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Thursday’s Music

Band of Heathens.

Giving you the music a day early:

Austin, Texas, act Band of Heathens get grouped into the Americana genre. That’s okay. But it really doesn’t come close to describing the five-piece band. There are layers to the band’s sound. Rock ‘n’ roll, folk and even psychedelia. Throw in some blues, too, along with roots rock and dusty country ballads with soulful vocals and cowboy poetry. It’s all there on the band’s latest album released in March, the live album The Double Down — Live From Denver (Vol. 1 & 2). And live? Band of Heathens is a music monster. See how it all goes down when the band hits Stickyz. It’s an all-ages show with the music starting at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover. The Delta Saints kick off the show with their bayou rock that throws in a little rock, blues, funk and soul.

Alternative metal? Hard rock? Art rock? Alternative rock? Well, Los Angeles-via-Virginia band Hurt plays a little mingling of it all on albums such as Vol. II and Goodbye to the Machine. And one can hear that collection of sound on mainstream rock hits such as “Ten Ton Brick” and … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition.

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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.

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Saturday’s Music

The Drowning Men.

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California indie rock quintet The Drowning Men released their debut album The Beading of the Songbird last month. So what does it sound like? Big, important music like Arcade Fire but with a touch of punk-influenced folk rock and roots music. And yes, there’s a hint of Eastern European ethnic folk and sea shanties. After surviving a drunk driver crashing into their van and trailer in New York City a couple of weeks ago (the band was unharmed), The Drowning Men comes to Stickyz. The opening act is U.K. rock act Yellowire, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. with their . Cover is $7 for the 18-and-up show.

100.3 The Edge is sponsoring (so is Sync, too.) a Toys for Tots Party at Rev Room featuring Kingsdown, a Little Rock group known for their high-powered alternative rock. It’s the third annual Toys for Tots affair at Rev Room, and the show begins at 8:30 p.m. with Magnolia alternative rock act belair. followed by LIttle Rock rock ‘n’ roll group Free Micah. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is only $5 if guests bring a … Read more >

Tuesday’s Music

The Grunge Party.

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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 >

Saturday’s Music

Kingsdown.

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Kingsdown was one of those local bands that succeeded in their Riverfest mission: playing a main stage before a national headliner, in this case Poison, and introducing their passionate rock ‘n’ roll to a new legion of fans. The band is getting played on 40 stations around the country and will also be headlining on the main stage at his fall’s Arkansas State Fair. And Kingsdown is still promoting their self-titled debut album, an energetic alternative rock sound built upon their faith and lyrics of love and hope. The band comes to Rev Room, and the opening act is Jacksonville rock band Se7en Sharp, a band that likes their sound to “Eagles in Chains,” kicking off the music at 9 p.m. with a ticket price to be announced for the 18-and-up show.

Vino’s will host a fundraiser for the Little Rock Community Theater. The name of the event? Trailer Trash and Bluegrass Bash. The night promises “backwoods bluegrass, pizza, beer and dancing,” and a night you won’t soon forget,” at least according to press releases. But considering the night features Stumpwater Bluegrass Band, the backwoods bluegrass and … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Emery.

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Seattle-based post-hardcore outfit Emery has a new album dropping March 29 and are out on the road in early support of it, including a stop at Vino’s. Known for their brutal music with lyrics of faith, the band is headlining a show that includes several other hard-hitting acts, including Nashville, Tenn., rock outfit Hawkboy (former members of As Cities Burn) and hardcore act To Speak of Wolves. Local support will come from Magnolia pop punkers belair. and Blevins Christian thrash metal band Every Knee Shall Bow. The music begins at 8 p.m. with tickets $12 in advance and $15 day of show.

The four members of New York State outfit Moving Mountains — guitarist and vocalists Gregory Dunn and Frank Graniero, bassist Mitchell Lee and drummer Nicholas Pizzolato — deliver their hard-charging indie rock with an experimental undercurrent at Downtown Music as the band makes its way to South by Southwest 2011. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Joining the band is touring partner indie-emo, one-man-band Into It. Over It. Local support will … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Glossary.

