The Aranda brothers — Dameon and Gabe — combine a touch of rock with funk and soul when creating their Oklahoma City rock. What fans get is a blend of high-energy music that bounces and punches, taking Zep-size riffs and injecting a touch of Prince funk pop. The brothers and backing band, known together simply as Aranda, come to Juanita’s for a headlining gig. Presented by 100.3 The Edge, the opening acts are Fayetteville alternative rock band Silverstone and A Good Fight, a Fayetteville act that performs melodic pop rock. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the music at 9 p.m., and tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
Alternative rockers Ivoryline, a Tooth & Nail Records artist, come to Downtown Music to deliver a dose of their Tyler, Texas, bred faith-based music based on driving guitars and sing-along choruses. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the music at 7 p.m., and tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Also on the bill are a trio of regional groups: Hot Springs progressive rockers Stereo Sound, Texarkana six-piece indie rockers Us and the Ship, and Magnolia pop punkers belair., who like incorporating a little faith into their catchy music.
California post-hardcore outfit Skylit Drive just released their third album, Identity on Fire, and the band is on the road, including an early week visit to Downtown Music. Formed while some members were attending Lodi High School, the sextet is known for crossing experimental metal with screamo vocals to create their furious sound. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the music starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $11 in advance and $13 at the door. Joining Skylit Drive on the tour stop at Downtown Music is Tulsa, Okla.’s Outline In Color with their post-hardcore sound and local supporting acts Hot Springs hardcore act Through The Looking Glass and Hot Springs progressive rockers Stereo Sound.
With a tune titled “Love to Smoke Y’r Weed” set to a heavy-metal-gone-ZZ Top groove, you can bet an Austin, Texas, band by the name of Honky knows about a good time and good music. Music fans can check Honky out for themselves when the Texas hard rock band visits Juanita’s. Joining them will be Little Rock rock acts Sweet Eagle and Badhand along with Memphis rock ‘n’ roll group The Dirty Streets. The show starts at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover. Of note: Honky guitarist Bobby Rock is recovering from foot surgery so Bad Livers’ guitarist Danny Barnes is filling in, with the regrouped band titled 2 Parts Honky, 1 Part Danny Barnes. Expect good times no matter what.
Given the choice between entertainment or death, most would choose entertainment. But when the Entertainment or Death Tour visits The Village, fans of heavy metal can choose both, with California rockers Black Veil Brides — who look like a cross between Edward Scissorhands and Motley Crue — headlining the gig. Also on the bill are William Control, the electronica side project from Will Francis of Aiden, and Motionless in White, a Pennsylvania metalcore band whose debut is out Oct. 12, with local support from Hot Springs progressive rock act Stereo Sound. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the music at 7 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door.
The four members of San Diego group Cattle Decapitation simply call their music “death metal progressive grind,” and that’s what the group will bring to Downtown Music as they headline a night of vicious music. Also on the bill are Dallas death metal band Devourment, Arizona deathcore act Knights of the Abyss, San Diego death metal outfit Burning the Masses and California death metal group Sons of Aurelius with local support from Heber Springs death metal quintet ShadowVein. The show kicks off at 6:45 p.m. with doors at 6 p.m., and tickets $12 in advance and $15 day of show.
Atlanta band Gringo Star returns to Sticky Fingerz. The fuzzed-out guitar, psychedelic-fueled, stammering-garage-rock playing band are a favorite of local crowds. And while the ban’s debut album, All Y’All, is a catchy collection of garage rock gems, it is at the quartet’s live show where they shine, trading instruments and cranking out infectious rock. Conway folk rockers This Holy House and newish Little Rock indie rock band Catskill Kids are the opening acts, with the music starting at 9 p.m. Cover is $7 for the 21-and-up show.
Veara‘s game is pop punk: infectious, fun-loving rhythms with terror-invoking drumming and razor-sharp guitar riffs. The Georgia foursome released What We Left Behind, an album that pays homage to New Found Glory and Blink 182 while breaking new ground, earlier this year. Now on tour, the act visits The Village. The opening acts are Michigan progressive post-hardcore act I Am Abomination, Hot Springs progressive rock act Stereo Sound and Little Rock rock band The Supporting Cast. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the music at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
Neckbroke Entertainment and Downtown Music presents Synfest V. The two-day event kicks off Friday with a lineup featuring Between Crows & Thieves, Eddie and the Defiantz, Das Gift, A Plea For Mercy, Land of Mines, Wishtribe and Driven to Madness. Saturday night will include music from Evacuate the City, Bolt, Sh*tfire, Iron Ton, Knee Deep, Sychosys and A DarkEnd Era. Each band will play a 30-minute to 40-minute set. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the music at 7 p.m. both nights, and cover is $7 per day. Downtown Music will also feature door prizes and drink specials both nights, and the kitchen will be open.
