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Monday’s Music

Glass Cloud.

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Glass Cloud is the new band of former frontman for Sky Eats Airplane and Of Mice & Men Jerry Roush. Yes, it’s metalcore, and includes guitarist Joshua Travis (The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza), bassist Travis Sykes and drummer Chad Hasty. The quartet’s debut The Royal Thousand is being released in July, and the band is touring, including a stop at Downtown Music. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of show. The openers are three local acts: North Little Rock progressive act Once by the Pacific, Maumelle/North Little Rock post-hardcore band The Science of Sleep and Central Arkansas post-hardcore group My Hands To War.

Here are Glass Cloud with their “White Flag”:

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Tuesday’s Music

Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds.

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Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds sounds like a band that knows a thing or two about mixing in some gritty soul music with The Band-inspired rock ‘n’ roll and a taste of funk, and throwing it all down in an electrifying live show. And that’s just what the Brooklyn outfit — led by Sister Sparrow (lead singer Arleigh Kincheloe) — will do during an early-week visit to Stickyz. Bring dancing shoes. The opening act is The Wandas with their Boston-bred, Americana-fueled rock, and the music starting at 8:30 p.m. with a $5 cover for the 18-and-up show.

The last time The Dillinger Escape Plan came to town, it was as a support act for Massachusetts’ Killswitch Engage at the now-shuttered The Village in January 2008. It was a show presented by 100.3 The Edge so it makes perfect sense that the Little Rock new rock station presents The Dillinger Escape Plan’s return to Little Rock, this time at Downtown Music and as a headliner. Expect pummeling, smart progressive hardcore music. The doors open at 7 p.m. with an 8 p.m. start time to the music. … Read more >

Sunday’s Music

Lighthouse Music.

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Florida’s Lighthouse Music states their influences as Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Miles Davis, James Brown, Mozart and Philip Glass. So how does one fit all those influences into a musical genre? They don’t. Lighthouse Music warps all those influences and creates a new sonic tapestry, with all five members rotating instruments (brass, percussion, woodwinds, turntables, accordion, synths, bass, guitar and more) throughout a performance, creating classical or rock melodies that are somehow powered by a funk rhythm. Check it out at Stickyz. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with the music of Loud Valley and their “symphonic mood swing” music. Cover is $5 for the all-ages show.

Attack Attack! is one of those bands that is hard defining. Call it metalcore with elements of electronica. And please avoid the crabcore label as it’s no genre at all; just mindless Internet message board chatter. The group — Caleb Shomo, Andrew Whiting, John Holgado and Andrew Wetzel — comes to Downtown Music with their electronica-powered metal. The music starts at 8 p.m. with tickets $13 in advance and $15 day of show. The doors open at 7 p.m. with a trio of … Read more >

Monday’s Music

 

Maylene & The Sons of Disaster.

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Downtown Music kicks off the week with a uppercut of metal music with Alabama metalcore — of the Southern variety — band Maylene & The Sons of Disaster headlining a show that includes support from local band central Arkansas post-hardcore band My Hands to War. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of show. Maylene and the Sons of Disaster’s new album IV is coming out Sept. 27.

What’s better than free music? How about free music while also helping a good cause? That’s what the Rev Room, 100.3 The Edge, and Silver Lining Concerts and Events is offering with a show offering the music of Echoes The Fall, Don’t Wake Aislin and Distal. The music starts at 8 p.m., and all music lovers have to do to gain free entry is show up with one or more canned goods. All the canned goods will benefit the Arkansas Food Bank. Phoenix’s Echoes The Fall is coming off a tour with Ten Years and will headline the show with … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Kenny Chesney.

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Get your Corona in hand as the beer presents a visit to Verizon Arena from Kenny Chesney, that country music superstar who enjoys easy-going music and beach-going themes. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the music at 7 p.m. Tickets are $26.50, $44.50 and $75 at the Verizon Arena Box Office, or at all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 or on line at www.ticketmaster.com for an additional cost. Chesney’s Goin’ Coastal Tour 2011 is sure to present such summer-sounding country hits as “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” and “Summertime,” and new tracks from Chesney’s 2010 release Hemingway’s Whiskey. The opening acts are Billy Currington, the country musician who is “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer,” and Uncle Kracker, the rap rocker turned country star.

