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Friday’s Music

Will Hoge.

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When Nashville, Tenn.-based Americana artist Will Hoge sings “But when I get my wings/I’m gonna fly back home to you/And go ahead and you can tell St. Peter/Open up, I’m coming through,” he sings it with the conviction of a man who recently had heavenly thoughts after receiving a vicious taste of his own mortality. But luckily for fans of Hoge and good music in general, he survived a 2008 scooter wreck. And since then, Hoge has released his newest album Number Seven, which includes “When I Get My Wings,” a soul-infused Americana number complete with horns backing the joyous chorus. Such is the music of Hoge: It’s Americana — honest, workingman’s music — but smudged with folk, blues and country fingerprints and stamped with his gruff, soulful voice. It’s impossible not liking the man and his music, and Hoge will visit Stickyz to prove it to you. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with tickets for the 18-and-up show $10 in advance and $12 day of.

Here’s how Wiley Seeger, lead singer of Fayetteville-based, party dance rockers Boom Kinetic, describes their craft: “You rock it! You party, you … Read more >

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John Paul Keith and The One Four Fives.

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It’s the return of John Paul Keith and The One Four Fives to White Water Tavern: Keith with his Memphis-bred rock ‘n’ roll backed by drummer John Argroves, bassist Mark Stuart and keyboard player Al Gamble. Gather around for a night of power pop, garage, rockabilly, Tex-Mex, country and blues rock all rolled into the explosive musical blast that is Keith’s music. Keith’s sophomore record is The Man That Time Forgot, released last year on Big Legal Mess via Fat Possum Records. The music starts at 10 p.m. with Kentucky Knife Fight, a St. Louis band that is twang-y and dirty with their collection of bluegrass, blues, rock and punk.

Most music fans probably don’t remember The Bellamy Brothers’ “Country Rap.” The country music duo probably likes it that way because the eponymous single from their 1986 album was terrible. Fortunately, Colt Ford does country rap right — not as a novelty but as mostly country music tunes about country living with a tough of rap. Ford comes to Shooter’s Sports Bar and Grill, and the music starts at 9 p.m. … Read more >

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Battery.

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Known as the premiere Metallica tribute band, Battery comes to Rev Room for a night of heavy metal and hard rock, roaring through a set of Metallica tunes that will include hard rocking ’90s tunes (“Sad But True”) to classic ’80s slaying metal (“For Whom the Bell Tolls”), and even 21st century music in between. It’s not James, Lars, Kirk and Robert, but it’s the best Metallica show next to the real thing. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets $10 for 21 and over, and $15 for 20 and under for the all-ages show.

Baby Boomers and hipsters alike will unite for a visit from Sweet Baby James, James Taylor, as the soft rocking folkie known for hits such as “Fire and Rain” comes to Verizon Arena. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the music at 8 p.m., and tickets are $47 and $71.50 at the Verizon Arena Box Office, or through all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com for a little extra.

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Saturday’s Music

The Avett Brothers.

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The Saturday portion of Harding University‘s First Thaw Festival is not all about The Avett Brothers, although the band headlines the two-day music, film and arts festival benefiting Heifer International. The Friday night music includes Cheyenne & Priscilla Medders, and Andy Davis, and before The Avett Brothers take the stage at 9 p.m. Saturday, the evening includes Some Different Animals, The Kernal, Sheriffs of Nottingham, Non-Commissioned Officers and others. Still, The Avett Brothers, a North Carolina band known for their sterling and stomping Americana music that mixes folk rock with front-porch hoedowns, is the headliner and worth the price of admission alone. Tickets for the festival are $50 for the general public and available through www.HardingCABtickets.com, or $10 with Harding University CAB Pass.

Fayetteville party dance rockers Boom Kinetic released their first, full-length album Part Gray/Part Bright Light with three shows across their native state late last year, including a stop in Little Rock. After an earlier visit this year to Stickyz, the band returns to Rev Room for a night of up-tempo dance rock originals, heavy on the synths and guitars, and … Read more >

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Ryan Brunet & The Malfecteurs.

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Acadiana is a hotbed of Cajun music so let’s meet Ryan Brunet of Cajun music creators Ryan Brunet & The Malfecteurs, who will be playing White Water Tavern with the music starting at 10 p.m. At 12, Brunet was introduced to the accordion and soon immersed himself in the music of Louisiana accordion greats. But Brunet didn’t stop there; he soon learned the fiddle, too. Now with a band that features Brunet on accordion, Blake Miller on fiddle, Daniel Coolik on fiddle, Tysman Charpentier on guitar, Joe Vidrine on bass and Jay Miller on drums, the young artist creates timeless Cajun music with a touch of Western swing as Ryan Brunet & The Malfecteurs.

Rousing country rocker Stoney LaRue — Texas born but Oklahoma bred — returns to Little Rock with a show at Rev Room to run through a collection of tunes that are a blend of Red Dirt country (Think Cross Canadian Ragweed and the like.) and pure American music. (Consider legends such as Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Grateful Dead and Kris Kristofferson.) In the end, LaRue creates music that mixes and matches country with … Read more >

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Hinder.

