Giving you the music a day early:
South by Southwest is not quite done with Little Rock, as several of the bands that played the Austin, Texas, music conference are heading home and stopping in Little Rock. One of those acts visits Juanita’s with an appearance by Lights, an electro rock artist who is still celebrating and promoting her simply excellent 2011 release Siberia. She’s got a teen-pop princess voice, but there’s a bit of grit in her synthpop. The doors open at 8 p.m. with tickets $13 in advance and $15 day of show. The Ambassadors are the opening act with their Brooklyn-bred indie rock that goes beyond being simply Brooklyn-bred indie rock. The band’s sound has range to it, including bits of R&B and soul along with chamber pop (Three-part harmonies!), and electronic and hip-hop beats. And, of course, it’s terribly poppy.
You say you like a good tune written by masterful songwriters? Well, you’re in luck with The Revival Tour 2012 coming to Rev Room. In its fifth year, the traveling collection of songwriters includes Americana singer/songwriter and leader Chuck Ragan, and other grand storytellers and songwriters such as Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio, The Emergency Room), Cory Branan and Tommy Gabel (Against Me!) in an intimate, acoustic setting. It’s a lineup that’s hard to beat, and the best part is all the songwriters collaborate and jam on stage so it’s kind of like an Americana music workshop. The musicians will be backed by Ragan’s bandmates Jon Gaunt on fiddle and Joe Ginsberg on bass. Also on the bill is the talented local singer/songwriter Adam Faucett with his “folk swamp soul” sound. Cover is $15 for the 18-and-up show with the music starting at 8:30 p.m.
Here’s Lights with her “Toes”: