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Saturday’s Music

Turnpike Troubadours.

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Here’s a little-known fact: Outside of the city of Tahlequah, Okla., is a public use area titled No Head Hollow Public Use Area. No lie. The city is also the capital of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. Now, why are we discussing Tahlequah here? It’s the hometown of Turnpike Troubadours, a quintet of roots-rock playing musicians. This isn’t Red Dirt country like many bands from Oklahoma, but music that throws in a little bit of everything, including folk, Cajun and bluegrass. Turnpike Troubadours revisit Little Rock for a show at Stickyz. The John D. Hale Band kicks off the show with their alternative country sound that blends country, Americana, Southern rock and even bluegrass, and expect the music at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover for the 18-and-up show.

That rhythmically tight, fast-paced rock trio known as The Tricks will play Town Pump. The show starts at 10 p.m. with a $3 cover. Also on the bill is 607 — and you know 607, don’t you? Only one of the best rappers/hip-hop artists/musicians around the area. The Tricks and 607 will share the stage so for … Read more >

Sunday’s Music

Devin the Dude.

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Underground Houston hip-hop artist Devin the Dude is bringing his critically acclaimed if commercially unrecognized rap to Rev Room. Seriously Trippin is his newest EP. And an appearance by Devin the Dude is worth checking out on its own merit, but also on the bill will be 607, Lo Thraxx, Arkansas Bo and Joe Average. And then there’s a performance by LabRatz, the local hip-hop collective of Blaze Beatz, Kwestion, Asylum, Fiyah Burnz, Osyrus Bolly, Doe Boi, Bobby, Turnpike, Tiko Brooks, X2C, Nick Broadway, King Knowlej, Gadah and Duke Stigall. It’s an 18-and-up show with the music starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show.

Here’s Devin the Dude with his “What I Be On”:

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Friday’s Music

Samantha Crain.

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Oklahoma musician Samantha Crain released her second full-length album You (Understood) back in the summer of 2010. The album rightly earned praise from the critics. Why? Because it was 13 tracks of Crain’s unique singing style — angelic and vulnerable but with an emotional jab — and her shuffling Americana sound. And recently, Crain has been working with musician John Vanderslice on a follow-up album, and back in January released a 7-inch single from those sessions featuring the tune “A Simple Jungle.” Crain comes to White Water Tavern. Also on the bill are Broncho with their Oklahoma-bred punkish garage rock sound, and Big Silver and The Easys member and fabulous local singer/songwriter Isaac Alexander with the music starting at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover.

Jazz and hip-hop — two great American art forms. Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers, and 607 — two of Arkansas’ best, in jazz and hip-hop, respectively. So that’s what one can expect when heading to Twelve Modern Lounge for Jazz vs. Hip-Hop IV featuring Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers, and 607. The Real Music Lovers are Sam Carroll on … Read more >

Tuesday’s Music

Louis Logic.

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Need a brief introduction to underground hip-hop artist Louis Logic? Check out his “Idiot Gear” from his 2003 album Sin-a-Matic where he reinforces his public persona as a failure with the women by kicking off the tune with a quote from Chasing Amy. In actuality though, Logic is an accomplished MC and songwriter, whose humor and down-on-his-luck personality is also blended with a street-smart commentary on today’s world. But, he also is a musical wanderer, flirting with a fusion of surf and hip hop in his band Spork Kills, and studying voice, piano and music theory so he could play piano and rap. Now the hip-hip anti-hero has teamed with fellow fringe hip-hop artist Ceschi Ramos for a tour where Logic unveils his “one-man variety show” hip hop on the South of the Border Tour, including a stop at Stickyz. The opening acts are Ceschi and local hip-hop star 607, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. Cover is $10 for the 21-and-up show.

Here’s Louis Logic with his “The Ugly Truth”:

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Saturday’s Music

Pat Green.

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Texas country music icon Pat Green is playing to growing crowds at club dates, including a stop at Revolution Music Room. The singer/songwriter known for his tunes such as “Carry On” and “Wave on Wave” is still out on the road, touring in support of his January 2009 release What I’m For. The album followed up the success of 2006’s Cannonball (No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country album charts) with another No. 2 spot. The album’s lead-off single “Let Me” also hit No. 12 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets for the 18-and-up show $25 in advance and $30 day of show.

