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Sunday’s Music

Deer Tick.

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Rhode Island’s Deer Tick is a rock ‘n’ roll band. Loud. Boisterous. Road tested. And since the release of 2007’s War Elephant, this quintet has released some of rock ‘n’ roll’s best music with traces of folk and country. The band’s winning streak continues with the new release Divine Providence — 12 more tracks of grand 21st century rock ‘n’ roll — and Deer Tick is touring in support, including a stop at Stickyz. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of for the 21-and-up show with the music starting around 9 p.m. with Brooklyn rock ‘n’ roll band Virgin Forest (featuring four members of Phosphorescent) as well as Dead People.

Back in the early ’90s, Interscope Records signed Helmet — the New York City band Page Hamilton founded in 1989 — and released the group’s Meantime in 1992, 37 minutes of mesmerizing guitar riffs, jazz-influenced solos and spartan rhythms with a seething vocal delivery. In a world being introduced to grunge and saying goodbye to hair metal, it was intelligent music, a break from traditional heavy metal by a band comfortable in shorts, T-shirts and short … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Will Hoge.

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The world almost lost Americana singer/songwriter Will Hoge and his honest, workingman music, smudged with folk, blues and country fingerprints and stamped with his gruff, soulful voice, following a scooter wreck back in 2008. Fortunately, after almost a year of recovery time, Hoge returned to making music, including his latest album Number Seven, the seventh LP of his career. A local favorite, Hoge comes back to Little Rock and Stickyz. The opening act is indie singers from Nashville, Tenn., and The Voice contestants Elenowen with the music starting at 9 p.m. Cover is $10 for the 18-and-up show.

Coming back from a short tour in support of their new album, Rwake plays the Rev Room. The all-ages show begins at 8 p.m. with a $7 cover, and includes opening acts Black P*ssy, Eagle Claw, Snakedriver and JohnCalvin. The sludge-y metal, North Little Rock band Rwake just released their newest album Rest on Relapse Records, a record featuring tunes such as the 12-minute long “It Was Beautiful, But Now It’s Sour,” a doom-in-slow-motion track that contains a little Southern rock guitar work. As noted on the … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Guitar Shorty.

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Guitar Shorty didn’t learn blues the old way (he had a teacher), but the result is still some of the best blues a person will ever hear — white-hot slices of contemporary blues. A one-time member of Ray Charles backing band and Sam Cooke’s backing band, Guitar Shorty visits Stickyz for a night of his blistering guitar theatrics and soulful vocals. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets $8 in advance and $10 day of for the 21-and-up show.

Way back about five year ago, Ryan Cabrera was known for dating Ashlee Simpson, appearing in an episode of MTV’s Super Sweet Sixteen and scoring a string of pop hits including “On the Way Down” and “True.” Years later, Cabrera still moves in celebrity circles, tours and plays his acoustic-powered pop rock music, including a stop at Juanita’s. The opening act is fellow pop rock singer/songwriter Jerad Finck with the music starting at 9 p.m., and tickets $12 in advance and $15 day of show.

Langston “TaylorMade” Carr, the owner and CEO of www.ILiveTheGoodLife.com and TaylorMade Events, is turning 30 and … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

Blue Mountain's Cary Hudson

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Mississippi’s Blue Mountain is one of those legendary bands that many outside a certain circle don’t know about but should. The legendary duo of Cary Hudson and Laurie Stirratt (sister of Wilco bassist John Stirratt) created some of the best roots rock … well, ever, with such classic albums as Dog Days (1995) and Homegrown (1997). But after years of touring and the dissolution of the pair’s marriage, the band called it quits. But the band reformed in 2007 and tours from time to time, including a show at White Water Tavern. Joining Blue Mountain (seriously, they are freaking good) will be a man who needs no introduction: Jim Mize — a masterful songwriter whose tunes channel rock ‘n’ roll, country honky tonk and dirty Delta blues into must-hear roots rock. Admission is $10 for the show which begins at 10 p.m.

Memphis band Haven Hill describes themselves as such: “a new band with an old soul.” What that means is the quartet is a still relatively young group of music veterans influenced by acts from The Black Crows to the Foo Fighters. Haven Hill brings that rock … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

Ha Ha Tonka.

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The Ozarks are usually known for producing bluegrass or variations of hillbilly music. Enter Ha Ha Tonka, a decidedly not old-time-y music group, but a quartet known for their sound that mixes classic Southern rock with modern indie rock. The hard-charging group is best summed up by their April release, the excellent Death of a Decade. Anthony Bourdain is a fan, featuring the group on an Ozarks episode of No Reservations, and now you can be, too, when Ha Ha Tonka visits Stickyz. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 8:30 p.m. with cover $6 for the 18-and-up show.

Josh Noren grew up in northwest Arkansas, moved to Nashville, Tenn., about a year ago and started a band: Josh Noren and The Good Day. Now Noren is returning to the Natural State with his pop rocking band for a show at Vino’s. Joining Josh Noren and The Good Day at Vino’s will be Australian singer/songwriter Kate Hansen (now a Nashville resident as well) with her roots-rocking, pop music. Hansen’s newest work is her record Wrapped Up in Light, … Read more >

Tuesday’s Music

The Grunge Party.

