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Friday’s Music

Joe Nichols.

Giving you the music a day early:

Here’s what country musician Joe Nichols says about his new work It’s All Good, his sixth studio album released in November: “Yes, this is about commercial success, but if you want to make something that lasts, it’s about art, too. I want to bring a traditional sound into 2011 and 2012, to keep it faithful and make sure we’re still connecting with today’s listener.” Nichols connects with listeners on No. 1 country hits such as “Gimmie That Girl” and “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off.” It’s all those new and old tunes Nichols brings to Shooter’s Sports Bar & Grill. The music starts at 10:30 p.m. with tickets $25 in advance and $30 day of for the 21-and-up show.

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus got back to what they are good at with their last record, the August 2011 release Am I the Enemy. And by what they are good at we mean some raging post-hardcore music. Not that there isn’t room for a little emo or polished pop punk in their sound, because there is. The band, with some new members since their last visit, come to Downtown MusicRead more >

Tuesday’s Music

The Ataris.

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Remember that 2003 pop punk hit cover of Don Henley’s ode to entering middle age “The Boys of Summer”? Remember? Okay, YouTube it. Got it? That was The Ataris, an Indiana pop punk band that is coming to Downtown Music for an early week of energetic rock. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. The opening acts include Fayetteville pop punk rockers Dreamfast and belair., with their pop punk/alternative sound based on punchy power chords punctuated by tight drum rolls. The Ataris’ newest album The Graveyard of the Atlantic will be released in the coming weeks on Paper + Plastick.

Here’s The Ataris with their cover of “The Boys of Summer”:

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Saturday’s Music

The Drowning Men.

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California indie rock quintet The Drowning Men released their debut album The Beading of the Songbird last month. So what does it sound like? Big, important music like Arcade Fire but with a touch of punk-influenced folk rock and roots music. And yes, there’s a hint of Eastern European ethnic folk and sea shanties. After surviving a drunk driver crashing into their van and trailer in New York City a couple of weeks ago (the band was unharmed), The Drowning Men comes to Stickyz. The opening act is U.K. rock act Yellowire, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. with their . Cover is $7 for the 18-and-up show.

100.3 The Edge is sponsoring (so is Sync, too.) a Toys for Tots Party at Rev Room featuring Kingsdown, a Little Rock group known for their high-powered alternative rock. It’s the third annual Toys for Tots affair at Rev Room, and the show begins at 8:30 p.m. with Magnolia alternative rock act belair. followed by LIttle Rock rock ‘n’ roll group Free Micah. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is only $5 if guests bring a … Read more >

Sunday’s Music

Mates of State.

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Comprised of a husband-and-wife duo, Mates of State uses an electric piano, organ, synths and drums in creating their indie pop music. The Sept. 13 release Mountaintops is their newest work, and Mates of State is coming to the Rev Room. Formed in 1997, the indie pop duo’s music showcases their layered harmonies, bizarre rhythms and the melodic interplay of drums and electric piano. It’s an early show with the music starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show. And the opening act? Generationals, a New Orleans band known for their feel-good indie pop such as the handclaps of the sweetly beautiful “Yours Forever.”

The weekend roars to a close with a visits from Tooth & Nail Records artist I Am Empire and their blazing alternative rock mixed with punk rock coming to Vino’s on the band’s The Kings and Queens Tour. The music starts at 7 p.m. with a cover to be announced. Joining I Am Empire will be fellow Tooth & Nail Records artist Nine Lashes with their rock music with a message of faith, and California … Read more >

Friday’s Music

 

Robert Earl Keen.

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For more than 30 years, Robert Earl Keen has recorded and toured, and the Americana singer/songwriter is on the road again this fall, touring in support of his 16th and newest album Ready For Confetti. The tour includes a stop at Rev Room. The opening act is former Cross Canadian Ragweed frontman Cody Canada & The Departed with their rock ‘n’ roll with a touch of country. The show starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $20 in advance and $25 day of for the 18-and-up show. Keen arrives in town about once a year from Texas, unveils his tunes that combine folk, country, blues and rock, creates a boisterous live show to rival any act, and packs up, leaving behind smiling faces and good memories.

Conway alternative rock band The Alexei has finished recording their five-track EP The March and is holding an EP release party at Vino’s with the doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Cover is $5, and every person through the door will receive a free copy of The March. The headliner is Orlando, Fla., swamp rock act Confused Little Girl, and joining … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Stoney LaRue.

