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City Sounds 4/12: Omaha by krkuchta

Listen to WERW's sounds of Omaha this Monday from 11pm-1am

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I never thought that any location in Nebraska would be considered a paradise. But in the realm of music, Omaha, Nebraska is an indie paradise. Home of Conor Oberst, Saddle Creek Records and…Conor Oberst (again), who almost hyped up the Omaha scene all by himself. But, of course, one man can’t do it all.

Besides Conor Oberst’s many projects like Bright Eyes, his solo career and the Mystic Valley Band, there have been other huge acts from Omaha. Dance-punk’s The Faint along with the alternative funkiness of 311 have thrown a bit of variety into the Omaha sound. But Omaha’s roots are fairly well planted in alternative, indie and emo. From Cursive to Broken Spindles, it’s heaven out there for any music lover.

That’s not all of course. There’s Digital Leather and the lead singer from Iron Butterfly from the capital of Nebraska! So there isn’t anything you could possibly dislike.

I figured we deserve a trip back to the States after our gig over in Stockholm last Monday. For some good old fashion American emo, listen to City Sounds Monday night from 11pm-1am on WERW.

–Kyle Kuchta

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ISSUE 19 | The Lo Life: Low fidelity music is sweeping the campus — and the nation by 20watts
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Devon Stewart rocks the Shaefer studios while working on his self-titled solo project

Lil Wayne. Kanye West. Maroon 5. Rascal Flatts. Music purists loathe them for at least one reason — Auto-Tune, a downloadable audio processor that corrects vocal and instrumental blunders in order to attain perfect pitch. By using this program, a producer can fill in a recorded performance’s holes, smooth its edges and polish its smudges.  Everyone must use this to attain musical nirvana, right? Negatory. In fact, musicians that admire large holes, adore peculiar edges, and worship pesky smudges are alive, well and plentiful. They are lo-fi artists.

Lo-fi is a shortened form of “low-fidelity,” fidelity meaning the extent to which an electronic device such as a radio or television can accurately reproduce a sound or an image. Taken literally, lo-fi can be defined as low-quality sound. Continue reading



Conor Oberst, “Outer South” (2009) by Trevor Kiv
April 14, 2009, 5:33 pm
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Here we have it, Outer South (Merge 2009), the second album released by Conor Oberst since dropping his Bright Eyes moniker and fully embracing his true identity.

Unlike the unforgivingly emo repertoire you are most likely to associate with this young, heartfelt troubadour, Outer South gives us a refreshing taste of Oberst’s folky Omaha roots.

Replete with pedal steel, brushed drumming and juste a twist of mandolin, this album is ideal for those long, rural summer days, sippin’ chilled whiskey on the porch.

Okay so perhaps that doesn’t sound so appealing after all, but make sure to peep the album regardless.

— Trevor Kiv