Salt Creek releases “Phase” music video; No Thanks rails against imperialism in new track; Maha Music Festival, Bemis Center collaborate

Salt Creek releases “Phase” music video

The daily office grind can sometimes feel like a repeating cycle: wake up, grab coffee, plow through the inbox, back to bed to do it again the next day. The latest video from Salt Creek peers into the life of someone stuck in a rut through the lens of their dull routine.

The Lincoln indie rock band released “Phase,” a darkly-tinged video accompanying the soaring final track from its debut EP Where Strangers Go, on Sunday. Directed by Carter Knopik, its expressive protagonist drifts through his days until his stifling becomes too much to endure. Stuck to the floor and locked into his local coffee shop (which you might recognize), he finally breaks out.

Watch “Phase” below, and catch Salt Creek at a special Halloween show Friday, Oct. 27 at 1867 Bar, where they’ll cover Nirvana (RSVP here).

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No Thanks rails against imperialism in new track

Omaha political punk band No Thanks has released a new single, “The Harvest,” also the first from its forthcoming full-length album The Trial. The song starts with a guitarist Mike Huber’s psychedelic chord strike and bassist Cam Stout’s grumbling groove. As it kicks up, vocalist Brendan Leahy rails against United States violence in South America, painting a bloody picture of foreign coups and economic warfare.

“The Harvest” is the first recorded music released by No Thanks since last year’s Position EP. Listen to the new track below.

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Maha Music Festival, Bemis Center collaborate

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts has drafted a fellow community arts partner for its annual fundraiser on Friday, Oct 27.

In addition to this year’s Benefit Art Auction, which unites local and national artists with local patrons to raise money for the Center’s programming and mission, Maha Music Festival has curated an after-party concert with New York indie pop band Cults and Omaha electronic duo Closeness. The concert will take place at Bemis Center’s Okada Sculpture and Ceramics Facility, across the street from the main building at 723 S. 12th Street.

The art auction starts at 5:30 p.m., while doors for the after-party open at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available now, offered for only the art auction or concert, or for entry to both. See details below and RSVP here.

Regular Admission Tickets through Oct. 26:
$100 – Benefit Art Auction only
$127 – Benefit Art Auction + After Party Concert
$27 – After Party Concert only

Day of Event Tickets Oct. 27 (pending availability):
$125 – Benefit Art Auction only
$157 – Benefit Art Auction + After Party Concert
$32 – After Party Concert only

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ICYMI: Floating Opera on Hear Nebraska FM

In case you missed it last week, Lincoln chamber pop ensemble Floating Opera piled into the KZUM studio on Oct. 9 to play live for Hear Nebraska FM. We filmed their performance of “Nothing Feels Worse Than Your Good Times,” from the band’s 2009 album Pony Up A Go-Go. Plus, the entire audio — featuring a pair of tracks from January 2017 album Pop Song On The Elevator Down and an interview with the band on constructing its first album in eight years — is available for revisit.

Check it out the full session here. We will also play some of it tonight live on the KZUM airwaves; tune in from 8-10 p.m. to 89.3 FM KZUM or stream at for two hours of Nebraska music.

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Concert Round-Up

Here’s a look at what’s going on in shows over the next couple of days. Plan your week with our statewide calendar here, and add your own here.

Agent Orange, Flatfoot 56, Get Dead at Lookout Lounge – Surf punk band Agent Orange comes to Omaha Tuesday night with Chicago celtic punks Flatfoot 56 and San Francisco acoustic act GET DEAD. 8 p.m. show, all-ages, $15 in advance, $20 day-of. RSVP here.

Overslept, Never Let This Go, Yellow After Rain, Histrionic at Vega – Denver indie rock band Overslept and Phoenix rock band Never Let This Go roll through Lincoln Tuesday night on a cross-country tour. Both bands tote new EPs: Overslept’s That’s Not Very Punk Rock Of You and Never Let This Go’s Sleepless Nights. Local bands Yellow After Rain and Histrionic open the show. 8 p.m., all-ages, $5 advance/$7 day-of. RSVP here.