An engaging ceremony of bassists, saxophonists, pianists and percussionists blew away the hearts of spectators this weekend with the UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival at UNO's Strauss Recital Hall and the majestic Holland Performing Arts Center in Downtown Omaha.
The Thin White Duke is back.
After a ten year hiatus, David Bowie, aka Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and Major Tom, has returned with his latest studio album, "The Next Day," and it's as good as any that are, by now, considered his classic albums. Bowie's musical career spans nearly four decades, and for those of us who remember most of it, his latest offering is a welcome offering.
Always finding new ways to celebrate and promote the people and organizations involved in our state's music scene, the folks at Hear Nebraska are once again doing something cool to raise funds for their non-profit group.
Avey Tare's first solo album isn't quite what you would expect out from a crucial member of Animal Collective. Then again, you never get what you'd expect from the genre-defying experimental group. For Tare's first album from the late 1990's, he recruited friend Noah Lennox (Panda Bear) to beat the drums. Nine albums later, they are still creating music. Panda has gone on to record three solo albums with a fourth coming soon, including the highly acclaimed (and 2007's best) "Person Pitch." It's no wonder Tare finally decided to try it himself, and the final product is the challenging "Down There."
Sitting down with Andrew McMahon is just like sitting down with an old friend, except that old friend is the lead singer of California-based bands Jack's Mannequin and Something Corporate. By night, McMahon pounds out tunes on the piano, creating symphonies in front of sold out crowds.