This Week’s Music

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Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:

THURSDAY
Shinyribs, began in 2007 as a side project by Gourds co-founder Kevin Russell, is now a full-time gig with the indefinite hiatus of The Gourds, and Russell brings his Shinyribs to White Water Tavern. But while The Gourds were more bluegrass-powered alt country, Shinyribs is an alt-country, soul folk outfit that includes Gourds drummer Keith Langford and the Tijuana Train Wreck Horns. And soul folk? Well, think Al Green meets Townes Van Zandt. No, seriously. Think that. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with a $10 cover.

Folk singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell‘s 2012 album is titled Young Man in America, and the record is a work that modern-folk fans should be familiar with. The music of Mitchell is emotive, whether the music is sparse or reinforced with mandolin and drums. And the tunes of Mitchell are stories, whether she’s creating a folk opera based on the Orpheus myth like she did with 2010′s Hadestown or reworking English and Scottish traditional songs like she did on 2013′s Child Ballads. Mitchell appears at South on Main. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. with … Read more >

This Week’s Music

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Mark Chesnutt.

Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:

WEDNESDAY
Sometimes we forget about free stuff. Maybe take free for granted. Well, don’t you ever forget about free music, and that’s what South on Main offers each Wednesday evening with its Local Live concert. Up this week? Central Arkansas bluegrass group Interstate Thirty, the quintet of Derrick Ball on guitar, Ben Cardin on banjo, Paul DeWeber on fiddle, Peyton Murphy on mandolin and Chris Smith on upright bass. Think of them as a group of guys who play traditional bluegrass music but also a little gospel and modern bluegrass. The free music starts at 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY
Unlike the above listing, T-Pain performing at Juanita’s as part of his Drankin Patna Tour is not going to be free. But listen, this is T-Pain, the hip-hop artist who isn’t afraid of using a little auto-tune and who has also scored Top 10 hits such as “I’m Sprung” and “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’),” which hit No. 1 in 2007. And there’s no room to count his guest appearances and songwriting successes. So, T-Pain at Juanita’s. The show is 18-and-up, and tickets are $35 for … Read more >

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Whiskey Myers.

Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:

WEDNESDAY
Here’s a pretty good claim to fame for a band: The Seattle acoustic duo Science! was named High Times magazine’s Unsigned Band of the Month in January 2013. But don’t think the music of guitarist and vocalist Justin Stang and multi-instrumentalist Jim Elenteny is stoner music. No, these guys crank out some roots-powered acoustic rock, and Science! comes to Stickyz. Little Rock Americana singer-songwriter Michael Lee Collins opens. There’s a $5 cover for the 18-and-up show with the music starting at 8:30 p.m.

THURSDAY
When you hear an artist by the name of Billy Jones Bluez plays the William F. Laman Public Library’s Live at Laman at the Main Library’s lecture hall at 7 p.m., you got to think you are in for a night of the blues if you attend. And you would be right: The North Little Rock musician delivers the blues, but with a little funk thrown in, too. Call it nu-blues. This is what Billy Jones Bluez and band bring to Laman. And the show is free.

Lincoln Durham visits Stickyz. What does that mean? Let’s go straight to … Read more >

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Kentucky Knife Fight.

Kentucky Knife Fight.

Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:

THURSDAY
Get a load of this band name: Kentucky Knife Fight, a band coming to White Water Tavern. That’s right: Kentucky Knife Fight. But the band is actually a St. Louis-based, six-piece punk blues wrecking crew that readers of the Riverfront Times in St. Louis have named Best Rock Band in St. Louis four times. And Kentucky Knife Fight is coming off a successful run of July shows opening for the Old 97′s. Kentucky Knife Fight’s latest album is Hush Hush. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with a $5 cover.

Finger Food — the instrumental guitar trio of Danny Dozier, Steve Davison and Micky Rigby — comes to The Joint for a guitar concert of acoustic music. There’s a $10 cover with the music starting at 7:30 p.m. The three musicians perform in the round and trade stories, songs and guitar insights during the show. The music from the trio includes folk, jazz, Celtic, classical and blues.

The Vans Warped Tour ended its 2014 run with a Denver show Aug. 3, and Los Angeles-based alternative rock band Acidic performed nine dates … Read more >

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Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:

WEDNESDAY
Punk-fueled, garage rockers Well Hung Heart visit Juanita’s on their Go Forth and Multiply Tour with the music starting at 9 p.m. with tickets $8 in advance and $10 day of show. Openers include Cabot rock band Stays in Vegas and Little Rock punk band Wreckless Endeavor.

THURSDAY
Malcolm Holcombe is one of those Americana singer-songwriters who should be well-known by all. Here are two opportunities in the next six days to introduce yourself to the great, folk-bent musician: Holcombe appears at White Water Tavern on Thursday, and his newest album, Pitiful Blues, arrives Tuesday. No Depression says Pitiful Blues “is very nearly faultless. These songs make [Holcombe's] contemporaries sound barely literate.” Need more convincing of Holcombe’s greatness? Rolling Stone‘s esteemed music writer David Fricke once wrote about Malcolm Holcombe: “Not quite country, somewhere beyond folk, Holcombe’s music is a kind of blues in motion, mapping backwoods corners of the heart.” The music starts at 9 p.m.

