Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:
Wichita, Kan., quartet The Travel Guide hits Stickyz for a midweek show, bringing what they call their “catchy indie rock songs that meander and make some weird noises every once in a while.” Their music might be a little challenging — sometimes loud and sometimes hard to classify — but the music is also totally accessible, the band likes to point out. Joining them will be local indie rockers The See and Twelve Tone Elevator, the noisy, garage rock of Daniel Craig and friends. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover for the 18-and-up show.
Last week, we profiled Adam Faucett in Sync so let’s return to that profile as we promote his show at White Water Tavern. “Faucett’s new record is Blind Water Finds Blind Water and is more of Faucett’s masterful electric folk music with his soulful, nearly operatic vocals, with the singer-songwriter’s powerful voice piercing through the sometimes darkly colored tracks.” That’s Faucett. Joining him is singer-songwriter James Jackson Toth’s Wooden Wand, who releases Farmer’s Corner on May 6. The album, in the words of his publicity people, “splits the difference between the protracted psych of [Toth’s] work with the Vanishing Voice and the World War IV, and the more lonesome, bucolic styles of his more recent albums with Michael Gira and the Briarwood Virgins.” The music starts at 9:30 p.m.
Odonis Odonis comes to Vino’s. They play industrial surf-gaze music. Yeah, industrial surf-gaze. Let’s turn to press materials for more on the Toronto band: “Born out of the Toronto do-it-yourself scene, the industrial and punk trio Odonis Odonis [released] their sophomore record Hard Boiled Soft Boiled on April 15 via Buzz Records.” Joining the Canadians is Midwest Caravan, the pop-flavored rock trio from Little Rock. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with a $5 cover.
Nashville, Tenn., band Diarrhea Planet visit Stickyz. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. with a $8 cover. Opening is two local acts: full-tilt rock ‘n’ roll outfit Mad Nomad and punk-flavored rockers Crooked Roots. OK, back to Diarrhea Planet. The act takes rock, punk and pop, crank it way, way up and then set it on fire, creating a six-headed beast of a sound.
Rev Room also welcomes a Nashville, Tenn., act to town with a visit from Cheyenne Medders, a folk/Americana singer-songwriter who is known for his sparse sound that has been compared to Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. You also throw early Bob Dylan in there as well. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. with a $5 cover for the all-age show. Joining Medders is fellow Tennessee-based Americana singer-songwriter Joseph LeMay and Little Rock lo-fi, power-pop loving, rock ‘n’ roll duo The Coasts, which releases their new album Racilia on May 20.
Electro-powered indie pop act Future Islands visits Stickyz for a 8:30 p.m. show. Tickets, if available, are $10 in advance and $12 day of for the 18-and-up show. Also on the bill is Ed Schrader’s Music Beat with their drum-and-bass, minimal post-punk sound, and Knoxville, Tenn., solo artist Fine Peduncle with what he calls his “dark electronic/scary soul” tunes.
Zoogma at Rev Room. Here’s what you need to know. The electronic rock of the band is a multifarious soundscape that is best described as beat-heavy, instrumental electronic rock created from bits and pieces of genres such as progressive rock, electronic dance music, hip-hop, jazz, drum and bass, and even funk and jazz. The assorted sound combines live instrumentation with the digital artistry of a DJ. And a light show. Don’t forget the light show. Local DJ Lawler opens the show at 9 p.m. with an electronic dance music set. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of for the 18-and-up show.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
Area students and seasoned professionals join together for the annual Arkansas State Jazz Festival on the east lawn of the Clinton Presidential Center. Admission to the event is free, with performances scheduled from 3-8 p.m. Friday and 3-7 p.m. Saturday. At 7 p.m. Saturday, the fest caps off with the University of Arkansas at Monticello jazz band, featuring lauded trombonist Tom “Bones” Malone.
Sisters Leah and Chloe Smith perform “world folk soul” music with poetic harmonies as the duo Rising Appalachia, and Rising Appalachia visits Rev Room. No word on the opening act, but the show starts at 9 p.m. with tickets for the all-ages concert $12 in advance and $15 day of. Need a little more on Rising Appalachia? Here’s some more info on the band from their bio: “Rising Appalachia brings to the world new sounds, stories and songs collected across oceans and originally sculpted to embody our human journey, our global community and the treasures and troves of soul harmony. Listen to their beautiful sound for poetic harmonies, soul singing, spoken word rallies, banjos, fiddles, organic bass and groove rhythms, and community building through sound.”
Juanita’s is a popular place this Saturday. Maybe even the place to be. First up, at 7:30 p.m., is comedian Doug Stanhope. Tickets for the 18-and-up show are $25. So what kind of stand-up comedy does Stanhope perform? Well, it’s funny, funny if you like your comedy filled with abrasive observational comedy and a little — actually very, very — dark. Sex, drugs, family — it’s all there in the comedy of Stanhope. Definitely for fans of Bill Hicks and George Carlin. Give a listen to his newest comedy album Beer Hall Putsch.
Following Stanhope’s Juanita’s appearance, the venue hosts an appearance by Baton Rouge, La.-based hip-hop artist Kevin Gates as he promotes his newest mixtape By Any Means. DJ Hipnotic opens. General admission tickets are $30 in advance with VIP tickets $100 in advance. The music starts at 10:30 p.m. Rolling Stone included his song “Wylin'” at No. 40 on their list of the 100 Best Songs of 2013.
Los Angeles heavy metal band Devil You Know, fronted by ex-Killswitch Engage member Howard Jones and which includes members of All Shall Perish, Fear Factory and other acts, comes to Juanita’s. Malvern grunge-flavored heavy rock band Playing with Karma opens the show. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 day of show with the music starting at 7 p.m.
Here’s Future Islands: “Seasons (Waiting On You)”