Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week:
Let’s kick off this week of music with Tauk. Give the New York City-based quartet’s Homunculus album a listen. Start right there with the opening track, “Dead Signal,” a tune awash in keyboard and guitar twirls but with a rock-solid foundation. Then keep going. “Afro-tonic,” “Hello Narwhal,” “The Spot” and so on. This is instrumental music that can duck into a detour jam, but the band’s deep groove and pop melodies keep a watchful eye on their instrumental gestures. Grammy-winner Robert Carranza (Mars Volta, Jack Johnson) was the producer who guided the foursome of Matt Jalbert on guitar, Charlie Dolan on bass, Alric “A.C.” Carter on keyboards and Isaac Teel on drums through the 10 songs of the album, melding progressive rock and jazz with funk and rock. So maybe you want to dance on a midweek night. Get to Stickyz. That’s where Tauk is. There’s no opening act with the music starting at 9:30 p.m. for the 18-and-up show. Cover is $3. Yes, $3.
Holly Cole, Jana Misener and Krista Wroten are the core of The Memphis Dawls, a band that includes Jonathan McLaren on vibraphone and drums, and Nahshon Benford on trumpet, and a group plays a mingling of folk and traditional country music that also finds time for a little R&B. The Memphis Dawls are the headliners for a show at Stickyz, but let’s talk a little about the openers, fellow Memphis act Star & Micey, a soulful, folk pop trio who are releasing their I Can’t Wait EP later this summer. It’s an EP recorded by the famed Dennis Herring (Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse, Buddy Guy) at Sweet Tea Studios in Oxford, Miss. You dig The Avett Brothers? You’ll dig Star & Micey. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $6 cover for the 18-and-up show.
I don’t know Ginger Baker, the famous drummer in bands such as Cream and Blind Faith. He’s apparently a pretty cantankerous fellow from what I’ve read and heard: Check out a 2009 Rolling Stone profile, and his biography is titled Hellraiser. But man, he’s a talented drummer. And he has … Read more >
The Dirty Streets, a young Memphis rock ‘n’ roll outfit raised on Humble Pie, Sly & the Family Stone and Led Zeppelin, come back to Little Rock for a show at White Water Tavern. Throw in a little punk with the likes of the MC5 and a grooving R&B from James Brown, and one could say The Dirty Streets are a indie-rocking band with the emotions of a soul singer and the attitude of a punk. Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth are also on the bill with their “white trash power pop.” The music starts at 10 p.m., and all it takes for entrance is a donation at the door.
Here are The Dirty Streets with their “Give It Up”:
Arkansas rockers Smoke Up Johnny called it quits in the summer of 2009, but are promising one last show at White Water Tavern to mark the release of a new album. An album said to be the band’s last. Expect the post-punk rockers to deliver a set of rousing, central Arkansas-flavored rock. Joining Smoke Up Johnny will be Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth with their “white trash power pop.”
Here’s Smoke Up Johnny with their “Tough As They Come”:
Even at the ripe old age of 90 (Give or take a few years.), Mr. T-Model Ford is still touring, keeping the juke joint blues vibe alive with his primal, hypnotic blues. Earlier this year, Ford recorded an album with his regular backing band GravelRoad during a 14-show tour. The resulting album, Taledragger, is due in January, and in the meantime the “Boss of the Blues” is hitting the road with GravelRoad for his Juke Joints & Dive bars of the South Tour 2010, including a stop at White Water Tavern. What Ford will bring to White Water is his real Mississippi hill country blues sound, a mingling of Ford’s rough vocal style and his raw-edged guitar playing, sparse but rhythmic.
With an album titled Exile and a tour titled National Exile Tour, Boston-based indie rock band Aloud visits Sticky Fingerz. The show starts at 9 p.m. with cover $5 for the 21-and-up affair. The opening acts are a couple of locals: Mandy McBryde, an acoustic singer/songwriter with her backing band The Holy Ghosts, and Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth, who kick out their … Read more >
He’s called the “Dirty Old, One-Man Band.” Not by the media or fans, but self-proclaimed. He likes that name because Scott H. Biram captures blues, psychobilly, country and punk in a jar, violently shakes and then releases it for his primal blues rock. Biram will bring his devilish pulpit of tour-de-force music to Juanita’s. The show starts at 10 p.m. with cover $7 for the 18-and-up show. Joining Biram will be the duo of Joey and Kelly Kneiser from Glossary, the Tennessee rock band known for their fiery anthems tinged with country and R&B. Local support will be provided by local rockers Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth.