FRIDAY
Days of the New hit it big with the stripped down, acoustic rock tune “Touch, Peel and Stand” in late ’97 and early ’98, and then … Read more >

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Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:

WEDNESDAY
Back in the ’90s, a change occurred in American heavy metal music. This change, a return to brutal riffs and thrash, was started by bands such as Pantera and Machine Head, and it’s Machine Head that pays a visit to Juanita’s. The outfit is working on a new release titled Killers and Kings to follow 2011′s Unto the Locust. Oklahoma heavy rock quintet Anti-Mortem opens along with local support from Russellville modern rock band Dark From Day One and Little Rock progressive Southern rock quartet Enchiridion. The music starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 day of show.

THURSDAY
White Water Tavern presents a hip-hop show titled Rhymes Galore, with a headlining set from Duke Stigall and Osyrus Bolly being backed by live band WasaNameNem. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover. But that’s not all the Arkansas hip-hop at this show. 607 and Aaron open, and the night also includes guest appearances from trumpeter Rodney Block, and BollyBlackStar and Epiphany, who is manning the turntables for the night.

FRIDAY
Little Rock rock trio … Read more >

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Run River North.

Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:

WEDNESDAY
Acoustic rock ‘n’ roll — that’s the music of El Paso, Texas, quartet The Dirty River Boys. And not rock ‘n’ roll stripped down and played acoustically, but energetic and infectious rock ‘n’ roll that just so happens to be played on mostly acoustic instruments. The band brings their outlaw folk sound to Stickyz. Openers are to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets $8 in advance and $10 day of for the 18-and-up show.

THURSDAY
North Little Rock cabaret pop punk band the Flameing Daeth Fearies are throwing a party at Rev Room and you’re invited. The party’s title? A Very Feary Brony Burlesque. The magical night celebrates the Brony and Pegasister fandom (fans of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) with burlesque and rock ‘n’ roll, and starts at 9 p.m. with the doors opening at 8 p.m. Cover for the 18-and-up show is $10. Joining the Fearies (who will feature Jennifer Armstrong) are central Arkansas burlesque group Cabaret Kittens; Machete with Love, an “alternative hip-hop non-stop rocking funk rap” group; and Alexander … Read more >

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Slaid Cleaves.

Slaid Cleaves.

Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:

WEDNESDAY
When Vince Neil departed Motley Crue in the early ’90s, the rest of the Crue turned to heavy metal and hard rock singer John Corabi for a replacement. 1994′s self-titled album was the result, but Corabi only spent a few years with the band before Neil returned. Corabi, who has also played in Union with ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, visits Juanita’s. The music start at 9 p.m. with supporting acts to be announced. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of with the music starting at 9 p.m.

THURSDAY
Writing for Grantland, Steven Hyden described Natural Child‘s Dancin’ with Wolves as “a Flying Burrito Brothers record with the production of Goats Head Soup, and damn if they don’t pull it off.” R&B, blues and country — those are the roots of rock ‘n’ roll, and what this Nashville, Tennessee, band throws into their sound when they visit White Water Tavern. Local singer-songwriter Adam Faucett opens the show with his part-folk, part-rock ‘n’ roll music. Blind Water Finds Blind Water is his newest album. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with … Read more >

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Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:

WEDNESDAY
Electro, hip-hop, soul artist Archnemesis comes to Rev Room. Here’s why that is important, straight from Archnemesis’ Facebook: “Since [starting] in 2009, the Archnemesis sound has been in a constant state of evolution. With musical beginnings firmly established through a strict regimen of classical training on the cello and piano, eventually jazz theory and composition crept in, and more instruments like bass, drums and guitar were discovered and learned. The culmination of this vast musical knowledge ultimately shaped the Archnemesis sound before propelling it through a variety of analog stratospheres and into the digital realm of electronic music production.” Also on the bill is Whitman Bransford, Explicit and Jordan Van Der Berghe. The 18-and-up night of music starts at 8 p.m. with tickets $8 in advance and $10 day of.

THURSDAY
California ska punk band Reel Big Fish play Juanita’s. You probably know them because of their ’90s hit “Sell Out.” Their newest album is 2012′s Candy Coated Fury. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with new Jersey ska punk band Survay Says!, and local blues and rock band Charlotte Read more >

This Week’s Music

The Whigs.

The Whigs.

Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:

WEDNESDAY
Raised in Indiana, Austin Lucas, born into a bluegrass and folk lineage, spent his early music career as a punk rocker. But he returned to his folk roots about eight years ago with the release of The Common Cold. Since then, he has released a number of albums, including 2013′s Stay Reckless, that showcase his Americana music with a punk’s spirt. This is the sound that Lucas brings to White Water Tavern. The music starts at 9 p.m.

Illinois-based metalcore outfit The Color Morale are part of the 2014 Vans Warped Tour, but first the band has a date at Juanita’s. The group released Know Hope in 2013, and are preparing for the release of Hold on Pain Ends later this year. Tickets are $14 in advance and $16 day of show with the doors opening at 8 p.m. and the music starting at 9 p.m. Joining The Color Morale are Boston post-hardcore band Ice Nine Kills, who are also joining the 2014 Vans Warped Tour in Houston on Friday, along with Rhode Island hip-hop metal act Scare Don’t Read more >