This Week’s Music

Those Darlins.

Those Darlins.

Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week:

WEDNESDAY

England in 1819, Baton Rouge brothers Andrew (synth and vocals) and Dan Callaway (electronic drums, bass and French horn), come to Stickyz, bringing along their electro-ambient indie music. The tour celebrates the September release of their third full-length album, Fireball Electric Tomorrow, which Paste noted is filled with “songs [that] are almost chilling in their emotional intensity.” Opening for the duo are The Dangerous Idiots, a poppy “gulch rock” band fronted by Aaron Sarlo, and the haunting, heavenly sounds of Adam Faucett. Music for the 18-and-up show starts at 9 p.m. and there’s a $5 cover.

Free music — that’s what South on Main offers with its weekly Local Live music series, and this week the series delivers some local hip-hop with Big Piph, formerly known as Epiphany. Piph is joined by musicians Paul Campbell, Corey Harris, Lucas Murray and Dre Franklin along with vocalists Bijoux, BMore Mike and Osyrus Bolly. The free show starts at 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY

Here’s a shot of heavy, heavy music, with This or the Apocalypse, a Pennsylvania melodic hardcore outfit that released their Dead Years in 2012, visiting Rev Room. One band doesn’t make it a heavy night though, so joining This or the Apocalypse is Illinois heavy music band Sworn In, Florida progressive metal-influenced hardcore punk Shai Hulud and New York metalcore group Sirens and Sailors. Four times the heaviness. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. with tickets for the all-ages concert $12 in advance and $15 day of.

Swampbird, a Little Rock band that blends atmospheric, Southern rock ‘n’ roll with touches of blues and country rhythms, organ and pedal steel-backed ballads and honky-tonk bar rock, pays a visit to White Water Tavern. But that’s not all. Joining Swampbird is The Kid Carsons, a New Orleans-based Americana group that includes the brother-and-sister duo of Chad and Morgan D. Carson. The Kid Carsons also contributed vocals and instruments to Swampbird’s 2013 release, On Being Alone. And there’s more: W.B. Givens, an Americana-rocker with killer songwriting skills, is also on the bill. According to Givens’ biography, he resides on the east side of the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tenn., and his music often delivers “gut-wrenching lyrics with an evocative voice that resonates with tradition.” Admission is $5 at the door with the music starting at 10 p.m.

FRIDAY

Long Night Moon is the new work from Reckless Kelly, a Texas-based country rock band inspired by Australian bank robber Ned Kelly, and the Braun brothers — Willy and Cody — are back on the road with their Red Dirt music, including a stop at Rev Room. The new album is the follow-up to 2011’s Grammy-nominated Good Luck & True Love. No word on the opening acts, but the music starts at 9 p.m. with a $15 cover for the 18-and-up show.

Here’s something you need to do tonight: Big Silver plays White Water Tavern. The outfit doesn’t play live that much, but when they do, it’s great. The Little Rock band really has their sound of rock ‘n’ roll with pop melodies and a little twang down. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. and there’s a $5 cover.

Get the weekend started by heading to Juanita’s and catching Waka Flocka Flame. This Atlanta hip-hop artist is scheduled to release his new album at some point in 2014. Maybe he’ll deliver new songs from the work. If not, expect hits such as “No Hands,” “Round of Applause” and others. The doors open at 9 p.m. with the music starting at 10 p.m. Standing-room only, general admission tickets are $40 for the 18-and-up only show. VIP, meet-and-greet tickets are $50 extra.

SATURDAY

Joe Diffie‘s first country No. 1 hit was 1990’s “Home.” He followed it up with other country No. 1s, including “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “Pickup Man” and more. Diffie brings those hits and more to Juanita’s for a show celebrating Bob Robbins and Jennifer Trafford’s move to 105.1 The Wolf. Little Rock country rockers Rodge & The Dirt Road Republic and Little Rock country and Southern rockers Canvas open the show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of show.

French electronic music duo Daft Punk are Grammy winners again, with their 2013 album Random Access Memories winning four Grammys recently, including Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electronica Album, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Record of the Year for the single “Get Lucky.” Now, Daft Punk is not coming to Rev Room. But the next best thing is: One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk, musicians who faithfully recreate the vibe and music of the French pair. No word on an opening act, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets $12 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show.

Mulehead is not back together full-time, but the legendary Little Rock group is reuniting for a White Water Tavern show. The band known for their Arkansas-stamped alt country sound disbanded in 2004, after celebrating the release of their fourth and final full-length album Finer Thing, and has only reformed a handful of times since. Opening for Mulehead is Brent Best of alt-country act Slobberbone. The music starts at 9:30 p.m., and cover is $7.

The Little Rock Folk Club presents Dylan Sneed, a Texas singer-songwriter who abandoned his white-collar, corporate lifestyle in Dallas for the role of a indie folk troubadour. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock’s Thomson Hall. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for students with valid ID. Accompanied children 12 and under get in free. No Depression says of Sneed: “[He] is a terrific songwriter who knows how to turn a phrase and plays a mean acoustic guitar.”

Those Darlins visit Stickyz. The quartet of Jessi Zazu, Nikki Kvarnes, Linwood Regensburg and Adrian Barrera play one thing — rock ‘n’ freaking roll. Raw, sweaty, garage-fueled and with a country balladeer’s heart. The band’s new work is Blur the Line, and the 11 tracks of the October 2013-released record are not a marked departure from the frenzied, punk- and country-propelled garage rock of the band’s 2011 album, Screws Get Loose. Sure, Those Darlins’ sound is more refined with Blur the Line, perhaps with a touch more of power pop (check out “Drive”), but Those Darlins’ music is as passionate, rousing and intense as it has always been. The music starts at 9 p.m. for the 18-and-up show with tickets $10 in advance. The opener is Bully, a fellow Nashville, Tenn., rock ‘n’ roll band. Local support is provided by Collin vs Adam, the two-dude named, electro-powered indie rocker band with three members.

SUNDAY

End of the weekend and time to sulk because work starts tomorrow? How about one more night of heavy music? American Head Charge visits Rev Room for a dose of industrial metal straight from Minneapolis. The band released their Shoot EP last summer. The show starts at 8 p.m. with a $10 cover for the all-ages show. Also on the bill is Cody, Wyoming — yes, Wyoming — band Righteous Vendetta with their heavy rock with a message of faith, and Cathercist, a Mississippi Gulf Coast band that combines the best elements of rock and metal on their May 2013 release As Hope Expires.

Here’s Those Darlins’: “Optimist”