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Friday’s Music

DJ and VJ Doc Roc.

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After a long, hard, not-too-cold winter, the good times and warm temperatures are here and to celebrate it how about visiting the Peabody Rivertop Party at Peabody Little Rock? Each Friday night through the spring and early summer the rooftop of the downtown Little Rock hotel will be party central. Up first? The Florida-based DJ and VJ Doc Roc, a man known for his video and music mixing. And Doc Roc will be joined at the 2012 series kickoff by Little Rock’s own Tre’ Day and Epiphany. Plus, it’s somebody’s fifth birthday. The party starts at 9 p.m. with a $8 cover at the door.

Ca$h Out without that dollar sign and with a “S” doesn’t mean the same thing on the Internet, unless you want to know what cash-out refinancing is. (It’s a financial term for taking out a loan on property already owned.) But in the case of Ca$h 0ut coming to Rev Room, we’re not concerned with financial terms but with the 21-year-old Fulton County, Ga., native and rapper named John Gibson and who goes by Ca$h Out. Why Ca$h Out? It’s … Read more >

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Those Darlins.

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Middle Tennessee act Those Darlins started off as a punk meets alt country act, at least on their 2009 debut album. But with the spring 2011 release Screws Get Loose, the Darlins have embraced their live show, where the quartet turns the amps up and create pure rock ‘n’ roll with traces of garage, punk, country and ’60s girl pop. Those Darlins come to Stickyz with tickets $8 in advance and $10 at the door for the 21-and-up show. Local rock ‘n’ roll act Spero, Vanhoose, Quin & Dodson is on the bill along with Nashville, Tenn., rock group Denney and The Jets. The music starts at 9 p.m.

It’s not the kind of show one usually finds at Cajun’s Wharf, but the high-octane country and rock ‘n’ roll of Good Time Ramblers will be heard up and down the Arkansas River as the band takes the stage. The band creates music that would make Johnny, Waylon and Willie smile: a rollicking and rambunctious, high lonesome and fatigued collection of music about hard living, being drunk, living in the jailhouse, broken hearts, God and cowboy dreams. The … Read more >

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Randy Rogers Band.

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Fans of Red Dirt music — a crossing of Texas country and rock rhythms powering storytelling tunes and party anthems — will be present at Rev Room as the River Market venue welcomes the return of Randy Rogers Band for one of their biannual local shows. (Or is it triannual? Does it really matter because local crowds never tire of the rowdy Texas five piece?) The band fronted by its namesake continues to tour behind their August 2010 release Burning the Day, which hit No. 2 on both the iTunes chart and Billboard‘s Country Albums chart. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets for the 18-and-up show $20.

This summer’s Peabody Rivertop Party series is slowly coming to an end, but not before an appearance by Hip Kitty, a Nashville, Tenn., rock band that plays the rooftop overlooking the Arkansas River. Expect a night of energetic rock created by a quartet led by lead singer Jen Halverson as Hip Kitty unleashes their self-described “all-American, sexy-ass rock.” As with every Peabody Rivertop Party this year, the night will be … Read more >

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Bear Colony.

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The central Arkansas indie rock collective known as Bear Colony returns to the stage for the first time in way too long, appearing at Stickyz for a night of local music. For a May show in Fayetteville, the band played new songs from a long-promised follow-up to their debut We Came Here To Die, an album that included such greatness as the swirling electronica landscape of “Hospital Rooms Aren’t For Lovers.” Joining the electronica-flavored indie rock band will be the indie folk rock band out of Conway by the name of This Holy House, Magnolia pop punkers belair. and Arkansas-bred indie pop/rock from the Catskill Kids. The music starts at 9 p.m. with cover $7 for the 21-and-up show.

Charles Woods will kick off a double-billed show at The Afterthought, running through a collection of classic soul, R&B and blues tunes such as “Rainy Night In Georgia.” Born into the church, Woods’ sound is a rich, gospel-flavored voice influenced by greats such as Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Johnny Taylor. What follows Woods is the three-man, swamp blues of Voodoo Sauce, a band consisting of … Read more >

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Frankie Vega.

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The Kings of Leon fifth album Come Around Sundown didn’t quite spawn the rock hits that their previous album Only by the Night did. But that probably doesn’t matter too much to KOL tribute band Gold Diggin’ Mothers. The band will still recreate the garage-flavored American rock blasts of brothers Nathan Followill, Caleb Followill and Jared Followill, and cousin Matthew Followill with their Southern rock choruses and big alternative rock riffs when the tribute band visits Stickyz. They’ll more than likely play the hits — “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody” — and the deep tracks. There is no opening act, just a couple of hours of Kings of Leon tunes. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a cover to be announced for the 21-and-up show.

