Take note: Live music in the metro this week

By Caleb Hennington

Wick-It the Instigator

Wick-It the Instigator

Wick-It the Instigator fuses genres for EDM creations

Gaining initial notoriety on SoundCloud for his masterful remixes of famous pop and rock songs, Nashville, Tennessee, native Wick-It the Instigator is now attempting to remix the electronic dance music scene and give it a breath of fresh air.

The multigenre DJ and producer has remixed songs from all styles of music, including country, rock and blues. His remixes of Michael Jacksons Thriller and Johnny Cashs I Walk The Line have each garnered more than a half million listens on SoundCloud. His remix album, The Brothers of Chico Dusty, takes parts of songs from both blues-rock band The Black Keys and hip-hop artist Big Boi to create a near-seamless interlocking of sounds that transcends either genre.

His popularity on SoundCloud, with more than 56,000 subscribers to his page, has led to success outside of the website. In 2012, billion-dollar software company Microsoft commissioned Wick-It to produce a song for the commercial of popular mobile game Angry Birds Star Wars. This has all led to him being able to do more than just produce song remixes, and he now tours the country showing off his Read more >

Take note: Live music in the metro this week

By Caleb Hennington

Blue October

Blue October

Hate Me band Blue October to stop at Juanitas

Personifying the sound of the alternative-rock uprising of the late 90s, band Blue October have had a fairly successful career since their post-grunge beginnings in 1995.

Formed by lead singer Justin Furstenfeld and brother Jeremy, the band was discovered by the former manager of Kid Rock after performing in a venue in Houston. After signing to the Universal Music Group label in the late 90s, the band released their first album, The Answers, in 1998. The album was well-received by fans and critics alike, and their subsequent releases that followed that album only helped to grow the bands fame.

In the mid-2000s, their fourth studio album, Foiled, was released, and with it came worldwide success. The album went platinum in both the U.S. and Canada, and produced some of the biggest hits for the group, including Into The Ocean and Hate Me. The band has continued to produce critically and commercially successful albums, and their latest and eighth album, 2013s Sway, was also praised by most critics.

The band will play Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Juanitas, along with Harvard of the Read more >

Take note: Live music in the metro this week

By Caleb Hennington

Metro Station

Metro Station

Emo-pop duo Metro Station set to play Juanitas

Sometimes, its hard to not feel like youre living in the shadow of a relative whos more successful or more famous than you. Thats especially likely true when youre the half-brother of Disney-star-turned-hammer-licker Miley Cyrus. But that little bit of overshadowing from his more recognizable half-sister didnt stop Trace Cyrus from forming his own path in the music industry.

After a number of tumultuous years and internal disagreements with his band mate, Mason Musso, Traces band Metro Station is back and ready to give emo kids something to half-smile at again. Metro Station started in 2006 on the Hollywood set of, you guessed it, Disneys Hannah Montana.

Both Trace and Musso have siblings who worked on the show, and the two became interested in forming a band after discussing musical tastes on the set. With Trace on guitar and backing vocals, and Musso taking the reigns of lead singer and keyboardist, Metro Station set out making bouncy emo-pop songs to which scene kids could mosh and flip hair out of their eyes. Trace left the band sometime in 2010 because of musical differences between him Read more >

Take note: Live music in the metro this week

by Caleb Hennington

Corey Glover of Living Colour will perform Wednesday at Stickyz.

Corey Glover of Living Colour will perform Wednesday at Stickyz.

Living ColoursCorey Glover bringsfunk-rock to Stickyz

For the better part of the past three decades, Corey Glover has made an indelible influence on hard-rock music around the world. As the frontman for Grammy-winning rock band Living Colour, Glover has toured around the world with his bands unique blend of hard rock, funk and metal music.

Although hes most famous for his stint in Living Colour, Glover got his start in the entertainment business through a role in the 1986 Oliver Stone-directed film, Platoon. Hes also appeared in other films such as The Keeper, Reunion and Loose Women, and he has been featured in theatrical performances of Fallen Angel and Jesus Christ Superstar (as Judas Iscariot).

While with Living Colour, the group won two Grammy Awards, one in 1989 for Best Hard Rock Performance for Cult of Personality and one in 199o for Times Up. When Living Colour disbanded in 1995, it seemed like Glovers time as a performer was coming to an abrupt end, but he almost immediately began working on his debut solo album, Hymns, in 1998. He would Read more >

LR author, journalist Suzi Parker named Duran Duran VIP fan

Little Rock-based freelance journalist and Echo Ellis: Adventures of a Girl Reporter author Suzi Parker tweets about Duran Duran. A lot. Parker’s Twitter feed is so full of tributes to the popular 80s band that the folks at Duranduran.com noticed. The site made her its VIP Fan on April 20.

Of course, they wanted to know why she tweets so much about the group.

“I think tweeting about Duran Duran makes Duranies smile. It may drive some of my followers crazy, and I have lost some because they cant handle even one tweet about the band, she tells in an excerpt on the site. I think throwing in some Duran Duran tweets in my feed breaks up the politics and news. I now have people who follow me on Twitter tell me that when they hear a Duran Duran song. That makes me smile.”

You can read the rest of the Q&A here.

Parker regularly contributes to The Economist, The Daily Beast and Town & Country. Echo Ellis: Adventures of a Girl Reporter will release this month, and Parker also penned Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt and 1000 Best Bartenders Recipes.… Read more >

Take note: Live music in the metro this week

by Caleb Hennington

Iron & Wine will perform a sold-out show Saturday at Juanitas.

Iron & Wine will perform a sold-out show Saturday at Juanitas.

One-man folk act Iron & Wine setto play Juanitas

Folk singer Samuel Beam better known by his stage name, Iron & Wine released his first album in 2002. Playing countless music festivals all across the country, such as Bonnaroo, SXSW and Lollapalooza, hes become one of the most recognized and talented names in folk music in the last decade.

His first album, The Creek Drank the Cradle, came to fruition in 2002 through Sub Pop Records. Sub Pop discovered him through his song Dead Mans Will, which was featured on a small compilation CD sent out by Yeti magazine. Critical acclaim didnt find him until his 2007 release, The Shepherds Dog, which featured the songs Flightless Bird, American Mouth and Boy With A Coin.Read more >

Take note: Live music in the metro this week

by Caleb Hennington

Steve Earle (center) & The Dukes/Submitted

Steve Earle (center) & The Dukes / Submitted photo

Country-folk act Steve Earle & the Dukes

Grammy Award-winning country-folk artist Steve Earle has had a long and very successful career in music. Since learning guitar at the age of 11 in the San Antonio, Texas, area, Earle has gone on to create some of the most cherished and covered songs in country music.
Over the course of 30-plus years, the 60-year-old singer-songwriter has released 16 studio albums, six live albums and has been featured on seven compilation albums. Taking cues from legendary songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle’s music has influenced countless musicians over the years.
Many of his songs, including “Nowhere Road” and “The Devil’s Right Hand,” have been covered by legends such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and The Pretenders. His Grammy Awards came from his albums The Revolution Starts … Now, Washington Square Serenade and Townes, all three of which won the award for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 2004, 2007 and 2009, respectively.
Earle’s traveling band, The Dukes, have been with him since his early days and has been featured on many of his albums. … Read more >

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 >