Ten local country acts — Tony Melton, Neal Travis, Heather Swain, the Alan Hunt Band, Ashley Quinn, Brian Mullen, Gwendlyn Kay, Lindsey Triplett, Bretten Low and The Luke Williams Band — are converging upon Revolution Music Room to compete in the finals of the KSSN Colgate Country Showdown. So what does the winner receive? A chance to move onto the state finals at the Arkansas State Fair in October. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. with cover … Read more >
Taking their cues from artists as classic as Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, and as modern as M. Ward and Neutral Milk Hotel, the Nashville, Tenn., quartet The Avery Set — Chris Zehnder on guitar and vocals, Jake Bartlett on drums, Brandon Harris on lead guitar and Shawn Supra on bass — create a musical brew of country and folk-infused rock ‘n’ roll. The Avery Set visits White Water Tavern with local support from Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth, who kick out their “white trash power pop” — better known as gritty, power trio rock.
As part of the Little Rock Film Festival, the Arkansas Music Video Competition returns to Revolution Music Room. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. with cover to be announced. The bands scheduled to have videos shown are Ace Spade & the Whores of Babylon, Bryan Frazier. DJ G-Force, Michael Witham, The Floor Plan and Winston Family Orchestra.
Here’s The Avery Set in action with their “I’m Not One to Bet”:
Sticky Fingerz presents a trio of indie rock acts with visits from The Most Serene Republic, Annuals and What Laura Says. Co-headliner The Most Serene Republic are a JUNO Award-nominated sextet known for their crossing of rock with baroque pop while fellow co-headliner Annuals are a North Carolina band who describe their music as “Experimental Jungle Pop,” although it’s better described as cinematic indie rock that draws from guitar-based rock, lush vocal harmonies and experimentalism. Arizona band What Laura Says is a desert mix of stomping blues, gospel and folk. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with cover $8 for the 21-and-up show.
A show at Revolution Music Room features Seattle indie rockers The Classic Crime, and alternative rockers Ivoryline, a Tooth & Nail Records act just like The Classic Crime. Local support will come from Hot Springs progressive rock act Stereo Sound. The all-ages show begins at 8 p.m. with tickets $10 advance and $12 day of show.
Travis McElroy’s Thick Syrup Records is celebrating its fourth anniversary with the Thick Syrup Anniversary Party at White Water Tavern, featuring reunited bar rockers Smoke Up Johnny… Read more >
Edgefest — the annual new rock festival presented by 100.3 The Edge — returns for its sixth rendition to the Arkansas State Fairgrounds with co-headliners and Edgefest veterans Rob Zombie and Godsmack. Other Edgefest veterans on the all-day affair bill are Five Finger Death Punch (2008 Edgefest) and Drowning Pool (2009 Edgefest). The newbies include California hard rockers Papa Roach, heavy metal supergroup Hellyeah (members of Pantera and Mudvayne among others), British heavy metal group Bullet for My Valentine and Italian heavy metal band Lacuna Coil. The gates open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $35 advance and $40 at the gate, with tickets available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Late additions to the bill are Seether, The Veer Union and Shaman Harvest along with local support from Dark From Day One and The Vail.
Hosted by Power 92.3 and Stack 3, and presented by The Fam Ent., the Big Apple Reunion Party at The Village is a night of hip hop and R&B with Lil Keke (a Houston southern rapper) and Mista Mayhemm (a Little Rock hip hop heavyweight) headlining, … Read more >
The story of the Heartless Bastards might have started in Ohio, but the band’s sound is rooted in the black dirt gold of the Mississippi Delta. Just check out the band’s February 2009 release The Mountain, a bluesy shout of jagged garage-y rock ‘n’ roll filled with grit, grime and killer guitar riffs, such as the grinding title track. It’s not all blues and garage rock though, as the band softens their focus with mandolins and banjos on other The Mountain tracks. The Heartless Bastards will visit Juanita’s. The show starts at 9 p.m. with two local acts taking the stage first: the roots rocking Jonathan Wilkins & the Reparations, and the gritty, punkish rock roar of Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth. Tickets are $10 advance and $12 day of for the 18-and-up show.
Saliva, the Memphis, Tenn., post-grunge hard rock band known for their modern rock hit “Always,” is making a return trip to Little Rock, playing the Revolution Music Room. Presented by The Edge 100.3, the music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for the 18-and-up show for … Read more >