Giving you the music a day early:
California indie rock quintet The Drowning Men released their debut album The Beading of the Songbird last month. So what does it sound like? Big, important music like Arcade Fire but with a touch of punk-influenced folk rock and roots music. And yes, there’s a hint of Eastern European ethnic folk and sea shanties. After surviving a drunk driver crashing into their van and trailer in New York City a couple of weeks ago (the band was unharmed), The Drowning Men comes to Stickyz. The opening act is U.K. rock act Yellowire, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. with their . Cover is $7 for the 18-and-up show.
100.3 The Edge is sponsoring (so is Sync, too.) a Toys for Tots Party at Rev Room featuring Kingsdown, a Little Rock group known for their high-powered alternative rock. It’s the third annual Toys for Tots affair at Rev Room, and the show begins at 8:30 p.m. with Magnolia alternative rock act belair. followed by LIttle Rock rock ‘n’ roll group Free Micah. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is only $5 if guests bring a new, unwrapped toy to the show, or $8 if you don’t care if needy children get a present or not. People unable to attend the show may bring a toy by the Rev Room either Thursday or Friday before the show. It’s an all-ages show.
For more than 30 years, Toy Hill has helped gather toys for Toys for Tots, a charity program from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve that donates new toys to children whose parents can’t afford Christmas presents. And so it does again this year as KSSN 96 and on-air personality and legend Bob Robbins return with Toys For Tots 2011 at Toy Hill at War Memorial Park through 5 p.m. Sunday. Bring new, unopened toys to the drop off at War Memorial Park and also take part in the festivities live music from three Arkansas country acts Saturday in Victoria Taylor, Ryan Couron and Luke Williams Band. You can also drop toys off at USA Drug stores and AT&T locations in central Arkansas, or Jester’s Tattoo in Cabot, Black Angus Steakhouse in Little Rock or the Clear Channel Studios.
The world needs more just straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll. It’s just a fact. And so Little Rock record label Last Chance Records is delivering two nights of it Friday and Saturday with Slobberbone, Two Cow Garage and Glossary at White Water Tavern. Tickets are $12.50 per a night or $20 for both nights. The music starts at 9 p.m. each night. Ohio outfit Two Cow Garage is rough-hewn rock ‘n’ roll with punk overtones; Slobberbone is white-knuckled, freewheeling, catchy alt country; and Glossary is known for their bleeding heart rock ‘n’ roll tunes torched by country and R&B. Saturday night, the three bands will team up for a “This Is American Music” style revue show with band members rotating on and off stage playing each other’s songs and covers, and delivering surprises.
Here’s The Drowning Men with their “More Than This”: