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Saturday’s Music

Reckless Kelly.

Giving you the music a day early:

It’s a new year so it’s about time for Reckless Kelly to return to Little Rock, with a show at Revolution Music Room. No Internet overnight sensation story or over-hyped blog buzz here; Reckless Kelly is in the business of creating a name for themselves the old-fashioned way: by touring, releasing a record, touring some more and repeating. A country rock band with a healthy dose of big rock guitars but an appreciation for storytelling country, Reckless Kelly is still touring in support of 2010’s Somewhere in Time, an album recreating the tunes of Pinto Bennett, a mostly unknown country rock legend from Idaho. The opening act is local Americana — for lack of a better descriptor because the group also mixes in singer/songwriter pop and alternative rock into their sound — act, the Elise Davis Band, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. Tickets for the 21-and-up show are $12 in advance and $15 day of show.

That indie folk rock band out of Conway by the name of This Holy House is returning to Little Rock for a gig at Vino’s. The trio, consisting of … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Runaway Planet.

Giving you the music a day early:

The Little Rock hard-driving bluegrass outfit Runaway Planet is known for their complex hoe-downs and tight vocal harmonies. The group’s sophomore album, Tarnation, was recorded at Poynter’s Palace in North Little Rock, and features a mixture of originals with traditional tunes including “Workin’ On a Building.” The outfit — Greg Alexander on guitar and vocals, Steve Brauer on banjo and vocals, Ben Ellis on mandolin, and Michael Proveaux on bass and vocals — is playing Cornerstone Pub with the music starting at 9 p.m.

No need crying out for attention and acting all hip by running country-music based comedian Rodney Carrington and his act through the mud as a way of announcing his show at Robinson Center Music Hall. We’re smart and confident realizing you’re seeing Carrington and his bag full of off-color jokes and tunes if you want — no matter what we say here. And to the uninformed? Carrington makes a living off low-brow, redneck-y comedy songs, with titles such as “Letter to My Penis.” Who are we to say what’s funny and what’s not? The laughs begin at 8 p.m. with tickets $47.20.

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Thursday’s Music

Luke Williams.

Giving you the music a day early:

Luke Williams is an 18-year-old who grew up in Beebe but now resides in Nashville, Tenn. He is also the electrifying guitar slinger and lead vocalist of the country rock band Luke Williams Band, a quartet that cranks out slices of Arkansas-bred country powered by searing electric guitar. Williams returns to Arkansas for a show at Revolution Music Room as part of the club’s Southern Nights concert series. There’s no opening act, with the music beginning at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover for the all-ages show.

Here’s Luke Williams in action with his “Call It Home”:

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Friday’s Music

Hayes Carll.

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Revolution Music Room rings in the new year with a visit from an old friend: Hayes Carll. The Texas-bred but Arkansas-educated (Hendrix College) Americana singer/songwriter’s hilariously heartbroken “She Left Me For Jesus” from his 2008 Lost Highway Records release Trouble in Mind won the Americana Music Association Song of the Year award, and Trouble in Mind appeared on several best-of lists at the end of 2008. The album — and Carll’s music — is filled with dusty tunes of whiskey drinking and drawling heartbreaking hymns of good country music flavored with rock ‘n’ roll rhythms and folk storytelling. And Carll — influenced by the greats of Texas music such as Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark — is currently preparing for the release of his next Lost Highway recording in 2011. The show gets going at 9:30 p.m. with tickets $20 for the 18-and-up night. The opening acts are Memphis urban folk artist Grace Askew and Oklahoma bluesy folk artist Travis Linville.

Two of Little Rock’s most well-established dance parties are joining forces, ringing in the new year with an event simply titled Together at Juanita’s. Cybertribe and … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

The Young Maths.

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McAllen, Texas, is perhaps the last place one would expect to discover challenging music, beyond the work of Little Rock favorite Dignan. (Go ahead, look it up on a map. Bottom of the U.S. applies.) But The Young Maths are a four piece bent on throwing together punk, funk and dance, creating gems such as the deep, bass rumble and rock-riff filled “Gay Bars” and the frenetic indie rock of “Sheets.” The danceable quartet make their Little Rock debut with a show at Revolution Music Room. Androids of Ex-Lovers, a duo that produces garage-flavored, experimental music created solely with bass, drums and howling, bluesy vocals, and Flameing Daeth Fearies, a North Little Rock punk cabaret band, are the openers, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. Cover for the all-ages show is $5.

