Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:
Midweek means metal — at least this week — as Pennsylvania metalcore band Motionless in White roars into Rev Room. The band’s latest album is 2012’s Infamous, but expect some new music from the outfit later this year. Joining Motionless in White is Ohio metal group Like Moths to Flames, Michigan hardcore quartet For the Fallen Dreams and London metal quintet The Defiled. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with tickets $15 in advance and $20 day of for the all-ages show.
Last week, local folk singer-songwriter Adam Faucett released his Blind Water Finds Blind Water with a local CD release show. Now, Faucett is back again, this time playing a 7:30 p.m. free night of music at South on Main, the Oxford American‘s cultural experience spot and restaurant. Mixing in soul with his folk music, Faucett’s new album was released by Little Rock’s Last Chance Records.
Stoney LaRue plays Red Dirt country — a genre that blends a little rock ‘n’ roll, Western swing, Texas country and honky-tonk into music with an attitude. And that’s the sound that LaRue and band bring to Rev Room. No word on the opening act, but the music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $15 in advance and $18 day of for the 18-and-up show.
Water Valley, Miss.-based duo Water Liars — singer/guitarist Justin Kinkel-Schuster and drummer/vocalist Andrew Bryant — released their second album early last year. Wyoming is a collection of tunes ranging from minimalist to raging. Slow, blues-based tunes, filled with shadows and shades of sounds such as the uncomplicated piano in “Bird of Song.” But Kinkel-Schuster and Bryant also make their tunes howl when needed, such as the funneled, feedback roar at the end of “Cut a Line.” The duo stop at White Water Tavern for a show at 9:30 p.m. Opening is local indie rock band The See, who released their Pretending and Ending in 2012.
North Little Rock’s William F. Laman Public Library presents its monthly concert series, Live at Laman, at the Main Library’s Lecture Hall. The music starts at 7 p.m. and this month’s music is from Jack Williams, a guitarist and storyteller who plays a collection of music that blends genres such as folk, rock, jazz, R&B, classical and the popular music of the 3’0s, ’40s and ’50s into one sound.
Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy come to Stickyz. There’s a $7 cover for the 18-and-up show that starts at 9 p.m. Opening acts include Little Rock’s Swampbird, the rock ‘n’ roll outfit that released their On Being Alone in May 2013.
Singer/songwriter Cory Branan comes back to Little Rock for a White Water Tavern show. Now based in Nashville, Tenn., Branan released his newest album Mutt in May 2012. Why that name? Well, the album is a collection of Branan’s favorite genres, from acoustic folk to roots rock to heartland rock to country blues to … well, you get the picture. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with a $10 cover.
Corey Smith just writes rollicking, good-time country tunes with a rock ‘n’ roll kick. Smith grew up as an Athens, Ga., solo acoustic singer-songwriter, but with a full band he creates music any person happy to be alive can enjoy. Smith’s latest studio album is his summer 2011 release The Broken Record, but he captured his live show with the October 2012 release Live in Chattanooga, a 14-track recording that includes “Twenty-One.” It’s not slick country that Smith plays though, but honest, workingman’s country so that’s what one can expect when Smith arrives at Rev Room. Nashville, Tenn.’s The Railers open the music at 9 p.m. with their country sound that blends tight harmonies and earthy instrumentation (think the Eagles or Nickel Creek). Tickets are $20 for the 18-and-up show.
Little Rock rock ‘n’ roll band The Revolutioners — Phil Houston on vocals, Ben Richman on gutiar, Jackson Hagerman on guitar, Lance Berry on drums and Danny Praseuth on bass — are releasing their second album, the 13 tracks of Crooks, and holding an album release party at Juanita’s. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of show. The music starts at 10 p.m. Joining the band are local rock acts Dark From Day One and Siversa.
New Jersey-bred indie punk outfit The Front Bottoms are the headliners of this show at Juanita’s, and the band released their Talon of the Hawk album in 2013. There’s $10 cover with the music starting at 7 p.m. But, and here’s the important part, the openers are The So So Glos, a four-piece Brooklyn quartet of two brothers, their step-brother and a close friend. The punk rock band released Blowout in 2013, and Rolling Stone named it one of the Top 50 Albums of 2013.
King Buzzo comes to Stickyz. So what does that mean? How about we say: Buzz Osborne, songwriter, guitarist and vocalist for sludge metal champions Melvins, is on his first solo, acoustic ever. So it’s Osborne coming to Stickyz. “Solo acoustic is something I’d never thought I’d be doing,” Osborne said is a press release. “Maybe that’s why this will work.” Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show. The music starts at 8:30 p.m.
Local music fans already know a thing or two about Baltimore’s J Roddy Walston and the Business, a band that plays three kinds of music: rock, more rock and much more rock, delivering relentlessly rambunctious bar anthems with Walston on piano and guitar. It’s infectious rock ‘n’ roll with the bluesy howl of Led Zeppelin and the pop of the Beatles. Check out the band’s Essential Tremors. You won’t be sorry. The band returns to Little Rock and a show at Rev Room. Nashville, Tenn., rock band Fly Golden Eagle opens at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance for the 18-and-up show.
Call her “blues-hop” or a “soul pop” singer, but ZZ Ward brings her Last Love Tour and electrifying music to Juanita’s as she tours in support of her Til The Casket Drops album. The record’s current single is “Last Love Song,” a tune produced by OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder & Brent Kutzle. Opening the show at 9 p.m. is the Los Angeles duo Linus Young with their indie rock and Chicago’s The O’My’s with their rock ‘n’ soul funk sound. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 day of show.
Here’s Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy: “Since Jimmy Came”