Want to know what Arkansas rock sounds like? Go see Kevin Kerby + Battery at White Water Tavern. Fronted by the aforementioned and former Mulehead member Kerby on guitar, the band delivers brass-knuckle tough rock ‘n’ roll with a soul of gold. The band’s 2009 Beautiful & Bright, released in high-quality vinyl by Last Chance Records and … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Flaw.

Giving you the music a day early:

Flaw is cancelled.

Kentucky alternative metal band Flaw formed in the mid-1990s and released a series of independent albums. But it wasn’t until their Universal Records release Through the Eyes that the band became nationally know, thanks to a string of mainstream rock hits such as “Payback.” While the band broke up earlier this century, the band has since regrouped and is back on the road, including a stop at Juanita’s. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of show with the night opening with Osceola rock band Finding Jimmy Hoffa and Flaw touring partners Saturate, a Baytown, Texas, hard rock band.

Hot Springs industrial rock band The Vail comes to Downtown Music with a couple of other local acts: central Arkansas hardcore band My Hands to War and North Little Rock punk cabaret band Flameing Daeth Fearies. After playing the part of KISS at a local Halloween party, the Fearies continue with their Get Your Red Wings Tour 2010 to celebrate the release of their newest EP, Lightish Red, a collection of tunes showcasing … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

Tantric.

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Days of the New hit it big with the stripped down, acoustic rock tune “Touch, Peel and Stand” in late ’97 and early ’98, and then three members split a year later, forming post-grunge act Tantric. While Days of the New has struggled, Tantric has gone on to release such mainstream rock hits as “Breakdown” and “Astounded” from their 2001 debut album and “Mind Control” from their 2009 album of the same name. The Kentucky rock band is continuing to tour, including a stop at The Village Juanita’s presented by 100.3 The Edge. Tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the door. Joining Tantric are California rock band Adema and California/Oklahoma rock outfit Burn Halo. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the music at 8 p.m.

The Revolution Music Room opens its doors to present a night of local music. The bill includes Maumelle electronica metal group The Science of Sleep, who released an EP The World Awaits in December 2009; central Arkansas hardcore band My Hands to War; Believe the Hype!, a Little Rock act coming together from the metalcore and hardcore scenes; and experimental electronica … 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 >

Saturday’s Music

David Kimbrough Jr.

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The last time David Kimbrough Jr. visited White Water Tavern it was with poet, former MC5 manager and White Panther leader John Sinclair. Kimbrough, the son of legendary North Mississippi hill country blues artist Junior Kimbrough, returns to White Water for a night of his gritty, droning hill country blues, along with Little Rock’s Mockingbird, a five-piece band of diverse talents who create hillbilly psychedelia, a dose of music influenced by Ozark folk music and aliens. Formerly of Little Rock now of Fayetteville musician Stacy Mackey is also on the bill with her adventurous music. Cover is $10 with the music at 9 p.m.

Pay at the Pump is not only a way to avoid the temptation of purchasing scratch-off lottery tickets, but also the name of the Oklahoma City musical outfit visiting Vino’s to unleash their Southern-flavored hardcore sound. Joining them are Maumelle electronica metal group The Science of Sleep, Little Rock metal outfit Take It to Heart and Conway hardcore act Hollywood Homicide. No word on cover or start time. Pay at the Pump will also play a Sunday night gig at Soundstage, being joined … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

Everyone Dies in Utah.

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Influenced by Attack Attack! and I See Stars, post-hardcore act Everyone Dies in Utah returns to Juanita’s for a headlining gig. Joining the quintet will be central Arkansas screamo band My Hands to War (which appeared with the headliners at a January show). The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. with a an $8 cover.

Micky & The Motorcars — headed by the brother team of Micky and Gary Braun, brothers of Reckless Kelly lead singer Willy Braun — continue to roll right along with their rock-flavored, Texas country music, with a headlining visit to Sticky Fingerz. Their fourth album, 2008’s Naive, featured guest songwriting and singing from Randy Rogers, Lloyd Maines and Mickey Raphael, and the hard touring behind the album spawned the two-disc, live album Live at Billy Bob’s Texas released in November 2009. The Culpepper Mountain Band, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets for the 21-and-up show $8.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Percussion Ensemble turns to Pink Floyd again for inspiration for a benefit concert at 7 p.m. in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall of the … Read more >