Joining two members of Saddle Creek Records' Greater Omaha roster on Thursday is an up-and-comer who may one day trump them all. Zykos' ass-kicking arrangements sway between dissonance and melodic embellishment, and Austin's Michael Booher fronts the group with a powerful, nasal voice of the Michael Stipe/Conor Oberst type and the requisite boyish grin to boot. Following them is the lush synth-rock of Statistics, who have finally broken free of Desaparecidos' emocore shadow on new album Often Lie
, and Athens, Georgia, siren Maria Taylor headlines with her fragile, angelic voice. Her solo debut, 11:11
, delivers everything a fan of her band, Azure Ray, could possibly want, wavering between gossamer and homespun; American without Americana.