Nashville, Tenn.-based The Winter Sounds arrive in central Arkansas for two shows. The band — who play this folk-y influenced music that blends punk with synth-y New Wave — is touring in support of their EP L’ete des Trois Michel(l)es. First up is a Wednesday show at Stickyz. No word on an opening act, but the music starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover for the 18-and-up show. Then on Thursday, The Winter Sounds will hit Conway’s Soundstage for a show that includes central Arkansas folk rockers The Cons of Formant and Little Rock blues rockers Interstate Buffalo. The music starts at 7 p.m. with a $6 cover.
Here are The Winter Sounds with their “Trophy Wife”:
The Shreve brothers from Fayetteville take over Stickyz for the night with a CD release party for Randall Shreve & The Sideshow as the act releases a new collection of their vaudevillian indie rock with The Jester. The opening act is Benjamin Del Shreve and his band with their explosive alternative rock riffs and pop melodies that are influenced by equal parts My Morning Jacket and Tom Petty with a touch of funk from James Brown. And don’t forget Fayetteville act A Good Fight is also on the bill, performing melodic pop rock. The music starts at 9 p.m. with cover to be announced for the 21-and-up show.
It’s still a still three days before Halloween but don’t tell Little Rock band EKG that. The energetic pop crunk crew fused from local bands Asteios and Alert All Arms is hosting what they are calling the Super Great Halloween Massacre at Rev Room with a host of other bands, including Moses Uvere, Taylor Trash, Cloud N9ne and Weekend Warriors. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music at 8 p.m., and cover is $10 at the door but only $8 if you come in costume. It’s an all-ages affair.
Say goodbye to Conway hardcore band Fire to Reason for a while as the band takes off on their 31st tour. Yes, that’s right: 3-1. The band that takes its name from Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes’ quote “Eloquence may set fire to reason” is hitting the road again with their energetic music created with rapid-fire, brutal rhythms, but not before holding a tour kickoff party at Soundstage. Joining Fire to Reason for the party will be Perryville hard-and-heavy alternative rockers Evacuate the City, North Little Rock metal band Disciples of the Death Totem and more. The doors open at 8 p.m. with a $7 cover.
The University of Central Arkansas’s literary journal Toad Suck Review and Conway’s Bear’s Den Pizza are joining forces for a fundraiser titled Profzilla starting at 8 p.m. A $5 cover charge will go toward printing the second issue of the literary journal, and copies of the first issue will be available for sale along with discounted back issues of Exquisite Corpse Annual, the journal’s former incarnation. Toad Suck Review T-shirts will also be on sale. The band’s slated to play include ambient jazz duo Vibrant 6th; original blues/jazz duo Slings and Arrows, Americana/folk rock band dog gods and progressive metal band Still Reign. Toad Suck Review is published annually by UCA’s department of writing.
The Allman Brothers are coming to White Water Tavern. Well, not Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks or even Duane Allman and Berry Oakley back from the grave. But the music of the Allman’s, including such early ’70s, Southern rock staples as “One Way Out,” “Ramblin’ Man” and “Midnight Rider,” is coming to White Water Tavern as the members of The Romany Rye join forces with Velvet Kente for a night of playing the best of the legendary Allman Brothers. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover.
Here’s Randall Shreve & The Sideshow with their “The Ghost”:
Ben Rector, the Nashville, Tenn., pop-flavored singer/songwriter influenced by The Beatles, Randy Newman and even Spoon, visits Juanita’s, headlining a bill that includes Conway singer/songwriter Adam Hambrick and Pennsylvania pop rocker Steve Moakler. Hambrick’s “first real studio project” is the late 2010 release Fighting From the Ground, a collection of golden, pop-flavored acoustic rock ‘n’ roll gems, filled with hook-y melodies and sing-along, soaring choruses. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of show.
Oklahoma City’s Harp & Lyre, a Lord-praising band armed with brutal rhythms and raging guitars along with electronica flourishes, comes to Soundstage. Local support will be provided by a trio of Arkansas bands: Conway hardcore band Lifer, Little Rock hardcore/pop punk act Safe to Shore and Perryville experimental electronica band Medic Red. The music starts at 7 p.m.
Vino’s welcomes Minnesota Christian punk band Children 18:3, an outfit signed to Tooth and Nail Records who are out in support of their newest collection of poppy punk titled Rain’s A Comin’. Sharing the bill on Children 18:3′s Oh! Bravo! Tour are fellow Tooth and Nail Records acts California quintet I Am Empire with their blazing alternative rock, and Hyland, a Minneapolis melodic rock act. The night also includes local support from Conway punchy alternative rock act The Alexei and Magnolia pop punkers belair. The night of music starts at 7 p.m. with a $10 cover.
