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Monday’s Music

mewithoutYou.

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So what kind of band would write and record an album about the wreck of a circus train in 19th century Montana? Philadelphia indie band mewithoutYou, that’s who. The band’s new album Ten Stories is all about that, which is a little bizarre, but then so is the experimental indie music of the quartet. mewithoutYou come to Downtown Music. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music starting soon afterward. Tickets are $14 in advance and $16 at the door. The opening acts are Buried Beds with their rock ‘n’ roll from Philadelphia and Imaginary Cities with their Motown-influenced indie pop from Canada.

Here are mewithoutYou with their “The Fox, The Crow And The Cookie”:

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Saturday’s Music

Dax Riggs.

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Former Deadboy & the Elephantmen lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Dax Riggs (he also fronted Louisiana sludge band Acid Bath before that) is closing out a May tour with a Stickyz visit. There’s a $10 cover at the door with the music starting at 9:30 p.m. for the 18-and-up show. Riggs plays blues rock, albeit experimental, or, as he calls it, a collection of “roots music, doom metal and glam-punk poetry.” Say Goodnight to the World is the newest solo release from Riggs.

The Freshman Class of ’12 Tour visits Downtown Music, which means New Jersey hardcore metal act The Air I Breathe will be headlining a show that includes Ohio hardcore group My Ticket Home, Australian post-hardcore experimental act Hands Like Houses and New Jersey post-hardcore outfit Palisades. Local support will be provided by Hot Springs hardcore metal act Through The Looking Glass. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Sometimes it’s okay for others to do the work for you so we’re going to let Alexander Jones, bassist of … 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 >

Friday’s Music

DJ and VJ Doc Roc.

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After a long, hard, not-too-cold winter, the good times and warm temperatures are here and to celebrate it how about visiting the Peabody Rivertop Party at Peabody Little Rock? Each Friday night through the spring and early summer the rooftop of the downtown Little Rock hotel will be party central. Up first? The Florida-based DJ and VJ Doc Roc, a man known for his video and music mixing. And Doc Roc will be joined at the 2012 series kickoff by Little Rock’s own Tre’ Day and Epiphany. Plus, it’s somebody’s fifth birthday. The party starts at 9 p.m. with a $8 cover at the door.

Ca$h Out without that dollar sign and with a “S” doesn’t mean the same thing on the Internet, unless you want to know what cash-out refinancing is. (It’s a financial term for taking out a loan on property already owned.) But in the case of Ca$h 0ut coming to Rev Room, we’re not concerned with financial terms but with the 21-year-old Fulton County, Ga., native and rapper named John Gibson and who goes by Ca$h Out. Why Ca$h Out? It’s … Read more >

Tuesday’s Music

EOTO.

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EOTO‘s website brags the band delivers a 100 percent live, improvised dubstep, breakbeat, house, drum and bass, and trip-hop sound, with the duo of String Cheese Incident drummer Michael Travis and percussionist Jason Hann delivering a sick dose of danceable, electronic-dance powered music. The pair meld dance beats powered by live drums with keyboards, bass, guitar, live mixing and various other instruments to construct a mixture of unplanned, unrehearsed music. Check out the throbbing bass and thudding beats when the duo come to Rev Room on their Bass Invaders Tour. Kraddy is the opening act with his Los Angeles-based electronic-music that is heavy, dirty and nasty kicking off the music at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show.

Hank 3 at Downtown Music. Here’s just a small taste of what local social media members are saying about this show: “Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet” and “can’t wait.” So people are excited about this show. And why not? Hank 3, the grandson of the legendary Hank Williams and son of Hank William Jr., is a hell of a good time with his blend of country, punk … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Bleu Edmondson.

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Texas country artist Bleu Edmondson loves Bruce Springsteen. And he loves Willie and Waylon, too, and one can hear those three influences in his music. See, Edmondson’s music is country rock, but with his last album The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be, Edmondson also got a little soulful, adding a little heartfelt emotion to this mixture of Texas country on tunes such as “No Room for Mercy.” Edmondson brings those sounds when he visits Stickyz. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with two openers: The Captain Legendary Band with their country-flavored roots rock from Louisiana, and Chris Craig with his Texas country. There’s a $10 cover for the 21-and-up show.