DJ Frankie Vega has a mission: Spreading the electronica greatness that is the Chicago house scene. He’ll do so in Little Rock for the first time, as he headlines Freedom, an event presented by Balance Music at Downtown Music, spinning his wicked collection of Chicago house, minimal, deep techno and acid. Local support will come from Bobby Rainmaker, EwellRead more >

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Colt Ford.

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So two of Crisis‘ seven members are employees of The Peabody, but it isn’t favoritism that got the band the gig as the headliners of the Peabody Rivertop Party. What got the party cover band its spot? An energetic blend of all the best funk, R&B, rock and current Top 40 covers. One might hear Earth, Wind & Fire or a Katie Perry tune at a Crisis show. And the band also appreciates the rock side of life, covering U2 and AC/DC. The party gets going at 8 p.m. and will last until after midnight. Cover is $5 for the 21-and-up show. Local hip-hop artist and all around great guy Epiphany will be the DJ and emcee of the party, the role he has been filling all season long.

The Colt Ford “experience’ comes to the Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center. And what is the Colt Ford “experience”? A night of country music mixed with a touch of rap from a musician who not only sings tunes about country living but also lives those very same tunes about living the country life. Presented by KSSN 96, the show … Read more >

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Crossfade.

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South Carolina hard rock band Crossfade visits Juanita’s, delivering a powerful shot of their rock sound based on heavy metal and post-grunge. The band’s newest album is the June 21 release We All Bleed so expect new tunes along with alternative and mainstream rock tunes such as “Cold” (a Top 20 pop hit), “So Far Away,” “Colors” and “Killing Me Inside,” from We All Bleed. The opening act is Pop Evil, a Michigan post-grunge act whose sophomore album War of Angels will be released in July, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. The doors open at 8 p.m., and tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door.

Singer/songwriter Roger Creager has spent more than a decade spreading his rocking version of Texas country, a version he brings to Stickyz that is built on his stories of late-night trips to Mexico and his wild honky tonk live image — an image learned from watching Jerry Jeff Walker and Robert Earl Keen. Expect a night of real country tales and rabble-rousing music, including Creager’s signature tune “The Everclear Song.” The opening act is to be announced, but expect … Read more >

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Smoking Popes.

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If you know the movie Clueless (Yes, that 1995 Alicia Silverstone movie. Bear with me.) you know the work of Chicago-based pop punk group Smoking Popes. That oh-so-catchy tune “Need You Around”? That’s them. Fame didn’t quite work out for them the first time around, and they broke up, but have since reformed, recording new albums and touring behind new albums such as March’s This Is Only a Test, a collection of hook-y pop punk. The Smoking Popes come to Stickyz, and the music starts at 9 p.m. with Girl in a Coma and their all-female Texas-based indie rock, and tickets are $10 for the 21-and-up show.

While he’s performed with artists such as String Cheese Incident and Yonder Mountain String Band, and occasionally plays with guitarist Gibb Droll and drummer Jeff Sipe, Keller Williams is better known as a one-man jamband. On stage, Williams utilizes a looping unit to construct his backing music that includes touches of bluegrass, folk, alternative rock, electronica, jazz, funk, lounge and Afrobeat, allowing Williams to alternate between instruments in creating his off-the-wall music. Of course, sometimes Williams is joined by Droll and … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Stoney LaRue.

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Rousing country rocker Stoney LaRue — Texas born but Oklahoma bred — returns to Little Rock, this time with a show at Revolution Music Room, to run through a collection of tunes that are a blend of Red Dirt country (Think Cross Canadian Ragweed and the like.) and pure American music. (Consider legends such as Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Grateful Dead and Kris Kristofferson.) In the end, LaRue creates music that mixes and matches country with soul, rock ‘n’ roll and blues. The Midnight River Choir — with their Texas country rock — is the opening band, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. with their. Tickets for the 18-and-up show are $10 in advance and $12 day of.

Once again the Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative presents their night of local bands covering legendary bands with the ACAC Halloween Cover-Up VIII at Vino’s, this time with The Flameing Daeth Fearies playing the part of KISS, Mad Trucker and Jen Shaw from Stella Fancy as Portishead, (Clap) Kidz Pop! as Belle and Sebastian, Osyrus as Common and Mandy McBryde as Loretta Lynn. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. to midnight, … Read more >