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New MTV Drama Jul03

New MTV Drama

Home is where the heart isn’t: A teenager prefers her abductor to her real family in Finding Carter   In the opening scene of Finding Carter (Tuesday, 9 p.m., MTV), 16-year-old Carter (Kathryn Prescott) shares a tender moment with her mother over frozen yogurt, then heads off to party with her friends. A bit of low-level recklessness lands them briefly in jail, but the authorities don’t release Carter along with the others. A fingerprint check reveals that she was abducted at age 3, and that the woman she considers her mother is actually her kidnapper. Her parents — a.k.a. strangers — arrive to take her back to a place that feels...

Crazy Like a PHOX

PHOX’s song “Slow Motion” from their self-titled brand new album captures a lot of the sextet’s sound. It’s got a slow, relaxing groove, offset with whistling and a steady drumbeat backing up the vocals of lead singer Monica Martin. PHOX’s sound doesn’t obey any one genre. Their influences include folk, electro, progressive rock, classical, punk and soul. Martin writes the melodies and lyrics while the rest falls into a collaborative project. Martin’s lyrics are definitely based on life experiences, though she somewhat feels guilty for “throwing past relationships and family under the bus.” Her lyrics are therapy to her and they...

Cool Country Breeze Jun14

Cool Country Breeze

Having played roughly two hundred shows annually over the past few years that took them across the U.S. and twice to Germany, 2013 saw a road tested Ocean Street retreat into a Nashville studio and team up with legendary producer Norbert Putnam (Elvis Presley, Jimmy Buffet, Dan Fogelberg,...

Young the Giant at CWS

Catching Up with Sameer Gadhia Young the Giant has been a band since 2004, and this summer they are ready to take on the opening of the College World Series. Crowds can expect an entire array of sounds and emotions. Young the Giant is dubbed as an indie band that released their debut album in 2010, however lead singer Gadhia considers the band as lacking specific genre because it holds back the band’s dynamics. The debut, self-titled album succeeded quite well with singles like “My Body” and “Cough Syrup.” “Cough Syrup” begins with soft guitars then the drums kick in with emotive vocals saying “life’s too short to even care at all.”...

G.U.Y. Photo HIghlights Jun05

G.U.Y. Photo HIghlig...

The annual fashion event fundraiser GlamVIP returned Saturday, May 31, with G.U.Y., a men’s summer fashion show, at the newly remodeled  Tavern in the Old Market (10th and Jackson).  is year’s event featured apparel from McLovin – a store for men – with hair and hair and makeup...

Skillet at Lazertest Jun02

Skillet at Lazertest

Backstage Entertainment’s biggest day of the year comes from LAZER 103.3’s show LAZERfest. The radio station is in Des Moines, IA, and for the past four years Backstage Entertainment has been covering the event with backstage interviews and a look at what goes on backstage at the big radio festival. This year we got a chance to take fans backstage again in a different setting, while doing the interview. With interviews from five different bands and some footage from what it looks like backstage, we gave fans an inside look at the festival. There were many different bands performing that day with two different stages set up. This year one of...

The Boys of Summer

GlamVIP presents its ninth annual fashion event G.U.Y., a summer men’s fashion show featuring men’s apparel from McLovin with hair and makeup by Curb Appeal. This fundraiser for the River City Men’s Chorus will begin at 8 p.m. at The Tavern in the Old Market. Special thanks...

Morgan Kibby Embarks on Solo Journey

White Sea is the solo project of L.A. singer/songwriter Morgan Kibby who is best known for her work as vocalist and keyboardist for French electronic act M83. She began as a solo artist in 2003, and continued to reinvent herself under several band names, most notably The Romanovs, releasing their one and only album And the Moon Was Hungry in 2007. Shortly after Kibby began her collaboration with M83 providing keys, arrangements and several songs to their 2008 album Saturdays = Youth. After a long M83, Kibby returned to her L.A. home and recorded the tracks that would comprise White Sea’s debut EP, 2010′s This Frontier. That...

Out of the Dark

Sean Lennon Reveals The GOASTT BY KYLE EUSTICE If you ever have the chance to meet or interview Sean Lennon, don’t ask him about his father. Lennon has lived behind the shadows of not only his illustrious Beatles father John Lennon, but also his mother, Yoko Ono. The truth is Sean Lennon is undeniably talented in his own right and should have the respect of being inquired about his music, not his famous parents. Sean Lennon put out his first solo record, Into the Sun, in 1998 on the now defunct Beastie Boy-owned label, Grand Royal. He first caught the eye (and ear) of late Beastie, Adam “MCA” Yauch, whom he had known through running in...

Concert Kick Off

Clark & Company kick off Bridge Beats Riverfront Concert Series at 6 p.m. Friday BY JILL BRUCKNER If it were just about the music, Clark & Company, one of the nation’s few triplet bands, would already be an anomaly; but, birthright aside, this trio of Westside High School juniors is...