For another kind of country, mosey on over to Juanita’s to catch Arkansas country musician Ryan Couron as he mixes his good ol’ boy attitude and storytelling with a little shot of country rock. His “Huntin’ or Fishin'” has earned radio play across the country, and elsewhere Couron and band (including songwriting partner and lead guitarist JC McInnis) detail living the country life on tunes such as “The Drinkin’ … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Rooney.

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The pop-melody injected rock ‘n’ roll sound of Los Angeles outfit Rooney returns to Juanita’s. The band, known for their love of Beatles pop, Tom Petty rock, Queen bombastic operatic rock and Beach Boys harmonies, released their third album Eureka on June 8. Joining the group will be The Young Veins, a California rock band consisting of Ryan Ross and Jon Walker, the former lead guitarist and bassist, respectively, of Panic! at the Disco; and Brooklyn dance rock duo Black Gold. The 18-and-up show starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $13 advance and $15 day of show.

Onestone Productions is joining forces with Big Brown and Big Wink Entertainment to present The Ultimate Old School Party at Revolution Music Room, an event being headlined by the hip-hop group Whodini. Known for their ground-breaking rap anthems “Friends,” ‘Freaks Come Out at Night” and “Five Minutes of Funk” from their 1984 album Escape, Whodini is old-school rap at its best. Joining the hip-hop act will be a who’s who of Little Rock talent, including Little Rock trumpeter extraordinaire Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers featuring Jeron, … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

John Cowan. Photo by Carol and William Johnson.

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According to John Cowan, his music has been described as “bluegrass, newgrass, gospelgrass and rock ‘n’ rollgrass,” but the former lead singer of New Grass Revival — a experimental bluegrass group that included Sam Bush, Bela Fleck and Pat Flynn — is simply trying to take acoustic music to places its never been before. And it’s with his new group The John Cowan Band that Cowan is warping bluegrass and blending musical genres. Cowan and band visit Juanita’s, with Chris Denny as the opening act. The cover for the 18-and-up show is $10, and expect the music at 9 p.m.

Fayetteville’s Boom Kinetic create dance-y pop rock music that is surprisingly original (with roots in ’80s pop music masterminds such as Toto and Men at Work) when playing their high-energy music, but also play a ton of pop covers, from Tears For Fears to MGMT. Boom Kinetic visits Sticky Fingerz. There’s no opening act with the music starting at 9 p.m. with $8 early admission for the 21-and-up show.

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Wednesday’s Music

Swiss Family Knives.

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Little Rock’s Swiss Family Knives have some new tunes to unveil, including the eaten alive drive of “Colorblind” and the roaring roll of “Lucky” to add to their collection of indie rock tunes sprinkled with keyboard textures. Expect the quintet — Adam Hogg on keyboards and vocals, Collin Buchanan on guitar, Sean Nadji and bass and vocals, Brian Hughes on drums, and Jeff Lagios on guitar and vocals — to unveil these new tunes during a show at Juanita’s. The party includes Jamie Randolph & The Darkhorse, a Memphis outfit making a name for themselves with their musical melding of indie rock and alt country. The show starts at 9 p.m. with a $6 cover for the 18-and-up show.

T.C. Edwards — the subject of Mike Poe’s long-awaited documentary TC & me … a Little Rockumentary and a heavy metal lover — is celebrating a birthday so Poe is throwing him a party at The Village titled A Little Rock-Umental Occasion while hoping to raise money to finish the project. Invited is a smorgasbord of Little Rock music with hip hop represented by Ear Fear (607 … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

The O.D. Part 2.

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The last time The O.D. was held at Cornerstone Pub, eight talented, local hip hop artists took the stage to showcase real rap with their beats and rhymes. The O.D. Part 2 promises more of the same in the best local hip hop with artists 607, Cat Daddy, Rah HoWard, Mista Mayhemm, Carteaire Custom, Big Drew, Shea Marie and Mike Streezy. Hosted by Epiphany with DJ KP on the turntables, the event kicks off at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover for the 21-and-up show.

100.3 The Edge presents Los Angeles heavy rock Earshot at Juanita’s with opening act Parabelle, featuring Kevin Matisyn, the former lead singer of Evans Blue, kicking off the night at 9 p.m. with a $6 cover for the 18-and-up show. Formed in 1999, the five-piece Earshot is known for their extensive touring schedule, delivering their blend of hard rock and alternative metal.

Combining reggae and dance hall with punk rock and ska, the music of Sublime lit the charts and MTV on fire in the late ’90s with tunes such as “Santeria” and “What I Got,” catapulting the group to fame even … Read more >