Farris’ photos below:

Mr Little Jeans



Photos by Lauren Farris

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Concert Round-Up

Tonight, KANEKO’s “new music” concert series Eko Nova kicks off its second season with flute/saxophone ensemble Tower Duo. Flutist Erin Helgeson Torres and saxophonist Michael Rene Torres draw on a mix of original compositions and selections from the past decade in classical music, all in an effort to create an experience that connects art and community. The concert will also showcase KANEKO’s brand new 5,000-square-foot atrium space, which was unveiled Nov. 1. Read our story on Eko Nova and its aim to bring artist accessibility to its audience here. Tickets to tonight’s event are $15 ($10 for members, students and seniors); the concert starts at 7 p.m. RSVP here.

Listen to Tower Duo here.

Elsewhere, Omaha political punk band No Thanks and post-rock band Timecat are joined by St. Louis garage rockers Little Big Bangs at O’Leaver’s, 1322 S Saddle Creek. The four-piece just released a new EP/limited run tape, Besides, on Oct 29. The show starts at 9:30 p.m., $5 entry, 21-plus. RSVP here.

Plan ahead for the week of shows with our statewide calendar here. If you do not see your show or one you plan to attend, email us at or add it yourself here.