TKO means business in latest music video; Omaha-Washington D.C. duo Vanish. debut chill single; Edward Spencer and the Slimy River Rock Band crowd into Omaha Stairwell Sessions

TKO means business in latest music video

Rapper TKO sits in what feels like a boardroom chair, dictating terms from beneath his sweatshirt hood through spitfire lyrics and overflowing delivery.

In the video for “I Do This,” the latest in a string for the Omaha emcee, he pulls no punches. While the videos are admittedly low-budget, they take the focus off frills and place it squarely on him. “I Do This” is no different. He’s in a hallway, a bathroom, an office, seemingly wherever his challengers might run to escape. If the idea is to stay in front of his audience, between videos and his own “Best Of Omaha” showcases, he’s doing it quite well.

Watch TKO get down to business below:

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Omaha-Washington D.C. duo Vanish. debut chill single

Two songwriters, 1,150 miles away, are making it work despite the distance.

Dan Mackey and Cody Senn met while both were stationed at Offutt Air Force Base a few years ago. When Mackey moved to Washington D.C., the two pair kept their musical interests intact via email.

Mackey and Senn (aka The Sennator) have debuted their new single, “Lifetime,” previewing their forthcoming self-titled EP. After piles of emails and rounds of editing, Mackey flew back to Omaha last summer to record at Senn’s home studio. The result is the six-song EP they’ll release Feb. 16.

Hear laid back summer tune “Lifetime” below, and learn more about Vanish. here.

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Edward Spencer and the Slimy River Rock Band crowd into Omaha Stairwell Sessions

Omaha videographer and musician Ben Baldwin is busy these days, with the stated goal of attending a show each night this month (including his own). Yet, he’s still churning out his signature Stairwell Sessions.

Edward Spencer and the Slimy River Rock Band crowd into the Highline Building’s stairwell in the latest edition. Spencer’s gentle folk tale, “The River Song,” is a adorned by twinkling mandolin, rolling upright bass and sparkling harmonies.

Watch Spencer and company perform “The River Song” below:

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Concert Round-Up

Tonight, country singer William Clark Green plays The Waiting Room with Council Bluffs alt-country band Sack of Lions and singer/songwriter Matt Cox. Green — a Flint, Texas, native — has achieved notoriety in his home state on the back of four full-length releases. His most recent, April 2015’s Ringling Road, debuted on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart at number 18. RSVP to the 8 p.m. show here

Also tonight, Benson Songwriter’s Exchange convenes at Reverb Lounge. Current songwriters or those interested in becoming songwriters are encouraged to attend and either share a song or soak in the camaraderie and listen to peers’ freshly created tunes. Typically, songs are created within weeks of the exchange. This week’s theme is “Suspended.” Meetings are free to attend. Find out more and RSVP here.

Lastly, save the date for HN’s Fifth Annual Take Cover concerts. In two shows — Lincoln’s The Zoo Bar (Jan. 23) and Omaha’s O’Leaver’s (Jan. 30) — a total 37 Nebraska musicians will each reinterpret/cover a song by an influential Nebraska musician, plus one original.

New this year: awesome Nebraska comedians Annie Hildebrand (Lincoln) and Ryan de la Garza (Omaha) host. Nearly all performances are full bands. And proceeds help support HN’s paid internships! Rsvp to the Lincoln concert here and Omaha show here.

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