Conway hardcore band Fire to Reason is preparing to hit the road again (99,000 miles and counting) and are kicking off their newest jaunt with a tour-opening show at Soundstage. The hardest-touring (29 U.S. tours in five years) quartet in Arkansas is known for their energetic music created with rapid-fire, brutal rhythms. Also on the bill are A Liars Excuse, a Conway hardcore band playing their final show, Vilonia Christian metal band The Curse Follows and Conway death metal band Xyonic. The music starts at 8 p.m.
Cybertribe Ent. presents the Caffeine Tour at Rev Room as part of the River Market club’s monthly Zodiac parties. This time around however, Zodiac: The Aquarius Edition, promises to be “the most mind-bending Zodiac ever” with an appearance by Micro & Vicious Vic, the DJ one-two punch known as Progression. Joining the headliners will be a complete lineup of DJs, including Excell Beatdown, Jared & Ewell, Jeremy Sayer, J-Dawg, Music Mafia, Wonder Bread and Sex with Robots. The 18-and-up show starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
The stars of Tyler Perry’s TBS series Meet the Browns — Mr. Brown and Cora — are coming to Little Rock as David and Tamela Mann bring their night of gospel music to Robinson Center Music Hall. The music begins at 8 p.m. with tickets $34.50.
Here’s Children 18:3 with their “All My Balloons”:
After selling out Revolution Music Room in late 2009 on the last touring cycle of their Brighter Than Creations Dark album tour, Southern rock ‘n’ roll (but not Southern rock) outfit the Drive-By Truckers returns to the Rev Room, this time touring to support their newest album, The Big To-Do. The new album is 13 tracks written by band members Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley and Shonna Tucker, and mostly a return to gut-punching rock. It’s the perfect time to catch the band, as the Truckers will have just come from opening two arena shows for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and should be ready to rock out. The opener is Amy Cook, an Austin, Texas, singer/songwriter who brings her impassioned blend of folk, rock ‘n’ roll and Americana. Tickets are $25 and $30 day of show with the music starting at 9 p.m. with a to-be-announced opening act. It’s an 18-and-up show.
Leg Up Promotions is hold a third anniversary show The Village and inviting a few hard-rocking friends along with a weird stepbrother. Sychosys is a Little Rock, Southern-flavored metal band known for metal influenced by bands such as Pantera, Black Label Society and Black Sabbath. Monoxide Project is a Gravel Ridge Southern-rock-flavored metal outfit with a hard-charging sound based on ’70s rock-influenced heaviness mixed with down tempo, blues-tinged tracks. Finding Jimmy Hoffa is the pride of Osceola, a five piece concerned with creating hard-charging slices of heavy rock-flavored Southern grunge. Iron Ton features two members of Sychosys and hammers out white-hot portions alternative metal tracks such as “Here I Stand.” And the weird stepbrother? North Little Rock’s beloved Flameing Daeth Feaires, a punk cabaret act that promises to kick off the show with quirky punk and possibly a crazy prank or two. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $8.
Conway’s Soundstage celebrates its 11th anniversary with a special show and welcomes the return of Conway hardcore band Fire to Reason, the hardest-touring quartet in Arkansas who will be wrapping up their Bang Your Head Tour. Expect energetic music created with rapid-fire, brutal rhythms from the outfit. Also on the bill are Soundstage regulars Conway hardcore act Hollywood Homicide, Vilonia hardcore metal act The Curse Follows and six piece Conway progressive metal act Still Reign. The celebration also welcomes a touring trio: Lafayette, La., melodic hardcore band Change Today, New York hardcore band Kills and Thrills, and Chicago progressive hardcore group Through the Fire.
The Peabody Little Rock RiverTop Party season comes to an end where it started, with Tragikly White. Whether they call themselves “the most awesome party band,” “the South’s premier party band” or “Tragikly White, dance band from Little Rock,” what is certain is that the four guys in Tragikly White know how to throw a party. Expect party favorites from the 1960s to today when the band takes the stage, from classics such as “Soul Man” and “Brown Eyed Girl” to today’s party anthems such as “SexyBack” and “Stronger.” Joining the band will be CRISIS, a Little Rock, cover act that plays the best rock music of the ’70s and ’80s. Expect covers of music from artists such as The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Cash and more. The music is from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. with a $5 cover for the 21-and-up show.
