Friday’s Music


Giving you the music a day early:

The pop-melody injected rock ‘n’ roll sound of Los Angeles outfit Rooney returns to Juanita’s. The band, known for their love of Beatles pop, Tom Petty rock, Queen bombastic operatic rock and Beach Boys harmonies, released their third album Eureka on June 8. Joining the group will be The Young Veins, a California rock band consisting of Ryan Ross and Jon Walker, the former lead guitarist and bassist, respectively, of Panic! at the Disco; and Brooklyn dance rock duo Black Gold. The 18-and-up show starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $13 advance and $15 day of show.

Onestone Productions is joining forces with Big Brown and Big Wink Entertainment to present The Ultimate Old School Party at Revolution Music Room, an event being headlined by the hip-hop group Whodini. Known for their ground-breaking rap anthems “Friends,” ‘Freaks Come Out at Night” and “Five Minutes of Funk” from their 1984 album Escape, Whodini is old-school rap at its best. Joining the hip-hop act will be a who’s who of Little Rock talent, including Little Rock trumpeter extraordinaire Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers featuring Jeron, Ultimate Groove featuring Tawanna Campbell and local hip hop star 607. The music starts at 8 p.m. with tickets $25 advance and $30 day of show, and VIP tickets $50 advance and $60 day of show.

Damn Bullets — Joe Sundell on vocals, guitar, banjo and harmonica, DJ Bennett on bass and vocals, and Graeme Higgins on drums — are still electrified and still boogieing, working up a fever with their collection of rock ‘n’ roll, delta blues, rockabilly, folk and bluegrass. In the process of writing new tunes for a new album (The band has already polished off the excellent “Fool’s Gold,” the sound of The Beach Boys meeting The Band.), the Damn Bullets play White Water Tavern. Sharing the bill is Austin, Texas, act Sad Daddy, a “new old-time country outfit” Sundell formed with Hot Springs singer/songwriter Brian Martin and bassist Melissa Carper of The Carper Family in Austin.

Speaking of musical graduations in Little Rock, Texas metalcore act Sky Eats Airplane graduates to headlining a show at The Village. Blending hardcore punk and heavy metal influences into an aggressive sonic annihilation filled with electronica flourishes, the Texas quintet produced an incendiary live show. Local support will be provided by Little Rock hardcore/pop punk outfit Safe to Shore, central Arkansas hardcore band My Hands to War, El Dorado hardcore outfit Fear the Aftermath and Maumelle electronica metal group The Science of Sleep, who released an EP The World Awaits in December 2009. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $12 advance and 415 at the door.

Downtown Music has new ownership in Samantha Allen (replacing founder Alan Wells), and the night is celebrated with Memphis melodic black metal band Epoch of Unlight, Arkansas doom and gloom black metal group Fallen Empire, Little Rock hard rock/metal act Iron Tongue, Little Rock hardcore metal band A DarkEnd Era (formerly known as A Darkened Era) and Fort Smith death metal quartet Macrocosm. There will be an open house of sorts from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with food and drink specials. The music will start around 8 p.m. with a $5 cover, and the music blaring till around 2 a.m.

The Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative celebrates its First Friday by unveiling its featured artist for July, Little Rock artist John Kushmaul. The opening of the monthlong show will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with refreshments including Thai green curry bowls and Vietnamese coffee with donations encouraged. Kushmaul’s first solo show since 2008 will include 30 oil paintings (all for sale) Kushmaul created through collaborations with photographers and other artists from Arkansas and from around the country. The show will be displayed until July 31. Kushmaul has works in the permanent collections of the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Governor’s Mansion and the Central Arkansas Library System.

Here’s Rooney with their video to the tune “Tell Me Soon”: