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Thursday’s Music

Interstate Buffalo.

Giving you the music a day early:

Most of the time, Little Rock’s Interstate Buffalo is all flashy classic rock guitar theatrics and chugging Southern-flavored blues rock with a touch of funk — the kind of music that howls and wails, and then quiets its own tempest with a gorgeous guitar solo. But what many don’t know is the quartet got started back in 2006 as an acoustic blues cover band. So one would imagine that is what Interstate Buffalo will concentrate on for a happy-hour, acoustic set at Cajun’s Wharf, along with classic rock and blues rock done acoustically. The music starts at 5 p.m. Following the show, White Noise Theory takes the stage at 9 p.m. Interstate Buffalo’s show is free, but there’s a $5 cover after 8:30 p.m.

There are hybrid cars, hybrid football players, hybrid restaurants so of course there are hybrid musicians — artists who are not contained in one particular genre of music. A “slash” musician if you will. One such “slash” is Memphis musician Grace Askew, an artist who will visit Stickyz with her backing band Black Market Goods. And far as the music goes, expect a dose of alternative … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

Amy LaVere.

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It has been two years since Memphis-based-but-Arkansas-loved rockers Lucero released their sixth studio album and major label debut, 1372 Overton Park. But in the fall of this year, the band found time between its busy touring schedule for time in a Memphis studio, recording a follow-up to 1372 Overton Park, and the album, Women and Work, will be released March 13, with an extensive tour kicking off in late February and continuing through late April. So finally new music from the rockers who mix their punkish roots with twangy country and beer-raising rock ‘n’ roll to create tales about girls, guitars, love and drinking. Want to hear some of the new songs before 2012? Bet you can when the band plays Rev Room with fellow Memphis act Amy LaVere — a blend of soul, torch country, folk and rock ‘n’ roll — kicking off the show. The music begins at 8:30 p.m. with tickets for the 18-and-up show $21.

As Play It Again Arkansas says, giving an Arkansas school child a musical instrument is more than just giving them a musical instrument. It’s giving them an opportunity for … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Flameing Daeth Fearies.

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Vino’s is hosting a night of local music with a visit from a trio of bands: Jab Jab Sucker Punch, Glittercore and Flameing Daeth Fearies. It’s an all-ages show with the music starting at 9 p.m. with a $8 cover. It’s the official debut of Little Rock’s Jab Jab Sucker Punch, a band consisting of members of well-known acts Big Boss Line, The Moving Front and Ashtray Babyhead. Glittercore is also an ensemble of Little Rock music royalty, with Paul Bowling, India Carter, Luke Tibbett and Shayne Gray playing their modern pop with glam and indie rock overtunes. And North Little Rock’s cabaret punk rock band Flameing Daeth Fearies creates fun-loving music while also incorporating interactive elements.

Ohio punk pop band Hit the Lights is coming to Downtown Music as the Razor & Tie Records-signed quintet tours in support of their just released EP Invicta. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the music starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Joining Hit the Lights on their Take the Fall Tour is Maryland act The Dangerous Summer, a band … 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 >

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

 

Those Darlins.

Giving you the music a day early:

Middle Tennessee act Those Darlins started off as a punk meets alt country act, at least on their 2009 debut album. But with the spring 2011 release Screws Get Loose, the Darlins have embraced their live show, where the quartet turns the amps up and create pure rock ‘n’ roll with traces of garage, punk, country and ’60s girl pop. Those Darlins come to Stickyz with tickets $8 in advance and $10 at the door for the 21-and-up show. Local rock ‘n’ roll act Spero, Vanhoose, Quin & Dodson is on the bill along with Nashville, Tenn., rock group Denney and The Jets. The music starts at 9 p.m.

