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Thursday’s Music

Tiger High.

Giving you the music a day early:

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 >

Friday’s Music

Joe Nichols.

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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 >

Saturday’s Music

North Mississippi Allstars.

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When the great Jim Dickinson died, his two sons — Luther and Cody — were not playing music together in the North Mississippi Allstars. Luther was playing with The Black Crowes and Cody was with Hill Country Revue. No feuding; the boys were just doing different things. But Jim had always told his two sons that they were better together so not long after he died in 2009, drummer Cody and guitarist Luther along with bassist Chris Chew got the Allstars back together and recorded Keys to the Kingdom. It’s rock ‘n’ roll rebellion and sexified blues, and that’s what the North Mississippi Allstars will be bringing to Rev Room. The opening act is Powder Mill with their Missouri-bred “hillbilly slop bucket rock” kicking off the music at 9 p.m. Cover is $20 for the 18-and-up show.

There are 15 tracks on the full-length debut of Little Rock indie rockers The See‘s Pretending and Ending. Let me say that the lurching rocker “Bring It Back” is just a purely awesome song. So is the countrified kicker “Head Like a Stone.” And let’s not forget about … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Rascal Flatts.

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Celebrate the arrival of spring a month early with a visit from Rascal Flatts, a pop country band on their Thaw Out 2012 tour visiting Verizon Arena. Rascal Flatts is a new member of the Grand Ole Opry and currently readying a new release for April titled Changed so expect the band’s newest single “Banjo” along with the outfit’s other hits, including smashes such as “What Hurts the Most.” The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7:30 p.m., and fellow country acts Sara Evans and Hunter Hayes open the show. Tickets are $25.50, $40.25 and $60.25 at the Verizon Arena Box Office or available through all Ticketmaster outlets with all those nasty little Ticketmaster charges extra.

Crunk music returns to Argenta and Cornerstone Pub with Crunkfest Two, a night of Southern rap and hip-hop featuring Memphis rapper Haystak; J Bo Cracker Swagger, a North Little Rock rapper known for mixing Southern hip-hop with gangsta; and a ton of other artists, including Atlanta rapper Yard Call, Young Hart, Lil Blaze and more. Advance tickets are $20 and available during business hours at Cornerstone, or $30 … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Elise Davis.

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Elise Davis is now making her home in Nashville, Tenn., working to break into the music business, and with the young, prolific songwriter writing tunes such as the ones found on her new album Cheap Date, it should only be a matter of time before she’s bigger than what she is now. Cheap Date is Davis’ best and boldest work, an album of Americana tunes produced by Mark Nevers, a producer who has worked with Lambchop, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Andrew Bird and Charlie Louvin. Davis comes to White Water Tavern, opening for another acclaimed singer/songwriter with an appearance by Amy Garland and band with their soulful Americana. Cover is $5, and each attendee will receive a copy of Cheap Date with admission. Music starts around 9 p.m.

The great Joe Pitts is a blues guitarist who plays something a little different than straight-ahead blues. Fronting the Joe Pitts Band, his music has touches of funk and jazz in it. It’s layered and multicolored, and it’s that deeper blues rock sound that the Joe Pitts Band — Jimmy Lynn on bass and Lance Womack on drums — will bring … Read more >

Friday’s Music (And Toys)

Mountain Sprout.

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Mountain Sprout is one of those bands making a name for itself through its live shows and for good reason. The four guys from the Arkansas band describe their band as a “highly energetic hillbilly music machine, spitting original tunes and blowing minds with witty lyrics and face-melting musicianship.” Live, the band is on fire, spitting out white-hot slices of music that’s probably best titled insurgent Americana with equal parts psychobilly and hillbilly, and a touch of class with bluegrass. So it’s that sound Mountain Sprout bring to Stickyz. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with cover $6 for the 21-and-up show.

For more than 30 years, Toy Hill has helped gather toys for Toys for Tots, a charity program from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve that donates new toys to children whose parents can’t afford Christmas presents. And so it does again this year as KSSN 96 and on-air personality and legend Bob Robbins return with Toys For Tots 2011 at Toy Hill at War Memorial Park starting at 5 p.m. Friday and going right through to 5 p.m. Sunday. Bring … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Mulehead.

