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Digital Leather is one of two local bands opening for Los Vigilantes at Slowdown Thursday night.


ROCK CANDY

Bands not famous yet? They can still be great
By Kevin Coffey
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


Garage rock, punk, funk, dance or singer-songwriter, local musicians have you covered.

This week contains a lot of big shows from popular touring artists such as fun., Death Cab for Cutie, Foxy Shazam and Chuck Ragan, but lesser-known locals can be just as good. Just because they're not famous yet doesn't mean they're not great.

Los Vigilantes is a Puerto Rican garage-rock quartet, but Digital Leather and the Yuppies are locals that will open the show Thursday at Slowdown. Digital Leather's latest, "Modern Problems," is what punk rock would sound like with synths instead of guitar chords. But don't expect a new-wave show on Thursday. Digital Leather turns more garage rock when it plays live. Rock out!

You'll be in for a good rock night Friday at The Waiting Room with Des Moines band the Envy Corps and Omaha/Lincoln folks Eli Mardock, Machete Archive and Great American Desert.

Saturday will feel like a party at The Waiting Room with Satchel Grande. The huge funk band released "Dancefloor Protest Music," another collection of pop-funk you can dance to. A personal favorite, "Can I Borrow Your Lighter?," should be the theme music to a 1970s buddy cop movie.

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From the mailbag: After last week's story about Omaha being rated as one of the country's top 10 music scenes (outside of Nashville, L.A. and New York, naturally) Bob Whitesel wrote to say that CenturyLink Center Omaha, "once the place to have or kick off a concert tour, is missing tours left and right anymore."

Summer tours from Madonna, ZZ Top, KISS & Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews Band, Megadeth & Rob Zombie and Coldplay are not coming to Omaha, he said.

"Wonder what's going on here?"

Well, Bob, I get asked this question from time to time. It may seem like the CenturyLink Center misses a lot of concerts, but it has been pretty consistent in the acts that it brings in every year. Year after year, the arena averages almost 20 concerts and about half of those every year are among the top grossing worldwide tours.

Not every big artist comes to Omaha every time they go on tour. That's never been the case. We're not New York, after all.

Usually an arena-sized band hits a market like Omaha once every other tour or so. Of the bands you mentioned, about half of them have been here in the past few years (KISS, Motley Crue, DMB, Rob Zombie and Coldplay). I bet the rest will stop here sometime in the near future, and that's a pretty solid track record.

Have more questions about music? Send queries about bands, songs, records and anything musical to kevin.coffey@owh.com. I'll answer them in this column.

Contact the writer: Kevin Coffey

kevin.coffey@owh.com    |   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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