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Weekend Music Roundup (Starting with Thursday)

Kevin Gordon. Photo by Daniel Coston.

Kevin Gordon. Photo by Daniel Coston.

Here’s what’s on tap for live music this weekend in and around Little Rock:

Thursday

The Browning brings their The Hypernova Tour to Downtown Music as the act promotes their Oct. 1-released album Hypernova. What this means is that Downtown Music will be rocking to the Kansas City band’s mixture of heavy metal with hard style, trance and other electronic music. Joining The Browning is Pennsylvania melodic hardcore outfit This or The Apocalypse, Virginia-based metalcore quintet Honour Crest, Victory Records metalcore band Tear Out The Heart and Houston’s Myka Relocate with their screamo meets electronic elements. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

If you don’t know Louisiana-raised, Nashville, Tenn.-based singer-songwriter Kevin Gordon, you should. The man has written tunes for the likes of Keith Richards, Levon Helm and Irma Thomas, and The New York Times had this to say about Gordon’s 2012 Gloryland: “Mr. Gordon’s music is both a distinctive slice of the Nashville scene far from the country mainstream and a window onto the DIY paths that increasingly come with a … Read more >

Weekend Music Roundup

Quiet Company

Quiet Company

Here’s what’s on tap for live music this weekend in and around Little Rock:

FRIDAY

Quiet Company plays Stickyz on Friday with the music starting at 9 p.m. Cover is $6 for 21 and up, and $8 for ages 18 to 20 for the 18-and-up show. Opening the show is The Tontons, with their pop- and psychedelic-fueled indie rock from Houston, and Searcy folk ‘n’ roll outfit The Fable & The Fury.

Downtown Music has hosted Indie Music Night each month for the last three years. What that means is that it’s time for Indie Music Night’s Three-Year Celebration at Downtown Music. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover at the door. DJ Fatality is on the turntables, and the night is hosted by Mz.Glamorous with a featured performance from Raven Raider Gang and appearances by The Realest YK, @ImStephanJames, Shea Marie, Asylum and more.

Guess who is turning 10? 100.3 The Edge. Little Rock’s home for new rock hits the decade mark and invites a number of The Edge favorites, including All That Remains, Asking Alexandria, Sick Puppies, SOiL, Heaven’s Basement and more to The Metroplex. And the public is, of course, … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Kris Allen.

Giving you the music a day early:

Kris Allen at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park‘s Timberwood Amphitheater. This Arkansas resident won the eighth season of American Idol and will be promoting his new album Thank You Camellia. The concert gates open at 6 p.m. with an 8 p.m. showtime. Admission is free with a general admission ticket to the park ($44.99 per adult, and $29.99 per junior under 48 inches tall, or senior 55 or older) or season pass ($59.99).

White Water Tavern will host the Lucas Clayton Hunsicker Scholarship Fund’s Bummer Summer, a musical benefit for the fund that awards an annual scholarship to an aspiring Park View High School artist or musician. The show starts at 9 p.m. with a $10 donation at the door. Some of the performers are Isaac Alexander, Phillip Huddleston, Jack Lloyd, Mike Motley, Matt Quin and Correne Spero. Hunsicker was a Little Rock musician who died in August 2010.

The Underground Summer Jam is coming to Downtown Music. So what does that mean? ABK. Who? Anybody Killa, the American Indian rapper who specializes in spiritual rap that crosses his culture with horror themes and … Read more >

Tuesday’s Music

Giving you the music a day early:

Scott H. Biram and Lydia Loveless at Stickyz — this is going to be quite a show. Why? Biram is a 21st-century blues sorcerer, throwing blues, psychobilly, country and punk in a jar with a few gulps of whiskey, violently shaking it and then releasing to create his primal blues rock. Loveless loves Loretta Lynn. And Lucinda Williams. And Hank Williams. She also loves Television (the band). And just pure punk rock. So she creates rock ‘n’ roll. Country, Americana and punk flavored. And she sings about God, hell, white trash, hangovers, whiskey, Jesus and guiding lights. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of show for the 18-and-up night.

Tennessee deathcore — that’s what Whitechapel delivers, and the band uses a three-guitar, buzz-sawing sound in their delivery. Whitechapel is the band’s newest album, a 10-track record that came out June 19, and the band is touring in support, including a Downtown Music stop. The show will start at 7:45 p.m. with tickets $14 in advance and $16 at the door. Two Arkansas acts open: progressive metal band Seamless and melodic death metal act The Battle Read more >

Friday’s Music

At Wars End.

