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Sleeper Agent.

Sleeper Agent.

Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week:

WEDNESDAY
Night two of a special two-night The Secret Sisters engagement at White Water Tavern arrives with the Muscle Shoals, Ala.-based country-folk duo of Lydia and Laura Rogers returning for more of their effortless harmonies over rural rhythms that match an indie coolness with traditional arrangements. The Sisters released their self-titled debut album in 2010, and a new album — titled Put Your Needle Down — is promised in 2014. Attendees can expect a mixture of the first album and the new album at the show. All proceeds from the show go toward the band’s tour manager, Jay Calhoun, who suffered a severely broken leg in a dirt bike accident in early December. Calhoun’s leg requires an expensive surgery and proceeds from the shows will help Calhoun and his wife, Kimberly, with medical bills. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover.

THURSDAY
Bombay Harambee holds its record release show for You Know Better at White Water Tavern. Supporting the band is Whale Fire with their hazy indie rock and Collin vs. Adam with their electro-powered pop rock. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. Bombay … Read more >

Weekend Music Roundup (Starting with Thursday)

Kevin Gordon. Photo by Daniel Coston.

Kevin Gordon. Photo by Daniel Coston.

Here’s what’s on tap for live music this weekend in and around Little Rock:

Thursday

The Browning brings their The Hypernova Tour to Downtown Music as the act promotes their Oct. 1-released album Hypernova. What this means is that Downtown Music will be rocking to the Kansas City band’s mixture of heavy metal with hard style, trance and other electronic music. Joining The Browning is Pennsylvania melodic hardcore outfit This or The Apocalypse, Virginia-based metalcore quintet Honour Crest, Victory Records metalcore band Tear Out The Heart and Houston’s Myka Relocate with their screamo meets electronic elements. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

If you don’t know Louisiana-raised, Nashville, Tenn.-based singer-songwriter Kevin Gordon, you should. The man has written tunes for the likes of Keith Richards, Levon Helm and Irma Thomas, and The New York Times had this to say about Gordon’s 2012 Gloryland: “Mr. Gordon’s music is both a distinctive slice of the Nashville scene far from the country mainstream and a window onto the DIY paths that increasingly come with a … Read more >

Weekend Music Roundup

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.

Here’s what’s on tap for live music this weekend in and around Little Rock:

Friday

Fiddle-powered Texas country with a touch of banjo. Gentle acoustic country ballads with rip-roaring choruses. Red Dirt-flavored country rock that kicks up a little dust. These are just a few of the sounds one will find on the Josh Abbott Band‘s April 2012 album Small Town Family Dream, including the soaring pop chorus of “Touch.” And all this and more is what one will hear when seeing Josh Abbott Band at Rev Room. The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $15 in advance and $18 day of for the 18-and-up show. Texas country rock band Tyler & The Tribe opens.

Dirty Alabama rock ‘n’ roll is what Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires will deliver when stopping in at White Water Tavern. The sound is Southern rock ‘n’ roll, but there’s something awfully raw about it. A little brawny Muscle Shoals R&B and gritty Memphis soul with a sweaty dose of 1970s Detroit punk. But the band can connect Walker Percy with the Ramones. And the outfit is working on a follow-up … Read more >

Wednesday and Thursday’s Music

Okkervil River at Rev Room on Wednesday.

Wednesday

Okkervil River comes to the Rev Room. The newest album from this Austin, Texas-based, folk-propelled indie rock group led by Will Sheff is The Silver Gymnasium, a concept album based on lead singer Sheff’s pre-adolescence years in New Hampshire. Opening is Torres, the indie rock music of singer-songwriter Mackenzie Scott. Check out her slow-burning “Honey.” The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $15 for the all-ages show.

That dusky-voiced, folk singer/songwriter Richard Buckner released his newest album Surrounded in early Septmeber, and the collection was a follow-up to his 2011 album Our Blood. The rootsy music of Buckner is a somber stroll through the Dust Bowl of America, filled with intimate tales of melancholy characters over bittersweet, acoustic melodies and delivered with a voice that is hauntingly plaintive yet soothing. Buckner comes to White Water Tavern for a night of his timeless American music. Opening the show is Adam Faucett, who brings along with mixture of folk, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. The music starts at 9 p.m.

Thursday

Yo Gotti, the Memphis rapper known for hits such as “5 Star” and “Act Right,” arrives back in Little Rock with a stop … Read more >

Weekend Music Roundup

Quiet Company

Quiet Company

Here’s what’s on tap for live music this weekend in and around Little Rock:

FRIDAY

Quiet Company plays Stickyz on Friday with the music starting at 9 p.m. Cover is $6 for 21 and up, and $8 for ages 18 to 20 for the 18-and-up show. Opening the show is The Tontons, with their pop- and psychedelic-fueled indie rock from Houston, and Searcy folk ‘n’ roll outfit The Fable & The Fury.

Downtown Music has hosted Indie Music Night each month for the last three years. What that means is that it’s time for Indie Music Night’s Three-Year Celebration at Downtown Music. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover at the door. DJ Fatality is on the turntables, and the night is hosted by Mz.Glamorous with a featured performance from Raven Raider Gang and appearances by The Realest YK, @ImStephanJames, Shea Marie, Asylum and more.

