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Thursday’s Music

Tiger High.

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These guys in Memphis-based Tiger High have quite the musical pedigree. Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jake Vest was in Jack Oblivian and The Trashed Romeos, and drummer Greg Roberson was in Reigning Sound, Arthur Lee’s Love, The Trashed Romeos, Jack Oblivian and Compulsive Gamblers. The duo are joined by two of Vest’s longtime musical partners: brother Toby Vest and Greg Faison, and the quartet create infectious garage rock with power pop melodies that you can dance to on their Myth Is This album. Joining Tiger High for a White Water Tavern show will be the full-on dance rock/punk assault of Little Rock’s Booyah! Dad and the burlesque show of Hot Springs’ Foul Play Cabaret. The night gets going at 9:30 p.m.

Jack White’s new album hit No. 1 on iTunes’ all-genres album chart. What was the No. 2 album behind it for a while? The independent release Small Town Family Dream from Texas country — with a touch of Red Dirt — group Josh Abbott Band. The band’s new album also hit No. 5 on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums Chart. Abbott and band are coming to Rev Room. … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Grouplove.

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Grouplove sounds like some kind of reggae band. Well, they are not. No, Grouplove is a Los Angeles-based indie rock act that dropped their debut album Never Trust a Happy Song last year, and it is an album that is kind of filled with happy-sounding songs along with a few brooders. Songs that are dance-y indie rock with post-punk exuberance and handclaps and harmony vocals. There’s a little folk rock in the group’s sound, too, and Grouplove brings it all to Rev Room. You’ve heard the band’s “Tongue Tied.” It’s on an iPod Touch commercial. It’s an all-ages show with the music starting at 9 p.m. Cover is $15. Company of Thieves is the opening act with their indie rock from Chicago.

Way back in the fall of 2011, The Frontier Circus dropped its debut album, a collection of the band’s “a little bit psycho … a little bit Western” music. What it was was one heck of a ride, from the thrashing punk take on the 13th Floor Elevators’ “You’re Gonna Miss Me” to an equally raucous cover of Merle Haggard’s “The Bottle Let Me Down.” It was one of … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

Tiger High.

Giving you the music a day early:

Most sports fans, or at least sports fans in the Memphis area, use Tiger High as a disparaging term for the University of Memphis. At least when they are not still calling it Memphis State (its former name). But now Tiger High means something else with the advent of the Memphis band Tiger High. The psychedelic-fueled, fuzzed-out garage rock band is the musical force of multi-instrumentalist Jake Vest (Jack Oblivian), drummer Greg Roberson (Reigning Sound, Jack Oblivian) and two of Vest’s musical friends: his brother Toby Vest and Greg Faison. The quarter is coming to Little Rock for a show at White Water Tavern. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. and Booyah! Dad kicks off the show with their dance-y punk rock. Or, as the trio likes to say, Booyah! Dad will “make you shake it after you’ve had a few.”

Congratulations, David Nail for that No. 1 country hit “Let It Rain.” The January hit featuring Sarah Buxton is from Nail’s sophomore album The Sound of a Million Dreams, an 11-track collection with songwriting help from stars such as Keith Urban and guest spots from talented artists … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

American Aquarium.

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American Aquarium just finished work on their latest album Burn.Flicker.Die, an album recorded by the great Americana singer/songwriter Jason Isbell. Look for it in the fall. But up first, head out to American Aquarium’s show at Stickyz and pick up a copy of the band’s Live in Raleigh, kind of a live greatest hits for the North Carolina alt country band featuring tunes such as the rollicking, piano-powered heartbreak of “I Ain’t Going to The Bar Tonight” or the Bruce-Springsteen-gone country-rock of “Katherine Belle.” American Aquarium is one of the best live bands in American today. Seriously. Great tunes. Great live. The opening act is Whiskey Folk Ramblers, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. with their Texas-bred folk rock. It’s an 18-and-up show with cover $7.

Get ready for this one because it’s going to be an all-day affair: Chili with a Kick at Dickey-Stephens Park. First, the important stuff: It’s the fourth annual event, and it benefits Youth Home. So all that kickball, partying, music-listening and chili-eating is going toward a good cause. The kickball tourney starts at 9 a.m. with the doors opening to … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Grisly Hand.

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Seriously, a band by the name of Grisly Hand sounds like they might be into hardcore or punk. But not this Kansas City sextet. Nope, The Grisly Hand coming to White Water Tavern is better known for their heartland soul music. Rustic folk soul might be another way of describing it. The outfit’s newest is the Western Ave. EP, four songs of Americana country soul. Joining The Grisly Hand for their White Water stop is local dance-infused, garage rockers Booyah! Dad and William Blackart, a Russellville musician who plays lo-fi folk that’s a little bit haunting and delivered with Blackart’s desolate vocals. The music starts at 9 p.m.

