This Week’s Music

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

THURSDAY
Paleface is no longer just Paleface. The one-man indie folk band now includes girlfriend and drummer Mo Samalot, who also adds a little harmony vocals to the mix. But Paleface is still the singer-songwriter schooled by Daniel Johnston who has friends from The Avett Brothers to Beck, and it’s Paleface that visits White Water Tavern. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. Included on the bill is local act Sea Nanners.

Back in 2013, North Little Rock band Whale Fire released their debut album, Before You Run. Featuring co-lead vocalists/guitarists John Steel and Clay Grubbs along with Matthew Steel on backing vocals/bass guitar and Will Vick on drums/percussion, the album is a hazy, melodic take on indie rock with a touch of dream pop. Whale Fire comes to The Joint, playing a show with local electro-powered indie-rock band Collin vs. Adam. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with a $5 cover.

FRIDAY
Catfish music for the masses? That’s what Jimbo Mathus and The Tri-State Coalition play and what local music fans can expect when the band visits White Water Tavern. The show is a record-release party for Dark Night of the Soul, an album chronicling the music of the Deep South: Delta blues, swamp rock, traditional country, gritty soul and R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and more. The music starts at 10 p.m. with a $10 cover.

Trampled Under Foot is not some Led Zeppelin tribute band, but a Kansas City blues band of siblings singer/bassist Danielle Schnebelen, singer/guitarist Nick Schnebelen and drummer Kris Schnebelen who released their Badlands album in July 2013. The band won the 2008 International Blues Challenge and has proven to be a live-music playing monster. Trampled Under Foot comes to Stickyz. Missouri Ozark stomp outfit The Ben Miller Band, a trio employing slide guitar, foot drums, washtub bass, drums, washboard and trumpet, opens the show. Tickets for the 8:30 p.m. show are $10 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show.

North Little Rock prepares for a Christian music extravaganza when the Winter Jam 2014 tour comes to Verizon Arena. This year’s tour includes Newsboys, hip-hop artist Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North, Plumb, husband-and-wife team Love & The Outcome, American Idol alum Colton Dixon and more. In addition to nonstop Christian music, the schedule includes speaker Nick Hall and visual artist Jared Emerson. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the music starting at 7 p.m. Admission is a $10 donation at the door.

SATURDAY
Chicago bands The Damn Choir and Archie Powell and The Exports pay a visit to Stickyz. The Damn Choir is an indie rock outfit led by Gordon Robertson, and the group’s new work is Creatures of Habit, which was released in early February. According to the band’s bio, the album “features sparkling tunes with off-kilter rhythms and warm guitar/cello accompaniment to Robertson’s rough-hewn vocals, delivered with a slight quaver that belies his heartache.” Archie Powell and The Exports is a rock outfit known for their noisy pop who will be releasing their new album Back in Black in April. Cover is $6 for the 18-and-up show that starts at 9 p.m. And sandwiched in between these acts is Little Rock’s Charlie Virgo, the indie rock duo of Sean Lindsey and Shon Hartman who play what they call “surprisingly realistic adventure time music.”

A ton of local bands — really, probably a ton or more of musicians — come together at Rev Room for Monsters of Todd: A Tribute to Todd Mills. Mills was an Air Force veteran, University of Arkansas at Little Rock graduate, bass player and band member, and vice president of communications and marketing at the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. He died in November 2013 of cancer, leaving behind his wife Ginger Mills and two daughters, Tyler Mills and Lainey Mills. To help the family with their medical bills, musical acts such as Daisy Chain, The Gettys, Mayday by Midnight, Tragikly White, Third Degree, The Revolutioners, NeverTrain, Mr. Happy and more are getting together for the tribute and benefit. There’s a $20 donation at the door with the first band starting at 4 p.m. for this all-ages benefit.

TUESDAY
Get your dancing shoes ready for Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band at Juanita’s. Made up of Mary Frances “Mama Funk” on keys and vocals, Al “Sweet Nasty” Ingram on bass and vocals, Derrick “Dr. Ock” Johnson on trombone, JP “Smoke Machine” Miller on guitar and Lee “Insta Funk” Allen on drums, this high-energy funk band has shared the stage with well-known acts Galactic, Parliament Funkadelic, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk. Music starts at 9 p.m. with opening acts yet to be announced. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of show.

Raleigh, N.C.-based band American Aquarium barrels into Rev Room for a night of their alt-country-flavored rock ‘n’ roll crossed with bar rock. Burn.Flicker.Die. is American Aquarium’s latest album. There’s a $10 cover for this 18-and-up show. No word on the opening act.

Here’s Jimbo Mathus and The Tri-State Coalition: “Poor Lost Souls”