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Thursday, January 24, 2008

You lucky Omahans

There are times when you know what you have before it's gone. In my case, it was recognizing the good fortune of the Omaha music scene. In what some would label as predictable, I have concluded that Iowa's capital city does in fact pale in comparison. It's like the Kucinich of stops for anyone good. Good in theory (between Minneapolis, Chicago, KC, Omaha, etc.), but as a musician I can't imagine getting butterflies about coming to The Moine.

Allow me to humor myself with a comparison:

Upcoming shows that I would attend in Omaha

1/25: Cursive at Slowdown. $14.
1/31: Blood on The Wall at Slowdown. $7.
2/5: Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars at Slowdon. $17.
2/6: Yeasayer w/ MGMT at Slowdown. $8.
2/21: Capgun Coup at The Waiting Room. $7.
2/23: Neva Dinova at Slowdown. $8.
2/25: Har Mar Superstar at The Waiting Room. $8.
2/25: Drive-By Truckers w/ The Felice Brothers at Slowdown. $20.
2/26: Black Lips at The Waiting Room. $10!
3/4: Whigs at The Waiting Room. $8.
3/5: Brother Ali at The Waiting Room. $12!
3/19: British Sea Power at The Waiting Room. $10.
4/10: The Black Keys w/ Jay Reatard at Slowdown. $17.
4/11: Blitzen Trapper at Slowdown. $8.
4/12: Minus Story at Slowdown. $7.
4/19: David Dondero at The Waiting Room. $10.

Upcoming shows in The Moine that I would attend:

1/25: Dick Prall at Peoples.
2/2: Josh Davis Band at Peoples.
2/19: Delta Spirit w/ Matt Costa at The Maintenance Shop (Ames).
3/9: Wilco at The Val-Air Ballroom.
3/20: British Sea Power at Vaudevill Mews.


Here's a list of secondary acts just to give The Moine a pat on the behind:

1/28: Velvet Revolver at The Val-Air Ballroom.
2/6: Van Halen at Wells Fargo Arena.
2/13: The Redwalls at The Maintenance Shop.
2/22: Deep Blue Something of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" fame at Peoples.
3/25-3/30: High School Musical on Stage at Civic Auditorium.

I'm saddened.

First of all, your bank account is glad you're missing all of those.

Secondly, outside The Black Keys--who you've seen twice--I don't think you're missing much.

The fact alone that Des Moines has Wilco coming up means that Des Moines wins.
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