Orion Walsh is ready to release his new EP, "First by Water Then by Fire," Thursday at the Barley Street Tavern.
The Nebraska singer-songwriter currently in the middle of his For the Love of Music tour, which has brought him, ZuhG and Musical Charis (that's really how it's spelled) across the country.
Walsh's acoustic and Americana sounds are alive on the new EP. The first track is based around a bluegrass-tinged banjo line and quotes a Bible verse about the creation and destruction of the Earth.
Track two, "The First Shall Be the Last," is a ripping blues rock tune. "Gulf of Mexico" is a protest anthem with a Tom Petty-esque rock bent.
My favorite is the sparse acoustic melody of "In One Day," the five-song EP's closing track. It goes that way until the middle of the song when Walsh is joined by strings and more guitar in a sweeping, rising end.
Catch Walsh at the Barley Street Tavern with Musical Charis and Omaha's Snake Island! The show starts at 9 p.m. and there's a $5 cover.
Walsh will arrive at home in Nebraska for Thursday's concert, but he won't be staying. The tour keeps him on the road through the beginning of May.
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If you're looking for more good, local shows, try these:
» If hip-hop's your thing, hit up the Waiting Room on Friday to see Skatterman from Kansas City headline a show with a bunch of Omaha artists including Surreal and Jimmy Hooligan. Also on the lineup are Big Mista, Holla K & J Cron and Baggiez With Skullz. The fun starts at 8:30 p.m. and the cost is $7.
» We all bought at least one Pink Floyd album in high school or college, and some of us even queued up "Dark Side of the Moon" with "The Wizard of Oz." On Saturday, local group Over the Rainbow will do its Floyd tribute with stuff from "Dark Side," "Echoes," "Wish You Were Here" and "The Wall." Show starts at 9 p.m. and the cost is $7.
» Cursive's triumphant return takes place Sunday at the Bourbon Theatre in Lincoln. The rock quintet has been hard at work touring after releasing "I Am Gemini," a concept album about twin brothers separated at birth.
Concept albums are kind of a thing for Cursive, but frontman Tim Kasher likes it that way.
"It's not necessary to write the songs in such a way, but in my head, I've always likened an album to a book of short stories," Kasher told me before the album released. "And my preference on a book of short stories is when they're threaded together on some common theme."
Also on the lineup is Conduits, which has been opening for Cursive across the U.S. It's a great bill to be on, especially after the band released its self-titled album on Team Love. If you haven't heard the band, check out video of them at Omaha.com/GuestList.