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Sebadoh.

Sebadoh.

Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week:

WEDNESDAY
Let’s kick off this week of music with Tauk. Give the New York City-based quartet’s Homunculus album a listen. Start right there with the opening track, “Dead Signal,” a tune awash in keyboard and guitar twirls but with a rock-solid foundation. Then keep going. “Afro-tonic,” “Hello Narwhal,” “The Spot” and so on. This is instrumental music that can duck into a detour jam, but the band’s deep groove and pop melodies keep a watchful eye on their instrumental gestures. Grammy-winner Robert Carranza (Mars Volta, Jack Johnson) was the producer who guided the foursome of Matt Jalbert on guitar, Charlie Dolan on bass, Alric “A.C.” Carter on keyboards and Isaac Teel on drums through the 10 songs of the album, melding progressive rock and jazz with funk and rock. So maybe you want to dance on a midweek night. Get to Stickyz. That’s where Tauk is. There’s no opening act with the music starting at 9:30 p.m. for the 18-and-up show. Cover is $3. Yes, $3.

Good Time Ramblers, the rowdy, good-timing, country-rock band out of Little Rock whose newest album is Bigelow Strange, are … Read more >

This Week’s Music

Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week:

WEDNESDAY
Texas musician Bart Crow pulls into the Rev Room for a show and that means one thing: a midweek night of Texas honky-tonk music from this blue-collar artist. Crow released Dandelion in September 2012, and the 14-track record produced several Texas Music Chart hits, including the No. 1 “Saying Goodbye.” The opening act is Benton country rockers Dry County with the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of for the 18-and-up show.

“St. Louis, 5-piece, punk-blues wrecking crew Kentucky Knife Fight” visits Stickyz. That’s the word from the band’s publicist, and let’s lean on the band’s publicist for more about Kentucky Knife Fight: “If there is a jukebox at the end of the universe, you will find Kentucky Knife Fight between The Stooges and Tom Waits. The electric Americana band specializes in telling stories about desperate people doing desperate things in places they shouldn’t be.” The opening acts are local bands Catskill Kids and post-rock, instrumental band Mainland Divide. There’s a $5 cover for the 18-and-up show with the music starting at 8:30 p.m.

THURSDAY
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Weekend Music Roundup (Starting with Thursday)

Youngblood Brass Band.

Youngblood Brass Band.

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

Thursday

Just a few weeks back, Little Rock country rock outfit the Good Time Ramblers played a Little Rock club and delivered some new tunes along with songs from their back catalog, including their newest album, Bigelow Strange, and the eight tracks are filled with stories of teens stealing dad’s whiskey, dying mom-and-pop stores and girls breaking hearts. The Ramblers are looking at returning to the studio soon, perhaps in early 2014, but before doing so the boys are perfecting these new songs in the live setting, including a stop at White Water Tavern. Expect some of the best country rock around. The music starts at 9:30 p.m.

Live at Laman returns to North Little Rock’s William F. Laman Public Library’s main library. This month’s free show in the library’s lecture hall features Rena Wren, a Hot Springs singer-songwriter who will present her folk rock and indie pop while backed by her full band, The Good Guys. The music starts at 7 p.m.

Friday

Youngblood Brass Band — a 10-piece ensemble of hip-hop, brass and jazz improv — visits StickyzRead 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 >

Friday’s Music

Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition.

Giving you the music a day early:

Catfish music for the masses. Let’s consider the phrase that Jimbo Mathus uses in describing the music that he creates as Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition. The music is the song of the South, an unruly blast of blues, country, honky tonk and rock ‘n’ roll with a hint of gospel, which means catfish music will raise hell on Saturday night and quietly bow its head Sunday morning. But don’t forget there is a little bit of New Orleans funk, Ozarks folk and gritty Memphis soul in there, too. The band is readying for the release of their Blue Light EP on July 20 and hitting White Water Tavern. The music starts at 10 p.m. with a $10 cover.

There are acoustic open nights, and jam nights, and Monday jazz nights, and Sunday jazz brunches, and science cafes, and all manner of events at The Afterthought. And then there are visits from Good Time Ramblers, the Little Rock band known for their rock-fueled country sprinkled with Texas swing, blues, folk and rock ‘n’ roll influences. It’s good-timing music for the masses. The … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition.

