IF YOU GO
What: Lincoln Calling, a five-day music festival
Tickets: All-access passes, $40, available at Kinetic Brew at the Bourbon Theatre. Single-day passes, $12 to $20, available at the Bourbon Theatre, Duffy’s Tavern and the Zoo Bar.
Information: Full schedule at LincolnCalling.com
The Bourbon Theatre, 1415 O St.
Duffy’s Tavern, 1412 E. O St.
Zoo Bar, 136 N. 14th St.
The Alley, 1031 M St.
Yia Yia’s, 1423 O St.
The Single Barrel, 130 N. 10th St.
The Fat Toad, 1409 O St.
Mix Bar and Arcade, 1427 O St.
Lincoln’s Union Plaza, 21st and P Streets
Plaza outside UNL’s Nebraska Union, 1400 R St.
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Nearly 100 bands are invading Lincoln beginning next week.
The five-day Lincoln Calling festival hits Lincoln for the 10th time Tuesday through Oct. 19 at 10 Lincoln venues.
Performers — which include bands, DJs and individual artists — come from all over the world, and many are local bands from right here in Omaha and Lincoln. In terms of length and sheer number of artists, it's the biggest festival around.
I heard a rumor that it might be the last Lincoln Calling, especially since organizer Jeremy Buckley is one of the owners of Vega, a new music venue in Lincoln's Railyard.
Buckley assured me that rumor was false.
“It won't be the last Lincoln Calling,” he said. “I'm just going to get a crew of people together to help with all the organizing so I can be more of a director than organizer.”
As always, Buckley has put a lot of work into the festival, and he went after bands that he saw at other festivals — including BOY and Future Islands.
“I saw BOY at SXSW and was an immediate fan. (I'm) looking forward to see what they do as a six-piece utilizing the Bourbon's great sound system. Future Islands is going to be awesome,” he said. “White Mystery was great when I saw them at a Pitchfork Fest after party. I think Lincoln will immediately adore them.”
I combed through the long list of bands to highlight some of my favorites:
« Jeremy Messersmith — A fantastic indie pop singer-songwriter hailing from Minnesota, Messersmith is the talk of music critics everywhere. His music has made the year-end lists at NPR and Paste Magazine. I saw a short set from Messersmith once at SXSW, and it was wonderful. (Messersmith plays the Bourbon Theatre on Wednesday.)
Future Islands — This Maryland synth-pop band is probably the biggest group on Lincoln Calling's very indie lineup. Paste Magazine says the band's latest “conjures images of an abandoned seaside home, rich in loneliness, but armed with dreams of summer.” Should be perfect for a fall show. (Future Islands plays the Bourbon Theatre on Tuesday.)
» The 4onthefloor — Lincoln Calling ain't all indie rock. The 4onthefloor will deliver dirty blues rock. You've heard the band before on “Duck Dynasty,” and that should tell you all you need to know. (The4onthefloor plays the Bourbon Theatre on Oct. 19.)
BOY — Buckley has good reason to enjoy BOY, a female pop duo from Germany and Switzerland. Songs such as “Little Numbers” and “Waitress” are bouncy and fun. I also dig how the duo followed up this year's album “Mutual Friends” with a rerecorded acoustic version. (BOY plays the Bourbon Theatre on Wednesday.)
Hot Buttered Rum — It wouldn't be a festival in Nebraska without some bluegrass, and Bay Area-band Hot Buttered Rum will fill that slot nicely. I highly recommend you check out its 2012 live album “Live in the Sierra” for a taste. (Hot Buttered Rum plays the Bourbon Theatre on Oct. 18.)
The Kickback — I realized that I like The Kickback so much because they're the non-preppy Vampire Weekend. Take away VW's sweaters, plug their guitars into distortion pedals and turn them onto The Replacements, and The Kickback's “Mea Culpa Mea Culpa” EP is what you get. I'm excited to hear the band's full-length debut, which should be out soon. (The Kickback plays the Bourbon Theatre on Oct. 17.)