Nashville, Tenn., guitar-driven rock band Brenn arrives at Juanita’s to unleash their grand take on “big” rock music. The band’s newest effort is their second EP, Stack of Fears, a collection of tunes complete with dynamic synths, anthemic riffs and dramatic vocals — the cornerstones of “big” rock music performed by U2 and Radiohead. But the group mixes the “big” with dreamy soundscapes. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. The opening acts are a collection of local bands: Magnolia pop punkers belair., Conway punchy alt rock act The Alexei and Little Rock progressive indie rockers Ellison’s Cage.
Proving that ZZ Top isn’t the only power rock trio from Texas worthy of praise, the three members of Honky crank out Texas boogie music, stripped to its soul but on speed, delivering tunes such as “Love to Smoke Y’r Weed,” a heavy metal meets Texas blues rock tune. Honky visits Downtown Music with West Virginia instrumental stoner rock band Karma to Burn and The Reparation. The doors open at 8 p.m, with cover $8.
Frown Pow’r, a band whose live show combines gorgeously messy rock ‘n’ roll with the fervor of an old-time religious tent revival, returns to action with a show at White Water Tavern. The act creates scratchy, raggedy, deconstructed rock ‘n’ roll exhilaration. The music starts at 10 p.m. Joining the Arkansas act will be Aloud, a Boston band known for their harmonies from newlywed lead singers Henry Beguiristain and Jen de la Osa and layered, orchestral pop. The band includes drummer Mike Dawley, and Aloud’s long-time touring bassist and Little Rock native Charles Haywood Murphy IV.
Proving that ZZ Top isn’t the only power rock trio from Texas worthy of praise, the three members of Honky crank out Texas boogie music, stripped to its soul but on speed, delivering tunes such as “Love to Smoke Y’r Weed,– a heavy metal meets Texas blues rock tune. Honky visits Downtown Music, headlining a bill that includes a trio of local acts: Outstanding Red Team, Josh the Devil and the Sinners, and The Tom Sweet Band. The music starts at 8 p.m. with a $10 cover.
Yes, Caspian Hat Dance is really from Amsterdam. And yes, they play what they consider “original and traditional gypsy music, klezmer music, misbehaved drunken village wedding music … and pretty songs sung … on Bolivian mountain tops.” What exactly does it all mean? Who knows? Except the band promises to be a good time, singing in Dutch, English, German and other languages, including some they make up. And the band also promises that “nothing … compares to seeing us live,” which you can do by going to White Water Tavern.
With the return of Mark Chavez, the real Adema, a California band known for their modern rock hits “Giving In” and “The Way You Like It,” is back and back on the road, including a stop at Juanita’s. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the music at 8:05 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
Here’s Honky in action with their “Love to Smoke Y’r Weed”:
With a tune titled “Love to Smoke Y’r Weed” set to a heavy-metal-gone-ZZ Top groove, you can bet an Austin, Texas, band by the name of Honky knows about a good time and good music. Music fans can check Honky out for themselves when the Texas hard rock band visits Juanita’s. Joining them will be Little Rock rock acts Sweet Eagle and Badhand along with Memphis rock ‘n’ roll group The Dirty Streets. The show starts at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover. Of note: Honky guitarist Bobby Rock is recovering from foot surgery so Bad Livers’ guitarist Danny Barnes is filling in, with the regrouped band titled 2 Parts Honky, 1 Part Danny Barnes. Expect good times no matter what.
Given the choice between entertainment or death, most would choose entertainment. But when the Entertainment or Death Tour visits The Village, fans of heavy metal can choose both, with California rockers Black Veil Brides — who look like a cross between Edward Scissorhands and Motley Crue — headlining the gig. Also on the bill are William Control, the electronica side project from Will Francis of Aiden, and Motionless in White, a Pennsylvania metalcore band whose debut is out Oct. 12, with local support from Hot Springs progressive rock act Stereo Sound. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the music at 7 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door.
The four members of San Diego group Cattle Decapitation simply call their music “death metal progressive grind,” and that’s what the group will bring to Downtown Music as they headline a night of vicious music. Also on the bill are Dallas death metal band Devourment, Arizona deathcore act Knights of the Abyss, San Diego death metal outfit Burning the Masses and California death metal group Sons of Aurelius with local support from Heber Springs death metal quintet ShadowVein. The show kicks off at 6:45 p.m. with doors at 6 p.m., and tickets $12 in advance and $15 day of show.
Giving you the music a day early: Austin, Texas, indie rock band The Rocketboys are coming to Stickyz. The band’s latest is the self-released Build Anyway. So what does the band sound like? Well, the Austin American-Statesman describes the band’s music as “clear, ringing guitars and full-bodied keyboard arrangements, hard-driving [...]
Giving you the music a day early: The pop-flavored R&B group that brought the world “Cool It Now” is on the road for their 30th anniversary tour as New Edition visits Verizon Arena. Tickets are $58.15, $68.40 and $79.40 with fellow R&B act After 7 and R&B artist El Debarge [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Kris Allen at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park‘s Timberwood Amphitheater. This Arkansas resident won the eighth season of American Idol and will be promoting his new album Thank You Camellia. The concert gates open at 6 p.m. with an 8 p.m. showtime. [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Acadiana is a hotbed of Cajun music so let’s talk about Ryan Brunet of Cajun music creators Ryan Brunet and The Malfecteurs, who will be playing White Water Tavern with the music starting at 9:30 p.m. with a $7 cover. At the age [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Wussy is coming to Stickyz. So what does that mean? Well, Wussy is a Cincinnati rock band. Sometimes with pedal steel. Sometimes with a clavinet. Sometimes with harpsichord. It’s really hard categorizing them so let’s don’t. Just enjoy Wussy for what they are [...]
Giving you the music a day early: People who write off Nada Surf as a MTV-promoted one-hit wonder because of 1996′s “Popular” haven’t been paying attention for the past 16 years. The New York City trio’s buzzing guitar attack, pop choruses and harmonies have been featured on six subsequent albums, [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Scott H. Biram and Lydia Loveless at Stickyz — this is going to be quite a show. Why? Biram is a 21st-century blues sorcerer, throwing blues, psychobilly, country and punk in a jar with a few gulps of whiskey, violently shaking it and [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Jeez, it was about time. It has been since December that the self-proclaimed King of the Country Western Troubadours played Little Rock. Fortunately, Unknown Hinson returns with a show at Juanita’s. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the music starting at 8:30 [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Here’s a little-known fact: Outside of the city of Tahlequah, Okla., is a public use area titled No Head Hollow Public Use Area. No lie. The city is also the capital of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. Now, why are we [...]
Giving you the music a day early: It’s going to get heavy at Downtown Music. How heavy? Well, how heavy does a show that includes At Wars End, Reticient and The Revolutioners sound? Oh yeah, not that heavy if you don’t know what the bands sound like. Well, here’s a [...]