Alt-folk and indie-rock trio King Washington released their most recent EP, The Overload, in 2013, and now they bring those 11 tunes and more to Little Rock for a midweek show. Their sound has been compared to Radiohead, The Beatles, REM and Bon Iver, and all of those influences can be heard on The Overload. The swirling harmonies of Tyson Kelly, George Krikes and Billy Lee come to Juanita’s. Opening are Hot Springs alt-rockers The Federalis. Doors open at 8 p.m., music begins at 9 p.m. and there’s an $8 cover.
Whose party is it? It’s Aaron’s party! At least, that’s the case at Juanita’s on Thursday when Aaron Carter makes a trip to Little Rock. Since his peak fame at the turn of the millennium, Carter’s been busy competing on Dancing with the Stars and filing for bankruptcy. But Carter is still touring and regaling fans with the story of how he beat Shaq (with “That’s How I Beat Shaq,” of course). Opening for Carter is Dyllan Murray, known for his hit “Boom Boom” featuring Sean Kingston. Cover is $15 in advance and $20 day of show; there’s also a $50 meet-and-greet pass available. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show.
The 2014 Folk Series at South on Main closes with Texas singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell just in time to coincide with Oxford American‘s annual music issue, which this year focuses on the sounds of Texas. Crowell is a two-time Grammy Award winner (he earned Best Country Song for “After All This Time” in 1989 and Best Americana Album for Old Yellow Moon in 2014), so it’s no surprise that the show is currently sold out. If available, day-of-show tickets will only be released at the door on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 p.m. The concert begins at 8 p.m.
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Last Chance Records, Tree of Knowledge and White Water Tavern join forces for their annual Holiday Hangout, a weekend fest of Americana and roots music, ample booze, Sunday brunch and independently published lit. The shindig is not one to miss, to say the least. The 2014 lineup includes Kevin Kerby, Otis Gibbs, Joey Kneiser & Kelly Smith, Austin Lucas & The Bold Party and Two Cow Garage on Friday; Big Silver, John Moreland, John Paul Keith, Red Collar, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires and Slobberbone on Saturday; and Magic Mike, Brent Best, Andy Warr, Bonnie Montgomery, American Aquarium and even more on Sunday. Tickets are $25 per night or $60 for an all-weekend pass; Breakfast, Books & Booze from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday is free. Visit lastchancerecords.com for more information.
Rev Room hosts the sixth annual Toys for Tots Christmas Party, which aims to collect gifts for children through the national Toys for Tots program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Playing the event are progressive rock and metal act Burning Addison, self-proclaimed “gaudiest show on earth” Flameing Daeth Fearies, American rock band Stella Luss and DJ G-Force. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the all-ages show begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 or $5 with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy.
Stickyz presents the opportunity to sing your heart out for a good cause with Christmas Karaoke benefiting The Van. In addition to multiple renditions of Lisa Loeb’s “Stay,” expect a raffle and silent auction, all in the name of raising support for the unsheltered homeless in central Arkansas. Cover for the 18-and-up event is $10, and it begins at 8 p.m.
Experience a trinity of metal when Jucifer, Mothwind and Peckerwolf descend upon Vino’s on Saturday night. Jucifer is the duo of Gazelle Amber Valentine and Edgar Livengood. Their latest album, referred to as “the Russian album,” came out in 2013. Mothwind is the Little Rock metal group of Jeremy Partin, Kevin Rains and Mike Mullins. Peckerwolf, also local, plays its own brand of “precious metal” and stoner rock. Cover for the 9 p.m. show is $10.