Both, Walk By Sea featured in KZUM’s Lincoln Calling performances; Twinsmith announces third LP ‘Stay Cool,’ releases shimmering new track “Matters”; Photo coverage: Charly Bliss at Reverb; Lincoln Calling lineup announcement party tomorrow night

Both, Walk By Sea featured in KZUM’s Lincoln Calling performances

Amidst the downtown-wide bustle during last year’s Lincoln Calling, 1867 Bar served as a haven for artists looking to kick back. New to the local scene, the venue’s music room housed the festival’s more intimate offerings, in the form of KZUM live remotes.

The Lincoln nonprofit radio station has released the first two in a series of videos and live interviews, the first batch with Omaha hip-hop duo Both and Lincoln indie/folk band Walk By Sea. Conducted throughout the weekend, the sessions gave live listeners a chance to get to know local and touring festival artists and hear their stories.

The end result — seen and heard below — is not unlike what you would hear on Hear Nebraska FM, the weekly two-hour radio show KZUM graciously allows us to program. See what Both and Walk By Sea got into, and watch for more in the coming days.

And listen to the full interviews below:

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Tomorrow night, we will announce the first wave of the 2017 Lincoln Calling lineup at Duffy’s Tavern. The event starts with drinks and a social hour at 7 p.m., followed by the reveal video at 8 p.m. Be among the first to see what all the excitement about. RSVP here.

And be sure to stick around after, as CJ Mills, Emily Bass & the Near Miracle and The Morbs take the Duffy’s indoor stage. 9 p.m., $5, RSVP here.

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Twinsmith announces third LP ‘Stay Cool,’ releases shimmering new track “Matters”

Twinsmith has shared “Matters,” the shimmering, synth-heavy first single from its forthcoming third album, via All Things Go on Monday. The music website blog calls it “earworm perfection,” no doubt due to its smooth melody, casual refrain and reverberating guitar chords.

In the same breath, the Omaha indie rock band — the trio of Jordan Smith, Matt Regner and Bill Sharp — announced its third album Stay Cool, on which the new track will appear. While “Matters” is not as immediately bright as some of the cuts from predecessor Alligator Years, the new track previews a maturing yet still catchy sound with a classic pop influence in the vein of Fleetwood Mac.

Stay Cool, produced by Graham Ulicny (Reptar, Thick Paint) is out July 14 on Saddle Creek Records. With drummer Jake Newbold, the band heads on tour this June in support of Rooney.

Hear “Matters” and check the tour dates below:

May 5 — Naperville, Ind at The Union
May 7 — Sioux Falls, S.D. at The District
June 20 — Kansas City, Mo. at Record Bar*
June 21 — Omaha at The Waiting Room*
June 22 — Chicago at Lincoln Hall*
June 23 — Minneapolis at 7th Street Entry*
June 24 — Davenport, Iowa at Village Theater*
June 25 — St Louis at Off Broadway*

* supporting Rooney

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OPA announces 2017 Jazz on the Green lineup

Turner Park will again ring with sound smooth sounds of jazz this summer.

Omaha Performing Arts has announced the artist lineup for its 2017 Jazz on the Green free outdoor concert series. The popular summer attraction runs consecutive Thursday evenings from July 6-August 10 and features a mix of local and nationally touring jazz, soul and blues acts.

The Potash Twins, Omaha-natives Adeev and Ezra Potash, return to their hometown to kick off the series on July 6. See the full list of performers below. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m., with pre-show activities at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit Jazz on the Green’s website here.

July 6 — The Potash Twins (jazz)
July 13 — Hector Rosado y Su Orquesta Hache (salsa)
July 20 — The Sugar Thieves (soul/blues/gospel)
July 27 — Bayou City Brass Band (New Orleans/R&B)
Aug 3 — Ron E. Beck Soul Revue (soul)
Aug 10 — Sammy Miller & the Congregation (jazz/swing)

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Photo coverage: Charly Bliss, See Through Dresses at Reverb Lounge

HN multimedia intern Lauren Farris went to Reverb Lounge Monday night to catch Brooklyn bubble grunge band Charly Bliss and Omaha’s See Through Dresses. The two passed through town while on a joint Midwest tour. Charly Bliss just released its massively poppy, lyrically incisive debut full-length Guppy on Sub Pop Records to positive critical reviews. Pitchforks Katherine St. Asaph calls its impossibly catchy hooks “delivery mechanisms for often acerbic, often exhausted lyrics about the endless crap conveyor belt that is life and love as a girl.” As for See Through Dresses, they’ll release an album of their own this June, their sophomore effort Horse of the Other World. The first track debuted a couple weeks ago via Stereogum.

View photos below:

Charly Bliss

See Through Dresses

photos by Lauren Farris

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Concert Round-Up

Here’s a look at the next couple of nights in shows. Check a fuller listing at our statewide events calendar here and add your own upcoming events via the contribute feature here.


David Nance Group, Olga, Dimples at Brothers Lounge – Los Angeles bands Olga and Dimples come to Omaha to play with David Nance Group. Nance will release a new LP, Negative Boogie, on July 14. Hear new track “Give It Some Time” here. 9 p.m., $5, RSVP here.

See Through Dresses, Sweats, Death Cow at Duffy’s Tavern – The Omaha indie rock band breaks off tour for a second to play a Lincoln show with a pair of locals in Sweats and Death Cow. 9 p.m., $5, 21-plus, RSVP here.


A Benson Home Companion at Barley Street Tavern – Kait Berreckman and house band The Homebodies take over Barley Street with their variety show. Guests include Iowa duo Pink Neighbor, comedian Brenna Grabow and stories from the Basement on a Hill podcast. It’s also “Hoot n Holler Dollar Night.” 9 p.m., $1, RSVP here.