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Friday’s Music

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.

Giving you the music a day early:

Those opening piano chords in “Trouble Won’t Last Always” from Tennessee-based Glossary‘s October 2011 album Long Live All Of Us tells you quickly the 12-track record is going to be a rollicking good time filled with boogie R&B, horn-filled soul and pedal steel-laced country. And it’s all Southern-blessed rock ‘n’ roll the band delivers on record and live, including at a White Water Tavern show. Also on the bill will be dirty Alabama rock ‘n’ roll act Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires and folk punk singer/songwriter Austin Lucas. The music starts at 9 p.m.

The last few years have been kind to the First Lady of Rockabilly: Wanda Jackson. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 and then her home of Oklahoma City named a street after her. Jackson is a rock ‘n’ roll legend, the queen of rock who scored a Top 40 hit with “Let’s Have a Party” in 1960 and later had a string of country hits. But during the last few years her career and her influence have undergone a revival, … Read more >

Monday’s Music

Reptar.

Giving you the music a day early:

Athens, Ga., is well-known as fertile music ground, and Reptar is the latest Athens band making a name for itself with their dance-y, groove-oriented indie pop. Fresh off a fall tour with Foster the People and Cults, the band is also preparing for the release of their debut album Body Faucet on May 1. It’s an 18-and-up show at Stickyz with the music starting at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover.

The This Is American Music/Captains Dead Kickoff Party is the first day of the music part of SXSW, but the night before Tennessee bleeding heart rock ‘n’ roll band Glossary is playing White Water Tavern. Joining them will be Ohio outfit Two Cow Garage, a rough-hewn rock ‘n’ roll with punk overtones outfit, who will play three SXSW showcases during the week. The music starts at 9:30 p.m.

Before heading down to Austin, Texas, for an appearance at South by Southwest, sludge-y metal, North Little Rock band Rwake plays a show at Downtown Music. The band released their newest album Rest on Relapse Records late last year, and it was a record featuring tunes such as the 12-minute … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

The Drowning Men.

Giving you the music a day early:

California indie rock quintet The Drowning Men released their debut album The Beading of the Songbird last month. So what does it sound like? Big, important music like Arcade Fire but with a touch of punk-influenced folk rock and roots music. And yes, there’s a hint of Eastern European ethnic folk and sea shanties. After surviving a drunk driver crashing into their van and trailer in New York City a couple of weeks ago (the band was unharmed), The Drowning Men comes to Stickyz. The opening act is U.K. rock act Yellowire, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. with their . Cover is $7 for the 18-and-up show.

100.3 The Edge is sponsoring (so is Sync, too.) a Toys for Tots Party at Rev Room featuring Kingsdown, a Little Rock group known for their high-powered alternative rock. It’s the third annual Toys for Tots affair at Rev Room, and the show begins at 8:30 p.m. with Magnolia alternative rock act belair. followed by LIttle Rock rock ‘n’ roll group Free Micah. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is only $5 if guests bring a … Read more >

Friday’s Music (And Toys)

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 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, and a touch of class with bluegrass. So it’s that sound Mountain Sprout bring to Stickyz. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with cover $6 for the 21-and-up show.

For more than 30 years, Toy Hill has helped gather toys for Toys for Tots, a charity program from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve that donates new toys to children whose parents can’t afford Christmas presents. And so it does again this year as KSSN 96 and on-air personality and legend Bob Robbins return with Toys For Tots 2011 at Toy Hill at War Memorial Park starting at 5 p.m. Friday and going right through to 5 p.m. Sunday. Bring … Read more >

Sunday’s Music

Kopecky Family Band.

Giving you the music a day early:

The upcoming South by Southwest 2011 in Austin, Texas, is attracting a number of bands, and fortunately some of these bands are stopping in Little Rock as a warm-up to their Texas gigs. One of those bands is Nashville, Tenn.’s Kopecky Family Band, a six-piece outfit visiting Stickyz for a night of their indie rock incorporating cello and violin. The opening act is to be announced, but the music starts at 8:30 p.m. Cover is $8 for the 21-and-up show.

Glossary, the Tennessee-based outfit known for their bleeding heart rock ‘n’ roll tunes torched by country and R&B, released their sixth full-length album Feral Fire last year. And the band is still on the road promoting it, including a stop at White Water Tavern. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music at 8 p.m. Also on the bill is The Small Ponds, the duo of former Whiskeytown member Caitlin Cary and Matt Douglas, a former member of pop ensemble The Proclivities. The pair play “wide-ranging, emotionally packed” tunes with “clearheaded, clear-spoken lyrics; precise, knowing arrangements.” New York State alt-country outfit My Cousin The EmperorRead more >

Saturday’s Music

Glossary.

