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Thursday’s Music

Kevin Gordon.

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Back in February, The New York Times had this to say about Nashville, Tenn., based singer/songwriter Kevin Gordon: “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 music career.” The Times was profiling Gordon with the release of the masterful songwriter’s newest album Gloryland. It’s an album of soulful Memphis-style rock to barn-burning blues rock to gloaming-tinted, gospel rock inspired by Bob Dylan. Mostly it can be said the album is beyond great. The Louisiana native and University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate comes back to Little Rock and White Water Tavern. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with a $5 cover.

Is Thursday the weekend? Well, not quite but close enough. And what’s the best way to kick off the weekend? How about a free concert with Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers. Yeah, that’s right. All that jazz fused with soul and R&B from trumpeter Block and Sam Carroll on keyboards, Michael Chandler on drums and Oliver “OT” Thomas on bass. And free, because … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Samantha Crain.

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Oklahoma musician Samantha Crain released her second full-length album You (Understood) back in the summer of 2010. The album rightly earned praise from the critics. Why? Because it was 13 tracks of Crain’s unique singing style — angelic and vulnerable but with an emotional jab — and her shuffling Americana sound. And recently, Crain has been working with musician John Vanderslice on a follow-up album, and back in January released a 7-inch single from those sessions featuring the tune “A Simple Jungle.” Crain comes to White Water Tavern. Also on the bill are Broncho with their Oklahoma-bred punkish garage rock sound, and Big Silver and The Easys member and fabulous local singer/songwriter Isaac Alexander with the music starting at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover.

Jazz and hip-hop — two great American art forms. Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers, and 607 — two of Arkansas’ best, in jazz and hip-hop, respectively. So that’s what one can expect when heading to Twelve Modern Lounge for Jazz vs. Hip-Hop IV featuring Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers, and 607. The Real Music Lovers are Sam Carroll on … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Unknown Hinson.

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Unknown Hinson is the self-proclaimed King of the Country Western Troubadours. Or, as he says on his website (Newly redesigned!), he looks like “Dracula’s nasty little brother who spent some hard years drinking and working as a carnival barker for a second-rate freak show” and plays “country-and-western tinged psychobilly.” It’s no novelty act though. Hinson is a vampire-dressing parody of ’50s and ’60s country singers, cranking out his music while dressed in a campy, white-trash persona. He is also the voice of Early Cuyler, the hell-raising, beer-drinking, violence-condoning, backwoods, North Georgia redneck squid on Cartoon Network’s Squidbillies. Catch it all at Juanita’s. Little Rock’s own honky-tonk country extraordinaires The Salty Dogs are the opening act, kicking off the music at 10 p.m. The doors open at 9 p.m. with tickets $15 in advance and $18 day of show.

Get the sunglasses ready because it’s time for the return of the pyromaniac-pleasing, laser-loving, fire-breathing band known as Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Yes, regular as clockwork, the symphonic rock-playing act returns for their annual Christmas season visit with a show at Verizon Arena. Combining progressive rock, classical and orchestral music, and … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Hunter Hayes.

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Young country artist Hunter Hayes released his self-titled, major-label debut on Atlantic Records Nashville last month. The album hit the Top 10 of the country charts, mainly on the strength of the first single “Storm Warning,” which hit the country Top 40. A Louisiana native, KSSN 96 presents Hayes at Juanita’s as part of Hayes’ Most Wanted Fall Tour. The music starts at 9 p.m. with the doors opening at 8 p.m. Cover is only $5. It’s an opportunity to see a country superstar in the making as Hayes has written tunes for Rascal Flatts and Montgomery Gentry, toured with superstar Taylor Swift, played the Late Show with David Letterman and made his Grand Old Opry debut — all in the last year and all before the age of 21.

Texas-born Americana singer/songwriter Adam Carroll is known for his down-home stories about ordinary people over his intricate guitar picking. It’s a combination that has made him well-loved and respected, and has earned him comparisons to songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt and John Prine. Owen Temple is an Austin-based singer-songwriter who is known for his narrative folk tunes that are genuine, … Read more >

Friday’s Music

 

Robert Earl Keen.