Massachusetts-bred, American-made metal comes to Little Rock with a visit from Shadows Fall at Downtown Music. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. Shadows Fall is preparing for the release of their new album of muscular thrash metal crossed with metalcore with Fire From the Sky dropping on May 15. The opening bands are a trio of Arkansas metal acts: … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

JJ Grey & Mofro (minus the Mofro).

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Hearing the opening words of JJ Grey & Mofro‘s title track tune from their Georgia Warhorse album it’s apparent Grey is describing himself a little: “My shell is hard, my hooks like steel/My wings are fire and you cannot break my will.” No, no one is breaking Grey’s will. How could they? Or, better yet, why? JJ Grey & Mofro kick up a dust devil of a sound with their combination of R&B- and funk-powered Southern rock with a little soul and swamp boogie thrown in as well. What’s not to like about that? JJ Grey & Mofro — a backing band that mixes guitar, bass and drums with organ, sax and trumpet — pay a visit to the Rev Room. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 day of for the 18-and-up show. The music starts at 9 p.m. with The Revivalists and their New Orleans-fueled rock.

Wonder what Colorado-born but Nashville, Tenn.-based folk rock singer-songwriter Katie Herzig did during those four days between playing Harding University’s FirstThaw last Friday and headlining this show at Juanita’s? Guess she retreated to Tennessee so … Read more >

Monday’s Music

Foxy Shazam.

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Foxy Shazam is a Cincinnati live-wire rock outfit known for their glam rock rhythms and frontman Eric Sean Nally, who worships the stage presences of Freddie Mercury, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and Iggy Pop. They are a band that wants to be the “Michael Jordan of rock ‘n’ roll,” according to Nally. See how the band does it when Foxy Shazam comes to Juanita’s. It’s an all-ages show with the doors opening at 8 p.m. and the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 day of show. Opening the show is the dirty rock ‘n’ roll of nasty, Ohio band Cadaver Dogs, and for local support, the punk cabaret music of North Little Rock’s Flameing Daeth Fearies.

Sludge metal and New Orleans — Those two things come together when the legendary Crowbar plays a show at Downtown Music. Call Crowbar the kings of sludge metal with their slow and heavy songs of doom that suddenly spark into furious punk passages. The Crowbar tour stop at Downtown Music also includes Los Angeles industrial metal band Prong and Seattle sludge rock act Witchburn. … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

Missing Cats.

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Professor Longhair wasn’t a professor in the strictest definition of the word. But he was a real-world professor (perhaps where it counts most), introducing many to New Orleans, piano-powered R&B. In fact, he was one of the pioneers of that sound, influencing artists such as Dr. John, Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint. Another person influenced by Longhair? John “JoJo” Hermann, keyboardist for Southern rock jamband powerhouse Widespread Panic. With Panic on hiatus in 2012, Hermann has formed Missing Cats with longtime friend and New York City-based singer-songwriter Sherman Ewing. It’s New Orleans boogie-woogie piano mixed with down-to-earth singer/songwriter music the duo brings to Rev Room. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with tickets $12 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show.

Nashville, Tenn.’s A Plea For Purging has only been together for a few short years, but their heavy-duty metalcore sound has already made waves. Following 2010’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, “a terrifyingly honest look at the age-old, wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing theme” backed by some vicious rhythms, the quartet has returned with 2011’s The Life & Death of A Plea for Purging, another headbanging collection. … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

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 band is seemingly always out and about and playing, including a stop at Stickyz. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover for the 18-and-up show. 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.

Band name of the week here in the Quick Picks? DevilDriver, the California groove metal band that is visiting Flying DD on their Metal Alliance Tour 2012. The band’s guitarist Jeff Kendrick announced back in February that the outfit is working on demos for their sixth album, but in the meantime expect a menacing assault of tunes from The Fury of Our Maker’s Hand, Beast and other albums. Joining the band for the show will be Los Angeles death metal band The Faceless, Maryland-bred … Read more >