Giving you the music a day early:

It’s going to get heavy at Downtown Music. How heavy? Well, how heavy does a show that includes At Wars End, Reticient and The Revolutioners sound? Oh yeah, not that heavy if you don’t know what the bands sound like. Well, here’s a primer: headliners At Wars End are a Little Rock heavy rock, almost metal band; Reticent is Arkansas native singer/songwriter Chris Long’s new band, a band that plays heavy indie rock mixed with grooving music; and The Revolutioners are Little Rock rock ‘n’ roll. The doors open at 8:30 p.m. with the show starting soon afterward. Cover is $7.

Here are At Wars End with their “Leroy Creepy”:

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Tuesday’s Music

Weaving the Fate.

Giving you the music a day early:

South Carolina hard rock band Crossfade visits Juanita’s, delivering a powerful shot of their rock sound based on heavy metal and post-grunge. The band’s newest album is the summer 2011 release We All Bleed, and the album’s first single “Killing Me Inside” hit the Top 20 of the mainstream rock charts. Of course, the band is also known for their other alternative and mainstream rock tunes such as “Cold,” “So Far Away” and “Colors.” Weaving the Fate are the opening act, a South Carolina quartet that blends hip-hop with metal, including a cover of Tyga’s “Rack City.” The doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $12 day of.

Long Island, N.Y.-based hardcore band This Is Hell visits Downtown Music. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting soon afterward. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of show. Joining This Is Hell will be Louisville punk/hardcore band Xerxes, who just released their Our Home Is A Deathbed, and Crime Wave and North Little Rock hardcore act Pose No Threat.

Here … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

Sirens & Sailors.

Giving you the music a day early:

It’s midweek. Time for some rock. Time for some post-grunge rock from California band Smile Empty Soul, a group that released their newest album 3’s back in May, but a band probably best known to fans of active rock via their 2003 hit “Bottom of a Bottle.” Joining the band for a Juanita’s stop will be Minneapolis rock band 3 Pill Morning and the melodic rock of New York City’s Ionia. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Perhaps you want rock during the midweek, but perhaps you want that rock to be hardcore. Well, prepare thyself for the Wasteland at Sea Tour stopping at Downtown Music and featuring headlining act Sirens & Sailors, a five piece from Rochester, N.Y., that play … well, what else, hardcore. Joining them will be Everyone Dies in Utah, a post-hardcore act influenced by Attack Attack and I See Stars and not from Utah but from Texas, and electro-flavored hardcore act Myka Relocate. Doors open at $7 with the show starting soon afterward. There’s a $7 cover.

Here are Sirens … Read more >

Tuesday’s Music

Cough.

Giving you the music a day early:

It’s only the second night of the work week, but get heavy with the arrival of Virginia doom metal band Cough at Downtown Music. The band — known for their creeping, sludge-y music — is touring in support of their new album Ritual Abuse, and playing the tunes from it such as the dark, devilish doom of “Crippled Wizard.” The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music starting soon afterward. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of show. Included on the bill is UK extreme metal band Dragged Into Sunlight. Local support will be provided by Memphis/Little Rock metal band Ash of Cedars and Chronic Ritual.

Here are Cough with their “Acid Witch”:

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Monday’s Music

Glass Cloud.

Giving you the music a day early:

Glass Cloud is the new band of former frontman for Sky Eats Airplane and Of Mice & Men Jerry Roush. Yes, it’s metalcore, and includes guitarist Joshua Travis (The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza), bassist Travis Sykes and drummer Chad Hasty. The quartet’s debut The Royal Thousand is being released in July, and the band is touring, including a stop at Downtown Music. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of show. The openers are three local acts: North Little Rock progressive act Once by the Pacific, Maumelle/North Little Rock post-hardcore band The Science of Sleep and Central Arkansas post-hardcore group My Hands To War.

Here are Glass Cloud with their “White Flag”:

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Saturday’s Music

Luke Bryan.

Giving you the music a day early:

Riverfest Ampitheatre will host two concerts this weekend. First up is country musician Luke Bryan on Saturday. Presented by KSSN 96, the show starts at 7:30 p.m. and includes special guests Craig Campbell and Chancie Neal. Tickets through Ticketmaster are available for $46 and $41. Sunday, it’s indie folk band Bon Iver at 7 p.m. along with folk rock trio The Staves. Tickets through Ticketmaster are available for $49 and $38.50.

This is how Cenobio Xavier “Bubba” Hernandez III describes himself on his website: a “singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer of diverse musical endeavors.” He was a member of polka rock band Brave Combo for two decades and his newest diverse musical endeavor is his solo album Big Pounding Heart, a 12-track album of “pop rock songs with worldly rhythms careened through the garage grunge machinery” provided by Los Angeles producer and guitarist Scrote. Bubba Hernandez comes to White Water Tavern. The show starts at 9:30 p.m.

The Adventure Metal Across America Tour arrives at Downtown Music so that means headliners Scale The Summit will be playing their instrumental progressive rock from Texas. What else does it … Read more >