Folkie William Fitzsimmons roars with new cd

William Fitzsimmons is a self-taught guitarist from Pittsburgh. He grew up in a home brimming with music. His parents who are both blind filled their home with instruments and sounds to educate their son about the power of music. It provided a unique form of communication and its reflected in the deeply heartfelt and emotionally personal music that Fitzsimmons creates. Despite his musical upbringing, Fitzsimmons initially pursued a career in the mental health field. He earned a master’s in counseling and went on to work as a therapist for the severely mentally ill. He began to write and perform songs as a way to explore his personal...

Something for You and Them

1/2 of ALL SALES from the $1 Sale on May 4 will go directly to Omaha Girls Rock! The more you spend the more they get, so spread the word! Never heard of Omaha Girls Rock? Here’s a quick breakdown… Omaha Girls Rock is a day camp for girls ages 8-18. At camp, young girls will experience empowerment through music education. Every day they will receive instruction in their chosen rock instrument (guitar, bass, keyboards or drums); attend two workshops on subjects ranging from self-esteem to songwriting; and have rehearsals guided by a “band manager” in preparation for their final showcase where they will ROCK OUT in front of family...

10th Anniversary Shop’n’Watch

Ten years ago, our world was changed forever, and Aksarben Cinema hasn’t forgotten. A decade ago, everything we knew about social interaction, relationships and linguistics was rendered irrelevant by a singular cultural moment. Yes, folks, Mean Girlsturns 10 this year, and on Wednesday, April 30, Aksarben Cinema is gonna party like Regina George just got hit by that bus. From 5:30 p.m. until the movie starts at 7 p.m., local businesses will have pop-up shops to check out, including Luvbird Boutique, Statement, Simply Pure Salon & Spa, Body Masters, Denim Saloon, White Glove Perfection , Lark Blow Dry Studio and many more (see full...

M34N STR33T

M34N STR33T (pronounced Mean Street) is a Producer/Rapper/DJ tri-force bringing you sample based beats and rhymes from Midtown Omaha, Nebraska. We’ve got Conny Franko AKA Conchance on the mic, Haunted Gauntlet on the visuals/production/live beats, and DJ Really Real on the wheels of steel....

Help the Orphans

Lozz Dozz Founder Raquel Alonso has a deep passion for helping orphans in Zambia and Zimbabwe, and according to UNICEF, they account for approximately 4 million orphans!  That did not sit well with Raquel and she has established an amazing company dedicated to helping them. She created the...

Sleeper Agent Wakes It Up

Sleeper Agent will be playing The Waiting Room April 14 on their first headlining tour. You may remember the garage pop band from their 2011 debut album Celebrasion, which got a lot of attention from the blogosphere straight to the top of national music media. Since then the sextet from Bowling Green, KY, has been touring nonstop with Weezer, Fun., Grouplove, etc., and they are on the verge of making a real name for themselves. Their sophomore album, About Last Night dropped March 25 on RCA Records / Mom + Pop. RollingStone.com premiered “Waves” from the album and NPR picked it for their SXSW mix this year, so they’re in...

Big Scary’s Big Ideas

BY STYLELOUD MUSIC EDITOR NICOLE CHIZEK Tom Iansek and Jo Syme emerged on Australia’s music scene as Big Scary in 2006 with a recognizable chemistry, genre-defying spirit, and a less-is-more approach to songwriting. Their chemistry is undeniable and a force to be reckoned with. They have a unique approach of less is more but it will leave not only your ears but your heart satisifed. With both talents combined Tom’s angelic vocals and Jo’s intricate drumming lays out a beautiful landscape in your mind. After a series of self-released singles Tom found the time to take courses in production and with the newfound knowledge was able...

Chasing Spring and Summer Fashions Mar29

Chasing Spring and Summer Fashions

Ingrid Michaelson’s new song “Girls Chase Boys” from her upcoming album Lights Out available April 15 is the perfect theme song to the amazing spring/summer fashion shoot by photographer Don Diaz. The song’s video was inspired by those sexy Robert Palmer videos from the ’80s but with a definitive gender twist. Michaelson explains her ground-breaking, gender-bender video on her website this way:  “‘Girls Chase Boys’ started out as a break up song but took on a deeper meaning as I continued writing. More than just being about my experience, its focus shifted to include the idea that, no matter...

Age Division

Ages and Ages is not a cult. Sure, the seven-piece Portland group exudes enough electric joy that it feels like a big tent revival. And sure, one finds oneself using church words to describe the band’s sound: a powerful, life-affirming and exploratory blend of lessons learned, set ablaze with a buoyant, unbridled optimism. And yeah, there are frequent lyrical references to voluntary seclusion, communal living and an existence “under the radar” littered throughout the band’s debut, Alright, You Restless.  But amidst all this talk of willful isolation comes an element of the band that is hard to overlook: Ages and Ages...