Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spring Scene Report


Mad Ave in Lincoln
We have survived yet another winter out here in the Great Plains, and after a fairly mild season it's time to get things rolling for spring.  As cliche as could be, spring always brings new and changing events. The local Nebraska hardcore scene has and will be going through considerable changes throughout the year.  Down in Lincoln, the new all ages venue Mad Ave will be opening it's doors next month and the folks there have been getting the shows for the spring and summer booked.  This is an exciting chapter just beginning for the city of Lincoln, and the state in general.  I wish them the best of luck.  Just as Nebraska is getting a new venue in Lincoln, Omaha's punk house The Manor has ended due to fire damage in an accident last month.  Don't worry, no one was injured.  This is been somewhat of a setback for the local scene, but other local establishments have been stepping it up working with the promoters to fill in the gaps.  I hope the people formally of The Manor can find a new house to host shows.  Expect updates on the story as it happens.  Newer Omaha venue The Sandbox has been upping the amount of shows happening in area.  I finally got a chance to check the place out and it's a nice space.

Bent Life
For local band activity, Wasteoid, Bent Life, and The Fucking Party have upcoming tours planned.  Tour dates are listed below.  In other local band news, John from Vandal Eyez will be moving away, but the band will remain intact with a new vocalist and band name.  Melodic rockers, Ties has been actively playing out, and are finishing up recording their debut album as I type this.  They have been playing some new songs live and they sounds pretty good.  I'm hoping this new record comes out soon, and expect a review once I get my paws on a copy. Omaha rockers The Fucking Party have been playing out and have been recording just in time to head out on an extensive month long tour in July. They also recently started a new blog that has all the bands updates to keep everyone in-the-know. Finally, tapes are still available from Places We Slept and Vickers, so be sure to scoop one up before they are gone.  Read my reviews on both bands releases HERE.

Crucial Changes staff hard at work
In Crucial Changes news; the first run of the Mix CD-R are long gone.  The production of the cds takes some time, so expect to see the 2nd and final run produced and ready to sell within a week or two.  Also lined up is a new zine featuring reprints of all the Local Spotlights since the printing of my first zine, plus a printed exclusive feature to be announced later.  Mid-summer, I'd like to open submissions for a second mix cd.  Other plans I have here at the CCHQ include more local record reviews of bands that I don't necessarily get to see play out.  All reviews will continue to be genre specific to punk/hardcore/noise.  Local bands, get in touch.  Only physical releases will be reviewed.  That's it for now, see everyone at the shows.  Peace.



May 26th - Lincoln, NE @ Mad Ave
May 27th - Minneapolis, MN @ The Rat Hole
May 28th - Madison, WI - @ Willies St. Pub and Grill
May 29th - Chicago, IL - @ tba
The Fucking Party
Summer Tour 2011
7/3 Iowa City
7/4 Madison, WI
7/5 Milwaukee, WI
7/6 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
7/7 Indianapolis, IN
7/8 Columbus, OH
7/10 Cleveland, OH @ Now Thats Class
7/11 Pittsburgh, PA
7/12 Philadelphia, PA
7/13 NYC
7/14 NYC
7/15 Washington, DC
7/16 Richmond, VA
7/17 Raleigh, NC
7/18 Asheville, NC
7/19 Atlanta, GA
7/20 Birmingham, TN
7/21 Memphis, TN
7/22 Springfield, MO
7/23 St. Louis, MO
7/24 Columbia, MO
7/25 Kansas City, MO

Here is a list of some of the shows booked at Mad Ave for late spring/early summer:

Tuesday, May 24th
- Weekend Nachos (IL)
- The Afternoon Gentlemen (UK)
- Bear Trap (MA)
- Caulfield (CA)
- Discourse
- Wooden Coat

Thursday, May 26th
- Wasteoid *TOUR KICKOFF*

Sunday, May 29th
- The Truth Inside
- The Wasteoids

Saturday, June 4th
- Gorilla Warfare
- For The Life Of Me
- Learning To Fall
- Light The Fuse

Thursday, June 9th
- Witch Haven

Saturday, June 11th
- Tinsel Teeth

Monday, June 13th
- Algernon Cadwallader

Friday, June 24th
- Bent Life *Return Home Show*

Tuesday, July 12th
- Full Of Hell
- Agress

Lots of underground shows are always happening; check Nebraska DIY for all the listings.

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