Real Estate, Twin Peaks, Icky Blossoms among Lincoln Calling’s first lineup announcement; Rothsteen releases sophomore EP; Hannah Huston to play Lied Center homecoming concert

Real Estate, Twin Peaks, Icky Blossoms among Lincoln Calling’s first lineup announcement

The first wave of Lincoln Calling acts has been announced.

New Jersey indie rock band Real Estate, Chicago garage rockers Twin Peaks and Omaha indie/electropop band Icky Blossoms were among the first revealed acts on this year’s downtown Lincoln music festival billing, the first bit of which dropped Sunday evening. The announcement previews what will comprise a more national-act heavy lineup.

Also included in the announcement were California hardcore band Ceremony, singer/songwriters Esmé Patterson and David Dondero and local acts See Through Dresses and Plack Blague (aka Raws Schlesinger, who is also booking his own showcase this year). Comedian Jo Firestone was also announced as part of the comedy lineup.

More than 90 acts await announcement, many of which will come in a second round of reveals this Wednesday. Tickets — now $39 after the initial early-bird tickets sold our — are on-sale now at Lincoln Calling’s website here.

See the lineup so far in the graphic below:

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Rothsteen releases sophomore EP

Rothsteen is back at work after a breakout 2015, playing sophomore album Moments During in its entirety Saturday at a Reverb Lounge concert. The five-song EP, which officially dropped last month, follows 2015 release Moments Before, which combined with his soulful, magnetic performances earned him the 2015 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award for Best New Artists.

Moments During is indicative of a slightly new direction for Rothsteen, riding out slower, earthier, more intimate grooves and pushing to the forefront the singer’s bold, impassioned vocals. The epic, bass-driven “Righteous Giant” plays like Rothsteen’s walk-out music, followed by the straight-up funk of “Clap.” The balladic closer “Talk To Me” features burning guitar solo and a mic-taxing scream, the album’s grand punctuation mark.

Rothsteen plays Moments During cover to cover in Lincoln this Friday, July 16 at Zoo Bar with The Kellison Quartet and Scott Severin (RSVP here). He also joins the Good Living Tour in Norfolk Friday, July 29 with Twinsmith, Baker Explosion and DJ Really Real (RSVP here).

Listen to Moments During here.

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Hannah Huston to play Lied Center homecoming concert

The 25-year-old Lincoln vocalist/preschool teacher who nearly went the distance on NBC’s The Voice is getting a big homecoming.

Hannah Huston will play two concerts Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, 301 N 12th St. Huston will perform eight of the songs from her third-place run, accompanied by Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra. As the Lincoln Journal Star reports, Huston will also be joined on-stage by students from Arnold Elementary, who will perform alongside her.

Tickets go on-sale Thursday, July 14, and are $21 for adults, $11 for students, with a small section of prime seating for $36. Get them at the Lied box office, online at or by phone at 402-472-4747.

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Concert Round-Up

Tonight, The Black Lips return to The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple Street. The Atlanta garage-rock act was last through in 2014, when it toured in support of its seventh studio album Underneath The Rainbow. Read our review of that show here. Washington, D.C. band Chain and the Gang open the 9 p.m. show. Tickets are $15. RSVP here.

Also tonight, Atlanta “theatricore” act The Funeral Portrait plays Lookout Lounge, 320 S 72nd St, with The Ivory, Grindstone Remedy and Like Noise But Louder. The show is all-ages, doors at 6 p.m. RSVP here.

And for those staying in, Hear Nebraska FM spins a two-hour Nebraska music playlist tonight, 8-10 p.m. on Lincoln community radio station 89.3 KZUM. Tune in via 89.3 FM in Lincoln or stream via

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