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Thursday’s Music

Moon Hooch.

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This Brooklyn group Moon Hooch play something they call cave music, which is … well, Moon Hooch explains it as “like house, but it’s more wild, more jagged, more free, more natural to live in.” Well, what is it? The music of Wenzl McGowen and Mike Wilbur on saxophones (tenor and baritone) along with drummer James Muschler. The three New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music graduates also throw in dubstep, drum and bass, and jazz. It’s some wicked musical brew the trio brings to Stickyz. No word on the opening act, but the music starts at 9:30 p.m. with an $8 cover for the 18-and-up show.

It’s the night before Riverfest, but let’s get the party started a night early with Little Rock hip-hop star Epiphany coming to Rev Room along with backing band Tomorrow Maybe featuring Bijoux and Dee Dee Jones. Basically what you are in for is a night of hip-hop from Epiphany — for sure — being backed with a band that creates a fusion of R&B, soul, funk, rock and jazz. That’s not all though. There’s more local hip-hop from Bully Gang and Duke StigallRead 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 >

Thursday’s Music

James McMurtry.

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It has been almost seven years since Texas singer/songwriter James McMurtry released “We Can’t Make It Here,” an indictment of the Bush years, but the tune still rings true today. (Think about the opening line: “Vietnam vet with a cardboard sign/Sitting there by the left turn line.”) McMurtry is a good-old-fashioned Americana artist, known for his gruff vocals, no-frills rock and workingman tunes, but also a fan of literary tunes. (Check out “Choctaw Bingo.”) After all, he is the son of literary giant Larry McMurtry. And James McMurtry is bringing his literary tunes to Stickyz. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of show with the music starting at 8:30 p.m. with Jonny Burke, a fellow Texas singer/songwriter who goes from gently beautiful folk gallops on “El Paso” to barn-burning bar rock on “Lost in the Forest.” It’s an 18-and-up night.

Epiphany at Rev Room — consider this the second CD release party (there was a listening party earlier this month) for the Little Rock hip-hop artist’s “second” debut album, Such Is Life, a rock-solid collection of hip-hop with beats from Kwestion and others, and special guests … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

Jim Brickman.

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So who is Jim Brickman and why is he worth a $60 ticket? Well, Brickman is a solo piano performer who also sells a ton of albums, and is a huge act on the adult contemporary circuit. He’s also a Grammy nominee and an artist who has worked with people such as Michael W. Smith, Martina McBride and Lady Antebellum, and has a number of adult contemporary hits stretching back to 1996. And Brickman is bringing that all to Robinson Center Music Hall with a 7:30 p.m. start time. Tickets are $60.30 from Ticketmaster with all those nasty little surcharges included. The opening acts are country singer and American Idol alum Josh Gracin and adult contemporary pop singer Anne Cochran.

This Stickyz show was supposed to be a double-release party for two local hip-hop artists: Epiphany and Kwestion. Well, Epiphany is finishing his new album Such Is Life so wait on the soul-and-funk infused sound of it, but go and download Kwestion’s debut album Greater Than Great, a collection of hard-hitting beats and steady rhymes. The music still start at 9:30 p.m. with Kwestion backed by a live … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Pretty Lights.

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Colorado electronic music artist Derek Vincent Smith brings his electro-hip hop-soul musical mixture Pretty Lights to North Little Rock for A Halloween Extravaganza of dance music and stunning visuals at Verizon Arena. Don’t know who Pretty Lights is? Check out Pretty Lights vs. Led Zeppelin, a remix collection combining samples of seven individual Led Zeppelin tunes with hip-hop, classic rock, down tempo and dubstep cuts. Tickets are $30 and $33. All seats are general admission, and there are no seats on the floor. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music at 8 p.m. with the Colorado electronic act Big Gigantic also on the bill along with fellow electronica artists Tyler Durden and DJ Witnesse.

The Peabody Little Rock turns into a party overlooking the Arkansas River complete with more than $5,000 in cash and prizes for a Halloween costume contest judged by local celebrities with its fourth annual Boo Bash Halloween Party. The party kicks off at 9 p.m. and goes on until after midnight. There’s a $10 cover at the door for the 21-and-up show. The best five costumes will walk away with the prizes, … Read more >

Friday’s Music

 

Those Darlins.

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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 >

Friday’s Music

Randy Rogers Band.

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Fans of Red Dirt music — a crossing of Texas country and rock rhythms powering storytelling tunes and party anthems — will be present at Rev Room as the River Market venue welcomes the return of Randy Rogers Band for one of their biannual local shows. (Or is it triannual? Does it really matter because local crowds never tire of the rowdy Texas five piece?) The band fronted by its namesake continues to tour behind their August 2010 release Burning the Day, which hit No. 2 on both the iTunes chart and Billboard‘s Country Albums chart. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets for the 18-and-up show $20.

This summer’s Peabody Rivertop Party series is slowly coming to an end, but not before an appearance by Hip Kitty, a Nashville, Tenn., rock band that plays the rooftop overlooking the Arkansas River. Expect a night of energetic rock created by a quartet led by lead singer Jen Halverson as Hip Kitty unleashes their self-described “all-American, sexy-ass rock.” As with every Peabody Rivertop Party this year, the night will be … Read more >

Friday’s Music

 

Bear Colony.

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The central Arkansas indie rock collective known as Bear Colony returns to the stage for the first time in way too long, appearing at Stickyz for a night of local music. For a May show in Fayetteville, the band played new songs from a long-promised follow-up to their debut We Came Here To Die, an album that included such greatness as the swirling electronica landscape of “Hospital Rooms Aren’t For Lovers.” Joining the electronica-flavored indie rock band will be the indie folk rock band out of Conway by the name of This Holy House, Magnolia pop punkers belair. and Arkansas-bred indie pop/rock from the Catskill Kids. The music starts at 9 p.m. with cover $7 for the 21-and-up show.

Charles Woods will kick off a double-billed show at The Afterthought, running through a collection of classic soul, R&B and blues tunes such as “Rainy Night In Georgia.” Born into the church, Woods’ sound is a rich, gospel-flavored voice influenced by greats such as Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Johnny Taylor. What follows Woods is the three-man, swamp blues of Voodoo Sauce, a band consisting of … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Frankie Vega.

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The Kings of Leon fifth album Come Around Sundown didn’t quite spawn the rock hits that their previous album Only by the Night did. But that probably doesn’t matter too much to KOL tribute band Gold Diggin’ Mothers. The band will still recreate the garage-flavored American rock blasts of brothers Nathan Followill, Caleb Followill and Jared Followill, and cousin Matthew Followill with their Southern rock choruses and big alternative rock riffs when the tribute band visits Stickyz. They’ll more than likely play the hits — “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody” — and the deep tracks. There is no opening act, just a couple of hours of Kings of Leon tunes. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a cover to be announced for the 21-and-up show.

DJ Frankie Vega has a mission: Spreading the electronica greatness that is the Chicago house scene. He’ll do so in Little Rock for the first time, as he headlines Freedom, an event presented by Balance Music at Downtown Music, spinning his wicked collection of Chicago house, minimal, deep techno and acid. Local support will come from Bobby Rainmaker, EwellRead more >