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Weekend Music Roundup (Starting with Thursday)

Kevin Gordon. Photo by Daniel Coston.

Kevin Gordon. Photo by Daniel Coston.

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

Thursday

The Browning brings their The Hypernova Tour to Downtown Music as the act promotes their Oct. 1-released album Hypernova. What this means is that Downtown Music will be rocking to the Kansas City band’s mixture of heavy metal with hard style, trance and other electronic music. Joining The Browning is Pennsylvania melodic hardcore outfit This or The Apocalypse, Virginia-based metalcore quintet Honour Crest, Victory Records metalcore band Tear Out The Heart and Houston’s Myka Relocate with their screamo meets electronic elements. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

If you don’t know Louisiana-raised, Nashville, Tenn.-based singer-songwriter Kevin Gordon, you should. The man has written tunes for the likes of Keith Richards, Levon Helm and Irma Thomas, and The New York Times had this to say about Gordon’s 2012 Gloryland: “Mr. Gordon’s music is both a distinctive slice of the Nashville scene far from the country mainstream and a window onto the DIY paths that increasingly come with a … Read more >

Monday’s Music

Foxy Shazam.

Giving you the music a day early:

Foxy Shazam is a Cincinnati live-wire rock outfit known for their glam rock rhythms and frontman Eric Sean Nally, who worships the stage presences of Freddie Mercury, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and Iggy Pop. They are a band that wants to be the “Michael Jordan of rock ‘n’ roll,” according to Nally. See how the band does it when Foxy Shazam comes to Juanita’s. It’s an all-ages show with the doors opening at 8 p.m. and the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 day of show. Opening the show is the dirty rock ‘n’ roll of nasty, Ohio band Cadaver Dogs, and for local support, the punk cabaret music of North Little Rock’s Flameing Daeth Fearies.

Sludge metal and New Orleans — Those two things come together when the legendary Crowbar plays a show at Downtown Music. Call Crowbar the kings of sludge metal with their slow and heavy songs of doom that suddenly spark into furious punk passages. The Crowbar tour stop at Downtown Music also includes Los Angeles industrial metal band Prong and Seattle sludge rock act Witchburn. … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Samantha Crain.

Giving you the music a day early:

Oklahoma musician Samantha Crain released her second full-length album You (Understood) back in the summer of 2010. The album rightly earned praise from the critics. Why? Because it was 13 tracks of Crain’s unique singing style — angelic and vulnerable but with an emotional jab — and her shuffling Americana sound. And recently, Crain has been working with musician John Vanderslice on a follow-up album, and back in January released a 7-inch single from those sessions featuring the tune “A Simple Jungle.” Crain comes to White Water Tavern. Also on the bill are Broncho with their Oklahoma-bred punkish garage rock sound, and Big Silver and The Easys member and fabulous local singer/songwriter Isaac Alexander with the music starting at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover.

Jazz and hip-hop — two great American art forms. Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers, and 607 — two of Arkansas’ best, in jazz and hip-hop, respectively. So that’s what one can expect when heading to Twelve Modern Lounge for Jazz vs. Hip-Hop IV featuring Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers, and 607. The Real Music Lovers are Sam Carroll on … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

Black Tusk.

Giving you the music a day early:

Black Tusk is “swamp metal,” at least that’s what the band’s bio states, but decide for yourself on the Savannah, Ga.’s trio new album Set the Dial, which was produced by Jack Endino of Soundgarden and Mudhoney fame. And while Black Tusk is still plenty hard, the new album is also a bit slower and perhaps catchier. Catch the maturing sound when the band visits Downtown Music. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Also on the bill is Atlanta’s MonstrO, a band known for their chuggy, psychedelic hard rock, and south Louisiana sludge-y doom metal band Thou. Local support will be provided by Iron Tongue with their Little Rock-bred rock thunder.

Texas-style country plays big in Little Rock so when Austin native Kyle Park makes his Stickyz debut there will probably be a crowd awaiting the country singer/songwriter who knows a thing or two about guitar-powered country music that rocks. Park released his newest album Make or Break Me in September, and the album has already spawned a Texas country … Read more >

Sunday’s Music

Deer Tick.

Giving you the music a day early:

Rhode Island’s Deer Tick is a rock ‘n’ roll band. Loud. Boisterous. Road tested. And since the release of 2007’s War Elephant, this quintet has released some of rock ‘n’ roll’s best music with traces of folk and country. The band’s winning streak continues with the new release Divine Providence — 12 more tracks of grand 21st century rock ‘n’ roll — and Deer Tick is touring in support, including a stop at Stickyz. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of for the 21-and-up show with the music starting around 9 p.m. with Brooklyn rock ‘n’ roll band Virgin Forest (featuring four members of Phosphorescent) as well as Dead People.