The three guys in Fayetteville’s Vore play death metal. And sure, that sound is on the extreme side of the heavy metal spectrum, punishingly loud music created with tempo-changing rhythms that go from doom-laden, jackhammer riffs to speed-of-sound guitar leads in an instant. But the music is also complex, and the trio respect the craft of the song, performing intricate, intelligent music. And that’s exactly what the band will bring to Downtown Music as the trio celebrates the release of their newest … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

The Schwag.

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The Schwag. Trout Fishing in America. Tyrannosaurus Chicken. Tragikly White. Yes, all these bands and more will be at Stickyz. And yes, the cover is only $10 with the music starting at 7 p.m. for the 18-and-up show. In their own words, The Schwag is “a band out to preserve and perpetuate the vibe and music made popular by the Grateful Dead.” The Dead tribute band plays the music of the Dead and other Dead-centric bands. Trout Fishing in America is the Grammy-nominated Arkansas band known for their rich, folksy grown-up albums and their wacky, off-kilter children’s songs. Tyrannosaurus Chicken is a Fort Smith duo that plays self-described “freestyle trance Delta blues,” and Tragikly White is one of the best party-rock cover bands around. Joining the above will be the blues rock of the Joe Pitts Band, and the rock ‘n’ roll of Salt & Pepper.

Why does the Christmas sweater get singled out as the ugly sweater? There are plenty of ugly sweaters walking around. (Remember Bill Cosby’s sweaters?) All ugly sweaters should be both celebrated and derided, and that’s why the Rev Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Hunter Hayes.

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Young country artist Hunter Hayes released his self-titled, major-label debut on Atlantic Records Nashville last month. The album hit the Top 10 of the country charts, mainly on the strength of the first single “Storm Warning,” which hit the country Top 40. A Louisiana native, KSSN 96 presents Hayes at Juanita’s as part of Hayes’ Most Wanted Fall Tour. The music starts at 9 p.m. with the doors opening at 8 p.m. Cover is only $5. It’s an opportunity to see a country superstar in the making as Hayes has written tunes for Rascal Flatts and Montgomery Gentry, toured with superstar Taylor Swift, played the Late Show with David Letterman and made his Grand Old Opry debut — all in the last year and all before the age of 21.

Texas-born Americana singer/songwriter Adam Carroll is known for his down-home stories about ordinary people over his intricate guitar picking. It’s a combination that has made him well-loved and respected, and has earned him comparisons to songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt and John Prine. Owen Temple is an Austin-based singer-songwriter who is known for his narrative folk tunes that are genuine, … Read more >

Sunday’s Music

Blindside.

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Swedish rock band Blindside brings their Shivering Hearts Tour to Rev Room, touring in support of their newest album With Shivering Hearts We Wait, a collection of polished post-hardcore and alternative rock, including the first single “Our Love Saves Us.” The opening acts are Minnesota rock band Write This Down and Swedish screamo act Intohimo. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. with tickets for the all-ages show $15 in advance and $17 day of.

It’s a party at Stickyz with a visit from Taco & Da Mofos, a Memphis act known for their dance-inducing mixture of rock and reggae, along with a Southern rap, Latin, punk and ska. As Taco & Da Mofos like to say: Their musical background with a touch of good vibes creates one of the dopiest party band in the nation. And yes, Taco is the name of the guy leading this band of merry musicmakers. The opening act is the dance-y garage rock of Booyah! Dad (formerly Pilot Whale), kicking off the music at 9 p.m. with a $6 cover for the 21-and-up show. All military, police and fire personnel get in free … Read more >

Sunday’s Music

The Black and White Years.

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Austin pop-dance/indie rock band The Black and White Years is coming to Stickyz to put an end to the weekend with their funky yet poppy sound that is heavy on the synths. It’s an album release tour for the outfit’s sophomore record Patterns, a work that includes the robot-evoking “Cold.” The opening act is Booyah! Dad, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. with their dance-infused garage rock. Cover is $5 for the 21-and-up show.

Here’s The Black and White Years with their “Zeroes and Ones”:

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Thursday’s Music

Roger Creager.

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Singer/songwriter Roger Creager has spent more than a decade spreading his version of Texas country, a version he brings to Stickyz that is built on his stories of late-night trips to Mexico and his wild honky tonk live image — an image learned from watching Jerry Jeff Walker and Robert Earl Keen. Expect a night of real country tales and rabble-rousing music. The opening act is to be announced, but the music starts at 9:30 p.m. with a $8 cover for the 21-and-up show.

A number of local acts are combining their talents at Rev Room for a Support Shoog Radio Benefit Show. And what is Shoog Radio? The KABF 88.3 program that every Monday from 1-3 p.m. plays two hours of local music. Recent playlists have included Soophie Nun Squad’s “The Drawbridge,” The Reparations “Four Bars” and Adam Faucett’s “You Do It.” And the bands set to play Shoogfest are all local, too, including bar rockers The Reparations, Little Rock experimental techno rockers Ginsu Wives, garage-y folk poppers Winston Family Orchestra, dance-infused garage rockers Booyah! Dad and local rock ‘n’ roll supergroup Sweet Eagle. The … Read more >