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Desaparecidos is, from left, Conor Oberst, Matt Baum, Denver Dalley, Landon Hedges and Ian McElroy. Photo by Zach Hollowell.


Strong Maha lineup is generating lots of attention
By Kevin Coffey

Maha Music Festival has something big.

As you probably know already, the festival announced its lineup on Sunday. It includes Conor Oberst, who has reunited his punk-styled band Desaparecidos, and alt rock group Garbage, who will count Maha as one of its only American tour dates in 2012.

Singer-songwriter Josh Rouse, a Nebraska native, will also perform and so will Icky Blossoms, a dance band that recently signed to Saddle Creek Records.

This lineup will sell a lot of tickets and may even sell out the festival. With two rare performers in Garbage and Desa, I expect quite a few people will travel to Omaha.

Just look at the popularity of our story about the Maha lineup. It was published Sunday night and by early Monday afternoon, The World-Herald’s article was picked up by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Paste Magazine and several other big online music outlets. It gained tons of buzz in one day.

My biggest hope is that Maha sells enough tickets this year that they will eventually be able to expand into a two-day festival rather than a one-day, all-day concert.

Aside from Desa, Garbage will also be huge. With all of the attention that band member Butch Vig has received recently for producing Nirvana’s “Nevermind,” coupled with the hype and attention being heaped on the band for reuniting and putting out a new album, Garbage is a pretty big name.

Oberst has reunited Desaparecidos before. In 2010, the band performed at Oberst’s Concert for Equality in Benson, which dampens this year’s reunion a tiny bit.

I also expect them to perform more than just this one show in Omaha, especially because they have debuted a new website and Twitter account.

After playing two new songs at a secret show on Monday, I’m confident they’ll make a new album. It’s wild that it took 10 years for that to happen, but Oberst’s been busy with Bright Eyes, solo albums and Monsters of Folk.

Icky Blossoms certainly deserves to headline the local stage. They’re going places, as I’ve said before. And with them headlining the local stage, it means they’ll be playing later at night, which will be perfect. Hopefully they work up the crowd before Desa and Garbage.

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O’Leaver’s has a great show planned for Friday featuring Omaha band The Lupines, North of Grand from Des Moines and Dead Girls from Lawrence, Kan.

John Ziegler from Brimstone Howl teamed up with Mike Friedman, an amazing guitarist whose credits include playing for years with Simon Joyner, and bassist Mike Tulis from The Monroes to form Lupines.

The punk band debuted only late last year and hasn’t played many shows yet. This should be a great one.

Contact the writer: Kevin Coffey    |   402-444-1557    |  

Kevin covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally covers other entertainment, including video games and comic books.

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