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For more than 30 years, Robert Earl Keen has recorded and toured, and the Americana singer/songwriter is on the road again this fall, touring in support of his 16th and newest album Ready For Confetti. The tour includes a stop at Rev Room. The opening act is former Cross Canadian Ragweed frontman Cody Canada & The Departed with their rock ‘n’ roll with a touch of country. The show starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $20 in advance and $25 day of for the 18-and-up show. Keen arrives in town about once a year from Texas, unveils his tunes that combine folk, country, blues and rock, creates a boisterous live show to rival any act, and packs up, leaving behind smiling faces and good memories.

Conway alternative rock band The Alexei has finished recording their five-track EP The March and is holding an EP release party at Vino’s with the doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Cover is $5, and every person through the door will receive a free copy of The March. The headliner is Orlando, Fla., swamp rock act Confused Little Girl, and joining … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Jen Lasher.

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The Revolution Music Room presents its Zodiac: Sagittarius Edition with Baltimore’s Jen Lasher, an electronica music artist influenced by a number of musical genres, from industrial to rock, but who is also known for spinning Baltimore’s own blend of house music titled Bmore. Joining Lasher will be local artist DJ Ewell along with Sex with Robots, Joel H and Andy Sadler. The show starts at 9 p.m. with cover $10 for the 18-and-up show.

Jazz lovers can find Little Rock’s best trumpeter with his backing band at the Mallard Bar inside the Little Rock Peabody as Rodney Block and The Real Music Lovers present an evening of jazz. VIP admission is $15 with regular admission $10. Block and The Real Music Lovers — Oliver Thomas, Sam Carroll and Michael Chandler — will run through a dazzling night of jazz mixed with hip hop and R&B as the band is joined by several guest artists.

Here’s Jen Lasher in action:

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Saturday’s Music

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Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers celebrate the Fourth of July with their Round Midnight Cruise aboard the Arkansas Queen. Boarding is at 9:30 p.m. with the boat departing at 10 p.m. and returning at 1 a.m. Regular admission tickets are $22, and VIP tickets are $35. Block and company will mix jazz originals with covers and feature several guest vocalists. There’s three levels of entertainment, including DJ Swift. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The Clinton Presidential Center is opening its grounds from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to commemorate Independence Day with its Independence Day Family Festival. The day of family entertainment includes storytellers, magicians, inflatable games and live music.

Here’s Rodney Block making a TV appearance:

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Friday’s Music

Rooney.

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The pop-melody injected rock ‘n’ roll sound of Los Angeles outfit Rooney returns to Juanita’s. The band, known for their love of Beatles pop, Tom Petty rock, Queen bombastic operatic rock and Beach Boys harmonies, released their third album Eureka on June 8. Joining the group will be The Young Veins, a California rock band consisting of Ryan Ross and Jon Walker, the former lead guitarist and bassist, respectively, of Panic! at the Disco; and Brooklyn dance rock duo Black Gold. The 18-and-up show starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $13 advance and $15 day of show.

Onestone Productions is joining forces with Big Brown and Big Wink Entertainment to present The Ultimate Old School Party at Revolution Music Room, an event being headlined by the hip-hop group Whodini. Known for their ground-breaking rap anthems “Friends,” ‘Freaks Come Out at Night” and “Five Minutes of Funk” from their 1984 album Escape, Whodini is old-school rap at its best. Joining the hip-hop act will be a who’s who of Little Rock talent, including Little Rock trumpeter extraordinaire Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers featuring Jeron, … Read more >

Friday’s Music

The Dave Matthews Tribute Band.

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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 … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Kevin Devine.

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Singer/songwriter Kevin Devine is Brooklyn native, not some out-of-towner who moved to the borough to be cool. In fact, Devine told Spinner.com: “I have absolutely nothing to do with [the Brooklyn scene]. To see your neighborhood become the magnet for the beautiful and well-informed from all over the world … that’s the double-edged sword of gentrification.” What Devine does deal in is acoustic guitar-driven indie rock, and that’s what he’ll play during a stop at Juanita’s. Joining Devine will be Monticello’s ParashosParachutes with their experimental indie rock, and Sam Walker, a Little Rock indie folkie with influences ranging from the Smoky Mountain Music series of hymns and gospel songs to more modern influences such as Sufjan Stevens and Iron & Wine. The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $10 advance and $12 day of for the all-ages show.

Take a band influenced by the Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, blues, jazz, Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, funnel them through hard-charging, blues-influenced rock riffs, and out the other end comes Little Rock’s own jamband extraordinaires Weakness for Blondes, who play White Water Tavern. The group uses … Read more >