Giving you the music a day early:

Catfish music for the masses. Let’s consider the phrase that Jimbo Mathus uses in describing the music that he creates as Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition. The music is the song of the South, an unruly blast of blues, country, honky tonk and rock ‘n’ roll with a hint of gospel, which means catfish music will raise hell on Saturday night and quietly bow its head Sunday morning. But don’t forget there is a little bit of New Orleans funk, Ozarks folk and gritty Memphis soul in there, too. Confederate Buddha is the band’s new album, and it is truly catfish music for the masses. See what that sounds like live when Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition visit White Water Tavern. The music starts at 10 p.m. with a $10 cover. Of note, Mathus and co. are raising money through Kickstarter to record their new album White Buffalo with Eric Ambel. The band has 20-plus tunes written and demoed, but needs a little help in the recording process.

You know what might be the best country narrative tale of all-time? “The Winner” by … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

Drag The River.

Giving you the music a day early:

How to describe the music of Colorado quartet Drag The River? The easy answer is alternative country. But it’s the kind of alternative country one mind create if they were from Fort Collins and all four members had a deep appreciation for punk rock and had actually played in punk bands. So it’s alternative country, but best described as the middle ground between The Replacements and The Byrds. Drag The River is coming to White Water Tavern. Cover is only $5 with the music starting around 9:30 p.m. The opening act is Tulsa, Okla.’s John Moreland who plays songs in G and offers pitch-black poetry as part of his galloping rock ‘n’ roll. Check out his new album Everything The Hard Way.

Okay, here’s the deal: $5 is all you need for three amazing bands at Rev Room. It’s a Low Dough Wednesday show. So maybe you’re low on dough because payday isn’t until Friday. Or maybe you lost money betting on the horses. Maybe you are flushed with cash. Does it really matter? What really matters is that $5 gets you a night of great … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Good Time Ramblers.

Giving you the music a day early:

Since releasing their excellent Nashville Cowboy, the guys from hard-charging, Little Rock honky-tonk country band Good Time Ramblers have recorded a few more tunes, including the stomping country rock that is “Illegal Things.” It’s tunes such as “Illegal Things” that go a long way in proving GTR is one of the best bands out there mixing high-octane country with rock ‘n’ roll. But it’s not all rock-fueled country as the band also incorporates Texas swing, blues and folk. GTR comes to Stickyz, playing their new and old songs, along with Memphis urban folk artist Grace Askew. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover for the 18-and-up show.

A Plea for Purging, an outfit of God-praising heavy metal headbangers from Nashville, Tenn., describe their latest album The Marriage of Heaven and Hell as a “terrifyingly honest look at the age-old, wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing theme.” But the quartet also promises that it is “an auditory thrill.” See for yourself when the band comes to Downtown Music along with California melodic hardcore band No Bragging Rights, Christian-themed hardcore act — and Fayetteville based — Take It Back!Read more >

Friday’s Music

Good Time Ramblers.

Giving you the music a day early:

Near the end of the country rock flavored “The Man,” the penultimate tune from the Good Time RamblersNashville Cowboy, a weary voiced John Lefler exclaims: “There’s too many pickers up in Nashville/ Who think my music’s just too damn loud.” But thank God there still are country bands such as Good Time Ramblers who know how to get loud. Undergoing a bit of a playing-live revival, the high-octane country and rock ‘n’ roll band comes to The Afterthought. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover. This isn’t just regular country Good Time Ramblers kick out; it’s country with Texas swing, blues, folk and rock ‘n’ roll influences, and not re-heated classic rock hooks and slick pop choruses like today’s country.

It’s time for summer stampede at White Water Tavern, as the Frontier Circus comes to town for a night of their psycho western music. The band will be debuting new material from their upcoming debut album titled A Little Bit Psycho — A Little Bit Western. Look for the album in the fall. The Frontier Circus is the sandwich band in … Read more >

Friday’s Music

 

Those Darlins.

Giving you the music a day early:

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 >