Guess who is turning 10? 100.3 The Edge. Little Rock’s home for new rock hits the decade mark and invites a number of The Edge favorites, including All That Remains, Asking Alexandria, Sick Puppies, SOiL, Heaven’s Basement and more to The Metroplex. And the public is, of course, … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

Wussy.

Giving you the music a day early:

Wussy is coming to Stickyz. So what does that mean? Well, Wussy is a Cincinnati rock band. Sometimes with pedal steel. Sometimes with a clavinet. Sometimes with harpsichord. It’s really hard categorizing them so let’s don’t. Just enjoy Wussy for what they are — a really great band with a jangling, sometimes rampaging, sometimes dreamy sound. No word on an opening act, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with a $6 cover for the 18-and-up show. Music critic Robert Christgau called Wussy “the best band in America.”

Jim Heath, aka The Reverend Horton Heat, realized a few years ago that people really dug his funnier, country-honk tunes. (Not that they didn’t dig his punkabilly tunes as well, with their gritty, greasy sound.) So with 2009’s Laughin’ & Cryin’ With The Reverend Horton Heat, Heath wrote a country album about drinking, guys who use their guts for beer holders and bad habits. With a new album — 25 to Life — on the way, Heath is hitting the road, visiting Juanita’s. No word on an opening act, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with the doors opening … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

Kopecky Family Band.

Giving you the music a day early:

There’s something you should probably know about Kansas band Split Lip Rayfield. Before we even discuss the music. One guy in the band plays a bass made out of a gas tank. Yes, a vehicle’s gas tank. So you know the band is going to be hard to define, and Split Lip Rayfield is. Bluegrass maybe, because there is banjo and mandolin in the band. But the band is high-octane bluegrass if they are bluegrass because there’s punk and even heavy metal in the sound. Whatever it is, Split Lip Rayfield will bring their raucous sound to Juanita’s. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of show.

Speaking of bands that are hard to define, let’s talk about the Kopecky Family Band. The band has been selected for Lollapalooza and the Austin City Limits Music Festival, but catch them in a smaller setting when the six-member band plays Stickyz. The band, formed in Nashville, Tenn., back in 2007, play music that is one part indie rock and one part orchestral rock. It’s … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Colbie Caillat.

Giving you the music a day early:

Who can forget the warm, California folk pop of “Bubbly”? Not many people. And since that smash, Colbie Caillat has released a number of pop rock hits, including her Grammy winning “Lucky” with Jason Mraz. And Magic Springs Water and Theme Park‘s Summer Concert Series continues with a visit from Caillat. The music starts at 8 p.m. Admission for the music is free with a general admission ticket to the park ($44.99 per adult, and $29.99 per junior — under 48 inches — or senior — 55 or older) or season pass ($59.99). Parking is $10 for a vehicle.

It has been a relatively busy year for sludge-y metal, North Little Rock band Rwake. The band played South by Southwest, and released their newest album Rest on Relapse Records late last year, and Pitchfork called it “ingenious, forward-thinking metal.” Forward-thinking, yes, but also great, such as the 12-minute long “It Was Beautiful, But Now It’s Sour,” a doom-in-slow-motion track that contains a little Southern rock guitar work. The group is playing Rev Room, headlining a show that includes Little Rock doom metal act Pallbearer (who released their debut … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Band of Heathens.

Giving you the music a day early:

Band of Heathens. Let’s call these guys Americana-flavored rock ‘n’ roll. Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster’s Son is the band’s latest studio album, released in March 2011. “Medicine Man” from that album is a little taste of psychedelia. “Should Have Known” is that kind of righteously messy blues rock The Rolling Stones played on Exile on Main St. A little honky-tonk country piano and R&B beat with AM gold harmony vocals. “Polaroid” is sparkling country mingled with power pop. Other tunes are galloping sunshine-y country rock. The Austin, Texas, band is bringing their sound to Dickey-Stephens Park for the Postgame Concert Series. The show immediately follow the game in Hookslide Corner. The concert is free. The game starts at 7:10 p.m., and admission is $4 to $12.

Randy Rogers Band at Rev Room. You should know what this means. A rowdy good time, that’s what. This red dirt-powered country act continues to flirt with breaking into country stardom, and they put on a rousing live show, a live show perfected via more than 200 shows a year. Burning the Day is the new album by the band. … Read more >

Sunday’s Music

Devin the Dude.

Giving you the music a day early:

Underground Houston hip-hop artist Devin the Dude is bringing his critically acclaimed if commercially unrecognized rap to Rev Room. Seriously Trippin is his newest EP. And an appearance by Devin the Dude is worth checking out on its own merit, but also on the bill will be 607, Lo Thraxx, Arkansas Bo and Joe Average. And then there’s a performance by LabRatz, the local hip-hop collective of Blaze Beatz, Kwestion, Asylum, Fiyah Burnz, Osyrus Bolly, Doe Boi, Bobby, Turnpike, Tiko Brooks, X2C, Nick Broadway, King Knowlej, Gadah and Duke Stigall. It’s an 18-and-up show with the music starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show.

Here’s Devin the Dude with his “What I Be On”:

What I Be OnRead more >