The Rosebuds are a North Carolina indie rock band. But it doesn’t end there for the Merge Records artist. No, the outfit is also a Brooklyn band, since founder Kelly Crisp moved there in 2009 following the end of her marriage with fellow Rosebud Ivan Howard. Now, if that sounds like an extra large dose of drama, it is. The Rosebuds didn’t break up, but the disappointment of a failed relationship is apparent on the outfit’s newest Merge release Loud Planes Fly Low. It’s indie rock, along with traces of acoustic folk ballads, R&B and even a hit of indie pop. The Rosebuds visit Stickyz. The opening act is The Other Lives with their Oklahoma-bred indie rock. The music begins at 9 p.m. with tickets $8 in advance and $10 day of for the 21-and-up show.
Sonny Moore is coming to the River Market Pavilions. Okay? So the name doesn’t ring a bell? How about Skrillex is coming to the River Market Pavilions? A part of the Summer Concert Series benefiting Make-A-Wish, Skrillex is a Los Angeles-based big beat/dupstep DJ who started out as a rocker before transitioning to DJing. The doors open at 4 p.m. with the music at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Here’s The Rosebuds with their “Second Bird of Paradise”:
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 at 6 p.m. And, after being inspired by the film, go hit the ice at the Arvest River Market on Ice.
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 metal band from Little Rock and Iron Ton features two members of Sychosys and cranks out white-hot portions of alternative metal. Obsidian is a hard rock band from northwest Missouri with the quartet being fronted by Nikk Wolf, who sounds like late Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley. Doors open at 8 p.m. for the 9 p.m. show with tickets $7 in advance and $10 at the door.
It’s been a long, long time, but Frown Pow’r is getting together for a White Water Tavern show. The band, known for their live show that combines gorgeously messy rock ‘n’ roll with the fervor of an old-time religious tent revival, creates scratchy, raggedy rock exhilaration. The sound of the band is summed up with the deconstructed rock ‘n’ roll track “Keep On Clappin’,” a three-minute rush of grinding guitars and high-hat taps that name-checks Neil Young’s Zuma and reminds listeners even when “bad things just keep on happenin’” to keep, keep, keep on, keep on clappin’. Joining the local boys on the bill will be the garage-y rock of fellow local group The Yipps.
Arvest River Market on Ice is still up and running through the holidays at the River Market Pavilions, and as part of the festivities Movies in the Park is holding a special holiday showing of the new Christmas classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 6 p.m. The John Hughes penned 1989 film stars Chevy Chase as the head of the Griswold clan, battling family members and obnoxious neighbors in an effort to fully embrace the Christmas season. Admission to the movie is free. Remember Randy Quaid before he was crazy in real life and just crazy onscreen. “Oh, Eddie, if I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am now.”
Rockst*r Jones returns to Little Rock from his new home of Los Angeles to unleash his fifth mixtape, So Far So Good, as part of Bolly Open Mic Hype Nights at All-American Wings. The party gets going at 9 p.m. and lasts until 1 a.m. with a 5$ cover. Hosted by New York City-based DJ Epidemik, So Far So Good is a 22-track collection of Rockst*r’s best material from the past to the present, and serves as a precursor to Rockst*r’s debut album Better Than Good on Dirty Drum Productions/Def Jam Digital. Guests for the night include local hip-hop artist Kwestion, amateur magician Osyrus Bolly, spoken-word artist TruPoet and more with an open-mic signup all night long. The event is hosted by Osyrus Bolly and DJ Massiah.
The Dave Matthews Band came and went through North Little Rock last fall with a visit to Dickey-Stephens Park, but luckily for fans of the Dave Matthews Band acoustic guitar-, saxophone- and violin-led jams, The Dave Matthews Tribute Band is coming to Sticky Fingerz. The six-piece Buffalo, N.Y., outfit reproduce the sound and energy of Boyd Tinsley’s violin playing and Dave Matthews’ hyper-exuberant guitar playing. There’s no opening act, just all Dave starting at 10 p.m. with a $6 early admission for the 21-and-up show.
