Tara Vaughan road trips to trouble in video debut; Both featured on WOWT Omaha news; Photos of Anna McClellan, Miniature Horse, Max Holmquist at Zoo Bar

Tara Vaughan road trips to trouble in video debut

Omaha singer/songwriter Tara Vaughan follows the interstate to the East Coast and to trouble in her brand new video.

“Honeybee” begins softly as the video’s protagonist (Ojai’s Micah Renner) leaves Omaha on a 1200 mile road trip. Through the camera’s lens, we follow as Vaughan’s honey-like voice shifts from sweet tip-toe to full vibrato. By the end, we learn that what seems to be an innocent trip has an ulterior motive, and we learn the identity behind the camera.

The video — shot on a recent tour to the southeast and directed by Derby Birds’ Tony Bonacci — is the first single from Vaughan’s forthcoming debut full-length Dandelion Wine. Vaughan, bassist Matthew McGuigan and drummer Rich Miller worked with Nashville producer Joe Pisapia (Guster, Ben Folds Five, k.d. lang, Joe Marc’s Brother) on an EP over the summer, but the sessions went so well that the trio returned in the fall to complete an LP. Vaughan has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the album’s release.

Catch Vaughan November 25 at Harney Street Tavern, where she’ll play in support of a winter clothing drive. For now, see the debut of “Honeybee” below:

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Both featured on WOWT Omaha news

After enjoying a breakout year, Omaha hip-hop duo Both is getting some mainstream media recognition.

NBC affiliate WOWT Omaha featured Both in a piece that aired yesterday evening. Reporter Lena Tillett interviewed Nate Asad (INFNTLP) and Skylar Reed (Scky Rei) as part of this week’s “People Here At Home” series, highlighting compelling people and stories from Omaha’s metro area. In the video, the pair discuss growing up in Omaha’s North side, meeting while attending University of Nebraska-Omaha campus and their rise to city-wide popularity and regional festival stages.

Between its year-long run and quirky, energetic personality, Both seem a great fit for such a feature. It released standout EP Bothsucks and performed at both Maha Music Festival and Holland Stages Festival alongside the likes of Modest Mouse and Conor Oberst. Props to WOWT for featuring local hip-hop.

See the video feature below:


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Jake Bellows, Giant Claw, Summer Cannibals featured in new Live at O’Leaver’s recordings

O’Leaver’s added another entry to an ever-growing list of its live recording public library. Neva Dinova’s Jake Bellows, Columbus, Ohio., producer Giant Claw and Portland rock quartet Summer Cannibals comprise the latest featured artists in what has become a prolific series.

Hear the new recordings below, and check out the entire audio library here.

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Anna McClellan, Miniature Horse, Max Holmquist play Zoo Bar

HN visual editor Nickolai Hammar was at Zoo Bar last night as Omaha native Anna McClellan kicked off her 12-day tour in support of her debut LP Fire Flames. McClellan has reunited with former Howard mates Corey McDaniel and Daniel Ellis for tour, and the three already appeared comfortable with new material. Their set was sandwiched between Oquoa’s Max Holmquist and Rachel Tomlinson Dick as Miniature Horse.

If you missed it, you can catch McClellan on the back end of tour Thursday, Dec. 3 at O’Leaver’s with Razors and Miniature Horse (RSVP here). See Hammar’s photos from last night below:

Max Holmquist

Max Holmquist @ The Zoo Bar | 11.16.15

Anna McClellan

Anna McClellan @ The Zoo Bar | 11.16.15
Anna McClellan @ The Zoo Bar | 11.16.15

Miniature Horse

Miniature Horse @ The Zoo Bar | 11.16.15
Miniature Horse @ The Zoo Bar | 11.16.15

photos by Nickolai Hammar

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HN Workshops: Protect yourself and your music

If you’ve ever written, recorded and released a song, you need to know this stuff.

Hear Nebraska is hosting its second workshop Saturday designed to help musicians with the legal side of recording. University of Nebraska College of Law student attorneys will teach legal basics relevant to all musicians, including: copyright law; licensing; contracts; streaming services; performance rights organizations; and signing with agents, managers and labels.

The workshop takes place in Lincoln at NonProfit Hub, 211 N 14 St in the third-floor conference room (RSVP here). The Lincoln session is sponsored by KZUM.

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Concert Round-up

As always, head to our statewide calendar at hearnebraska.org/events for a full listing of tonight’s shows. If you do not see your show or one you plan to attend, email us at news@hearnebraska.org, or add it yourself. And keep those song submissions, story ideas and news tips coming.