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Thursday’s Music

The Sword.

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Texas heavy metal outfit The Sword returns to central Arkansas, with a show at Juanita’s. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. with the music of Little Rock hard rock band Iron Tongue and West Virginia stoner metal band Karma to Burn kicking off the music. Cover is $10. The Sword opened for Metallica in November 2008 at what was then Alltel Arena, but before that, heavy metal worshipers got to see the band storm Vino’s in June 2008. For fans who missed the shows, The Sword — guitarist and singer J.D. Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie and drummer Trivett Wingo — is classic heavy metal, with tunes filled with hard-hitting, powerhouse rhythms, mythical imagery and blazing guitar solos. The Sword released their third album, Warp Riders, in August.

The boisterous, beer-raising roots rock of Jonathan Wilkins and the Reparations returns for a hometown show at Sticky Fingerz. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with cover $5 for the 21-and-up show.

Here’s The Sword in action with their “How Heavy This Axe”:

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Saturday’s Music

Tea Leaf Green.

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Tea Leaf Green, a jam band quartet from San Francisco, arrives at Revolution Music Room. The opening act is Hill Country Revue, starting the night at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $12 advance and $15 day of show. Hill Country Revue is a modern, blues-heavy Southern rock band for the 21st century featuring two members of North Mississippi Allstars and creating a barn-burning collection of gritty, nasty, funky blues rock. The all-ages show starts at 8:30 p.m. $10 cover.

R&B singer Keith Sweat‘s The Make It Last Forever Tour pays a visit to Riverfest Amphitheatre with opening acts Next and Montell Jordan. The music starts at 7:30 p.m. with the gates opening at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 for lawn, $49 for reserved and $75 for a VIP seat, which include a free VIP buffet and a seat next to the stage. Tickets can be purchased at Ugly Mikes and Uncle T’s Food Mart in Little Rock; Record Rack in Pine Bluff; and Chicken King in North Little Rock.

It’s not the Broadway musical revue from the ’40s, but a side show, … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Rooney.

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The pop-melody injected rock ‘n’ roll sound of Los Angeles outfit Rooney returns to Juanita’s. The band, known for their love of Beatles pop, Tom Petty rock, Queen bombastic operatic rock and Beach Boys harmonies, released their third album Eureka on June 8. Joining the group will be The Young Veins, a California rock band consisting of Ryan Ross and Jon Walker, the former lead guitarist and bassist, respectively, of Panic! at the Disco; and Brooklyn dance rock duo Black Gold. The 18-and-up show starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $13 advance and $15 day of show.

Onestone Productions is joining forces with Big Brown and Big Wink Entertainment to present The Ultimate Old School Party at Revolution Music Room, an event being headlined by the hip-hop group Whodini. Known for their ground-breaking rap anthems “Friends,” ‘Freaks Come Out at Night” and “Five Minutes of Funk” from their 1984 album Escape, Whodini is old-school rap at its best. Joining the hip-hop act will be a who’s who of Little Rock talent, including Little Rock trumpeter extraordinaire Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers featuring Jeron, … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

Jackson Taylor.

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Modern-day country outlaw Jackson Taylor likes to be called The Kid when fronting his band The Sinners. And it’s The Kid who will visit Sticky Fingerz as Jackson Taylor & The Sinners visit town to unleash their honest take on traditional country music. Looking toward influences such as Billy Joe Shaver, Waylon Jennings, Elvis Presley and Social Distortion in forging his outlaw ways, Taylor and company create real country music with honest tunes based on a wandering lifestyle. It’s music that led Shaver to say: “Jackson’s songs are so real and honest, you know straight off he’s been there and done that.” The opening act is Austin, Texas, Americana act Sam Sliva and the Good, who like their country crossed with rock and blues, starting the music at 9:30 p.m. Cover is $5.

Saliva was forced to cancel an April visit to Revolution Music Room, but fans of the Memphis, Tenn.-based post-grunge rockers shouldn’t despair. The Rev Room is welcoming Saliva back for a makeup date. Presented by 100.3 The Edge, tickets for the all-ages show are $15 advance and $20 day of show, with tickets from the April … Read more >

Sunday’s Music

Mondo Drag.

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Juanita’s roars to life on a Sunday night with music from three local rock bands opening for headliner Mondo Drag: Iron Tongue, Sweet Eagle and The Sound of the Mountain. Russellville’s The Sound of the Mountain’s music is intricate progressive rock while Iron Tongue relies on brutish rhythms influenced by grunge and old-school bluesy rock to create their heavy rock sound. Sweet Eagle is a hard-charging Little Rock rock ‘n’ roll outfit with Alan Disaster, frontman of defunct punk rock outfit Smoke Up Johnny, on vocals along with Andy Warr of Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth. And Mondo Drag? The Iowa five piece incorporates sludge rock, blues rock, garage rock and stoner rock to create their cosmic brew of psychedelic rock. The music starts at 6:30 p.m. with a $7 cover for the 18-and-up show.

