Take note: Live music in the metro this week

by Caleb Hennington

Lincoln Durham plays Wednesday night at Stickyz. / Submitted photo

Lincoln Durham plays Wednesday night at Stickyz. / Submitted photo

Lincoln Durham creates Gothic-folk ‘rumble’

The raw, rough sounds of Lincoln Durham are pounding their way to Stickyz. The Gothic-folk sounds of his music have been described by Hayes Carll as sounding like “the howl of the wind and rumble of a thunderstorm.”

His musical journey took off after his grandfather, Charlie, and father, Ed, gave 4-year-old Lincoln his first instrument: a fiddle. From there, he would go on to win numerous musical competitions, including the Youth Fiddle Championship when he was 10. His live performances are wild and unpredictable, full of passion from a man whose music can only be described as “obnoxious-Southern-Gothic-gospel-revival-punk.”

His songs speak to the human spirit on many levels, and he likes to say that his dark and poetic writing style tells tales that would make even Edgar Allan Poe proud. His last album, Exodus of the Deemed Unrighteous, is a bluesy, reflective record that reaches into the depths of Southern roots music to create something powerful and soul-exploding. Although much of his music is simplistic, in that it usually only involves Lincoln’s scratchy cigar box guitar and pounding kick drum … Read more >

Post-hardcore act Senses Fail to play Juanita’s

By Caleb Hennington

Senses Fail / Photo via Facebook

Senses Fail / Photo via Facebook

In the early 2000s, post-hardcore bands reigned supreme. Bands such as Hawthorne Heights, Saves The Day and Silverstein were some of the biggest names of the genre, and Ridgewood, New Jersey, band Senses Fail were right there with them. The band came together in 2002 after lead singer Buddy Nielsen posted an advertisement on the Internet looking to recruit members for a new band. Dan Trapp, Dave Miller, James Gill and Garrett Zablocki answered Nielsen’s call in the early stages of the group. Although Senses Fail has had many lineup changes over the year, Nielsen has always been at the forefront of the group and is currently the only member of that original lineup still in the band.

Senses Fail has released five studio albums so far, and they are preparing to release their latest effort, Pull The Thorns From Your Heart, sometime this summer. They’ve also released a 2002 EP, From the Depths of Dreams, and a split album with pop-punk band Man Overboard is set to release Tuesday. A compilation album of the band’s hits from 2002 to 2012 was released in 2012 and was titled Follow Read more >

Take Note: Live music in the metro this week

by Caleb Hennington

The Tontons / Photo via Facebook

The Tontons / Photo via Facebook

WEDNESDAY

Zoogma sounds like what would happen if you gave a robot an electric guitar and taught him how to play ’80s ballad rock. The group has been said to blend “the sonic diversity and precision of a DJ with the excitement and immediacy of a four-piece rock group.” The group is currently promoting their last release, Anthems 4 Androids, and will be joined by New Orleans prog-funk band Earphunk at Rev Room. Atlanta electronica duo Modern Measure will open for the two bands on this tour. The 18-and-up show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show.

THURSDAY

Rev Room will host a night of unique and diverse indie music at 9 p.m. Bands from all backgrounds of hip-hop will take the stage to celebrate music that splinters off from the popular music heard on airwaves today. The lineup includes DJ Fatality & DJ Dond, Ztik Man, Yung Mo, IAmStephanJames, D. Dirt, Marcelles, Black Sand and many more. Tickets for the 18-and-up event are $10.

Americana powerhouse Tony Furtado has been called “a genius on banjo and slide guitar” and is known for his unique … Read more >

Hayes, McCreery headline St. Jude benefit show

By Caleb Hennington

Hunter Hayes / Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Hunter Hayes / Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A special concert benefiting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital kicks off at the Clear Channel Metroplex at 7 p.m. Friday and features country artists from all over the U.S. The St. Jude Acoustic Jam, presented by KSSN-FM, 96 and KMJX-FM, 105.1 The Wolf, includes many up-and-coming country artists such as Hunter Hayes, Scotty McCreery, Parmalee, The Railers, Josh Abbott Band, Chase Bryant and Kelsea Ballerini.

Hayes and McCreery, both rising stars in the music industry, headline the benefit show. Hayes, 23, released his self-titled debut album in October 2011, which sold more than 1.1 million copies. “Wanted,” the chart-topping single from the album, sold millions of copies worldwide. His latest album, Storyline, was released May 6, 2014. In 2012, Hayes won the Country Music Association’s New Artist of the Year award, and his song “Invisible” was nominated at this year’s Grammy’s for Best Country Solo Performance.

McCreery, who gained nationwide notoriety for winning the 10th season of American Idol, released his debut album, Clear as Day, in 2011. He won New Artist of the Year in 2011 at the Academy of Country … Read more >

Take Note: Live music in the metro this week

By Caleb Hennington

Jason Boland and The Stragglers/ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Jason Boland and The Stragglers/ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

WEDNESDAY

Hip-hop music producer and master of the genre known as trap, a combination of hip-hop and electronic music, RL Grime has garnered a large following in only a few short years. The 24-year-old, whose real name is Henry Steinway, saw major success after his remix of the Kanye West song “Mercy” racked up more than 3 million plays on SoundCloud. His 2013 release, High Beams EP, debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Electronic Chart and No. 8 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart. His first full-length album, Void, features guest appearances by big-name hip-hop artists Big Sean and Boys Noize. Grime will be joined by fellow club artists Djemba Djmeb and Tommy Kruise. The show starts at 8 p.m. at Juanita’s, and tickets are $20.