Here’s Gringo Star with the title track to their All Y’All album:
Sticky Fingerz presents a trio of indie rock acts with visits from The Most Serene Republic, Annuals and What Laura Says. Co-headliner The Most Serene Republic are a JUNO Award-nominated sextet known for their crossing of rock with baroque pop while fellow co-headliner Annuals are a North Carolina band who describe their music as “Experimental Jungle Pop,” although it’s better described as cinematic indie rock that draws from guitar-based rock, lush vocal harmonies and experimentalism. Arizona band What Laura Says is a desert mix of stomping blues, gospel and folk. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with cover $8 for the 21-and-up show.
A show at Revolution Music Room features Seattle indie rockers The Classic Crime, and alternative rockers Ivoryline, a Tooth & Nail Records act just like The Classic Crime. Local support will come from Hot Springs progressive rock act Stereo Sound. The all-ages show begins at 8 p.m. with tickets $10 advance and $12 day of show.
Travis McElroy’s Thick Syrup Records is celebrating its fourth anniversary with the Thick Syrup Anniversary Party at White Water Tavern, featuring reunited bar rockers Smoke Up Johnny and an also reunited Androids of Ex Lovers. Expect a rousing uppercut of central Arkansas flavored real rock from the former, and garage-flavored, experimental music created solely with bass, drums and howling, bluesy vocals from the latter. Also on the bill are Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth, “mystic Indian hitmakers” who kick out “white trash power pop” — better known as gritty, power trio rock. Happy birthday Thick Syrup.
I Am The Life presents The Gemini Party at Bill Street, promising two parties, one kicking it. Or, as it says on the flier for the event: “2 Parties 1 Kickin It.” The Lounge inside will include SeanFresh, Jeron and Epiphany featuring Gina Gee with Pleasant Music backing up the musicians with live music, and The Club on the patio will include DJ Greyhound on the turntables and performances by EarFear and Rockst*r Jones. The party starts at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover for the 21-and-up event. Ladies and Geminis get in for $5 before 10 p.m. The flier also says the party is the “only place you need to be on the 22nd.”
Surely no government body voted to declare Saturday National Sulac Day, but that’s what the Town Pump is calling a celebration of the man known as Sulac as three of his five dozen bands play: Hector Faceplant, Winston Family Orchestra and Physical Science. The music starts at 10 p.m. with a $3 cover.
As a younger artist, Duwayne Burnside back both his legendary father R.L. Burnside and the similarly legendary Junior Kimbrough as the pair introduced North Mississippi hill country blues music to the masses. Beyond working with his late father and the late Kimbrough, Duwayne Burnside has fused hill country blues with soul, working with Cedric Burnside as Duwayne Burnside and the Mississippi Mafia, and with the North Mississippi Allstars on their Polaris album. After a few years raising a family in Holly Springs, Miss., Duwayne Burnside is back playing live, including a visit to White Water Tavern.
A trio of Little Rock indie acts set up shop at Juanita’s for a night of music. After a couple of benefit shows and a night spent as the jangling, college-rock side of R.E.M., tight, post-punk rockers The Moving Front return to the stage, joined by Magic Hassle, the loud, indie rock side project of David Slade and Matt Quin from American Princes. Joining them will be Underclaire, a minimalist alternative rock band who released their third album, Making Sky, earlier this year. The 18-and-up show starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover.
Sure, their name might sound like a Beavis and Butthead joke, but New Orleans group Goatwhore is actually a black metal band with a ferocious sound consisting of former members of such New Orleans sludge metal greats as Acid Bath, Crowbar and Soilent Green. Goatwhore will unveil their black magic sound of fist-clenching, formidable metal during a visit to Downtown Music. Also on the bill are death metal band Black Blood Division (which includes members of Seattle doom metal band Burning Witch), Conway death metal band Izamal and Little Rock metal band A Darkened Era with their combination punch of death metal rhythms and hardcore riffs. The music starts at 8 p.m. with a $10 cover.
Vino’s hosts a Hope for Haiti Benefit featuring a quintet of Arkansas acts. Included in the show are El Dorado death metal band Once Exiled, Hot Springs progressive rock act Stereo Sound, Hot Springs hardcore metal band Our Friends Fall Silent, Little Rock hardcore metal outfit Rivalry for Ruin and Arkansas hardcore punk band Hi-Five City. The music starts at 8 p.m. with a $10 cover.
Here’s Duwayne Burnside in action with “The Sky Is Crying”:
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 [...]