Juanita’s welcomes American Idol season nine contestant and Little Rock resident Charity Vance for a showcase of her self-described indie pop. Joining Vance will be central Arkansas rockers Benjamin’s Army, fronted by Ben Ghormley. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. with a $9 cover.
Here’s the Drive-By Truckers with “This F*cking Job,” starring Ray McKinnon and with explicit language:
Dorothy, Toto, the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow are back in Little Rock as Celebrity Attractions presents The Wizard Of Oz at Robinson Center Music Hall. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with tickets $27, $37, $47 and $52. Celebrating the iconic 1939 MGM film, the family musical includes a combination of classic songs, special effects and choreography along with the evil flying monkeys. For tickets and additional information, visit www.CelebrityAttractions.com or call (501) 244-8800.
The music of the week kicks off in Conway at Soundstage as hardcore metal act Crankbait of Conway joins forces with six piece Conway progressive metal act Still Reign for a night of hard-hitting music. Also on the bill are LA Wildfires and Moose.
Here’s the trailer to The Wizard of Oz movie, just because it’s awesome:
Austin, Texas, musician Bob Schneider‘s solo work showcases his appreciation of guitar-powered pop melodies, including the absolutely beautiful “40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet).” It’s Schneider’s cunning blending of sparkling pop with raunchy bar rock that led Esquire to don him the “high priest of live music” in Austin. And he’s got the awards to prove it, recently being named Musician of the Year at the Austin Music Awards. Come see what all the fuss is about when Schneider appears at Juanita’s, with opening act Smile Smile, a Dallas folk pop act kicking off the music at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance and $20 day of show for the 18-and-up show.
Singer/songwriter Todd Snider‘s “Alcohol and Pills” name checks Hank Wiliams, Elvis (Though the claim Elvis “came up from Jackson” is wrong.), Janis Joplin, Gram Parsons and Jimi Hendrix over its howling, country rock chords. The 2004 tune is just one of the Americana gems written by Snider in his 16-year career (including the John Prine-like classic “Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Rock Blues”). Snider appears at Revolution Music Room for an 18-and-up show. Tickets are $15 advance and $20 day of show, with the music starting at 8:30 p.m. The opening act and Snider’s backing band is Great American Taxi, a band led by Vince Herman born out of Leftover Salmon that mixes bluegrass, country, jazz and rock.
And Conway’s Fire to Reason is off yet again. The hardcore band that takes its name from Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes’ quote, “Eloquence may set fire to reason,” kicks off its latest tour at Soundstage. The quartet is the hardest-touring band in Arkansas, hitting the 79,000 mile mark in less than five years, June’s Bang Your Head tour is a monthlong romp around the nation showcasing their energetic music created with rapid-fire, brutal rhythms. Joining the band for the tour kickoff celebration is Little Rock down-tempo metal band Pallbearer, six piece Conway progressive metal act Still Reign and Vilonia hardcore metal act The Curse Follows. The music starts at 8 p.m. with a $6 cover.
The man responsible for writing such classics as “Illegal Smile,” “Angel from Montgomery” and “Dear Abby” along with countless other American folk classics is visiting Little Rock. John Prine is set to play Robinson Center Music Hall at 8 p.m. with tickets ranging in price from $48.45 for balcony to $59.25 for orchestra. It’s an all-ages show with the doors opening at 7 p.m. There are a few great songwriters in the canon of American 20th century “pop” music — people like Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson — and Prine deserves a spot right there along with them.
After a Friday night off due to Riverfest, The Peabody Little Rock RiverTop Party returns with the I Am The Life presented Sky High Party II featuring hip hop artist Epiphany, who didn’t take a weekend off for Riverfest, instead performing with several acts during the festival. Lasting from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., cover is $5 for the 21-and-up show. Joining Epiphany is DJ G-Force, a DJ known for his spinning at clubs around the region, drawing from his interest in genres as far ranging as jazz and funk to ’70s and ’80s hits to R&B, rock and hip-hop. Epiphany? He’s simply one of the best hip-hop artists in Arkansas. Last year Epiphany packed the patio with his One Night Stand backing band so expect a full house.
The one-two rock duo of David Tweed and Bekah Manning returns to Vino’s as Lollipop Factory performs. Expect high-powered, heavy rock from the duo, who describe their music as “bombastic, Frankensteined pop-metal contraptions.” The Little Rock trio Dangerous Idiots — Paul Bowling, Shayne Gray and Aaron Sarlo — open the show with their self-described “gulch rock,” a combination of power pop, late ’70s punk, and stoner and psychedelic rock. The show starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover.
