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Tuesday’s Music

Heartless Bastards.

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The Heartless Bastards are led by Erika Wennerstrom and known for howling music that includes jagged, garage-y rock ‘n’ roll and gritty, grime-y blues. But the quartet has a softer side, including mandolins, banjos and strings on their 2009 release The Mountain. Expect some of that softer side along with the grime for the band’s special acoustic evening at Juanita’s. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music at 9 p.m. The opening acts are Elise Davis with her poppy Americana sound and Adam Faucett with his “Southern soul swamp opera,” and the music starting at 9 p.m. and the doors opening at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

It might sound like some pro-life rallying cry, but Dying Fetus is actually a Maryland-bred death metal outfit that adds hardcore and grind influences to their deadly music filled with technical rhythms and sonic blasts of music. The group visits Downtown Music for a headlining gig before heading out next week on The Summer Slaughter Tour. The local stop includes fellow Summer Slaughter tourmates Boston metal outfit Powerglove and Italian technical death … Read more >

Tuesday’s Music

The Romany Rye.

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White Water Tavern is offering up an early-week show not to be missed: Adam Faucett and The Romany Rye. The music starts at 10 p.m. The Arkansas born and bred Faucett released his third album, a 12-track recording of “Southern soul swamp opera” music titled More Like A Temple, earlier this year. It’s a gem of an album that every fan of Arkansas music should own. And The Romany Rye? Well, the Little Rock/California band that includes Ryan Hitt, Judson Spillyards, Joshua Spillyards and Whitman Bransford won’t be on the cover of Rolling Stone through winning the Choose the Cover of Rolling Stone contest. (The band got knocked out before advancing to the third round.) But the band’s chugging alt-country tunes might get them there the old-fashioned way — by earning it.

It’s going to be a busy summer for Florida alternative rockers There for Tomorrow, as the band releases a new album The Verge on June 28 and begin the Vans Warped Tour 2011 on June 24. Before the summer begins though, There for Tomorrow comes to Juanita’s, headlining a show that includes Richmond, Va., … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Zoso.

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Who are Matt Jernigan, John McDaniel, Adam Sandling and Greg Thompson? Well, certainly not Led Zeppelin. That would be Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham. But that’s certainly who Jernigan, McDaniel, Sandling and Thompson play, respectively, as the Led Zeppelin tribute band Zoso, named after Page’s famous symbol from Led Zeppelin IV. Formed in 1995, the group has toured excessively since, currently playing about 150 gigs a year, roaring through such Hammer of the Gods classics as “Whole Lotta Love,” “Heartbreaker,” “The Immigrant Song,” “Black Dog,” “Ten Years Gone” and more, from the must-haves to the deep tracks. Beyond the music, the quartet will bring the look and feel of the great Zep to Rev Room, and, in keeping with the Led Zeppelin tours of the mid-1970s, there will be no opening act. The show starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $12 day of for the all-ages show.

Sweetwater Abilene is a Missouri — not Great Plains of Texas — quartet who crank out punchy, guitar-rific slices of garage-flavored indie rock with a heavy foundation in folk. They like to call it … Read more >

Monday’s Music

Wild Flag.

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The four-piece Wild Flag is coming to Stickyz. Why is that important? Because Wild Flag is guitarist and vocalist Carrie Brownstein and drummer Janet Weiss, two members of seminal Oregon punkish indie rock band and riot grrrl pioneers Sleater-Kinney. The other half of Wild Flag? Not too shabby either: Mary Timony of Massachusetts, mid-1990s alternative rock band Helium, and Rebecca Cole was a member of The Minders, a a frequent opener for Sleater-Kinney. Weiss and Cole also play together in The Shadow Mortons, and … well, the Wild Flag is kinda a riot grrrl super group. The night also includes lo-fi indie rock Times New Viking and Yellow Fever, a band’s music Brownstein has described as “haunted house surf music,” opening the night at 8:30 p.m. Cover is $10 for the 21-and-up show.

Little Rock singer/songwriter Adam Faucett will appear at White Water Tavern, opening for Seattle-based singer/songwriter Damien Jurado, a musician known for his rough-hewed folk rock. The husband-and-wife duo Viva Voce is also on the bill with their Portland, Ore., via Muscle Shoals, Ala., psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll. Tickets are $15 with the music starting … Read more >

Friday’s Music

George McConnell.

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Winter 2011 is the two-year anniversary of former Widespread Panic, Kudzu Kings and Beanland guitarist George McConnell forming his newest group The Nonchalants, and to celebrate George McConnell and The Nonchalants is out on the road, including a visit to Stickyz. Featuring Tommy Turan on bass, Max Williams on lap steel, slide and lead guitar, and Kenny Graeber on drums, McConnell calls The Nonchalants “the best band I’ve ever been in.” The Oxford, Miss., band plays a roots rocking combination of rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, soul, blues and country, and will “drink your Jagermeister.” The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with a $8 cover for the 21-and-up show. P.S. If you don’t know who Kudzu Kings or Beanland were/are, then you shouldn’t be listening to Panic. Just saying.

Arkansas born and bred songwriter Adam Faucett is releasing his third album, a 12-track recording titled More Like A Temple, and throwing a CD release party at White Water Tavern to celebrate the album’s release. The music starts at 10 p.m. Coining his music “Southern soul swamp opera,” Faucett fingerpicks his way through … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

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New Orleans’ Dirty Dozen Brass Band has been kicking out their blend of Crescent City jazz peppered with funk and soul since the late ’70s, releasing albums such as their 1984 debut My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now and 2006’s reworking of Marvin Gaye’s classic What’s Going On — an answer to the tragedy of Katrina. The band has also worked with a range of musicians such as Widespread Panic, Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse and Dr. John. But the band is better known for their non-stop touring, representing New Orleans music far and wide. Big and funky, and full of the Crescent City’s brassy mingling of jazz and soul, the band visits Rev Room. The opening act is FreeVerse, a free-spirited, rock ‘n’ roll jamband known for keeping their jams tightly focused while infusing them with funk and jazz, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $12 in advance and $15 day of show.

Memphis rock band Ingram Hill — named after a misread north Mississippi road sign — released their newest album Look Your Best in September and took to … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

Reckless Kelly.

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Even in the age of overnight Internet sensations, some musical acts get famous the old-fashioned way: by going out touring, putting out a record, touring some more and doing it all over again. Case in point: Austin, Texas, outfit Reckless Kelly. The band released their newest album, Somewhere in Time, in February and have been on the road since. After celebrating Sticky Fingerz’s 10th birthday in the summer, the band returns to Little Rock and Revolution Music Room. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets $12 in advance and $15 day of show. The concert is an 18-and-up affair. And expect roots-rocking tunes powered by dueling guitars, electrified rhythms and ragged, road anthems that blend country rock with folk and Americana to create a Texas-size sound.

While Luis Dubuc made a name for himself and created a cult following with his electronica-crossed pop, the one-man band known as The Secret Handshake had a surprise for fans on his newest album, Night and Day, taking a chance and created an album filled with what the artist refers to as … Read more >