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Friday’s Music

Colt Ford.

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So two of Crisis‘ seven members are employees of The Peabody, but it isn’t favoritism that got the band the gig as the headliners of the Peabody Rivertop Party. What got the party cover band its spot? An energetic blend of all the best funk, R&B, rock and current Top 40 covers. One might hear Earth, Wind & Fire or a Katie Perry tune at a Crisis show. And the band also appreciates the rock side of life, covering U2 and AC/DC. The party gets going at 8 p.m. and will last until after midnight. Cover is $5 for the 21-and-up show. Local hip-hop artist and all around great guy Epiphany will be the DJ and emcee of the party, the role he has been filling all season long.

The Colt Ford “experience’ comes to the Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center. And what is the Colt Ford “experience”? A night of country music mixed with a touch of rap from a musician who not only sings tunes about country living but also lives those very same tunes about living the country life. Presented by KSSN 96, the show … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Crossfade.

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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 June 21 release We All Bleed so expect new tunes along with alternative and mainstream rock tunes such as “Cold” (a Top 20 pop hit), “So Far Away,” “Colors” and “Killing Me Inside,” from We All Bleed. The opening act is Pop Evil, a Michigan post-grunge act whose sophomore album War of Angels will be released in July, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. The doors open at 8 p.m., and tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door.

Singer/songwriter Roger Creager has spent more than a decade spreading his rocking version of Texas country, a version he brings to Stickyz that is built on his stories of late-night trips to Mexico and his wild honky tonk live image — an image learned from watching Jerry Jeff Walker and Robert Earl Keen. Expect a night of real country tales and rabble-rousing music, including Creager’s signature tune “The Everclear Song.” The opening act is to be announced, but expect … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Smoking Popes.

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If you know the movie Clueless (Yes, that 1995 Alicia Silverstone movie. Bear with me.) you know the work of Chicago-based pop punk group Smoking Popes. That oh-so-catchy tune “Need You Around”? That’s them. Fame didn’t quite work out for them the first time around, and they broke up, but have since reformed, recording new albums and touring behind new albums such as March’s This Is Only a Test, a collection of hook-y pop punk. The Smoking Popes come to Stickyz, and the music starts at 9 p.m. with Girl in a Coma and their all-female Texas-based indie rock, and tickets are $10 for the 21-and-up show.

While he’s performed with artists such as String Cheese Incident and Yonder Mountain String Band, and occasionally plays with guitarist Gibb Droll and drummer Jeff Sipe, Keller Williams is better known as a one-man jamband. On stage, Williams utilizes a looping unit to construct his backing music that includes touches of bluegrass, folk, alternative rock, electronica, jazz, funk, lounge and Afrobeat, allowing Williams to alternate between instruments in creating his off-the-wall music. Of course, sometimes Williams is joined by Droll and … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Samantha Crain.

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Since the release of her The Confiscation EP, Oklahoma folk artist Samantha Crain has released two full-length albums, including last summer’s You (Understood), 13 tracks of Crain’s unique singing style — angelic and vulnerable but with an emotional jab — and her shuffling Americana sound. The album rightly earned praise from the critics, and Crain has continued her constant touring, including a stop at her favorite Little Rock haunt White Water Tavern. Opening for Crain will be Montgomery Trucking, the group led by Bonnie Montgomery that mixes country, folk and opera using guitar and mandolin to create their Ozark-flavored folk rock. The music starts at 10 p.m.

Warm-up dates for this summer’s Metal in America Tour include Juanita’s, which doesn’t mean much until it’s noted that the man bring metal to America is Ratt lead singer Stephen Pearcy. And it should be noted that the voice of Ratt will be joined by drummer Greg D’Angelo (ex-White Lion), guitarist Greg Walls (ex-Anthrax), bassist Mike Duda (W.A.S.P.) and guitarist Erik Ferentinos (Antidivision). Expect perhaps a few Ratt numbers (“Round and Round,” and “Way Cool Jr.” maybe?) along … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Battery.

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Known as the premiere Metallica tribute band, Battery comes to Rev Room for a night of heavy metal and hard rock, roaring through a set of Metallica tunes that will include hard rocking ’90s tunes (“Sad But True”) to classic ’80s slaying metal (“For Whom the Bell Tolls”), and even 21st century music in between. It’s not James, Lars, Kirk and Robert, but it’s the best Metallica show next to the real thing. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets $10 for 21 and over, and $15 for 20 and under for the all-ages show.

Baby Boomers and hipsters alike will unite for a visit from Sweet Baby James, James Taylor, as the soft rocking folkie known for hits such as “Fire and Rain” comes to Verizon Arena. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the music at 8 p.m., and tickets are $47 and $71.50 at the Verizon Arena Box Office, or through all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com for a little extra.

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Friday’s Music

George McConnell.

