In Scene Report, musicians from all over the globe fill us in on what’s going on sonically in their hometowns. This week, Eli Mardock gives us the scoop on Lincoln, NE. Mardock’s new album, Everything Happens For The First Time, arrives July 9 via Paper Garden.

Nobody really talks about the Lincoln music scene (unless you’re from here), at least not in the way that people talk about the scenes in Omaha, Lawrence, Portland or Austin. It’s more fringe than those places, kind of under the radar. It’s a quietly exceptional city in almost every way.

It’s best known for the football team, for the movie Boys Don’t Cry, for Larry The Cable Guy, and for having a beer-guzzling, All-American, Joe-college sort of culture. But there’s a lot more to it than that. It’s also kind of an unexpected, diamond-in-the-rough sort of hipster oasis in the Midwest, a liberal-ish, something-for-everyone university town mostly surrounded by 8 hours of red-state in every direction. The sky is huge and the sunsets are like a good acid-trip. And the music scene fits the landscape—it’s wide open in every direction. There’s more creative talent packed into this town than one would expect for a city of its size and it seems like everyone, even the businessmen, is in at least one band.

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