Here’s Mondo Drag with their tune “Black River”:

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Tuesday’s Music

Foxy Shazam.

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After two small-label releases, the Cincinnati live-wire rock outfit Foxy Shazam is making their major label debut April 13 with a Sire Records self-titled album, including the first single “Unstoppable,” with its jock-rock rhythm and Freddie Mercury vocals from lead singer Eric Nally. Currently, the quintet is on the road, including a show at South By Southwest, but on its return trip the SPIN “10 Artists to Watch in 2010” outfit will visit Juanita’s for an energetic live show. The music will start at 9 p.m. with tickets $10 advance and $12 day of for the all-ages show with the opening acts California rock band The Young Veins, and the power and soul rock of Boston’s Bad Rabbits.

Hawaiian folkie Anuhea has described her music as “Jack Johnson or Jason Mraz meets Fergie,” influenced by reggae, R&B, soul, hip hop and funk, but played on an acoustic guitar. Or, as her bio says, the 24-year-old — real name Rylee Anuheake’alaokalokelani Jenkins — is the “female version of multimillion selling, Hawaii-based Jack Johnson.” Anuhea will appear at Sticky Fingerz on her Right Love Tour with special guest The Green with … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Michael Burks.

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The “Iron Man” of Arkansas blues, Michael Burks, plays Denton’s Trotline in Benton, unleashing his howling, soulful, electric Delta blues guitar playing. A guitar player since the age of 2, Burks was a member of the house band at the Bradley Ferry Country Club juke joint on the outskirts of Camden for six and a half years. Working at Lockheed Martin, Burks continued to play on the weekend after the club closed, but it wasn’t until 1994 that Burks fell into the blues full time and not until 1997 that he recorded his first album, From the Inside Out. Since then Burks has recorded three more albums on Alligator Records featuring his passionate, searing blues guitar and weathered and worn bluesy vocal howl. The music starts at 8 p.m.

Combine Prince on guitar, with his funky, bluesy, electrifying ax playing, with disco drums and pulsating electronica and the result is the Muscle Shoals, Ala., duo of producer/engineer/DJ/drummer Russ Randolph and producer/DJ/vocalist/guitarist Zion Rock Godchaux: Boombox. The duo visit Revolution Music Room for a night of equally funky and soulful music, twisted with turntables and house music. The opening … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm.

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Less than a month after John Sinclair visited White Water Tavern along with North Mississippi hill country blues master R.L. Burnside’s son Duwayne Burnside, R.L. Burnside’s grandson Cedric Burnside returns to the dive with his brother by another mother in tow, as the juke joint duo of Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm play. The pair combine the rhythmic shake of country blues with the electrified boogie of hill blues, shaking it on down with hypnotic, hip-shaking North Mississippi hill country blues fueled by polyrhythmic beats by Burnside on the drums (and vocals), and raw, droning guitar with Malcolm grinding on the fretboard. Expect a 9 p.m. start time with a $10 cover.

The filmmakers responsible for the production of the local zombie film Voodoo Cowboys The Film are holding a benefit show titled Bad Mojo Showdown at Juanita’s, simply promising a “a bazaar night for a bizarre tomorrow.” Included in the night is music from five Arkansas bands: Fayetteville’s Vessels of Wrath, who sprinkle their heavy metal with techno, world music, opera and industrial, and Little Rock acts Iron Tongue, whose grunge-y heavy metal is … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

Swiss Family Knives.

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Little Rock’s Swiss Family Knives have some new tunes to unveil, including the eaten alive drive of “Colorblind” and the roaring roll of “Lucky” to add to their collection of indie rock tunes sprinkled with keyboard textures. Expect the quintet — Adam Hogg on keyboards and vocals, Collin Buchanan on guitar, Sean Nadji and bass and vocals, Brian Hughes on drums, and Jeff Lagios on guitar and vocals — to unveil these new tunes during a show at Juanita’s. The party includes Jamie Randolph & The Darkhorse, a Memphis outfit making a name for themselves with their musical melding of indie rock and alt country. The show starts at 9 p.m. with a $6 cover for the 18-and-up show.

T.C. Edwards — the subject of Mike Poe’s long-awaited documentary TC & me … a Little Rockumentary and a heavy metal lover — is celebrating a birthday so Poe is throwing him a party at The Village titled A Little Rock-Umental Occasion while hoping to raise money to finish the project. Invited is a smorgasbord of Little Rock music with hip hop represented by Ear Fear (607 … Read more >