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This is how the Rev Room announces the return of Stoney LaRue to Little Rock: “If you’re not familiar and like bands like Cross Canadian Ragweed, Randy Rogers Band, Jason Boland & The Stragglers and Reckless Kelly then Stoney LaRue is right up your alley.” True enough. LaRue — Texas born but Oklahoma bred — is a rousing country rocker that blends Red Dirt country and pure American music creating music that mixes and matches country with soul, rock ‘n’ roll and blues. The opening act is to be announced with the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of for the 21-and-up show.

Omega Artist Group is the newish, local promotion and management company headed by Jeremy Flynn, and Flynn brings his full roster of artist to Juanita’s for a special night of music. It’s an EP release for Magnolia pop punk/alternative rock band belair. and North Little Rock progressive indie rock outfit Ellison’s Cage. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. The night of music also … Read more >

Friday’s Music

 

Bear Colony.

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The central Arkansas indie rock collective known as Bear Colony returns to the stage for the first time in way too long, appearing at Stickyz for a night of local music. For a May show in Fayetteville, the band played new songs from a long-promised follow-up to their debut We Came Here To Die, an album that included such greatness as the swirling electronica landscape of “Hospital Rooms Aren’t For Lovers.” Joining the electronica-flavored indie rock band will be the indie folk rock band out of Conway by the name of This Holy House, Magnolia pop punkers belair. and Arkansas-bred indie pop/rock from the Catskill Kids. The music starts at 9 p.m. with cover $7 for the 21-and-up show.

Charles Woods will kick off a double-billed show at The Afterthought, running through a collection of classic soul, R&B and blues tunes such as “Rainy Night In Georgia.” Born into the church, Woods’ sound is a rich, gospel-flavored voice influenced by greats such as Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Johnny Taylor. What follows Woods is the three-man, swamp blues of Voodoo Sauce, a band consisting of … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

Aranda.

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The Aranda brothers — Dameon and Gabe — combine a touch of rock with funk and soul when creating their Oklahoma City rock. What fans get is a blend of high-energy music that bounces and punches, taking Zep-size riffs and injecting a touch of Prince funk pop. The brothers and backing band, known together simply as Aranda, come to Juanita’s for a headlining gig. Presented by 100.3 The Edge, the opening acts are Fayetteville alternative rock band Silverstone and A Good Fight, a Fayetteville act that performs melodic pop rock. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the music at 9 p.m., and tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Alternative rockers Ivoryline, a Tooth & Nail Records artist, come to Downtown Music to deliver a dose of their Tyler, Texas, bred faith-based music based on driving guitars and sing-along choruses. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the music at 7 p.m., and tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Also on the bill are a trio of regional groups: Hot Springs progressive rockers Stereo Sound, Texarkana six-piece indie rockers Us and the Read more >

Thursday’s Music

Brenn.

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Nashville, Tenn., guitar-driven rock band Brenn arrives at Juanita’s to unleash their grand take on “big” rock music. The band’s newest effort is their second EP, Stack of Fears, a collection of tunes complete with dynamic synths, anthemic riffs and dramatic vocals — the cornerstones of “big” rock music performed by U2 and Radiohead. But the group mixes the “big” with dreamy soundscapes. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. The opening acts are a collection of local bands: Magnolia pop punkers belair., Conway punchy alt rock act The Alexei and Little Rock progressive indie rockers Ellison’s Cage.

Proving that ZZ Top isn’t the only power rock trio from Texas worthy of praise, the three members of Honky crank out Texas boogie music, stripped to its soul but on speed, delivering tunes such as “Love to Smoke Y’r Weed,” a heavy metal meets Texas blues rock tune. Honky visits Downtown Music with West Virginia instrumental stoner rock band Karma to Burn and The Reparation. The doors open at 8 p.m, with cover $8.… Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Emery.

Giving you the music a day early:

Seattle-based post-hardcore outfit Emery has a new album dropping March 29 and are out on the road in early support of it, including a stop at Vino’s. Known for their brutal music with lyrics of faith, the band is headlining a show that includes several other hard-hitting acts, including Nashville, Tenn., rock outfit Hawkboy (former members of As Cities Burn) and hardcore act To Speak of Wolves. Local support will come from Magnolia pop punkers belair. and Blevins Christian thrash metal band Every Knee Shall Bow. The music begins at 8 p.m. with tickets $12 in advance and $15 day of show.

The four members of New York State outfit Moving Mountains — guitarist and vocalists Gregory Dunn and Frank Graniero, bassist Mitchell Lee and drummer Nicholas Pizzolato — deliver their hard-charging indie rock with an experimental undercurrent at Downtown Music as the band makes its way to South by Southwest 2011. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Joining the band is touring partner indie-emo, one-man-band Into It. Over It. Local support will … Read more >