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Saturday’s Music

Turnpike Troubadours.

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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 discussing Tahlequah here? It’s the hometown of Turnpike Troubadours, a quintet of roots-rock playing musicians. This isn’t Red Dirt country like many bands from Oklahoma, but music that throws in a little bit of everything, including folk, Cajun and bluegrass. Turnpike Troubadours revisit Little Rock for a show at Stickyz. The John D. Hale Band kicks off the show with their alternative country sound that blends country, Americana, Southern rock and even bluegrass, and expect the music at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover for the 18-and-up show.

That rhythmically tight, fast-paced rock trio known as The Tricks will play Town Pump. The show starts at 10 p.m. with a $3 cover. Also on the bill is 607 — and you know 607, don’t you? Only one of the best rappers/hip-hop artists/musicians around the area. The Tricks and 607 will share the stage so for … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

The Winter Sounds.

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Nashville, Tenn.-based The Winter Sounds arrive in central Arkansas for two shows. The band — who play this folk-y influenced music that blends punk with synth-y New Wave — is touring in support of their EP L’ete des Trois Michel(l)es. First up is a Wednesday show at Stickyz. No word on an opening act, but the music starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover for the 18-and-up show. Then on Thursday, The Winter Sounds will hit Conway’s Soundstage for a show that includes central Arkansas folk rockers The Cons of Formant and Little Rock blues rockers Interstate Buffalo. The music starts at 7 p.m. with a $6 cover.

Here are The Winter Sounds with their “Trophy Wife”:

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Saturday’s Music

The Charlie Daniels Band.

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The Charlie Daniels Band? Country. Southern rock. Outlaw country. The man known for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” has played a little of it all during his career — everything from the novelty country of “Uneasy Rider” to the jingoistic Southern rock of “This Ain’t No Rag, It’s a Flag.” If you need a Riverfest break, head down to Hot Springs and Magic Springs Water and Theme Park for a concert by Daniels and band. Part of the 2012 Pepsi Concert Series, Daniels takes the stage at 8 p.m. at Timberwood Amphitheater. Gates open at 6 p.m., and local country musicians Luke Williams kicks off the night at 7 p.m. Admission is free with a general admission ticket or Season Pass to Magic Springs.

Maybe you’ve heard this question before, but what do Snoop Dogg and Lynyrd Skynyrd have in common? Well, nothing, except both are headlining acts at this year’s Memorial Day weekend blast in downtown Little Rock known as Riverfest. More than 50 musical acts on three main stages plus a kid zone and family zone, an international village, artists and merchants, other … Read more >

Tuesday’s Music

Interstate Buffalo.

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Stephen Compton is the lead guitar player for Little Rock blues rock outfit Interstate Buffalo. But he is also a guitar instructor at Little Rock Jams, a private music school located in Breckenridge Village. So when Stickyz says it is offering Stephen Compton Guitar Lessons one has to believe they are offering exactly what they say they are offering. And they are. First some lessons (Compton is a self-taught guitarist influenced mainly by blues greats such as Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and R.L. Burnside.) and playing from students, and then the blues rockers known as Interstate Buffalo. It’s an all-ages event with music from Interstate Buffalo at 9 p.m.

Here’s Interstate Buffalo with their “Running After Shadows”:

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Thursday’s Music

Interstate Buffalo.

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Most of the time, Little Rock’s Interstate Buffalo is all flashy classic rock guitar theatrics and chugging Southern-flavored blues rock with a touch of funk — the kind of music that howls and wails, and then quiets its own tempest with a gorgeous guitar solo. But what many don’t know is the quartet got started back in 2006 as an acoustic blues cover band. So one would imagine that is what Interstate Buffalo will concentrate on for a happy-hour, acoustic set at Cajun’s Wharf, along with classic rock and blues rock done acoustically. The music starts at 5 p.m. Following the show, White Noise Theory takes the stage at 9 p.m. Interstate Buffalo’s show is free, but there’s a $5 cover after 8:30 p.m.

There are hybrid cars, hybrid football players, hybrid restaurants so of course there are hybrid musicians — artists who are not contained in one particular genre of music. A “slash” musician if you will. One such “slash” is Memphis musician Grace Askew, an artist who will visit Stickyz with her backing band Black Market Goods. And far as the music goes, expect a dose of alternative … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

 

John Paul Keith.

