Giving you the music a day early:
Back in February 2008 when they visited Stickyz, Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses were an unknown. Now Bingham is an Oscar winner for his “The Weary Kind,” a Best Original Song winner at the 2010 82nd Academy Awards for its appearance in Crazy Heart. But even though he’s semi-famous, Bingham & the Dead Horses are still the same: a Texas act known for Bingham’s weather-beaten voice and hard-charging Americana sound. The group’s third album is Junky Star, an August 2010 release on Lost Highway Records. The group comes to Rev Room. The opening act is Liam Gerner, a British folk rocker by way of Australia, with the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $20.
Two Cow Garage is known for their rough-hewed rock ‘n’ roll that mixes a rowdy, classic rock sound with alt country and punk, and whiskey- and cigarette-soaked vocals. The Columbus, Ohio, quartet, with their adrenalized guitar-bass-drums attack and rich keyboard melodies, bring to mind bands such as The Hold Steady, Drive-By Truckers and Glossary, except on steroids. The band’s newest album is Sweet Saint Me, and the outfit visits White Water Tavern. The music starts at 9 p.m., and admission is simply a donation at the door. Also on the bill are Michigan power pop trio Cheap Girls, and Brooklyn band Laura Stevenson and the Cans, an outfit that drags omnichord, banjo, piano, accordion, trumpet and glockenspiel into their eclectic indie folk/punk sound.
While the band awaits word on whether they advanced in the Choose the Cover of Rolling Stone contest, the five guys of now-Big Bear, Calif.-based Romany Rye, including four Little Rock guys, return to Stickyz for a headlining show. Fronted by California -based guitarist and vocalist Luke MacMaster, the reason the band is said to be from California, the quintet plays “harmony-drenched country rock.” The Elise Davis Band kicks off the music at 9 p.m. with her take on Americana, cramming singer/songwriter, folk, roots rock, rock ‘n’ roll and even pop into their catchy, soulful sound. Cover is $5 for the 21-and-up show.
Here’s Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses with their “Southside of Heaven”: