Nebraskan rockers Cursive to play in Columbia

On their way to Brazil, Cursive stops by The Blue Note with Minus the Bear and Girl in a Coma.

By Victoria Ross | Oct. 25, 2012


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In the late '90s, an indie-rock band emerged out of Omaha, Neb. Seven albums and a few international tours later, Cursive is on its way to Columbia to share the band's indie-rock tunes.

Cursive is comprised of Tim Kasher, who sings lead vocals; Matt Maginn on bass; Ted Stevens on guitar; and Cully Symington on drums. Currently, Cursive is on the second leg of an eight-week tour, which started in Minneapolis in late September and will end in Rio de Janeiro at the end of this year.

This isn't the first time Cursive has played in town — the band has graced both Mojo's and The Blue Note with what Stevens describes as its hard-rock, lyrical and sometimes even strange sound.

"The band really ignored Columbia in favor of bigger cities like St. Louis, but after we came to Columbia the first time, we started to prefer going there," Stevens says, adding that he liked the energy of the crowds.

The last decade has seen quite a few lineup changes for Cursive, including the inclusion of cellist Gretta Cohn, who went on to become producer for WNYC's daily music talk show, "Soundcheck."

Stevens himself joined the band in 1999, and despite such changes, he says he feels like the band is in a good place.

"The current crew we have feels like we've been doing this forever," Stevens says.

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