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Monday’s Music


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Farmland indie rockers Cursive referenced people and characters such as Edgar Allen Poe and Pinocchio on their last album — Mama, I’m Swollen — and showcased the outfit’s unique, crazed sound weaving post-hardcore, country rock and acoustic ballads into a musical tapestry. Three years later, Cursive is back with their new album I Am Gemini, a “surreal and powerful musical story about Cassius and Pollock, twin brothers separated at birth.” One is good; one is evil. It’s indie rock. But kind of out there and daring. Which is good. Cursive brings this sound to Rev Room. It’s an all-ages show with the music starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 day of show. The opening acts are buzz-worthy Conduits with their sound that channels ’70s rock such as Fleetwood Mac and shoegazers such as My Bloody Valentine, and Cymbals Eat Guitars with their indie rock that includes challenging music that might include a little noise rock or even disco on some tunes.

From the late ’70s to the early ’90s, The Oak Ridge Boys cranked out country smash after country smash: from “Leaving Louisiana in the … Read more >

Sunday’s Music

The District Attorneys.

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As Some Dark Holler, former Back Row Baptists’ bandleader Chris Porter and Helen Gassenheimer create “handmade America music,” rustic-sounding, narrative tales such as “Purple Hearts.” The music starts at 8:30 p.m. at Stickyz with a $5 cover for the 18-and-up show. Athens, Ga., Americana rock band The District Attorneys (also headed to SXSW) are on the bill as well.

The headliner of this Rev Room show, Texas chillwave (yes, it exists as a genre) outfit Neon Indian, is playing a SXSW showcase, but their opening band Purity Ring is playing the Pitchfork Showcase with The-Dream, Fiona Apple and others. (Yes, that Fiona Apple!) And the band’s sound? Future pop. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of show with the music starting at 8:30 p.m. for the all-ages show.

Before he became known as Darryl Philbin on The Office, Craig Robinson was a stand-up comedian. And it’s that stand-up comedic act that Robinson will bring to the University of Central Arkansas’ Reynolds Performance Hall as the UCA Student Activities Board presents Craig Robinson. Oh, and not just stand-up, but perhaps some keyboard-playing comedy bits, too. The … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

Josh Turner.

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KSSN 96 is kicking off the weekend a night early with their Country Cares for St. Jude Kids benefit concert at The Metroplex. Tickets are $15 and all proceeds benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. So what does one get for that $15, besides feeling good? Well, there is up-and-coming country artist Kip Moore, whose “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck” is climbing the country charts, and American Idol season ten runner-up Lauren Alaina, who has scored a couple of country Top 40 hits. And then there’s headliner Josh Turner, a man who has hit the top of the country charts four times, and whose new single “Time Is Love” is quickly heading toward the top of the country charts. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7:30 p.m.

The last time Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors came through town, the band played Stickyz. Now, the band, known for their Springsteen-rock-mixed-with-country sound and a touch of Motown pop, is back, playing Rev Room. The band, which includes Holcomb’s wife Ellie, is still touring behind their 2011 album Chasing Someday. The music … Read more >

Sunday’s Music

Pat Boone.

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The Pat Boone website is filled with facts about the singer such as Boone has sold 50 million records and had 38 Top 10 hits. And he’s not just a singer the site notes. No, Boone is also a actor, TV host, producer, songwriter, author, motivational speaker, TV pitchman, radio personality, record company head … okay, enough about Boone. Find out more about the man as he comes to the University of Central ArkansasReynolds Performance Hall for a holiday celebration with the Central Arkansas Children’s Choir. The show will include Boone classics and holiday favorites along with autobiographical tales from Boone. The show starts at 2 p.m. with tickets $30, $35 and $40 plus a $3 convenience fee for each $35 and $40 ticket.

Here’s Pat Boone with his “April Love”:

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Thursday’s Music

Lydia Loveless.

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Ohio singer/songwriter Lydia Loveless loves Loretta Lynn. And Lucinda Williams. And Hank Williams. She also loves Television (the band). And just pure punk rock. So it’s all those influences and more one finds in the gritty rock ‘n’ roll of this 21-year-old who is coming to Stickyz. Loveless is touring in support of her Bloodshot Records debut Indestructible Machine. There is a $6 cover for the 18-and-up show. The opening band is to be announced, but expect the music at 8:30 p.m.

About a month ago, Leslie Harris gave birth to her son Ayden and also learned she had leukemia on the same day. Now a number of bands and artists are coming together and raising money for the young, 29-year-old mother with a Leslie Harris Benefit at Rev Room. The all-ages event starts at 7 p.m. with a $10 cover (donations are accepted, too). The music includes acts such as Trey Hawkins Band, a southeast Arkansas band known for their rowdy and ready country rock, and party cover band Tragikly White along with local DJ Chucky P and the master of ceremonies is David Bazzel. Beyond … Read more >

Tuesday’s Music

Dionne Warwick.

