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Nashville Pussy plays Tuesday night at the Bourbon Theatre. (Courtesy photo)

Three items this week: a big show at the Bourbon Theatre, the return of Lincoln Calling in October and a quick take on Those Darlins.

The big show is on Tuesday when raunchy Southern rockers Nashville Pussy return to Lincoln, bringing with them The Dwarves, a pioneering garage punk outfit that has been wreaking havoc for a quarter century.

Grammy nominated (if you can believe that) back in the late 1990s, Nashville Pussy delivers sex-and-drugs-fueled rock propelled by Ruyter Suys, who's on every list of great female guitarists, and the vocals of her husband, Blaine Cartwright.

The Dwarves are originally from Chicago  and have played and continue to deliver everything from garage rock to hardcore punk. They're pretty raunchy, too, and lots of fun.

Tickets are $15 in advance and available at or the Bourbon box office.

Lincoln Calling returns Oct. 11-15

Lincoln Calling is back for its eighth year in October, bringing about 80 bands to Lincoln clubs for four nights of music. Lincoln Calling will start with a film festival and Pecha Kucha on Oct. 11 and will feature music in at least a half-dozen venues on Oct. 12-15.

Jeremy Buckley of Poster Child Productions has organized Lincoln Calling since its beginning. He's now working on getting a final lineup, but that may not occur for several weeks.

"A lot of times local bands have to worry about work, and I'm trying to figure out the routings for some touring bands," Buckley said. "It's a lot easier to do it that way. Otherwise, you're flying in five people, putting them in a hotel, paying them. I can't do that."

So the early roster is primarily made up of Lincoln and Omaha bands. But a few national acts are already on the list, including Larry and His Flask, an Oregon punk-gone-old-school-country outfit, and Lionize, a Maryland stoner rock/reggae outfit. Both played the Vans Warped Tour this summer.

It also includes bands like Chicago's The Kickback, which is a frequent Lincoln visitor, and Lincoln Calling returnees, including Deerpeople of Stillwater, Okla., and Cowboy Indian Bear of Lawrence, Kan.

"It's now a lot of the top local bands," Buckley said of the lineup."There will be 70 to 80 bands in total. That feels like about the right number. I'll be able to get to a lot of them that way."

In its first seven years, 290 bands have played Lincoln Calling, which has grown each year.

This year, however, may see a retraction in the number of venues. The 12th St. Pub, which hosted rock bands last year, cannot do music this year, and the Bricktop is closed, reducing the opportunities for DJs.

As of now, four venues -- The Bourbon Theatre, Duffy's Tavern, Zoo Bar and The Alley -- will have bands while Zen's Lounge and Black Market will have acoustic artists and DJs. Other venues could be added to the festival, Buckley said.

A few dozen early-bird festival passes are now on sale at Black Market and Kinetic Brew, the coffeehouse in the Bourbon Theatre. Those passes are $20. When they are sold out, the price will go up to $30, then $40 as the festival approaches.

"With 80 bands, it would be 50 cents a band at that ($20) price," Buckley said.

Here's the Lincoln Calling lineup so far:

Bears of Blue River (Chicago)

Deerpeople (Stillwater)

A Summer Better Than Yours (Lincoln)

Academy of Rock (Lincoln)

All Young Girls Are Machine Guns (Omaha)

The Amalgamators (Lincoln)

The Balance (Lincoln)

The Betties (Lincoln)

Bonehart Flannigan (Lincoln)

Canon Blue (Nashville)

Conduits (Omaha)

Cowboy Indian Bear (Lawrence)

Eli Mardock (Lincoln)

Fierce Bad Rabbit (Fort Collins)

Gerardo Meza (Lincoln)

The Good Foot (Kansas City)

Homegrown Film Festival (Lincoln)

Icky Blossoms (Omaha)

Ideal Cleaners (Lincoln)

JV Allstars (Lincoln)

The Kickback (Chicago)

Kill County (Lincoln)

The Killigans (Lincoln)

Larry and His Flask (Redmond, Ore.)

Learning to Fall (Lincoln)

The Lepers (Omaha)

Lionize (Silver Spring, Md.)

Little Brazil (Omaha)

Lloyd McCarter (Lincoln)

Manny Coon (Lincoln)

Matt Cox Band (Omaha)

The Mezcal Brothers (Lincoln)

No Tide (Lincoln)

Pecha Kucha (Lincoln)

Rock Paper Dynamite (Omaha)

Sheridan Breakdown (Lincoln)

Snake Island! (Omaha)

Somasphere (Lincoln)

Son of '76 (Lincoln)

South of Lincoln (Lincoln)

Stereofidelics (Raleigh, N.C.)

Talking Mountain (Omaha)

Tie These Hands (Lincoln)

Voodoo Method (Omaha )

No Tide (Lincoln)

Learning to Fall (Lincoln)

Sheridan Breakdown (Lincoln)

Those Darlins at Zoo Bar

Those Darlins about didn't make their Zoo Bar show Tuesday night. They thought the show was Wednesday and hadn't left Denver by mid-afternoon. But they hopped in the van, headed east and made the show by 11 p.m. They, and the crowd that filled the bar, were glad they did.

Mixing songs from "Screws Get Loose" with older material like "Red Light Love" (which is in a Kia commercial), the three-woman, one-guy Tennessee outfit was impressively road tight and has found its sound, blending Jessi Darlin's twangy lead vocals with girl-group-style harmony and music that takes the bounce of The Ramones into a neo-country hop.

They also delivered two of the best covers I've heard in a while: "Shakin' All Over," Johnny Kidd & the Pirates' raw 1960 rock  classic, and a perfect take on Garland Jeffreys' 1968 gem "Wild in the Streets."

Those Darlins will be back in Nebraska on Oct. 26, opening for Drive-By Truckers at Omaha's Slowdown.

Reach L. Kent Wolgamott at 402-473-7244 or, or follow him on Twitter at


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