Take note: Live music in the metro this week

By Caleb Hennington

Styx perform at the arkansas state fair on the wendys main stage at 8 p.m. Tuesday. (Submitted photo)

Styx perform at the arkansas state fair on the wendys main stage at 8 p.m. Tuesday. (Submitted photo)

Styx to bring decades of rock to Arkansas State Fair

Named after the River Styx, a river in Greek mythology that served as the link between the world of the living and the world of the dead, Chicago rock band Styx sound anything but deathly.

Formed in the early 1970s, Styx are famous for their catchy pop-rock tunes, mixed with hard-rock sensibilities and a penchant for powerful piano ballads. Twin brothers Chuck and John Panozzo on guitar and drums, respectively formed the band in the 1960s and went by the name The Tradewinds. After finding a few more members and making a much-needed name change to Styx, the band members released their first album in 1972. The self-titled release made minimal waves on the music scene, and their second album, Styx II, managed to produce one hit single: Lady.

Their true success came late in the game, after more than six critically unsuccessful albums. The Grand Illusion, Styxs seventh album, gave them the hit prog-rock piano ballad single Come Sail Away. From there, the band continued to … Read more >

Take note: Live music in the metro this week

By Caleb Hennington

Future performs at the Metroplex Event Center at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. (Submitted photo)

Future performs at the Metroplex Event Center at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. (Submitted photo)

Commas rapper Future visits Metroplex Event Center

Hip-hop artist Future got his start like most aspiring rappers: by recording and distributing homemade mixtapes.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Future released three mixtapes in 2010 and 2011 1000, Dirty Sprite and True Story and it was during this time that his first hit single, Tony Montana, surfaced. The song was later remixed in 2012 for his debut album, Pluto. He got a massive boost in fame, thanks to guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, T.I. and Juicy J.
The remix of Tony Montana even featured guest vocals from Drake, who had recently exploded on the scene with the success of his 2011 album, Take Care. Plutos success helped boost Futures next two releases 2014s Honest and his latest album, DS2 even higher up the Billboard charts, nabbing No. 1 spots on both the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums charts. Commas, a single from DS2s deluxe version, peaked at No. 55 on the Hot 100.
While both his insanely clean rhyming ability and massive club beats have garnered a lot of … Read more >

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By Caleb Hennington

Jonathan tyler performs at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Stickyz.  (Submitted photo)

Jonathan tyler performs at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Stickyz. (Submitted photo)

Jonathan Tyler tours in support of pensive Holy Smokes

Sporting gutsy blues-rock tunes that take bits and pieces of inspiration from all sorts of artists including Creedence Clearwater Revival and Lou Reed Jonathan Tyler delivers a massively catchy sound and is ready to set the airwaves into flux once again with his latest album, Holy Smokes.

Originally hitting the Dallas music scene in 2007 as Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, Tyler has since lessened the name but not the sound. Tyler, along with his band, released a debut album in 2010 titled Pardon Me. The album featured two hit singles: Gypsy Woman, which peaked at No. 30 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart, and Pardon Me. Another song off that album, Devils Basement, is most known for being featured in the trailer for the popular HBO drama Boardwalk Empire.

The bands latest album, Holy Smokes, was released early last month and features 11 tracks full of dirty riffs and gritty lyrics. According to a news release, this album features a more pensive and sophisticated sound from the band members, who … Read more >

Take note: Live music in the metro this week

By Caleb Hennington

For king & Country will play at 9 p.m. Friday at Amplify Fest in Benton.

For king & Country will play at 9 p.m. Friday at Amplify Fest in Benton.

Amplify Fest a 2-day celebration of Christian music

Amplify Fest a two-day Christian-music festival located in Benton is gearing for its 2015 celebration with bigger artists, more fun and a mission to spread its message throughout central Arkansas.

The event, which takes place on Holland Chapel Baptist Churchs property, features some of the biggest names in Christian contemporary music today, including a few local artists. This years lineup includes For King & Country, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher, Colton Dixon, Plumb, The Digital Age, Unspoken, Dan Bremnes, The Millennial Tour, Alex Edmonds and We the Union.

Many of these artists are up-and-coming musicians in the Christian-music scene, and two of the groups Alex Edmonds and We The Union are Arkansans. According to its website, the festivals mission is to glorify God by removing barriers between the Church and the world, exposing the people to the life-changing message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The event takes place on a 20-acre grass field behind the church, and the festival directors encourage attendees to bring certain items, such as lawn chairs, blankets, sunscreen and … Read more >

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By Caleb Hennington

Techno-squid Eats Parliament will perform at 9 p.m. on Saturday at White Water Tavern.

Techno-squid Eats Parliament will perform at 9 p.m. on Saturday at White Water Tavern.

90s band Techno-Squid Eats Parliament reunion show set

Get ready, Little Rock, because here comes a blast from your angsty 90s past.

Beloved local alt-rockers Techno-Squid Eats Parliament are back from the dead and ready to blast your pants off with lo-fi rocking goodness one more time. After taking a more than 20-year break from the music scene, the band will play a reunion show at White Water Tavern at 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Despite the fact that the band members lived in completely separate parts of the U.S., founding member Aaron Sarlo managed to round them up for a much-needed reunion show. Sarlo has said they are still really close friends, and when he popped the question of a reunion to the bros in his band, they answered back with a resounding Yes! much to his surprise.

This will also be the band members release show for their second album, Were Back, What Did We Miss? The new album will feature the bands demos and unreleased tracks that never made it onto their first and only album, a 1994 self-titled release.… Read more >

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By Caleb Hennington

Trapt will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday at Rev Room.

