That old Gang of mine
Originally from Leeds, England, the British art-punk ensemble known as Gang of Four was one of the first in a long line of bands to incorporate funk, dub reggae and a big whopping slice of political outrage and angst into their stripped-down punk rock sound. Fully active and intact from 1977 to 1984 - with a couple of forays under the band name by original members Jon King and Andy Gill with additional sidemen in the 1990s - this is the band's first real reunion tour with original members Jon King (vocals), Andy Gill (guitar and vocals), Dave Allen (bass) and Hugo Burnham (drums). Concurrent with the band's decision to tour is the rerelease of their 1979 debut, Entertainment! of Rhino Records.
Tu May 10, 7 p.m.The Quest, 110 N. 5th St.$25. 338-3833, www.thequestclub.com.
Cold feet, bright eyes
"I attribute the nasty weather we have in Nebraska to why a lot of bands exist in Omaha right now," The Faint's Joel Petersen said. "You've gotta find something to do during the winter because, yeah, you don't want to go outside. You could just sit down and watch TV all day, or do something creative. You've got to create your own fun, and that's music, for some people." Luckily for both The Faint and their tourmate and former Nebraskan Conor Oberst (a.k.a. Bright Eyes), they've all been on the road so much over the last few years that I'd be surprised to find they'd spent anything besides holidays in their home state.
F-Sa May 12-13; F 5 p.m., Sa 6 p.m.First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N.$25. 332-1775, www.first-avenue.com.
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