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If music history works the way I think it should, in twenty years when folks talk about the influential Omaha music scene, Bright Eyes will be more of a footnote and Cursive will be the band that stands the test of time. Tim Kasher and company have had six albums of impassioned, arty rock that trumps their Saddle Creek-mate Conor Oberst even at his whiny best. The upbeat, postcard cover of Cursive’s latest, Happy Hollow, is a deceptive wrapper for the songs within. The record plays like a screed from a middle America tormented by religion gone bad and twisty characters looking for salvation. It is the band’s finest work to date. Supporting Cursive at the Icon on Thursday (Sept. 28) are the ecstatically fun and cool Portland trio the Thermals and another Saddle Creek outfit, Ladyfinger. Doors at 7pm.