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Winter 2011 is the two-year anniversary of former Widespread Panic, Kudzu Kings and Beanland guitarist George McConnell forming his newest group The Nonchalants, and to celebrate George McConnell and The Nonchalants is out on the road, including a visit to Stickyz. Featuring Tommy Turan on bass, Max Williams on lap steel, slide and lead guitar, and Kenny Graeber on drums, McConnell calls The Nonchalants “the best band I’ve ever been in.” The Oxford, Miss., band plays a roots rocking combination of rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, soul, blues and country, and will “drink your Jagermeister.” The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with a $8 cover for the 21-and-up show. P.S. If you don’t know who Kudzu Kings or Beanland were/are, then you shouldn’t be listening to Panic. Just saying.

Arkansas born and bred songwriter Adam Faucett is releasing his third album, a 12-track recording titled More Like A Temple, and throwing a CD release party at White Water Tavern to celebrate the album’s release. The music starts at 10 p.m. Coining his music “Southern soul swamp opera,” Faucett fingerpicks his way through … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Jason Boland & the Stragglers.

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The Red Dirt country rockers Jason Boland & the Stragglers are still touring behind their 2008 release, Comal County Blue, an album that hit the top 40 of the country music album charts. And, earlier this year, the outfit released High in the Rockies: A Live Album. Expect that live album to come alive with a boot-stomping good time with music blending country and rock when Boland and company visit Revolution Music Room. The opening bands are local country rockers Alan Hunt Band along with Arkansas-raised but Nashville, Tenn., based country singer/songwriter Josh Newcom. Tickets for the 18-and-up show are $10 advance and $12 day of with the music starting at 9 p.m.

Although they only formed earlier this year, Texarkana, Texas — not Arkansas — band Like Tyrants is already making a name for themselves, capturing the 2010 Quadrangle Festival Battle of the Bands award, earning studio time, $100 and other goodies. The heavy rock act visits Little Rock and Vino’s on a bill that includes fellow Texarkana metal outfit A Lion Amongst Us, and Little Rock power rock trio Firesaw and … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Bob Schneider.

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Austin, Texas, musician Bob Schneider‘s solo work showcases his appreciation of guitar-powered pop melodies, including the absolutely beautiful “40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet).” It’s Schneider’s cunning blending of sparkling pop with raunchy bar rock that led Esquire to don him the “high priest of live music” in Austin. And he’s got the awards to prove it, recently being named Musician of the Year at the Austin Music Awards. Come see what all the fuss is about when Schneider appears at Juanita’s, with opening act Smile Smile, a Dallas folk pop act kicking off the music at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance and $20 day of show for the 18-and-up show.

Singer/songwriter Todd Snider‘s “Alcohol and Pills” name checks Hank Wiliams, Elvis (Though the claim Elvis “came up from Jackson” is wrong.), Janis Joplin, Gram Parsons and Jimi Hendrix over its howling, country rock chords. The 2004 tune is just one of the Americana gems written by Snider in his 16-year career (including the John Prine-like classic “Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Rock Blues”). Snider appears at Revolution Music Room for an 18-and-up show. Tickets are $15 advance … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

Swiss Family Knives.

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Little Rock’s Swiss Family Knives have some new tunes to unveil, including the eaten alive drive of “Colorblind” and the roaring roll of “Lucky” to add to their collection of indie rock tunes sprinkled with keyboard textures. Expect the quintet — Adam Hogg on keyboards and vocals, Collin Buchanan on guitar, Sean Nadji and bass and vocals, Brian Hughes on drums, and Jeff Lagios on guitar and vocals — to unveil these new tunes during a show at Juanita’s. The party includes Jamie Randolph & The Darkhorse, a Memphis outfit making a name for themselves with their musical melding of indie rock and alt country. The show starts at 9 p.m. with a $6 cover for the 18-and-up show.

T.C. Edwards — the subject of Mike Poe’s long-awaited documentary TC & me … a Little Rockumentary and a heavy metal lover — is celebrating a birthday so Poe is throwing him a party at The Village titled A Little Rock-Umental Occasion while hoping to raise money to finish the project. Invited is a smorgasbord of Little Rock music with hip hop represented by Ear Fear (607 … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

The Truth.

The Truth.

Giving you the music a day early:

Conduit/IAmTheLife presents The Truth at Speakeasy with music and performances from a range of artists including Sean Fresh, J White, Jeron Marshall, Epiphany, A.P.O.L.L.O., Bijoux, Nick Broadway, Butterfly and more. The Truth is a R&B, soul, jazz and poetry showcase with doors opening at 9 p.m. Intended for audiences ages 21 to 35, The Truth is more than a music showcase, but “a musically love story where the authors (artists on the bill) will convey different section of a relationship.” The first 100 guest will receive a free meal from Park Plaza’s Chick-Fil-A. Cover is $10 for the 21-and-up event.

Before being sentenced to prison in early February on a gun-related crime, arguably the best hip hop artist of the first decade of the 21st century, Lil Wayne, will visit Verizon Arena. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show featuring special guests. Tickets are on sale now through the Verizon Arena Box Office for $51.75, $66.75 and $76.75, or at all Ticketmaster outlets for $61, $77.20, $87.45 and $93.60.

The biggest rock act of 2009 is bound to generate their own crop of tribute bands, and … Read more >