Trapt will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday at Rev Room.

Headstrong band Trapt to play Rev Room show

Since 2002, the go-to song for amping up the adrenaline in locker rooms, stadium crowds, weight-lifting competitions and college frat parties has been Los Gatos, California, group Trapts hit single, Headstrong. Its full of raucous energy, pure adrenaline and lyrics that motivate even the laziest of meaty couch spuds.

But Headstrong isnt the only song members of Trapt want to be remembered by; theyve got a whole repertoire of albums, dating all the way back to 1999. Formed in 1995, Trapt consists of lead vocalist Chris Taylor Brown, bassist Peter Charell, drummer Dylan Howard and guitarist Ty Fury; Brown and Charell are the only members from that original 95 lineup.

Theyve released a total of five studio albums, including their most successful release, 2002s self-titled album. That album achieved a peak position of No. 42 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, and Headstrong charted at No. 16 on the U.S. Hot 100 chart. The band recently re-released their first two albums, Amalgamation and Glimpse EP, which were released independently in the Los Gatos area before the Read more >

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By Caleb Hennington

Corey Smith performs at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Rev Room.

Corey Smith performs at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Rev Room.

Singer-songwriter Corey Smith to play Rev Room

Growing up in the small town of Jefferson, Georgia, Americana singer-songwriter Corey Smith takes a lot of the inspiration used in his songs from that simple, quiet upbringing.

In his early years, Smith played music for fun in front of friends and family. He attended Gainesville State College in Gainesville, Georgia, but later transferred to the University of West Georgia to be closer to his current wife. He spent time as a high school social studies teacher at a small school in Gwinnett County, Georgia. It was during this time that Smith decided to drop everything, at 28 years old, to become a full-time touring musician.

Hes known by fans and people in the music industry for his steadfast dedication to a DIY mindset and the accessibility he shows his fans after finishing a set. Hes not shy about visiting with fans after a concert to give them some much-requested face time.

His first album, Undertones, was released in 2003 on label Razor & Tie and features the song Twenty-One, which reached No. 50 on Billboards Hot Country Read more >

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By Caleb Hennington

Lee DeWyze, winner of Season nine of American Idol, will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at Juanitas.

Lee DeWyze, winner of Season nine of American Idol, will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at Juanitas.

American Idol winner Lee DeWyze to play Juanitas

In 2010, Illinois singer-songwriter Lee DeWyze won the ninth season of the popular singing competition American Idol. Although DeWyze got his big break in the music industry thanks to the show, he started his music career long before performing in front of millions watching television weekly.

Before making it through the auditions for the show, DeWyze had a solo career and a band, the Lee DeWyze Band. The band members saw success in Chicago and the surrounding areas and were signed to WuLi Records, an independent Chicago label. With the band, DeWyze released two albums, So Im Told and Slumberland.

DeWyze spent his days working as a paint salesman in a Mount Pleasant, Illinois, paint store but decided to audition for the ninth season of American Idol after some encouragement from friends. The judges loved his rendition of Aint No Sunshine, and from there it was a steady climb to the top.

After being crowned the winner, DeWyze went to work recording his debut album on his new record label, Read more >

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By Caleb Hennington

Folk group Old Crow Medicine Show will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Clinton Presidential Park.

Folk group Old Crow Medicine Show will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Clinton Presidential Park.

Clinton Presidential Park welcomes Old Crow Medicine Show

If youve been to a party, wedding, club or bar anytime in the past decade, perhaps youve heard the boot-stomping, hand-clapping, feel-good song of the South known as Wagon Wheel.

The song was recorded and released on Harrisonburg, Virginia, Americana-folk band Old Crow Medicine Shows 2004 album, O.C.M.S., but the song actually has much older roots. The song was presented to band member Ketch Secor after Critter Fuqua, another member of the band, brought him an old bootleg tape recording of Bob Dylan. The tape featured a rough outtake of a song called Rock Me, Mama, which was never officially recorded or released by Dylan.

After years of humming the song to himself while traveling around the country, Secor decided to research the tune and found that the song actually dates back more than 85 years to bluesman Arthur Big Boy Crudup. Secor and Dylan agreed to split the rights to the song 50-50, and the rest is history. The song went gold, then platinum, and is the bands most famous … Read more >

Take note: Live music in the metro this week

By Caleb Hennington

Sebastian Bach, former frontman of Skid Row, performs at Juanitas on Saturday at 9 p.m.

Sebastian Bach, former frontman of Skid Row, performs at Juanitas on Saturday at 9 p.m.

Sebastian Bach makes solo stop at Juanitas

Canada is known for many things: free health care, hockey, maple syrup, and overwhelming and genuine friendliness. But producing the lead singer for a heavy metal band? Maybe not so much. But that didnt stop Peterborough, Ontario, native Sebastian Bach from pursuing the hard and heavy sounds of metal music during the genres initiation into mainstream music.
Bach was lead singer of heavy metal band Skid Row from 1987-96. He was kicked out of the band in the mid-90s after a disagreement with band member Rachel Bolan.
After leaving, Bach formed the super group The Last Hard Men, which featured members of The Frogs, The Breeders and The Smashing Pumpkins. The band only lasted for one album before Bach moved on to another entertainment medium: television.
Bach has appeared in a number of productions and television shows as himself, including Supergroup, Trailer Park Boys and Gone Country. He even appeared on the popular show Gilmore Girls for 13 episodes as the character Gil. Bach has also appeared on Broadway, in shows such as … Read more >