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It has been since August 2010 (Harvest doesn’t count) that Mulehead has graced a Little Rock club stage — when they did for two nights — but the band known for their Arkansas-stamped alt country sound is returning with a show at Stickyz. Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth — who kick out their “white trash power pop” (gritty, power rock) — will kick off the music at 9 p.m. with tickets $10 for the 18-and-up show. Mulehead disbanded in 2004, after celebrating the release of their fourth and final full-length album Finer Thing, and has only reformed a handful of times since. The August 2010 reunion shows received rave reviews and sold out both shows. Consider yourself lucky and thankful for this show.

Little Rock’s own jamband extraordinaires Weakness for Blondes chase spontaneous creativity, going down several rabbit holes, scampering after blues rock, jazz and soul with a touch of psychedelic and funk to brew their infectious jamming sound. The band, influenced by the Grateful Dead, The Band, blues, jazz, Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, will return to a Little Rock stage with a show at White Water Read more >

Friday’s Music

American Aquarium.

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Red Dirt country rockers Jason Boland and the Stragglers have released a new album, Rancho Alto, the follow-up to the band’s 2008 release, Comal County Blue, an album that hit the Top 40 of the country music album charts. Rancho Alto‘s first single “Mary Ellen’s Greenhouse” hit No. 1 on The Texas Music Chart, and the band is on the road promoting the album and single, including a stop at Rev Room. The opening act is worthy of headlining their own show — and the band has in Little Rock often — as North Carolina act American Aquarium kicks off the music at 9 p.m. with their hard-charging, gritty, country-flavored rock ‘n’ roll. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show.

Pop punk band All Time Low kicks off the weekend by bringing their high-energy, fun-loving music to Juanita’s, including the new music from the band’s fourth album Dirty Work, released earlier this year. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $22.50 in advance and $25 day of show. Also on the bill … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Michael Burks.

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This is what the Chicago Sun-Times had to say about Arkansas’ “Iron Man” of the blues Michael Burks: “Michael Burks is a flamethrower guitarist. He is the complete bluesman: songwriter, singer, riff-master, bandleader, and showman … Savage fury and heartfelt tenderness.” Burks, who uses his guitar to split the sky and make it cry with piercing, soulful, electric Delta blues, comes to Stickyz. A guitar player since the age of 2, Burks was a member of the house band at the Bradley Ferry Country Club juke joint on the outskirts of Camden before releasing his debut album in 1997 and has remained a prominent contemporary blues figure since, earning multiple Handy Awards nominations in the last 14 years. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with cover $10 for the 21-and-up show.

Charlie Robison‘s 2009 release Beautiful Day didn’t produce any country hits, but then Robison isn’t your typical country artist. He’s Texas country, and Beautiful Day displayed his sound with rocking country such as “She’s So Fine,” slower-paced ballads such as “Reconsider” and a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Racing in … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

 

Sara Evans.

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Sara Evans scored her first No. 1 country hit in 1998. Since then she has won Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards, and had more No. 1 country hits, including her newest, the 2010 single “A Little Bit Stronger.” Her newest album is the March release Stronger, her first album in five and a half years, and a triumphant return for the country music superstar. Evans comes to Magic Springs Water and Theme Park. The show is at Timberwood Amphitheater with concert gates opening at 6 p.m., and the show starting at 8 p.m. General main gate admission is $44.99 for the day, and tickets after 4 p.m. are available for $22.50.

As Art Porter Week continues in Little Rock, R&B and jazz singer Lalah Hathaway (the daughter of the legendary Donny Hathaway) makes an appearance at Riverfest Amphitheatre. The concert will cap a week of events and concerts honoring the father-son duo of Art Porter Sr. and Art Porter Jr., two legendary Little Rock jazz musicians. The week benefits the Art Porter Music Education & Foundation, an organization that raises money for music … Read more >