Take note: Live music in the metro this week

By Caleb Hennington

Techno-squid Eats Parliament will perform at 9 p.m. on Saturday at White Water Tavern.

Techno-squid Eats Parliament will perform at 9 p.m. on Saturday at White Water Tavern.

90s band Techno-Squid Eats Parliament reunion show set

Get ready, Little Rock, because here comes a blast from your angsty 90s past.

Beloved local alt-rockers Techno-Squid Eats Parliament are back from the dead and ready to blast your pants off with lo-fi rocking goodness one more time. After taking a more than 20-year break from the music scene, the band will play a reunion show at White Water Tavern at 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Despite the fact that the band members lived in completely separate parts of the U.S., founding member Aaron Sarlo managed to round them up for a much-needed reunion show. Sarlo has said they are still really close friends, and when he popped the question of a reunion to the bros in his band, they answered back with a resounding Yes! much to his surprise.

This will also be the band members release show for their second album, Were Back, What Did We Miss? The new album will feature the bands demos and unreleased tracks that never made it onto their first and only album, a 1994 self-titled release.

The distance didnt hinder them in the recording process of their new album
either, as each member recorded his part separately in a studio and then shared it with the other members through the beautiful magic of the Internet. It ended up sounding amazing, Sarlo says in a news release. So far, even before these mixes are done, it sounds easily as good as the first record.

The boys will be joined by Fayetteville band The Inner Party and local band the Sea Nanners. Tickets for the 21-and-up show are $7.

This Week’s Music

WEDNESDAY

The story of a Chicago attorney turned nighttime entertainer sounds like it was ripped straight out of a comic book. But thats the story of Lucas Jack, a Michigan native who plays catchy pop-rock tunes in the same swagger as Dawes, The Hold Steady and Ben Folds. Jacks first full-length album, following the release of The Chicago EP in 2012, is Before I Forget, a collection of songs that tells of his strenuous early life as a 20-something lawyer. You can check out his music at 7 p.m. on Juanitas patio stage. The show is free.

Rockabilly darling Kim Lenz has been compared to some of the greatest acts in the genre, and Rolling Stone even touted that if Elvis had been a woman, he would have sounded just like Lenz. Thats high praise for the Los Angeles-based artist, whos been touring the country since 1998. With five albums under her belt, Lenz shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. You can catch Lenz and her band, The Jaguars, at Stickyz at 8 p.m. Tickets for the 18-and-up show are $10.

Composed of local musicians from all over central Arkansas, members of neo-soul group MellowDee Groove play original compositions infused with rhythm, blues and a touch of funk. Although only playing together for two years, the band is a tight-knit group of talented musicians. Check out this free show at South on Main at 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY

A supergroup unlike any other, Dallas group Hellyeah is composed of members of former heavy metal groups from various decades, including Mudvayne, Nothingface and Pantera. The band formed after members of the group toured together on the 2001 Tattoo the Earth Tour, but they didnt release their first album until six years later in 2007. The titular album made it all the way to No. 9 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and made the band an overnight success. The members play at Juanitas at 8 p.m. and are joined by Eyes Set to Kill. Tickets are $23.

Founded in 2005, the Josh Abbott Band is a Texas-style country band from, you guessed it, Texas. The band members call Lubbock, Texas, their hometown and formed the group while lead singer Josh Abbott was attending college there. A few short years after dropping out, Abbott and his band released their first album, Scapegoat. But it wasnt until their 2012 release, Small Town Family Dream, that the band saw widespread success, skyrocketing to the No. 5 position on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The Josh Abbott Band will be at Rev Room at 8:30 p.m. The Ray Johnston Band will open, and tickets for the 18-and-up show are $17 in advance, $20 day of show.

FRIDAY

Being an As Cities Burn fan is tough; I know because I am one. The band has gone through countless highs and lows, breakups and reunions and one-and-done tours over the years, but the group seems to be making a sort of comeback. After starting off as a hardcore band on their first album, transitioning to a softer indie-rock sound on their second album and a bluesy, eclectic I-dont-know-what sound on their third album, the band members called it quits in 2009. Now, the band is back on tour and playing some shows across the U.S. You can catch the group at Rev Room with Foreign Sons, Canopy Climbers and Sean Michel at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show.