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Starting with 1962’s “Don’t Make Me Over,” Dionne Warwick started charting hit R&B, soul and adult contemporary songs, from “Walk On By,” “I Say a Little Prayer” and “This Girl’s in Love With You” to “I’ll Never Love This Way Again,” “Heartbreaker” and “That’s What Friends Are For.” She has won Grammys, recorded No. 1 hits and had more than 50 Top 100 hits. And now Warwick brings all that star power to Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus for a special night of music. Tickets are $30, $35 and $40 with the music starting at 7:30 p.m.

Hawthorne Heights‘ newest release is the nine-track EP Hate, a collection of tunes that are heavier than anything the band has ever done but still with plenty of pop punk rhythms to go along with the post-hardcore rage. It’s an EP that more than recaptures the screamo nature of the band’s early work. The Ohio band is on the road, including a stop at Juanita’s. It’s an all-ages show with the doors opening at 8 p.m. and the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Colin Hay.

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Colin Hay might’ve contributed a tune to the Garden State soundtrack (“I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You”) but all people remember about that album is The Shins. And anyhow, Hay is probably better known as the lead singer of Australian new wave band Men at Work, a blast from the ’80s known for such tunes as “Who Can It Be Now?,” “Down Under” and the Cold War anthem “It’s a Mistake” (the band’s best song). So expect a bunch of solo tunes (His latest solo endeavor is Gathering Mercury.) from Hay plus hopefully a Men at Work classic or two when he visits Juanita’s. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of show.

Blood, Sweat & Tears, and The Buckinghams at the University of Central Arkansas’ Reynolds Performance Hall is an unlikely pairing. But the ’60s American rock ‘n’ roll sound of The Buckinghams, known for hits such as “Kind of a Drag” and “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song,” and the jazz rock with a touch of pop of Blood, Sweat … Read more >

Sunday’s Music

Glen Campbell.

Giving you the music a day early:

Glen Campbell, an Arkansas native known for his classic ’60s and ’70s tunes such as “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Southern Nights,” returns to The Natural State for a performance at Reynolds Performance Hall. Tickets for the Country Music Hall of Famer’s show as part of the University of Central Arkansas’ Public Appearances’ Nostalgia Series are $30, $35 and $40 with Campbell being joined by daughter Debby Campbell for the 2 p.m. concert.

Little Rock act Living Sacrifice was one of the pioneers of the Christian metal scene, forming in 1989 with their praise-worthy thrash metal, releasing a number of solid albums and slowly evolving their sound. The group broke up in 2002 but reformed in 2008, and the quartet has a new album out, the January release The Infinite Order, and are on the road, bringing their A Very Metal Christmas Tour to Downtown Music. Supporting acts are Tennessee heavy metal band The Showdown, Atlanta metal band Becoming the Archetype, North Carolina metalcore band To Speak of Wolves and Detroit death metal outfit As They Sleep. … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music


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Mention Danzig and people go: “Mother.” And it’s true the heavy metal band’s biggest hit is the 1988 challenge to parents. But with the band fronted by former Misfits lead singer Glenn Danzig on the road for their Blackest of the Black tour, expect a heavy dose of blues-based metal when Danzig visits The Village. 100.3 The Edge presents the show that also promises the return of reformed death metal gods Possessed along with Swedish death metal band Marduk, Oregon thrash metal outfit Toxic Holocaust and Georgia metal act Withered. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the music at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Seventeen years into their history, Ohio alternative rock band Filter released their fifth album, The Trouble with Angels, in August, 10 tracks of industrial rock with references to Galileo, partying with Nine Inch Nails and the kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard. Of course, the Richard Patrick-fronted band are better known for their ’90s alternative rock hits, including “Hey Man, Nice Shot” and “Take a Picture.” So expect a dose of those hits along with complex yet brutal … Read more >

Sunday’s Music

Big Sean.

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It’s a Sunday hip-hop show at Juanita’s as Big Sean — the Detroit rapper discovered by Kanye West — comes to town to hype the release of his November debut album, Finally Famous, a collection of tunes that will feature a hip-hop who’s who, including Drake, West, Kid Cudi and Eminem. Joining Sean will be New York hip-hop artist Mickey Factz and Memphis hip-hop act Freesol along with support from local hip-hop artists Joe Average and The 4X4 Crew. The doors will open at 8 p.m. with the music at 9 p.m. No word on ticket prices, but there will be a meet and greet at Rock City Kicks at 5 p.m. for all ticket holders.

The University of Central Arkansas’ Public Appearances presents country music superstar LeAnn Rimes at Reynolds Performance Hall. Of course, everyone knows Rimes’ No. 1 smash “Blue,” and know she’s a Grammy winner for her country music so you should know what to expect by attending. Ticket pricing is available through the box office with the show starting early at 4 p.m.

Here’s Big Sean with “Getcha Some”:

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