Giving you the music a day early:

White Water Tavern will be home to two nights of the best in American music as Last Chance Records presents Glossary, Slobberbone, Two Cow Garage and Kevin Kerby each playing a full set of music each night. Tickets are available at lastchancerecords.com for $12 and will be available at the door if any remain at show time. Glossary is Tennessee-based outfit known for their bleeding heart rock ‘n’ roll that leaves blood on the knobs with tunes torched by country and R&B. Two Cow Garage is known for their rough-hewed rock ‘n’ roll that mixes a rowdy, classic rock sound with alt country and punk, and Slobberbone is known for their white-knuckled, freewheeling, catchy rock ‘n’ roll with roots reaching into country. Kevin Kerby is a Little Rock rock ‘n’ roller.

Presented by 100.3 The Edge, Saliva returns to Little Rock with a show at Juanita’s. Expect mainstream rock hits such as “Family Reunion,” “Your Disease,” “Always” and others, as well as new tunes from the group’s upcoming 2011 release. The Memphis, Tenn.-based post-grunge rockers will be joined by Tennessee hard rockers Star City Meltdown and Illinois heavy rock Read more >

Friday’s Music

Johnny Cooper.

Giving you the music a day early:

Johnny Cooper is a Texas musician that combines soul, blues, rock and pop into his musical mix, going a little beyond the confines of Red Dirt country. After opening for Brantley Gilbert at a summer Revolution Music Room show, Cooper returns to Little Rock, headlining a show at Sticky Fingerz. The opening act is the Culpepper Mountain Band, kicking off the music at 9:30 p.m. with their country rock influenced by Merle Haggard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Red Dirt country acts such as Cross Canadian Ragweed and country outlaws such as Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Tickets for the 21-and-up show are $7.

The band that could have brought Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston back together in The Break-Up is coming to Little Rock as the Old 97’s play at Revolution Music Room. The opening act is Fort Worth, Texas, folk rockers Whiskey Folk Ramblers, kicking off the 18-and-up show at 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $16 in advance, and cover day of show will be $18. Of course, music fans realize the Old 97’s are famous because the Dallas-based band is a legendary alt-country outfit … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Dan Tyminski.

Giving you the music a day early:

Bluegrass singer, guitarist and mandolin player Dan Tyminski has been a member of Alison Krauss and Union Station since 1994, providing his strong instrumental work and soulful tenor. But in 2008, with Krauss off with former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, he formed the Dan Tyminski Band to keep the bluegrass flame burning. And it’s Tyminski that visits Juanita’s for a night of bluegrass. Nashville, Tenn., singer/songwriter Ronnie Bowman, a man who writes hit songs for country superstars such as Kenny Chesney while recording his own music, is the opener, with the music starting at 8 p.m. with tickets $20 in advance and $25 at the door for the 18-and-up show. Bowman is also a former member of The Lonesome River Band, the band Tyminski belonged to before Union Station. Of course, Tyminski is also responsible for updating “Man of Constant Sorrow” for the Coen brothers’ film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, a tune that won a Grammy Award for best Country Collaboration with Vocal.

Riverfest was the reason behind the two-man blues wrecking crew of Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm last coming to Little Rock in May. Following … Read more >

Friday’s Music

White Water's Friday Night. Design by Isaac Alexander.

White Water's Friday Night. Design by Isaac Alexander.

Giving you the music a day early:

White Water Tavern welcomes two musical heavyweights from Tennessee and Alabama, respectively. In the Tennessee corner is Glossary, a Murfreesboro bleeding heart rock ‘n’ roll outfit who leave blood on the knobs with their tunes torched by country and R&B. The band’s newest album is Feral Fire, out Feb. 2, while the group’s 2007 release, The Better Angels Of Our Nature, is now available for purchase as a limited-edition vinyl LP through Little Rock-based Last Chance Music. In the opposing corner is Vulture Whale, a Birmingham, Ala., quartet that creates gritty rock ‘n’ roll from the Heart of Dixie powered by a raw, two-guitar attack but hides sugary sweet pop melodies up their sleeve. The music starts at 10 p.m. with a $6 cover.

Town Pump — the Riverdale dive bar institution — is under new ownership and has added live music to its lineup of cheap beer and mouthwatering hamburgers, including a visit from that color-coated, instrumental experimental rock trio Echo Canyon. The music kicks off at 9:30 p.m. with a $5 cover, and includes Conway band This Holy Read more >