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Hinder is coming to The Village. The Oklahoma hard rockers’ third album, All American Nightmare, is set to drop in December, and the boys are on the road, playing the new tunes and the hits, including “Lips of an Angel.” And thanks to “Lips of an Angel,” the hard rock band influenced by Def Leppard and Guns N’ Roses had a debut album sell more than 3 million copies. For the band’s first Little Rock appearance since Riverfest 2009, they will be supported by Canadian post-grunge band My Darkest Days. Tickets are $22.50 in advance and $25 day of show with the doors opening at 7:30 p.m. for the 8:30 p.m. show. Also on the bill is Default, whose new album Comes and Goes was released in October. The outfit was discovered by Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger shortly after forming in Vancouver back in 1999, and since then the band has earned success on the mainstream and active rock charts.

It’s funk meets zydeco as Dikki Du & The Zydeco Krewe bring their musical party to Sticky Fingerz. Born Troy Carrier in Church Point, La., Dikki Du has … Read more >

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American Aquarium.

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North Carolina alt country band American Aquarium returns to Little Rock, this time with a gig at Sticky Fingerz with the music starting at 9:30 p.m. Cover for the 21-and-up show is $7. The band’s latest album is Dances for the Lonely, a collection of hard-charging, Bruce-Springsteen-gone-country-rock (“Katherine Belle”) and cautionary, acoustic-strummed ballads fueled by weeping pedal steel (“Downtown Girls”) that serves as a follow-up to 2008’s The Bible & The Bottle. Expect gritty alt country, rustic back-porch numbers and hopefully the rollicking piano and bluesy guitar workout of “Ain’t Going to the Bar Tonight.”

Fayetteville party dance rockers Boom Kinetic are releasing their first, full-length album Part Gray/Part Bright Light with three shows across their native state, including the Revolution Music Room. No word on the opening act, but expect the music around 9:30 p.m. with an $8 early admission price for the 18-and-up show. Formed in 2006, the band, formerly known as Molten Lava, is a highenergy dance rock band that has been named Best Party Band Ever by the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards two years in a row. The band mixes in pop rock originals … Read more >

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Boom Kinetic.

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Here’s what Chris King has to say about Fayetteville party dance rockers Boom Kinetic as the band returns to Revolution Music Room: “It’s [a] non-stop party weekend when the boys from Boom Kinetic come to town! If you haven’t seen these guys mesmerize the dance floor, then you must not like things such as (A) a good time, (B) a roomful of happy beautiful people or (C) hit ’80s dance songs. Formed in 2006, the band formerly known as Molten Lava, is a high-energy dance rock band that has been named Best Party Band Ever by the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards two years in a row. The band mixes in pop rock originals along with some of the ’80s greatest pop tunes. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. with an $8 admission price for the 18-and-up show.

Local pop-flavored indie rocker Bryan Frazier is fresh off a win at the Little Rock Film Festival’s Music Video competition for his “Angelene and the Alpha Ray” tune and playing a show at Sticky Fingerz as Bryan Frazier and the Action Figures. Co-headling the show are Southern California indie rockers Young the Read more >

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10 Years.

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Knoxville, Tenn., hard rock band 10 Years began recording their third album Feeding The Wolves in February, working with Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Flyleaf, Seether). Now the finished album is being mixed, and the outfit is on the road, playing new tunes and mainstream rock hits such as “Wasteland” and “Beautiful.” The tour includes a stop at Juanita’s with openers Fayetteville alternative rock band Silverstone and Osceola heavy rock-flavored, Southern grunge act Finding Jimmy Hoffa. Presented by 100.3 The Edge, the music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $12 advance and $15 day of show for the 18-and-up gig.

River Market mainstay Sticky Fingerz is turning 10 years old, and the birthday celebration is stretching over two days. Up first is Fayetteville party dance rockers Boom Kinetic. Formed in 2006, the band formerly known as Molten Lava, is a high-energy dance rock band that has been named Best Party Band Ever by the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards two years in a row. The band mixes in pop rock originals along with some of the ’80s greatest pop tunes. No word on ticket price, but the music … Read more >

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Damn Bullets -- getting bare.

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The Damn Bullets — the trio of Joe Sundell, DJ Bennett and Graeme Higgins — return to White Water Tavern to unleash their blending of blues, folk, country and rock and tales dealing with love, death, the afterlife, friends and characters such as Georgia Brown and “Good Time Charlie.” Joining the group will be 2ME, an outfit with roots in Sacramento, Calif., coffee houses who play an impassioned blend of Grateful Dead and Paul Simon inspired folk ‘n’ roll.

Lost Dogs, a drama following the life of a youth as he struggles to grow up in the city, is a feature film directed by Arkansas filmmaker T.H. Dunlap. The film will premier at Market Street Cinema before appearing in next week’s Little Rock Film Festival. The film is also the screen debut of one Rockst*r Jones, the local hip hop artist formerly known as just Rockst*r who changed his name to distinguish himself from the phrase “party like a rockstar” and Rockstar Energy Drink. Jones plays a mentor to a group of wayward youth. Following the film’s debut at Market Street, Jones will change from actor … Read more >