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White Water Tavern will be home to two nights of the best in American music as Last Chance Records presents Glossary, Slobberbone, Two Cow Garage and Kevin Kerby each playing a full set of music each night. Tickets are available at lastchancerecords.com for $12 and will be available at the door if any remain at show time. Glossary is Tennessee-based outfit known for their bleeding heart rock ‘n’ roll that leaves blood on the knobs with tunes torched by country and R&B. Two Cow Garage is known for their rough-hewed rock ‘n’ roll that mixes a rowdy, classic rock sound with alt country and punk, and Slobberbone is known for their white-knuckled, freewheeling, catchy rock ‘n’ roll with roots reaching into country. Kevin Kerby is a Little Rock rock ‘n’ roller.

Presented by 100.3 The Edge, Saliva returns to Little Rock with a show at Juanita’s. Expect mainstream rock hits such as “Family Reunion,” “Your Disease,” “Always” and others, as well as new tunes from the group’s upcoming 2011 release. The Memphis, Tenn.-based post-grunge rockers will be joined by Tennessee hard rockers Star City Meltdown and Illinois heavy rock Read more >

Saturday’s Music

"The Blues Brothers." Or some version thereof.

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The Point 94.1 and the Little Rock Zoo are on a “Mission from God.” What does that mean besides the obvious The Blues Brothers connection? We’re not quite sure. We do know that “Joliet” Jake Blues or the rest of the Blues Brothers band will not be appearing at the Zoo at noon as Sister Deborah reveals Point DJs Mike Kennedy and Sharpe Dunaway’s particular mission from God. Beyond the big reveal, expect free ice cream from Coleman Dairy, although you got to pay the regular Zoo admission to enter.

Former Deadboy & the Elephantmen lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Dax Riggs has a new solo album, Say Goodnight to the World, scheduled for release on Fat Possum Records on Aug. 3. But three days before the release of the album Riggs, known for his blistering melodic blues rock with a punkish gallop, will visit Juanita’s. Expect neo-blues rock crossed with sludge metal. (Riggs fronted Louisiana sludge band Acid Bath.) Tickets for the July 31 show are $10 with the music starting at 9 p.m. with Little Rock’s Badhand, a newish trio consisting … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

mewithoutYou.

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The latest album from Pennsylvania rockers mewithoutYou is titled it’s all crazy! it’s all false! it’s all a dream! it’s alright, a spring 2009 release that matches the zaniness of its title by cramming indie rock with folk and art rock into an 11-track album. The band — Aaron Weiss on vocals, Michael Weiss on guitar, Rickie Mazzotta on drums and Greg Jehanian on bass — visit Juanita’s to deliver a dose of their frenzy experimental rock. Joining the band are David Bazan, a singer/songwriter who was the guiding force behind Seattle indie rock act Pedro the Lion, with his collection of indie rock tunes and Rubik, a Finland indie art-pop collective whose U.S. debut Dada Bandits was released in 2009. The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $13 advance and $15 day of show for the 18-and-up concert.

Energetic alternative rockers Kingsdown have slowly matured over their eight years playing music, and the result is their self-titled debut. The quintet will host a CD release party for their eponymous debut at the Revolution Music Room. Joining them will be EKG, an energetic pop crunk crew … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

John Paul Keith and the One, Four, Fives.

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The soul-powered rock ‘n’ roll sound Memphis, Tenn., invades White Water Tavern with a visit from a trio of bands: John Paul Keith and the One, Four, Fives; Jack Oblivian; and The Dirty Streets. Keith and band are known for their rambling honky-tonk flavored indie rock, propelled by the band’s love of rockabilly guitars, pedal steel, piano and driving drums. Memphis-based Jack Oblivian, a member of such legendary Memphis DIY acts as Compulsive Gamblers and ’90s garage punk band The Oblivians, is Johnny Thunders meets Neil Young style garage rock ‘n’ roll. And The Dirty Streets is a young rock ‘n’ roll outfit with punk and soul roots raised on MC5, Deep Purple, Sly & the Family Stone and Led Zeppelin.

Little Rock alternative rockers Kingsdown, who are recording their new album at Lakeside Studios in Knoxville, Tenn., return to Little Rock for a show at Juanita’s. Formed by six small-town friends in 2002 at a century-old train station, Kingsdown delivers an energetic alternative rock sound built upon their faith and lyrics of love and hope. The group released … Read more >