The Diving Bell Ball returns to Revolution Music Room, showcasing Arkansas music and benefiting Overlooked, a nonprofit that sells T-shirts and accessories with proceeds assisting struggling, developing nations in Africa. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. and will include a quartet of Arkansas bands: the amped-up indie rock of Magic Hassle (including David Slade and Matt Quin from American Princes), the musical circus of Fayetteville’s Randall Shreve with his vaudevillian indie rock, Little Rock experimental indie rockers Falcon Scott, and the celebratory rock ‘n’ roll fervor of Little Rock outfit Free Micah. It’s an all-ages show with tickets $5 for 21 and over, and $7 for under 21.
Texas’ Graham Wilkinson and the Underground Township blend folk rock with Americana, blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll, creating shuffling roots music peppered with jazzy keyboard and moody organ. Local act Jonathan Wilkins and the Reparations is folk-flavored roots music with the amps turned loud, creating a blast of boisterous, beer-raising rock. The two acts play White Water Tavern.
Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers (Oliver Thomas on bass, Sam Carroll on piano and Michael Chandler on drums) return to The Afterthought for their seemingly almost monthly show. Expect Block on trumpet to lead his bandmates through a night of stone cold fusion jazz, implementing elements of hip-hop, R&B, funk and soul. The music is at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover.
The 13th annual Foam Fest will be held at the River Market Pavilions from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It’s a beer sampling event — with more than 100 varieties of beer and wine, including local distributors and microbreweries, and music from local bands — benefiting the Arthritis Foundation, Arkansas Chapter. Admission is $25 advance or $30 at the door. Some of the non-local brews for the sampling include Bard’s Tale Dragon Gold (a gluten-free beer), Tornado Alley Amber Ale from Missouri’s Charleville Vineyard Winery & Microbrewery, Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale from California’s Moylan’s Brewing Company and Tahoe Blue, a pale ale from Nevada’s Joseph James Brewing Inc.
Here’s a shot of The Dave Matthews Tribute Band in action with “Tripping Billies”:
Giving you the music a day early: Austin, Texas, indie rock band The Rocketboys are coming to Stickyz. The band’s latest is the self-released Build Anyway. So what does the band sound like? Well, the Austin American-Statesman describes the band’s music as “clear, ringing guitars and full-bodied keyboard arrangements, hard-driving [...]
Giving you the music a day early: The pop-flavored R&B group that brought the world “Cool It Now” is on the road for their 30th anniversary tour as New Edition visits Verizon Arena. Tickets are $58.15, $68.40 and $79.40 with fellow R&B act After 7 and R&B artist El Debarge [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Kris Allen at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park‘s Timberwood Amphitheater. This Arkansas resident won the eighth season of American Idol and will be promoting his new album Thank You Camellia. The concert gates open at 6 p.m. with an 8 p.m. showtime. [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Acadiana is a hotbed of Cajun music so let’s talk about Ryan Brunet of Cajun music creators Ryan Brunet and The Malfecteurs, who will be playing White Water Tavern with the music starting at 9:30 p.m. with a $7 cover. At the age [...]
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 [...]
Giving you the music a day early: People who write off Nada Surf as a MTV-promoted one-hit wonder because of 1996′s “Popular” haven’t been paying attention for the past 16 years. The New York City trio’s buzzing guitar attack, pop choruses and harmonies have been featured on six subsequent albums, [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Scott H. Biram and Lydia Loveless at Stickyz — this is going to be quite a show. Why? Biram is a 21st-century blues sorcerer, throwing blues, psychobilly, country and punk in a jar with a few gulps of whiskey, violently shaking it and [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Jeez, it was about time. It has been since December that the self-proclaimed King of the Country Western Troubadours played Little Rock. Fortunately, Unknown Hinson returns with a show at Juanita’s. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the music starting at 8:30 [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Here’s a little-known fact: Outside of the city of Tahlequah, Okla., is a public use area titled No Head Hollow Public Use Area. No lie. The city is also the capital of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. Now, why are we [...]
Giving you the music a day early: It’s going to get heavy at Downtown Music. How heavy? Well, how heavy does a show that includes At Wars End, Reticient and The Revolutioners sound? Oh yeah, not that heavy if you don’t know what the bands sound like. Well, here’s a [...]