Back in the early ’90s, Interscope Records signed Helmet — the New York City band Page Hamilton founded in 1989 — and released the group’s Meantime in 1992, 37 minutes of mesmerizing guitar riffs, jazz-influenced solos and spartan rhythms with a seething vocal delivery. In a world being introduced to grunge and saying goodbye to hair metal, it was intelligent music, a break from traditional heavy metal by a band comfortable in shorts, T-shirts and short … Read more >

Tuesday’s Music

The Grunge Party.

Giving you the music a day early:

KABF 88.3 FM program Shoog Radio is throwing a party at White Water Tavern, and it promises to be a doozy: It’s The Grunge Party with 11 local acts covering grunge and alternative rock bands from the ’80s and ’90s. Cover is only a donation at the door, and the music starts at 9 p.m. with acts Big Silver, Dangerous Idiots, The Evelyns, Bryan Frazier, Glittercore, Iron Tongue, Mandy McBryde and more. And the music they are covering? The night will include nods to grunge stalwarts such as Mudhoney, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Screaming Trees, and other non-grunge, but still alternative rock bands such as The Breeders, Belly, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Stone Temple Pilots and Toadies. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the music at 9 p.m., and guests are encouraged to dress grunge.

Pop Evil call themselves the best thing to come out of Michigan since the automobile and Kid Rock. (What about Motown? Or Bob Seger? MC5? The Stooges? The White Stripes?) Anyway, the post-grunge act, whose debut album Lipstick on the Mirror spawned two Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock … Read more >

Monday’s Music

Hellzapoppin.

Giving you the music a day early:

Who are Zamora the Torture King, the Lizard man, Jai L’Bait, Frank Simon, Evilyn Frantic, Miss Maryanne Magdelan and Mr. Buggles? All members of Hellzapoppin, a sideshow revue that combines a classic sideshow with elements of modern freakshows, and under the direction of master of ceremonies Bryce “The Govna” Graves. So expect human oddities, sword swallowing, the human block head, fire eating, Western bullwhip demonstrations, contortionists, death-defying stunts and more when Hellzapoppin visits the Rev Room. Before the show, catch the heavy rock thunder of Little Rock’s own Iron Tongue, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the 18-and-up show.

Here’s Hellzapoppin with a bit about what they do:

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Monday’s Music

Billy Joe Shaver.

Giving you the music a day early:

Artists from country icon Kris Kristofferson to American rock ‘n’ roll poet Bob Dylan have all sung the praises of Texas country musician Billy Joe Shaver, the man responsible for writing most of the tunes on Waylon Jennings’ classic 1973 outlaw country album Honky Tonk Heroes, including the title track, “You Asked Me To” and “Ain’t No God in Mexico.” Shaver, the original honky tonk hero and one of the founders of the outlaw country movement, visits Rev Room. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of for the 18-and-up show. Expect a show unveiling the roots of country rock as Shaver sings about going to “Georgia on a Fast Train,” “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal,” “Old Five and Dimers Like Me” and other gems.

It’s a little over two months till Halloween, but Macabre brings their Grim Scary Tour to Downtown Music. Why the Halloween mention? Because the Chicago band is known for creating what they like to call murder metal, a genre the trio created by crossing … Read more >

Tuesday’s Music

Tragikly White.

Giving you the music a day early:

Reggie McClellan, owner and chief engineer at Little Rock’s Doghouse Recording & Production, passed away back in April. But during his music career he not only provided audio recording to bands, he also made a lot of friends along the way. Now, several of those bands that McClellan was friends with are joining forces at Stickyz for Brothers in Arms: A Tribute to Reggie McClellan. The bands? Well-known party rock cover acts such as Mr. Happy, 7 Toed Pete and Tragikly White, metal bands such as Third Degree and Iron Tongue, and the chicken-fried rock of Jeff Coleman and the Feeders. The show starts at 8 p.m. with tickets $10 for the 21-and-up show.

Here’s Tragikly White with a promo of what they do:

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Monday’s Music

White Hills.

Giving you the music a day early:

The week gets started off loud at Stickyz with a visit from White Hills, a Brooklyn-based band that plays mesmerizing space rock, heavy on the effects and layered with psych rock but powered with raging guitars. Also on the bill are Little Rock hard rock/metal act Iron Tongue, who play brutish rhythms influenced by grunge and old-school bluesy rock, and Sleepy Sun, a California band that plays desert plains blues, filled with slabs of psychedelic rock. The show kicks off at 9 p.m. with a $6 cover for the 21-and-up night.

Abandon Kansas is not just a good idea, it’s also the name of a band, a Wichita four piece who formed in 2006 and are touring in support of Ad Astra Per Aspera, a record mixing their rock sound with their deep faith. The outfit comes to Downtown Music along with the Fayetteville Christian punk act The Wedding and California raw rock outfit Showbread. Local support is provided by Conway punchy alt rock act The Alexei. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the music at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $10 in advance … Read more >