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Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy.

Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy.

Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:

WEDNESDAY
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.

THURSDAY
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 … Read more >

This Week’s Music

Sharon Corr.

Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week:

THURSDAY
The Spring Standards come to Stickyz, and maybe this three-piece indie folk band from New York City will bring a shot of spring with them. Maybe. If not, one can depend on the trio to deliver some golden-voiced three-part harmonies and spontaneity as the band members trade out instruments during their live show. There’s a $7 cover for the 18-and-up show with the music starting at 9 p.m.

FRIDAY
Blind Water Finds Blind Water is the new album from the great Adam Faucett, and the singer-songwriter is celebrating the release of the album with a record release show at White Water Tavern. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. Faucett, known for his blending of folk rock with soulful vocals, worked on the very personal Blind Water Finds Blind Water for two years, and the 10-track record is being released via Last Chance Records.

The Departed — you might know them as Cody Canada and The Departed — are coming to Stickyz, playing their roots-flavored Americana, Canada is the former lead singer of Red Dirt band Cross Canadian Ragweed (The Departed also includes Ragweed … Read more >

This Week’s Music

Those Darlins.

Those Darlins.

Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week:

WEDNESDAY

England in 1819, Baton Rouge brothers Andrew (synth and vocals) and Dan Callaway (electronic drums, bass and French horn), come to Stickyz, bringing along their electro-ambient indie music. The tour celebrates the September release of their third full-length album, Fireball Electric Tomorrow, which Paste noted is filled with “songs [that] are almost chilling in their emotional intensity.” Opening for the duo are The Dangerous Idiots, a poppy “gulch rock” band fronted by Aaron Sarlo, and the haunting, heavenly sounds of Adam Faucett. Music for the 18-and-up show starts at 9 p.m. and there’s a $5 cover.

Free music — that’s what South on Main offers with its weekly Local Live music series, and this week the series delivers some local hip-hop with Big Piph, formerly known as Epiphany. Piph is joined by musicians Paul Campbell, Corey Harris, Lucas Murray and Dre Franklin along with vocalists Bijoux, BMore Mike and Osyrus Bolly. The free show starts at 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY

Here’s a shot of heavy, heavy music, with This or the Apocalypse, a Pennsylvania melodic hardcore outfit that released their Dead Read more >

Wednesday and Thursday’s Music

Okkervil River at Rev Room on Wednesday.

Wednesday

Okkervil River comes to the Rev Room. The newest album from this Austin, Texas-based, folk-propelled indie rock group led by Will Sheff is The Silver Gymnasium, a concept album based on lead singer Sheff’s pre-adolescence years in New Hampshire. Opening is Torres, the indie rock music of singer-songwriter Mackenzie Scott. Check out her slow-burning “Honey.” The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $15 for the all-ages show.

That dusky-voiced, folk singer/songwriter Richard Buckner released his newest album Surrounded in early Septmeber, and the collection was a follow-up to his 2011 album Our Blood. The rootsy music of Buckner is a somber stroll through the Dust Bowl of America, filled with intimate tales of melancholy characters over bittersweet, acoustic melodies and delivered with a voice that is hauntingly plaintive yet soothing. Buckner comes to White Water Tavern for a night of his timeless American music. Opening the show is Adam Faucett, who brings along with mixture of folk, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. The music starts at 9 p.m.

Thursday

Yo Gotti, the Memphis rapper known for hits such as “5 Star” and “Act Right,” arrives back in Little Rock with a stop … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

Lights.

Giving you the music a day early:

South by Southwest is not quite done with Little Rock, as several of the bands that played the Austin, Texas, music conference are heading home and stopping in Little Rock. One of those acts visits Juanita’s with an appearance by Lights, an electro rock artist who is still celebrating and promoting her simply excellent 2011 release Siberia. She’s got a teen-pop princess voice, but there’s a bit of grit in her synthpop. The doors open at 8 p.m. with tickets $13 in advance and $15 day of show. The Ambassadors are the opening act with their Brooklyn-bred indie rock that goes beyond being simply Brooklyn-bred indie rock. The band’s sound has range to it, including bits of R&B and soul along with chamber pop (Three-part harmonies!), and electronic and hip-hop beats. And, of course, it’s terribly poppy.

You say you like a good tune written by masterful songwriters? Well, you’re in luck with The Revival Tour 2012 coming to Rev Room. In its fifth year, the traveling collection of songwriters includes Americana singer/songwriter and leader Chuck Ragan, and other grand storytellers and songwriters such as Dan Andriano (Alkaline … Read more >

Sunday’s Music

Polica.