Country-folk artist Malcolm Holcombe has a soulful, gravelly voice that’s been compared to songwriting greats such as Tom Waits and John Prine. Balancing crooning, often melancholy country music and roots-based folk, Holcombe began his musical journey in the small town of Weaverville, North Carolina. He started out playing and singing in North Carolina country band Redwing but later became a sensation … Read more >

Take Note: Mulehead, Anthony David and more

by Caleb Hennington

Mulehead/ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Mulehead/ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

THURSDAY

Modern Little Rock eatery Lulav will host a special pre-Valentine’s Day concert titled The Love Out Loud Movement. The special night of music will feature Grammy-nominated soul singer Anthony David, who was nominated in 2009 for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “Words,” a duet with artist India.Arie. Opening for David will be fellow musician and Arkansas jazz artisan Rodney Block. The event kicks off at 9 p.m. Preferred seating for the show is $30; general admission tickets are $20.

FRIDAY

Composed of musicians Evan Felker, R.C. Edwards, Kyle Nix, Ryan Engelman and Gabe Pearson, country rock and red dirt band Turnpike Troubadours will make their way to Rev Room for a 9 p.m. show. The group originated in Oklahoma in 2005 and has released three albums. Their last release, Goodbye Normal Street, peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Paul Cauthen, who describes himself as an indie-alternative-roots artist, will join the Troubadours onstage as the opening act. Tickets for the 18-and-up show are $15 in advance, $20 day of the show.

One of Arkansas’ earliest purveyors of alt-country music, Little … Read more >

Bob Schneider set to perform at Rev Room

by Caleb Hennington

Bob Schneider / Submitted photo

Bob Schneider / Submitted photo

Bob Schneider’s musical journey dates as far back as the early ’90s, when the Michigan native performed with his first band, a funk-rap group called Joe Rockhead. The son of an aspiring opera singer, Schneider, who dropped out of the University of Texas at El Paso, faced a lot of adversity growing up, including being “dirt poor” and living in what he calls “the worst part of El Paso.”

His father sought to be a world-class opera singer, and he went so far as to move him and his family to Munich, Germany, in order to receive vocal lessons. In Schneider’s own words, his father never made it because “my dad just didn’t have the voice.” After Joe Rockhead disbanded, Schneider formed another group, Ugly Americans, which opened for much larger acts such as Dave Matthews Band. After this group failed to see more success, Schneider co-founded a funk group called The Scabs, which played mainly in the Austin, Texas, music scene, but again failed to see much success.

It was only when Schneider struck out on his own as a solo artist that he began to make waves in Austin. In … Read more >

Take Note: This week’s live music in the metro

by Caleb Hennington

Jessica Lea Mayfield / Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Jessica Lea Mayfield / Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

THURSDAY

Kent, Ohio-native Jessica Lea Mayfield started her career in music playing in her parents’ bluegrass band, One Way Rider, when she was only 8 years old. With the help of her brother, David, Jessica learned how to play guitar at age 11 and was soon covering Foo Fighters songs with her brother at open mic nights. She released her first EP, White Lies, when she was just 15 years old, and her first full-length album came in 2008. The album, titled With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, was produced by blues-rocker Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and features Auerbach and David on various instruments. Her latest album, Make My Head Sing, features more of a grungy, alternative rock sound rather than the country and rock influence of her past albums. Mayfield will perform at 9 p.m. at White Water Tavern. The Uh Huhs will open for Mayfield, and tickets for the show are $12.

FRIDAY

Images of a medieval town square with a lone villager playing drums, trumpets and kazoos while marching around a fountain in the center of the city comes to mind when talking … Read more >

Big Smo brings country-rap sound to Juanita’s

by Caleb Hennington

Big Smo

Big Smo

Born John Lee Smith, country-rap connoisseur Big Smo has had quite the successful year. After struggling to hit the big time with his previous releases, the longtime Tennessee resident finally produced a hit album on a major record label with 2014’s Kuntry Livin’. Prior to that release, Smo released five albums, beginning with 2002’s Kuntry Kitchen, that include two EPs, Grass Roots and Backwoods Whiskey EP.

Although born in San Diego, Calfornia, Smo was raised in Shelbyville, Tennessee, and currently lives on his family farm, the Kuntry Ranch, in Unionville, Tennessee. His other success arrived in the form of a reality television show about his life and family featured on major network A and E, which is also famous for creating hit reality show Duck Dynasty. Smo’s show debuted in June 2014 and has received generally favorable ratings. (It currently has a 7/10 rating on IMDb.)

Smo’s music has been dubbed “rural rap” and “hick-hop” and “blends rural, country themes and melodies with some rap elements,” according to RoughStock. Smo’s album Kuntry Livin’ reached a peak position of No. 6 on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart and No. 3 … Read more >

Take Note: The week ahead in live music

by Caleb Hennington

Alvin Youngblood Hart/ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Alvin Youngblood Hart/ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

THURSDAY

Smile Empty Soul and World Fire Brigade vocalist Sean Danielsen will ditch the distorted guitars and heavy rhythms at Juanita’s to show the softer side of his musicality. The show, which begins at 8 p.m. with a cover charge of $8, will feature Danielsen playing songs from his first solo album, Enjoy the Process, along with new material from his recently released EP, Food Chain. Tickets can be purchased online through ticketweb.com prior to the performance or at the door the day of show. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Oxford American magazine, along with the University of Central Arkansas College of Fine Arts and Communication, will present the latest edition to its jazz series at 8 p.m. at South on Main, with performances by Peter Martin and Romero Lubambo. Doors for the show open at 6 p.m., and tickets can be purchased through metrotix.com and cost $30 for reserved seating and $20 for general admission. Martin studied music at The Juilliard School in New York on a scholarship, and Lubambo is a classical guitarist who has performed with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Dianne Reeves.

FRIDAY

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