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 >
Back in 2001, Texas country artist Pat Green recorded an album with fellow Texas country artist Cory Morrow titled Songs We Wish We’d Written, a collection of tunes from famous songwriters such as Waylon Jennings’ “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way,” Billy Joe Shaver “Live Forever” and John Prine’s “Paradise.” Both Morrow and Green have gone on to bigger careers since then, but Green, who has scored a number of Top 40 country hits since 2001, is returning to some of his favorite tunes with the February release Songs We Wish We’d Written II, featuring Green covering tunes by Tom Petty and others. The Texas music icon will bring those tunes and others such as “Carry On” and “Wave on Wave” to Rev Room for a night of country music presented by KSSN 96. The opening acts are up-and-coming country music singer/songwriter Brent Cobb along with The Lost Trailers, the country band that last visited the metro as an opening act for Tim McGraw at Verizon Arena. The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $20 for the 18-and-up show.
Artists from country icon Kris Kristofferson to American rock ‘n’ roll poet Bob Dylan have all sung the praises of Texas country musician Billy Joe Shaver, the man responsible for writing most of the tunes on Waylon Jennings’ classic 1973 outlaw country album Honky Tonk Heroes, including the title track, “You Asked Me To” and “Ain’t No God in Mexico.” Shaver, the original honky tonk hero and one of the founders of the outlaw country movement, visits Rev Room. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of for the 18-and-up show. Expect a show unveiling the roots of country rock as Shaver sings about going to “Georgia on a Fast Train,” “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal,” “Old Five and Dimers Like Me” and other gems.
It’s a little over two months till Halloween, but Macabre brings their Grim Scary Tour to Downtown Music. Why the Halloween mention? Because the Chicago band is known for creating what they like to call murder metal, a genre the trio created by crossing … Read more >
The week gets off to a brutal start at Downtown Music with a visit from Seraphim, a Mississippi band that is a little experimental at times in delivering their crushing metal music. Fellow touring band Xibalba will join Seraphim, bringing a dose of their hardcore crossed with death metal influenced by Morbid Angel, Crowbar and others. The opening acts include Little Rock hardcore act Jungle Juice, Conway hardcore metal outfit Crankbait and Memphis sludge metal/hardcore metal band Lesser Animal. The doors open at 7 p.m. with a $7 cover.
Before there was Jack and Meg White of The White Stripes, there was G. Amber Valentine and Ed Livengood of Jucifer. The hellacious one-two punch rides the wall of sound created by Valentine’s grinding guitar and Livengood’s thunderbolt drumming, creating a metal blast of music that tap dances on the throat of The White Stripes. The nomadic duo return to Downtown Music to bring their self-described “blackened doom/grindgaze/brutal folk.” The opening acts are North Little Rock metal Rwake, Conway hardcore metal act Crankbait and Necklace of Heads, a collection of members of Headdress and Pack of Wolves. The music gets going at 8 p.m. with a $10 cover.
Halloween is all about the tricking and the treating, and Revolution Music Room is treating local music fans to a return trip from those merry Memphis hip-hop tricksters Lord T & Eloise. The show gets going around 8:30 p.m. with the opening act to be announced. Tickets for the all-ages night of music are $10 in advance and $15 day of show. For the uninformed, Lord T & Eloise is a blend of Palace of Versailles-flavored aristocrunk with a heavy … Read more >
Much like their New Orleans party rock brethren Cowboy Mouth, Dash Rip Rock is another one of those bands that have seemingly been around forever, having fun and kicking out their swampy version of Southern rock, rockabilly and punk. (And Mouth ringleader Fred LeBlanc was actually an early member of the legendary south Louisiana trio.) Today, the rowdy live act is still fronted by longtime member Bill Davis, electrifying audiences with their bar rock and good-timing tunes such as “Let’s Go Smoke Some Pot.” Dash Rip Rock plays Sticky Fingerz. Opening the show will be Little Rock’s own gulch rockers Dangerous Idiots, or, as they describe themselves: “the Gulch Rock sensation right HERE from LIVER ROCK, Arkansas!” Expect a Dangerous Idiots debut album soon, featuring the tunes “He Who Has The Information Is The Leader,” “Can I Get A Role Model?” and “Less For You.”
The System of Freaks Tour blows into Juanita’s featuring headliner Mary Magdalan, a Long Beach, Calif., trio known for their crazy collection of metal, electronica, punk and hip-hop, and fronted by their namesake Mary Magdalan. Also on the bill are Minnesota metal … Read more >
Perhaps the best part of David Simon’s Treme is the HBO drama’s use of the music of New Orleans — big and funky, and full of the Crescent City’s brassy mingling of jazz and soul. Well-known New Orleans musicians and bands such as Kermit Ruffins, Galactic and Allen Toussaint have already appeared in the show, but people searching for the sound of New Orleans up close and personal should check out the Dirty Dozen Brass Band when the New Orleans outfit visits Sticky Fingerz. Expect the music at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $15 for the 21-and-up show. Dirty Dozen been kicking out their blend of Crescent City brass band peppered with funk, jazz, bebop and soul since 1977, releasing albums such as their 1984 debut My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now. Little Rock’s own jamband extraordinaires Weakness for Blondes are the openers, with their spontaneous creativity going down several rabbit holes, chasing blues rock, jazz and soul with a touch of psychedelic and funk.
The musical list of bands having eponymous titled tunes is a rather short one in the grand scheme of things (Bad Company and … Read more >
Dorothy, Toto, the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow are back in Little Rock as Celebrity Attractions presents The Wizard Of Oz at Robinson Center Music Hall. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with tickets $27, $37, $47 and $52. Celebrating the iconic 1939 MGM film, the family musical includes a combination of classic songs, special effects and choreography along with the evil flying monkeys. For tickets and additional information, visit www.CelebrityAttractions.com or call (501) 244-8800.
The music of the week kicks off in Conway at Soundstage as hardcore metal act Crankbait of Conway joins forces with six piece Conway progressive metal act Still Reign for a night of hard-hitting music. Also on the bill are LA Wildfires and Moose.
Here’s the trailer to The Wizard of Oz movie, just because it’s awesome:
Florida post-grunge band Cold visits Juanita’s, playing new music from their upcoming summer release Epic — their first release in almost five years and following a two-year breakup — and their modern-rock hits such as “No One” and “Stupid Girl.” Joining Cold on a co-headlining tour will be fellow Florida hard rock act Nonpoint (Whose new album Miracle is out April 27.), along with Nashville, Tenn., rock band Day of Fire and New York City rock outfit Edison. Presented by 100.3 The Edge, the all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $20 advance and $22 day of.
Downtown Music kicks off its showcase of bands headed to Austin, Texas’ South by Southwest with a visit from Minnesota/North Dakota death metal act Battlefields, whose music is methodical and punishing. Also on the bill are Boston art rock outfit Junius and Illinois psychedelic-tinged metal band Cloud Burial with local support from two Conway bands: down-tempo metal act Crankbait and Conway death metal band Izamal. The music starts at 8 p.m. with a $6 cover.
Charlotte, N.C., and Victory Records band A Hero A Fake visit Vino’s to showcase their … Read more >