It’s the week between the holidays so Movies in the Park returns to the River Market Pavilions with a free showing of the Disney movie Ice Princess, starring Michelle Trachtenberg, Joan Cusack, Kim Cattrall and Hayden Panettiere. The story of a young woman stopping at nothing to become a champion figure skater begins … 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 >

Wednesday’s Music

Lucero.

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Memphis-based but Arkansas-loved rockers Lucero return to Little Rock with a show at Revolution Music Room. Fronted by Arkansas native Ben Nichols, Lucero mixes their punkish roots with twangy country and beer-raising rock ‘n’ roll to create tales about girls, guitars, love and drinking. The band released their latest album 1372 Overton Park in 2009, their first on Universal Records and their first with the added punch of horns. Opening for Lucero will be Cory Branan, a singer/songwriter known for his poetic, fingerpicked tales that slide between intimate folk tunes such as “Last Man on Earth” and rugged rock ‘n’ roll tracks such as “Prettiest Waitress in Memphis.” The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $16 for the 18-and-up show. A portion of proceeds from the show will go to the Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute.

A trio of Arkansas bands will be joined by one Missouri act as 100.3 The Edge presents Natural State groups Dark From Day One, Sychosys and Iron Ton along with Obsidian (the Missouri outfit) at Juanita’s. Dark From Day One is a Russellville alternative rock band while Sychosys is a Southern-flavored … Read more >

Monday’s Music

Jason Truby.

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The Lending Love Apparel Benefit Show at Revolution Music Room continues. Since its start in May, Lending Love has offered contemporary clothing and benefit shows, and this is the label’s last before the end of the year. Monday night includes Jason Truby, The Supporting Cast, 16th Walk, Adam Blasi, Andrew Raines, Head Under Feet, Risky Game and Dylan Dugger. It’s an all-ages show starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 day of.

After more than a year off, Little Rock’s Plu reunited earlier this year, once again showcasing their shimmering indie rock. While the band is still not to performing a full schedule of shows, the outfit, known for their melodic guitar riffs and piano-powered tunes, is visiting Juanita’s. The all-ages show begins at 8 p.m. with a ticket price to be announced.

Here’s Jason Truby with his live thing:

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Friday’s Music

Weakness for Blondes.

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Little Rock’s own jamband extraordinaires Weakness for Blondes chase spontaneous creativity, going down several rabbit holes, scampering after blues rock, jazz and soul with a touch of psychedelic and funk to brew their infectious jamming sound. The band, influenced by the Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, blues, jazz, Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, visits Sticky Fingerz. No word on the opening act, but expect the music at 10 p.m. with a $5 for the 21-and-up night.

RSVP Society and Revolution Music Room will host the fifth annual White Party, with the party this year receiving its musical fuel from the Vinyl Vixen Tour with DJ Sno White and Kelly Trance. Providing the local support will be The Sleepy Genius and Ramon Barreto. Ladies get in free for this 18-and-up event before 10:30 p.m., and admission is $10 for those who RSVP. White attire is encouraged with the doors opening at 9 p.m.

Vino’s is hosting a collection of the best country singer/songwriters that The Natural State has to offer with Arkansas Writers in the Round at Vino’s. The collection of premier country talent includes Sherwood … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Jason Boland & the Stragglers.

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The Red Dirt country rockers Jason Boland & the Stragglers are still touring behind their 2008 release, Comal County Blue, an album that hit the top 40 of the country music album charts. And, earlier this year, the outfit released High in the Rockies: A Live Album. Expect that live album to come alive with a boot-stomping good time with music blending country and rock when Boland and company visit Revolution Music Room. The opening bands are local country rockers Alan Hunt Band along with Arkansas-raised but Nashville, Tenn., based country singer/songwriter Josh Newcom. Tickets for the 18-and-up show are $10 advance and $12 day of with the music starting at 9 p.m.

Although they only formed earlier this year, Texarkana, Texas — not Arkansas — band Like Tyrants is already making a name for themselves, capturing the 2010 Quadrangle Festival Battle of the Bands award, earning studio time, $100 and other goodies. The heavy rock act visits Little Rock and Vino’s on a bill that includes fellow Texarkana metal outfit A Lion Amongst Us, and Little Rock power rock trio Firesaw and … Read more >