It’s not the kind of show one usually finds at Cajun’s Wharf, but the high-octane country and rock ‘n’ roll of Good Time Ramblers will be heard up and down the Arkansas River as the band takes the stage. The band creates music that would make Johnny, Waylon and Willie smile: a rollicking and rambunctious, high lonesome and fatigued collection of music about hard living, being drunk, living in the jailhouse, broken hearts, God and cowboy dreams. The … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

R. Stevie Moore.

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It’s hard what to make of R. Stevie Moore. The lo-fi, DIY artist has released more than 400 albums in his career. Of course, he refers to his albums as his sound diary, and the music is a collection of the weird and wonderful, the amazing and avant-garde, dabbling in genres as wide ranging as spoken word, power pop, punk, experimental rock, jangling folk and symphonic. It’s dazzling and head scratching music — a lo-fi Brian Wilson or DIY Sgt. Pepper. The artist’s first-ever tour — most of his albums were recorded in his New Jersey apartment — includes a stop at White Water Tavern. The music starts at 10 p.m. with opening act Sea Nanners, the Little Rock band formerly known as Reptar that is known for their driving Americana sound.

Cajun’s Wharf gets a shot of mojo with a visit from Mojo Depot with the music starting at 9 p.m. Mojo Depot, the Little Rock group consisting of Tyndall Jackson on guitar, Rob Moore on vocals and guitar, Jason Adams on drums and John Wright on bass, has been making music for more than … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Elise Davis.

Giving you the music a day early:

She came up short in the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards for Best Female Vocalist for 2010, but Elise Davis is an artist who will long be considered for the award and perhaps even bigger trophies, mixing folk, country and rock ‘n’ roll with her band members Jordan Trotter, Trevor Ware and Joshua Tate. Davis and crew visit Cajun’s Wharf for a night of her angelic vocals mixed with acoustic-powered rhythms. Cover is $5 after 8:30 p.m. with the music starting at 9 p.m.

Proving that Finding Jimmy Hoffa isn’t the only musical jewel out of Osceola, winner of the USA Network’s first ever Nashville Star and country musician Buddy Jewell returns to Arkansas and Juanita’s for a headlining show. Jewell’s “Somebody Who Would Die For You” is currently in the top tier of the Christian country music charts. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the music at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.

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 been creating grooving, funky and hypnotizing zydeco music since the … Read more >

Saturday’s Music and Riverfest

Andy McKee.

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Kansas instrumental acoustic guitar artist and YouTube sensation Andy McKee arrives at Juanita’s for a night of his lighting-quick acoustic fingerpicking influenced by artists such as Eric Johnson, King Crimson and Michael Hedges. McKee’s use of percussive hits and tapping on the acoustic guitar earned him a YouTube audience of millions, and turned him into a touring artist playing about 150 dates a year. The “U.K.’s most potent slide player” and a folk guitarist, Johnny Dickinson, is the opening act, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 advance and $15 day of show for the all-ages gig.

According to their Facebook account, Corona, Calif., band Sacrificial Slaughter likes the music of Pantera, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Slayer and Testament, using those influences for the creation of their self-described “extreme (bleeping) death thrash.” The quartet headline a show at Downtown Music featuring local support from Conway death metal band Fathom Down, six piece Conway progressive metal act Still Reign, Little Rock death metal band Tomorrow Brings The Agony and The Beast. The music starts at 7 p.m. with an $8 cover.

Cody Belew takes time … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

Keller Williams.

Giving you the music a day early:

While he’s performed with artists such as String Cheese Incident and Yonder Mountain String Band, and occasionally plays with guitarist Gibb Droll and drummer Jeff Sipe, Keller Williams is better known as a one-man jamband. On stage, Williams utilizes an Echoplex Digital Pro looping unit to construct his backing music that includes touches of bluegrass, folk, alternative rock, electronica, jazz, funk, lounge and Afrobeat, allowing Williams to alternate between instruments in creating his off-the-wall music. Williams visits Revolution Music Room with tickets for the 18-and-up show $19 advance and $23 day of show. The music will start at 8:30 p.m., and there’s no opening act. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Cody Belew & the Mercers visit Cajun’s Wharf for a night of party anthems, blue-eyed soul and rock ‘n’ roll classics as the crooner works his way through a collection of recognizable hits with his crack backing band: Gregg McGowan and Matt Stone on guitars, Ivan Yarbrough on bass, Jason McHughes on drums, and Dave and Christy Williams on saxophones. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with a $5 after 8:30 p.m.

Here’s a shot of Keller Williams lighting up the … Read more >