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Saturday’s Music

Whitehorse.

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Whitehorse‘s Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland made a name for themselves as individual roots-oriented singer-songwriters in Canada, but the married couple decided it was time for their own project. So Whitehorse? It’s rowdy-yet-beautiful Canadian roots rock or maybe indie country, if there is such a thing: electric guitar and all, along with pedal steel, piano and B3 Hammond plus killer harmonies from the pair. And the two perform a grand version of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire.” Whitehorse comes to Juanita’s, and the music starts at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $8 in advance and $10 day of show. The-well-known-around-these-parts-even-though-she-now-lives-in-Tennessee Elise Davis kicks off the show with her take on Americana.

Just in case one thinks SXSW is all indie rock or pop, North Carolina heavy metal gods Corrosion of Conformity is playing a festival showcase or two along with their touring partners Miami-based Southern metal band Torche and New York City band A Storm of Light, who pack in sludge, doom and post-metal into an ambient yet raging sound. (COC and A Storm of Light both play the SXSW ToneDeaf Touring Showcase with North Little Rock’s metal outfit Rwake … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Zoso.

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I once told “Robert Plant” of Led Zeppelin tribute band Zoso that he and Zoso were “freaking” amazing. I meant it. Some tribute bands are simply awful. Some are merely good. Few are extraordinary. Zoso falls into that latter category. Zoso is as close to the real thing a Zep fan will see outside of Led Zeppelin reforming. The music. The passion. The look. The skill. It’s all there. The Led Zeppelin tribute band, named after Jimmy Page’s famous symbol from Led Zeppelin IV, formed in 1995, and the group has toured excessively since, currently playing about 150 gigs a year. The quartet will bring the look and feel of the great Zep to Rev Room, and, in keeping with the Led Zeppelin tours of the mid-1970s, it will be all Zep. No filler or opening bands. It’s an all-ages show with the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.

DeRay Davis usually just goes by the name DeRay — at least when performing his stand-up comedian. (Usually in his films, he is billed with his full name, such as in 2008’s Semi-Pro or in the upcoming 21 Jump Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

Casey Donahew Band.

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Casey Donahew Band, the Texas country band based out of Burleson, dropped their newest album Double-Wide Dream in late October and the album hit No. 2 on the iTunes country albums chart and No. 10 on the Billboard country albums chart. So how does an independent act score such spots on the charts? By constant touring and delivering a live show that is a country rock force to be reckoned with and tunes such as the romping rhythm of “Ramblin’ Kind.” Casey Donahew Band comes to Rev Room. The opening act is Fayetteville’s own Matt Stell & the Crashers, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. with their introspective country, high-energy rock and Americana ballads. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show.

Here’s Casey Donahew Band with their “Nowhere Fast”:

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Saturday’s Music

Hunter Hayes.

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Young country artist Hunter Hayes released his self-titled, major-label debut on Atlantic Records Nashville last month. The album hit the Top 10 of the country charts, mainly on the strength of the first single “Storm Warning,” which hit the country Top 40. A Louisiana native, KSSN 96 presents Hayes at Juanita’s as part of Hayes’ Most Wanted Fall Tour. The music starts at 9 p.m. with the doors opening at 8 p.m. Cover is only $5. It’s an opportunity to see a country superstar in the making as Hayes has written tunes for Rascal Flatts and Montgomery Gentry, toured with superstar Taylor Swift, played the Late Show with David Letterman and made his Grand Old Opry debut — all in the last year and all before the age of 21.

Texas-born Americana singer/songwriter Adam Carroll is known for his down-home stories about ordinary people over his intricate guitar picking. It’s a combination that has made him well-loved and respected, and has earned him comparisons to songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt and John Prine. Owen Temple is an Austin-based singer-songwriter who is known for his narrative folk tunes that are genuine, … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

 

Bleu Edmondson.

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It has been almost a year since Bleu Edmondson released his The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be, but the Texas country artist who mixes in a little soul and country rock into his sound is still on the road promoting the album, including a stop at Juanita’s. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music at 9 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $12 day of. No word on an opening act. The New Braunfels’ resident is known for his Southern-fried country rock, but The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be shows a more personal side. The result is an album for saints and sinners; a few roots rockers such as “Riot Night” and a few reflective ballads.

Justin Moore was the first country star from Arkansas in a while, but it looks like others are following in his footsteps, including northern Arkansas’ Matthew Huff. Huff is making a name for himself with a couple of tunes country music radio is taking notice of: “Back Again” and “As Time Goes By.” Influenced by country vocal groups such as Little Texas, Huff’s music … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

The Big Cats.