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KABF 88.3 FM program Shoog Radio is throwing a party at White Water Tavern, and it promises to be a doozy: It’s The Grunge Party with 11 local acts covering grunge and alternative rock bands from the ’80s and ’90s. Cover is only a donation at the door, and the music starts at 9 p.m. with acts Big Silver, Dangerous Idiots, The Evelyns, Bryan Frazier, Glittercore, Iron Tongue, Mandy McBryde and more. And the music they are covering? The night will include nods to grunge stalwarts such as Mudhoney, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Screaming Trees, and other non-grunge, but still alternative rock bands such as The Breeders, Belly, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Stone Temple Pilots and Toadies. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the music at 9 p.m., and guests are encouraged to dress grunge.

Pop Evil call themselves the best thing to come out of Michigan since the automobile and Kid Rock. (What about Motown? Or Bob Seger? MC5? The Stooges? The White Stripes?) Anyway, the post-grunge act, whose debut album Lipstick on the Mirror spawned two Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock … Read more >

Monday’s Music

Turbid North.

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Turbid North is a metal band. Three of the members of the quintet call Alaska home. Calling themselves “Alaskan mountain metal” (although they are now based in Fort Worth, and include a Texan and Englishman among their members), Turbid North come to Downtown Music for a early week night of metal that is of the death and doom variety with rhythms influenced by thrash and death metal. Cover is $8 with opening bands to be announced. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a 7 p.m. start time to the music.

There are seven more days of the Arkansas State Fair and all that entails: food, rides, fun, games and, of course, the music. The lone act of the night is Tyrannosaurus Chicken, taking the Wendy’s Main Stage at 7 p.m. Straight out of Fort Smith, the duo plays self-described “freestyle trance Delta blues,” which is really a musical blend of covers of old blues and modern blues tunes, and original songs played with guitar, kick drums, fiddle, harmonica and slide guitar. Admission is free to the shows with paid fair admission which is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages … Read more >

Sunday’s Music

These United States.

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It’s hard deciding what one calls the band These United States. Rock ‘n’ roll? Indie rock? Folk? Garage rock? Alt country? Psychedelic rock? Whatever one calls the music that the five guys from Kentucky, New York and North Carolina make, let it be known the band’s music is rambunctious and toasts just being alive. These United States comes to Stickyz. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 8:30 p.m. with a $7 cover for the 18-and-up show.

There are eight more days of the Arkansas State Fair and all that entails: food, rides, fun, games and, of course, the music on the Wendy’s Main Stage. There are two great acts tonight with a 7 p.m. performance by Confederate Railroad followed by the Marshall Tucker Band at 8:30 p.m. Confederate Railroad straddles the blurry line between outlaw country and Southern rock with well-known tunes such as “Trashy Women.” The Marshall Tucker Band is one of the pioneers of the Southern rock sound, with a number of memorable classic rock tunes, including “Heard It in a Love Song.” Admission is free to the shows with … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Hayes Carll

Hayes Carll.

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Hayes Carll, a Hendrix College alum and a songwriter influenced by Bob Dylan, Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, returns to Little Rock and the Rev Room for a night of music, including new tunes from his early 2011 release KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories). No word on the opening act, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets $15 for the 18-and-up show. Carll’s hilariously heartbroken “She Left Me For Jesus” from his 2008 Lost Highway Records release Trouble in Mind won the Americana Music Association Song of the Year award, and Trouble in Mind appeared on several best-of lists at the end of 2008.

It’s HarvestFest in Historic Hillcrest along Kavanaugh Boulevard with a day that kicks off with a bird walk through Allsopp Park and a pancake breakfast at Pulaski Heights Presbyterian Church cooked by the Hillcrest Residents Association, and ends around 10 p.m. after a live rock ‘n’ roll show from local favorites Mulehead. In between there will be children’s activities, vendors, sidewalk sales from Hillcrest merchants, an antique car show and a burger cookoff. That’s not mentioning a fashion show from Box … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Todd Snider.

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Yes, it has been 17 years since Todd Snider had his “hit” with “Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Rock Blues.” Let’s hope that’s not all you know about this gifted Americana singer/songwriter. Snider’s “Alcohol and Pills” name checks Hank Williams, Elvis (Though the claim Elvis “came up from Jackson” is wrong.), Janis Joplin, Gram Parsons and Jimi Hendrix over its howling, country rock chords. The 2004 tune is just one of the Americana gems written by Snider in his career. Snider comes to Juanita’s. The doors open at 9 p.m. with the music at 10 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. No word on the opening act.

And to think all it took was one listen to The Edgar Winter Group’s “Frankenstein.” The synthesizer breakdown in the ’70s rock tune was the reason that Florida electronica artist DJ Icey started creating music, pioneering the Florida Breaks genre with his broken beat, bass heavy sound. “The King of The Funky Breaks” comes to Rev Room. The opening acts are Fresh Millions, Jared Lawler, Justin Sane vs. Balance and Spencer RX with the music starting at … Read more >