Lovin’ and Listenin’

Friday Oct. 28

Deerhoof, Nice Nice
Berbati’s Pan, 10 S.W. Third Ave.
9:30 p.m. $10. 21+

Pssst, come here. I’ve got a secret but you have to promise not to tell anyone. Anyone. Ready? I don’t like Deerhoof. (Pause). Don’t look at me like that. I just don’t like them. I mean, I get it, they’re avant-garde but also poppy and Pitchfork loves them and their singer is a badass Japanese woman, but – it’s just – all their songs sound the same. No, I know, I listen to tons of bands whose songs all sound the same, but the one song Deerhoof keeps playing variations of, I’m just not feeling. Don’t give me that look. You’re going to tell everyone, aren’t you?


Joey DeFrancesco
Jimmy Mak’s 300 N.W. Tenth Ave.
8 p.m. $22.50 advance, $25 DOS. 21+

For those bored by be-bop and frightened of free jazz, I give you soul jazz! Joey DeFrancesco, protege of the late great jazz Hammond B3 organist Jimmy Smith, is one of today’s premier Hammond B3 players and he’s bringing his trio to Jimmy Mak’s. Expect soulful, “greasy” organ playing and smooth guitar lines backed by a funky drummer, who will mostly likely play some sort of ten-minute-long, John Bonham- meets-Art Blakey drum solo.


Saturday Oct. 29

Sunn O))), Boris, Thrones, Towers
Berbati’s Pan
9:30 p.m. $10 advance, $12 DOS. 21+

Who listens to this drone/ambient stuff? Stoners, that’s who. Since the cannabis sativa plant slows down your sensory perception, you have really time to appreciate when that weird test-pattern noise turns into an ethereal weird test-pattern noise. Also, if you’re anything like me, some days you wake up and think “I’m sick of melody.” If you wake up Saturday in one of the moods, check out this bill and your mind blown. And then wake up Sunday hard of hearing and like melodies all over again.


Broadcast, Gravenhurst
Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St.
9 p.m. $12 advance, $14 DOS. 21+

Broadcast rules. The song “Goodbye Girls” off their new album Tender Buttons is one of the best pop songs this year, just begging to be put on repeat for hours and hours. If all goes well, I’m going to this show for free, which is pretty much Exhibit A when it comes to why I don’t mind that this job doesn’t pay much.


Sunday Oct. 30

311, The Exit
Roseland Theatre, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave.
8 p.m. $35. All ages

Tickets to 311 are $35? Are you kidding me? This is a band so lame the last hit they got was from covering “Love Song” by the Cure. And all the cover did was prove what a great song the original was that it could withstand a treatment by one of the worst bands Omaha has ever birthed. This show is a must-miss.


Tuesday Nov. 1

Rolling Stones, Motley Cr퀨͌_e
Rose Garden
7:30 p.m. $60 – $350. All ages

The Stones! The Cr퀨͌_e! Insanely overpriced tickets! Old men playing 20- and 30-year-old rock songs about 20-year-old strippers young enough to be their daughters! I’m sure there will be tons of hipsters there “ironically” appreciating the reunited Motley Cr퀨͌_e instead of, you know, actually liking a band. Because who is lame enough to actually admit they like something?


Wednesday Nov. 2

Metric, Death of a Party, The Lovely Feathers
Doug Fir Lounge
9 p.m. $9 advance. 21+

There are only two reasons I can think of that anyone would like Metric. Firstly, frontwoman Emily Haines is hot. Secondly, Haines sang on the classic Broken Social Scene track “Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl.” But beyond that, I’m clueless as to why anyone would like Metric’s faux-political, overproduced new wave.