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It’s Christmas time again, and to mark the occasion, pop-flavored, indie rock act The Big Cats will play their usual once-a-year, end-of-year, holiday reunion gig at White Water Tavern. Of course, when your band features Green Day touring guitarist Jason White along with Colin Brooks, who has played drums with The Stills and Dan Zanes, it’s hard to get the band back together. Rounding out the band is Max Recordings Burt Taggart along with Josh Bentley, and, since local music fans can’t get enough of The Big Cats, the band is playing two shows in one night: An all-ages show will be held at 7 p.m. followed by a 21-and-up show at 9:30 p.m. Opening act for the first show is It.Won’t.Die, and Velvet Kente opens the second show. Tickets are $6 per show or $10 for both shows. P.S. The Big Cats also have, for the first time ever, T-shirts available for sale through Max Recordings.

Introspective country, high-energy rock and Americana ballads come together with a visit from Fayetteville act Matt Stell & the Crashers at Revolution Music Room. The band, led by central Arkansas … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Paul Thorn.

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None other than Kris Kristofferson has called Americana singer/songwriter Paul Thorn “the best kept secret in the music business.” Born in Wisconsin but raised in Elvis Presley’s hometown of Tupelo, Miss., by a Pentecostal preacher father, Thorn’s music is a blend of his blues, country, gospel and rock ‘n’ roll background with his gruff yet soulful vocals standing out from the music. Thorn visits Revolution Music Room with Matt Stell & The Crashers as the openers, taking the stage at 9 p.m. with their mixture of introspective country, high-energy rock and Americana ballads. Tickets for the 18-and-up show are $12 in advance and $15 day of show.

Of course, it’s the start of the Arkansas State Fair, which means over the next 10 days a number of musical acts will be appearing. The best part? Each act is free with a fair admission, which is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 12 and seniors, and free for children under 6. The acts on the Wendy’s Concert Main Stage include The Guess Who on Friday, Joe Diffie on Sunday, Easton Corbin on Oct. 14, Bucky Covington on Oct. … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

The Crystal Method.

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The electronica method of The Crystal Method is actually the duo of Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, two Las Vegas boys who founded the group in Los Angeles in the early ’90s. About 17 years later, the duo have made a name for themselves through their music work in commercials, TV shows, films and video games, along with their thumping-breaks-and-big-beat live show. The duo visit The Village on their Divided By Night Tour, and local support will be provided by a host of Little Rock’s best electronica artist, including Sleepy Genius, Justin Sane, Ewell, Paul Grass and Andy Sadler along with a Dub Room featuring Digital Love, Sleek, Wolf E Wolf and Stepchild. The music starts at 8 p.m. with tickets $20 advance and $25 at the door.

Introspective country, high-energy rock and Americana ballads come together with a visit from Fayetteville act Matt Stell & the Crashers at Sticky Fingerz. The band, led by central Arkansas native Stell, is as much Lynyrd Skynyrd as Willie Nelson on their debut album, The Sound & the Story. There’s no announced opening act, but … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

Band of Heathens.

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Taking their musical cues from the greats of Americana music, including The Band, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Townes Van Zandt, Austin, Texas, quintet Band of Heathens return to Little Rock for a show at Sticky Fingerz. The opening act is Americana act Matt Stell & The Crashers, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. Cover is $7 for the 21-and-up show. The Heathens’ second album, One Foot in the Ether, invokes the sordid side of Hunter S. Thompson’s higher-publicized literary tales with “L.A. County Blues,” a slow-burning country rocker with a bluesy guitar solo. The band plays about 250-plus shows a year, taking their stomping roots rock and dusty country ballads with soulful vocals and cowboy poetry to the masses.

The last time Little Rock favorites and Last Chance Records artist American Aquarium visited White Water Tavern it was for a recording of the Last Chance Records produced Live From the White Water series. This time around the magic will only be witnessed by the North Carolina alt country band and their fans in attendance. The band’s latest album is Dances for the Lonely, a … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit.

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Following his early 2007 departure from the Drive-By Truckers (where he wrote one the band’s best tune, “Outfit”), Jason Isbell’s debut solo work, Sirens of the Ditch, was an excellent 12-track slice of alt country-flavored rock filled with storyteller tunes drenched in color and rich details. By 2008, Isbell had gone the full band route, starting Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, and releasing an equally stunning eponymous sophomore album in February 2009. (Seriously, check out “Seven Mile Island.”) The Muscle Shoals, Ala., singer/songwriter returns to Little Rock, upgrading to the Revolution Music Room. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with a $10 cover for the 18-and-up show. Americana act Matt Stell & The Crashers, an Arkansas act known for their collection of country and Southern rock tunes, is the opener.

Here’s one for the children, as Movies in the Park at Riverfest Amphitheatre presents the animated tale Kung Fu Panda, complete with the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie. It’s the heart-warming tale of an obese, lazy panda who must fulfill an ancient prophecy, studying kung fu and saving … Read more >