Bruno Mars has said in interviews that from a young age he was exposed to a variety of music including reggae, rock, hip hop, and R&B. He began impersonating and performing songs by Michael Jackson, Elvis and The Temptations. It's these artists' influence that listeners can hear the most of in Mars' debut fulllength album "Doo-Wops & Hooligans.'
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."
It's hard for a band to draw a crowd on a Tuesday night in the metro area, especially one that's not well known here. However, the Growlers brought in a sizeable crowd to the Slowdown on Feb. 5 and provided everyone a rambunctious time.
The National Chamber Choir of Ireland will give a concert at UNO on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.
Recognized as Ireland's most distinguished choral ensemble, the group has been acknowledged internationally for its fresh and innovative sound. Travelling with the choir during its U.S. tour is composer Tarik O'Regan. O'Regan has received two British Composer Awards and two Grammy nominations. The choir will be performing his new work, "Acallam na Senórach."
On Feb. 7, UNO's Strauss Performing Arts center will host its first all day brass event.
The idea for Hear Nebraska (HN) is rooted in a bar in Lansing, Mich. Angie Norman, co-founder of the online publication, came up with the idea of Hear Nebraska in 2010 while brainstorming ideas for her husband, Andrew Norman's, graduate thesis project. In January 2011, the official Hear Nebraska website went live.
"[HN] is mainly a nonprofit music website used to cultivate Nebraska's music and spread it worldwide, which is the ultimate goal," managing editor Michael Todd said.