Fugazi: Live in Nebraska | Echoes

Fugazi played Nebraska seven times: one with "total havoc," another with a pig face, others influential and intact in recordings. Here, the band's Ian MacKaye helps tell the 2,500-word story.

"Meadow" by Pablo's Triangle | Echoes

Posted by John Wenz on Wed, 08/24/2011 - 10:37am in chicago, echoes, head of femur, john wenz, meadow, music, nebraska, video

Get to know this legendary Lincoln band that is less famous for what it was than what it became.

"5b" by Ritual Device | Echoes

Posted by John Wenz on Thu, 08/04/2011 - 10:54am in echoes, jesus lizard, john wenz, noise rock, ritual device

Ritual Device was a lot of things to a lot of people, and the noise-rock band was once Nebraska's next big thing.

Spinning Back Around | Echoes

A rich find of old local records at a radio station yields an ear-opening listening experience from forgotten gems.

"Good Rockin' Tonight" by Wynonie Harris | Echoes

Posted by John Wenz on Wed, 06/01/2011 - 10:14pm in chuck berry, echoes, elvis, music, nebraska, north, omaha, wynonie harris

Elvis, schmelvis, a North Omahan created rock 'n' roll.

Charlie Burton | Echoes

Posted by John Wenz on Thu, 05/26/2011 - 11:36am in charlie burton, dorothy lynch mob, echoes, hiccups, john wenz, lincoln, music, nebraska

Of all of the state's cult music figures, the cultest of all was Charlie Burton — the record collector's Nebraskan with a national reputation, but a small and vocal fanbase.

Calypso Machine Gun | Echoes

Posted by John Wenz on Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:25am in calypso machine gun, crass, echoes, music, nebraska

HN columnist John Wenz felt as if he was one step closer to his great white whale, at least briefly. But he needs readers' help. 

"Share the Blame" by Bright Calm Blue | Echoes

Posted by John Wenz on Tue, 05/10/2011 - 2:30pm in bright calm blue, echoes, lincoln, music, nebraska, share the blame, video

This Lincoln band captivated me with an energetic performance unlike any I'd seen — perfectly capturing my obsession with the band Refused and the sounds of melodic hardcore.

"Gypsy Blood" by Manila Thrills | Echoes

Posted by John Wenz on Thu, 05/05/2011 - 11:27am in echoes, gypsy blood, john wenz, manila thrills

An introduction to Nebraska's place in super cheesy hard rock — hair teased up to god knows where, androgynous accessorizing, male bangs and all.

"She Loves You" by The Buggs | Echoes

Posted by John Wenz on Tue, 05/03/2011 - 12:56pm in better beatles, echoes, john wenz, music, nebraska, omaha, the beatles, the buggs

Better Beatles, meet your evil Nebraska twin.