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Saturday’s Music

Colbie Caillat.

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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 >

Monday’s Music

Reptar.

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Athens, Ga., is well-known as fertile music ground, and Reptar is the latest Athens band making a name for itself with their dance-y, groove-oriented indie pop. Fresh off a fall tour with Foster the People and Cults, the band is also preparing for the release of their debut album Body Faucet on May 1. It’s an 18-and-up show at Stickyz with the music starting at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover.

The This Is American Music/Captains Dead Kickoff Party is the first day of the music part of SXSW, but the night before Tennessee bleeding heart rock ‘n’ roll band Glossary is playing White Water Tavern. Joining them will be Ohio outfit Two Cow Garage, a rough-hewn rock ‘n’ roll with punk overtones outfit, who will play three SXSW showcases during the week. The music starts at 9:30 p.m.

Before heading down to Austin, Texas, for an appearance at South by Southwest, sludge-y metal, North Little Rock band Rwake plays a show at Downtown Music. The band released their newest album Rest on Relapse Records late last year, and it was a record featuring tunes such as the 12-minute … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Will Hoge.

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The world almost lost Americana singer/songwriter Will Hoge and his honest, workingman music, smudged with folk, blues and country fingerprints and stamped with his gruff, soulful voice, following a scooter wreck back in 2008. Fortunately, after almost a year of recovery time, Hoge returned to making music, including his latest album Number Seven, the seventh LP of his career. A local favorite, Hoge comes back to Little Rock and Stickyz. The opening act is indie singers from Nashville, Tenn., and The Voice contestants Elenowen with the music starting at 9 p.m. Cover is $10 for the 18-and-up show.

Coming back from a short tour in support of their new album, Rwake plays the Rev Room. The all-ages show begins at 8 p.m. with a $7 cover, and includes opening acts Black P*ssy, Eagle Claw, Snakedriver and JohnCalvin. The sludge-y metal, North Little Rock band Rwake just released their newest album Rest on Relapse Records, a record featuring tunes 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. As noted on the … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

 

Rwake.

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It has been four years since Rwake came out with their Relapse Records debut Voices of Omens. Since then, the North Little Rock band has toured the world, playing month after month of dates, and building relationships cemented with a headbang. Now, the sludge-y metal band returns with Rest next week, an album featuring tunes 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. (Fans of guitar might enjoy the band’s new tune “The Culling,” too.) Gearing up for a short tour, Rwake visits White Water Tavern. The music starts at 10 p.m. with Russellville’s Sound of the Mountain and their “instrumental, post-rock trance music.”

Here’s Rwake with their “Sleep and Forget Forever”:

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Tuesday’s Music

The Sword.

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Texas heavy metal outfit The Sword returns to Little Rock, this time with a new drummer as Kevin Fender replaces founding member Trivett Wingo. The Sword opened for Metallica in November 2008 at what was then Alltel Arena, but before that, heavy metal worshipers got to see the band storm Vino’s in June 2008. For fans who missed those shows, The Sword — guitarist and singer J.D. Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt and bassist Bryan Richie — is classic heavy metal, with tunes filled with hard-hitting, powerhouse rhythms, mythical imagery and blazing guitar solos. The Sword released their third album Warp Riders in August 2010. The Sword returns to central Arkansas, with a show at Juanita’s. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music at 9 p.m., and tickets are $14 in advance and $16 at the door. Joining the bill are Georgia sludge metal band Kylesa and North Little Rock band Rwake with their mixture of black metal with Southern rock music.

Here’s The Sword with their “How Heavy This Axe”:

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Friday’s Music

Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition.

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Jimbo Mathus is the wild man of Mississippi music, an artist born in the Mississippi Delta who recreates his roots in his music. The former member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers returns to Little Rock as Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition play White Water Tavern. The music starts around 10 p.m. The outfit — Matt “Pizzle” Pierce on guitar, Justin Showah on bass, Eric Carlton on keyboards and Austin Marshall on drums — create interplanetary honky-tonk, roots music founded on Southern rock ‘n’ roll, blues, country, gospel and soul. Mathus and company released Knockdown South in 2005 and followed it up with his sophomore album, Jimmy the Kid, a collection of what Mathus describes as “Mississippi music.”

The “Iron Man” of Arkansas blues Michael Burks uses his guitar to split the sky and make it cry with piercing, soulful, electric Delta blues. Although he was born in the land of bratwurst and beer in Milwaukee, Burks grew up in Arkansas, learning the blues from his bluesmen father and grandfather. A guitar player since the age of 2, Burks was a member of the house … Read more >

Tuesday’s Music

Toubab Krewe.

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Toubab Krewe brings their mixture of traditional African rhythms crossed with Southern rock, hip hop, reggae and country to Sticky Fingerz. The Asheville, N.C., quintet has learned the roots of West African music, journeying to Mali, Guinea and Ivory Coast in the five years since forming, and developing their unique sound of rock meets African. The opening act is Texas-based reggae rocker Cas Haley, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 advance and $10 day of show for the 21-and-up gig.

Just like their tour poster says, the kings of sludge have returned for their first U.S. tour in more than five years as New Orleans heavy metal legends Crowbar are on the road, including a stop at Downtown Music. Joining Crowbar will be Savannah thrash metal group Black Tusk along with local support from North Little Rock metal band Rwake and Knee Deep, a hard-hitting, Southern metal band that includes former members of Bloodletting Device, Skeeterdope and Mesionide. The show starts at 8 p.m. with tickets $12 advance and $15 day of show.

Here’s Toubab Krewe with their “Sirens”:

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Sunday’s Music

Jucifer.

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Before there was Jack and Meg White of The White Stripes, there was G. Amber Valentine and Ed Livengood of Jucifer. The hellacious one-two punch rides the wall of sound created by Valentine’s grinding guitar and Livengood’s thunderbolt drumming, creating a metal blast of music that tap dances on the throat of The White Stripes. The nomadic duo return to Downtown Music to bring their self-described “blackened doom/grindgaze/brutal folk.” The opening acts are North Little Rock metal Rwake, Conway hardcore metal act Crankbait and Necklace of Heads, a collection of members of Headdress and Pack of Wolves. The music gets going at 8 p.m. with a $10 cover.

Halloween is all about the tricking and the treating, and Revolution Music Room is treating local music fans to a return trip from those merry Memphis hip-hop tricksters Lord T & Eloise. The show gets going around 8:30 p.m. with the opening act to be announced. Tickets for the all-ages night of music are $10 in advance and $15 day of show. For the uninformed, Lord T & Eloise is a blend of Palace of Versailles-flavored aristocrunk with a heavy … Read more >

Tuesday’s Music

Mondo Drag.

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The Iowa five piece Mondo Drag, who incorporate sludge rock, blues rock, garage rock and stoner rock to create their cosmic brew of psychedelic rock, pay a visit to White Water Tavern for a show with Relapse Records artist and North Little Rock heavy metal outfit Rwake.

Here’s Mondo Drag with their “Fade Out”:

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Sunday’s Music

Shadows Fall.

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Massachusetts metal band Shadows Fall roars into The Village. The band claims before “the so-called ‘New Wave of American Heavy Metal’ was even a ripple, Shadows Fall were there.” Emerging from Springfield in 1995, they have hit the heights of the heavy metal world: two Grammy nominations and even a tune on Guitar Hero. Joining the band for their Little Rock stop are Relapse Records artist and North Little Rock heavy metal outfit Rwake, Little Rock hardcore metal band A DarkEnd Era, and Arkansas hardcore metal outfit And the Angels Were Silent. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Here’s Shadows Fall with their tune “In Effigy”:

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