Giving you the music a day early:

It’s going to get weird and heavy and beautiful and experimental and probably a lot more when Minneapolis band Polica comes to Stickyz. Why heavy and weird? Well, the opening acts are Marijuana Deathsquads with their improvised electronic music (it’s experimental and hard) and Total F*cking Blood with their destructive, thrashy hardcore music kicking off the music at 8 p.m. So there. Now, Polica? Well, it’s indie rock. Kind of. But also pulsating electro R&B. Listen, you can dance to the band’s music and have a really good time with it. Isn’t that enough sometimes? Plus, it’s really, really great. Check out “Dark Star” from the band’s just-released debut record Give You The Ghost. It’s mysterious music that makes the body move with its chilly grooves. Cover is $10 for the 18-and-up night.

Earl Cate is one of those names well-known to central Arkansas music lovers of a certain age. (Really, it should be any age.) He’s the Cate of the Cate Brothers’ fame, an Arkansas, country-soul rock band known for their late-1970s hit “Union Man.” Now Earl Cate has a new band, titled Earl & Them, and iRead more >

Tuesday’s Music

The Apache Relay.

Giving you the music a day early:

Nashville, Tenn.’s The Apache Relay with their indie, roots rock ‘n’ roll tunes that draw from influences such as Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska album come to Stickyz. The quartet is touring in support of their sophomore release American Nomad, a record that came out in April. The opening acts are “Southern soul swamp opera” singer/songwriter Adam Faucett and Conway indie folk rock band This Holy House, kicking off the music at 8:30 p.m. Cover is $7 for the 18-and-up show. Let’s allow Stickyz to give you a reason why The Apache Relay is worth checking out: “If you’re not familiar with this very talented band, do yourself a favor and check out their music (for fans of Deer Tick, Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers), and then come on down to the show for a guaranteed good time.”

Here’s The Apache Relay with their “Home Is Not Places”:

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Tuesday’s Music

Anthony David.

Giving you the music a day early:

Anthony David hit it big in 2008 with his tune “Words,” a duet with India.Arie. Although the tune didn’t hit the pop charts, it was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. The R&B and neo-soul artist influenced by Bill Withers (David plays a mean acoustic guitar as well) comes to Juanita’s for a night of music, including tunes from David’s As Above So Below, an album released earlier this year. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music at 9 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door.

Adam Faucett‘s third solo album More Like A Temple is both a natural extension of Faucett’s evolving sound and also a new direction. It’s meatier, rockier and Faucett’s voice is less operatic and more soulful. Still beautiful but grittier. Scrappier and dirtier. Sepia-toned. And Faucett has been delivering those new tunes to audiences across central Arkansas, and he’ll continue to do so with a stop at White Water Tavern. The music starts at 10 p.m. Faucett’s music is “Southern soul swamp opera,” a mix of country folk, … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Band of Heathens.

Giving you the music a day early:

Austin, Texas, Americana outfit Band of Heathens‘ second album One Foot In the Ether featured the excellent ode to Hunter S. Thompson “L.A. County Blues,” a slow-burning country rocker with a bluesy guitar solo. The band’s latest is the spring release Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster’s Son, and it’s a collection of well-crafted tunes that show the band’s hand: Southern rock, swamp blues, stomping roots rock and dusty country ballads with soulful vocals and cowboy poetry. A hard-touring act, Band of Heathens comes to Stickyz. The opening act is Grace Askew, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. with her Memphis urban folk with touches of jazz and soul. Cover is $10 for the 21-and-up show.

Since the release of his third solo album More Like A Temple earlier this year, Little Rock singer/songwriter Adam Faucett has been a mainstay of central Arkansas stages, playing his self-described “Southern soul swamp opera.” It’s a genre of music that covers Faucett’s influences, including the country folk of Townes Van Zandt, the art rock of the Velvet Underground and the fiery soul of Otis Redding. Faucett brings his … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

Score 24.

Giving you the music a day early:

Vino’s tells local teens it’s time for school again with a show featuring Long Island pop punkers Score 24 and Indiana pop punk outfit Late Nite Reading. The five members of Score 24 first formed in April 2009, coming from the same fertile ground that produced Taking Back Sunday and others, and Late Nite Reading is touring in support of their punchy, energetic EP. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door with the music starting at 8 p.m., and the doors opening at 5:30 p.m. The bill also promises some to-be-announced local acts opening.

Juanita’s presents a night of local singer/songwriters with Johnny Rocket, Dwain Roark, Kevin Kerby and Adam Faucett all taking to the stage. The doors open at 8:30 p.m. with the music at 9 p.m., and cover is $5. Little Rock artist Johnny Rocket is a guitarist and singer in Little Rock rock ‘n’ roll act Kingsdown but as a solo act he might be folky, heartland rock one minute and catchy pop rock the next. Dwain Roark is the lead singer and songwriter of Kingsdown, and Kevin Kerby is known for … Read more >