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Memphis’ favorite rock ‘n’ roll heroes John Paul Keith & the One Four Fives are no longer billed as John Paul Keith & the One Four Fives. It’s just John Paul Keith now. Why? Well Keith has a new album out titled The Man That Time Forgot, and Keith is not always on the road with the One Four Fives, the touring/studio outfit of drummer John Argroves, bassist Mark Stuart and keyboard player Al Gamble. Sometimes he goes out with other musicians. So the One Four Fives are not always the One Four Fives of Argroves, Stuart and Gamble. Kind of confusing, huh? Well, know this: When John Paul Keith plays White Water Tavern he’ll be backed by his crack backing band the One Four Fives (whoever that might be), and fans can expect another dose of Keith’s blend of power pop, garage, rockabilly, Tex-Mex, country and blues rock. The music starts at 10 p.m.

It has been more than a dozen years of rocking for Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down, but the band that gave the world “Kryptonite” shows no signs of slowing down, gearing … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

The Hold Steady.

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Perhaps it’s the fat power chords or tales of women, drinking, hood rats and bars, but the Brooklyn group The Hold Steady is saddled with the label of bar band. But the band is too literary for simple bar rock. Take “She said the theme of this party is the Industrial Age/And you came in dressed like a train wreck” from the 2010 release Heaven is Whenever. See? Anyway, the literary bar rockers return to Little Rock, headlining a show at Revolution Music Room with openers Canadian indie rockers Wintersleep and pop-flavored folkies Cotton Jones. The music starts around 8:30 p.m. It’s an 18-and-up show with the doors opening at 7 p.m., and tickets are $18 in advance.

The Dallas Observer‘s Best Hard Rock Band for 2010 — The Backsliders — pay a visit to Juanita’s to showcase their rock ‘n’ roll ear candy music. The band is led by Kim Bonner, a three-time winner and multiple nominee for Best Female Vocalist by the Dallas Observer, and a lead singer described as a female version of Mick Jagger. The opener at 9 p.m. is local folk … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Boom Kinetic.

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Here’s what Chris King has to say about Fayetteville party dance rockers Boom Kinetic as the band returns to Revolution Music Room: “It’s [a] non-stop party weekend when the boys from Boom Kinetic come to town! If you haven’t seen these guys mesmerize the dance floor, then you must not like things such as (A) a good time, (B) a roomful of happy beautiful people or (C) hit ’80s dance songs. Formed in 2006, the band formerly known as Molten Lava, is a high-energy dance rock band that has been named Best Party Band Ever by the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards two years in a row. The band mixes in pop rock originals along with some of the ’80s greatest pop tunes. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. with an $8 admission price for the 18-and-up show.

Local pop-flavored indie rocker Bryan Frazier is fresh off a win at the Little Rock Film Festival’s Music Video competition for his “Angelene and the Alpha Ray” tune and playing a show at Sticky Fingerz as Bryan Frazier and the Action Figures. Co-headling the show are Southern California indie rockers Young the Read more >

Friday’s Music

American Aquarium. Photo by Amy Schlatter.

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Little Rock based Last Chance Records and White Water Tavern are teaming up to record a series of live albums at the Seventh Street bar, kicking off the Live From the White Water series with a recording of Little Rock favorites and Last Chance Records artist American Aquarium. The series will feature Last Chance artists and other White Water favorites, and use professional sound equipment and recording engineering pros, with the first album available in the spring. American Aquarium is a North Carolina alt country band whose latest album, Dances for the Lonely, is a collection of hard-charging, Bruce-Springsteen-gone-country-rock (“Katherine Belle”) and cautionary, acoustic-strummed ballads fueled by weeping pedal steel (“Downtown Girls”) that serves as a follow-up to 2008’s The Bible & The Bottle. Local rustic rockers Jonathan Wilkins & The Reparations are the openers, with the music starting at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover.

What better way to spend a Friday night than by watching other people cram nails and things up their noses, eat fire, swallow swords and horseplay with chainsaws? That’s the fun the Electric Acid Theatre — the sideshow … Read more >

Tuesday’s Music

The Fiery Furnaces.

The Fiery Furnaces.

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The experimental indie rock duo The Fiery Furnaces, the brother and sister team of Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger, released their seventh studio album, I’m Going Away, in 2009, and are out on tour supporting it, including a stop at Revolution Music Room. Tickets are on sale for $10 with a 8:30 p.m. start time with the music of Cambridge, Mass., duo Drug Rug, whose power-pop tunes rely heavily on a late-1960s vibe. The Fiery Furnaces’ first single from I’m Going Away is the beautifully doomed, piano-led ditty “The End Is Near,” but other tunes explode with a burst of frenetic guitar and jazzy arrangements.

Christian-themed hardcore act Take It Back pay a visit to Vino’s on a tour stop with special guest Something to Stand For, a Little Rock Christian metalcore band. Take It Back’s newest album is the November release Atrocities on Facedown Records, a roaring work of shouted praise anthems with pummeling music such as the B-52 bombing run rhythms of “The Skies Are Empty.”

The Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival is returning to Mulberry Mountain in Ozark on June 3-6, and the … Read more >