Here’s Bob Schneider with his “40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet)”:
Wade Bowen is Texas country, but closer to the vein of Red Dirt country rock rather than dusty, Texas troubadour country. Him and his four-piece band, including a twin guitar howl, appreciate the high-powered rock of Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith (the drug years; not the MTV video years). Following the success of 2008′s If We Ever Make It Home, which hit No. 29 on the country album charts, Bowen and gang are preparing for the release of Live at Billy Bob’s Texas on April 27, a live album that captures the band’s passionate and intense live shows. Watch the band’s emotional live set up close and personal during a show at Revolution Music Room. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with a $10 ticket price for the 18-and-up show.
It’s certain that Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes never foresaw his quote, “Eloquence may set fire to reason,” being used to name a band, especially a hardcore rock band such as Conway’s Fire To Reason. But 75 years after the death of Holmes, the quartet is the hardest-touring band in Arkansas, hitting the 79,000 mile mark in less than five years with their recent Lead or Silver Tour. Yet, amazingly, the band has no dates scheduled until a June jaunt with Give Em Hell titled Band Your Head. But the dynamite-going-off sound of Fire To Reason is not silent, with the energetic band who create rapid-fire, brutal slices of music playing Soundstage on a bill that includes two fellow Conway hardcore acts in Dead Beat (formerly known as JohnnyCage) and Hollywood Homicide. Joining the local bands is Gainesville, Fla., hardcore punk band Battle! The music starts at 8 p.m. with a $6 cover.
So Axl Rose delivered the newest Guns N’ Roses album, the long-awaited Chinese Democracy … and it was a dud. (Really. We waited 15 years for that load?) But luckily for fans of Guns N’ Roses (And they are out there, slapping the ceiling of their car in time to “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and whistling the melody of “Patience” during board meetings.), the Guns N’ Roses tribute band Paradise City will deliver the music of GN’R during a visit to Sticky Fingerz. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with a $8 early admission price for the 21-and-up show. Expect the hits: “Welcome to the Jungle,” “You Could Be Mine,” “Civil War,” “Used to Love Her” and more. (What! No “14 Years”?)
The Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative is hosting an interactive painting and art event titled The Art Party from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission is $5 for the all-ages party including an art show and sale, and live music with guests being asked to engage in the art, whether it be by painting pictures, molding clay or photography. Models will be available for drawing and photography, and art supplies will be available. Other events scheduled include dance performances, glowing body art and an event simply titled “Collaborative Art Piece.
Brady Seals was the lead singer and keyboardist for country outfit Little Texas, singing on the band’s Top 10 hits “Some Guys Have All the Love,” “You and Forever and Me,” “What Might Have Been” and the No. 1 hit “My Love.” But since leaving Little Texas in the mid-90s, Seals has released a string of solo albums and briefly formed the country band Hot Apple Pie. But it’s a solo Seals who will play Revolution Music Room with up-and-comer country artist Nathan Lee Jackson as the opening act, starting the night at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 advance for the all-ages show. Wonder if Seals will play “God Blessed Texas”?
Hardcore band Continuance have signed with Rise Records and have a new album coming out in the spring, but before the band that consists of previous members of Saints Never Surrender and Means release their debut work, they’re hitting the road, including a stop at Soundstage for a night of vicious music. Also on the tour is grooving hardcore act Ambush! (Whose new album Fright Night is coming soon.) and Christian-themed hardcore act Take It Back! Joining the touring acts are Little Rock pop punk rock act Thrill of a Dogfight, Conway hardcore group Hollywood Homicide, Little Rock hardcore group Legend Has It and Conway hardcore Christian act By a Show of Hands. The music starts at 6:30 p.m. with a $8 cover.
Arkansas’ original version of “Snowmageddon”, “Snowpocalypse,” “Snowtorious,” etc. canceled the world-famous Chippendales return to Little Rock in late January. Luckily — for some — the show has been rescheduled. Everything stays the same except for the date. The show is at the Peabody Hotel Ballroom, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 6 p.m. A 21-and-up show, tickets are $25 advance and $35 day of show for great seats, $35 advance and $45 day of show for excellent seats, and $45 advance and $55 day of show for limited, front-row seats. Everyone will have a seat though for the act that includes a selection of the world’s hunkiest men and the “world’s most recognized ladies’ entertainment crew.” Matt Joyce will open the show with his Elvis Presley tribute. It’s the perfect night for bachelorette parties or birthday parties for the ladies. Tickets for the postponed show will be honored, but no refunds are available.
Here’s a shot of Brady Seals with an acoustic rendition of a tune from his newest album Play Time:
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 [...]