Weekend Music Roundup (Starting with Thursday)

Kevin Gordon. Photo by Daniel Coston.

Kevin Gordon. Photo by Daniel Coston.

Here’s what’s on tap for live music this weekend in and around Little Rock:

Thursday

The Browning brings their The Hypernova Tour to Downtown Music as the act promotes their Oct. 1-released album Hypernova. What this means is that Downtown Music will be rocking to the Kansas City band’s mixture of heavy metal with hard style, trance and other electronic music. Joining The Browning is Pennsylvania melodic hardcore outfit This or The Apocalypse, Virginia-based metalcore quintet Honour Crest, Victory Records metalcore band Tear Out The Heart and Houston’s Myka Relocate with their screamo meets electronic elements. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

If you don’t know Louisiana-raised, Nashville, Tenn.-based singer-songwriter Kevin Gordon, you should. The man has written tunes for the likes of Keith Richards, Levon Helm and Irma Thomas, and The New York Times had this to say about Gordon’s 2012 Gloryland: “Mr. Gordon’s music is both a distinctive slice of the Nashville scene far from the country mainstream and a window onto the DIY paths that increasingly come with a music career.” Gloryland is an album of soulful Memphis-style rock to barn-burning blues rock to gloaming-tinted, gospel rock inspired by Bob Dylan. The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate comes back to Little Rock and White Water Tavern. The music starts at 9:30 p.m.

Friday

Of course, there’s this show at Verizon Arena. But also …

Word has it that Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth has a new greatest hits album from his solo days coming out. Perhaps Roth will send some of those album royalties to Black Oak Arkansas vocalist Jim “Dandy” Mangrum because Roth definitely learned his stage mannerisms from Dandy. Speaking of album royalties, Black Oak Arkansas has a new album of Southern boogie rock out and the Arkansas-raised outfit is visiting Rev Room as they celebrate the release of Back Thar N’ Over Yonder. Memphis outfit Joecephus and The George Jonestown Massacre — the aptly self-described link between Merle Haggard and Motorhead — and local heavy rock outfit Iron Tongue open the show. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $15 day of for the all-ages show.

Saturday

The Eureka Springs brother team of Riley and Kelly Ellis comes to Little Rock and a show at Prost as RK Ellis brings their “all-genre” music to town. Formerly known as Ancient Device, RK Ellis’ album Louder Than Words was produced by bassist Victor Wooten, and the duo is working on a new album. So what’s “all-genre” music? The sound of an iPod on shuffle. But know this, the brothers’ choices of instruments include bass and cello and their songs go from originals to works by Men Without Hats, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles and more.

Texas modern rock band Blue October‘s newest album is Sway, and the album’s first single “Bleed Out” entered the Top 40 of the Alternative Songs chart. The band is now on the road promoting their seventh studio album, including a stop at Juanita’s. Opening the show is The Unlikely Candidates with their indie rock from Fort Worth, Texas, and Lubbock, Texas, pop singer-songwriter Tori Vasquez. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the music starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $27 in advance and $32 day of show.

Here’s Kevin Gordon with his:

“Louisiana Snow”