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Saturday’s Music

Hosty Duo.

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Mike Hosty and Mike Byars are the Oklahoma Americana duo better known as Hosty Duo, with Hosty on guitar and kicking bass drum, and Byars on two-piece drumset. The two visit Sticky Fingerz, creating their bluesy music that also throws country and folk into the mix. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. for the 21-and-up show. Cover is $5.

Bolly Moments is celebrating the new year with its 1.1.11, officially kicking off 2011 with a “hip-hop/funk shindig for the music junkies.” The event starts at 9 p.m. at Mediums Art Lounge and will include music from Velvet Kente, EarFear (607 & Bobby), Da Saw Squad, Goines, Southwest Boaz, Bully Gang & Epiphany, and more. Hosted by Osyrus Bolly with DJ Massiah providing the soundtrack for the night, admission is $10.

Here’s Hosty Duo with their “Oklahoma Breakdown”:

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Thursday’s Music

Cindy Woolf.

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Ozark folk rocker Cindy Woolf returns to The Afterthought with the music starting at 8 p.m. with a $5 cover. Arkansas born but living now in southwest Missouri, the folk artist learned to appreciate American roots music while listening to her father play guitar in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Woolf now mixes in pop choruses and twangy country when singing in her angelic voice about love, traveling and trains.

Let Sticky Fingerz co-owner and all-around music lover Chris King do the talking on why one should see Magic Hassle and their catchy blend of indie rock at Sticky Fingerz. Straight from the Sticky Fingerz website: “Honestly, we don’t think Little Rock gets enough Magic Hassle. They are undoubtedly gifted musicians who we are always excited to have on our stage. We have witnessed a few dropped jaws during their performance.” Good enough reason? American Gods, a Memphis rock act with an appreciation of Brit pop, shoegazing music and even Guns N’ Roses, is the opening act, with the music starting at 9:30 p.m. and cover $5 for the 21-and-up show.

Here’s Cindy Woolf in action with her “In … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

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Prepare the eyeballs, because Trans-Siberian Orchestra is returning to Verizon Arena with two shows: 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Doors for the 3 p.m. show open at 2 p.m., and doors for the 8 p.m. show open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27, $43, $53 and $63, and available at the Verizon Arena Box Office. TSO is one of world’s top-selling concert acts, combining orchestral hard rock with a spectacular visual display that includes lasers, pyrotechnics and dazzling lighting. Or, as TSO founder, producer and writer Paul O’Neill said: “When someone goes to a TSO concert, we don’t want them to walk away saying, ‘That was a great show,’ or ‘That was worth it,’ or even ‘That was the best show I’ve seen in a long time.’ We want them to say, ‘Man, that the best show ever; we just ripped that band off.'” Expect Christmas-themed hard rock with a mixture of cuts from the band’s latest album, 2009’s Night Castle.

It’s that time of year again as infectious power pop rockers Ashtray Babyhead return for their one-off holiday gig at Juanita’s. Ashtray Babyhead pumped out their blend of … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Weakness for Blondes.

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Little Rock’s own jamband extraordinaires Weakness for Blondes chase spontaneous creativity, going down several rabbit holes, scampering after blues rock, jazz and soul with a touch of psychedelic and funk to brew their infectious jamming sound. The band, influenced by the Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, blues, jazz, Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, visits Sticky Fingerz. No word on the opening act, but expect the music at 10 p.m. with a $5 for the 21-and-up night.

RSVP Society and Revolution Music Room will host the fifth annual White Party, with the party this year receiving its musical fuel from the Vinyl Vixen Tour with DJ Sno White and Kelly Trance. Providing the local support will be The Sleepy Genius and Ramon Barreto. Ladies get in free for this 18-and-up event before 10:30 p.m., and admission is $10 for those who RSVP. White attire is encouraged with the doors opening at 9 p.m.

Vino’s is hosting a collection of the best country singer/songwriters that The Natural State has to offer with Arkansas Writers in the Round at Vino’s. The collection of premier country talent includes Sherwood … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

The Sword.

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Texas heavy metal outfit The Sword returns to central Arkansas, with a show at Juanita’s. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. with the music of Little Rock hard rock band Iron Tongue and West Virginia stoner metal band Karma to Burn kicking off the music. Cover is $10. 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 the shows, The Sword — guitarist and singer J.D. Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie and drummer Trivett Wingo — 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.

The boisterous, beer-raising roots rock of Jonathan Wilkins and the Reparations returns for a hometown show at Sticky Fingerz. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with cover $5 for the 21-and-up show.

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

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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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Thursday’s Music

T-Model Ford.

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Even at the ripe old age of 90 (Give or take a few years.), Mr. T-Model Ford is still touring, keeping the juke joint blues vibe alive with his primal, hypnotic blues. Earlier this year, Ford recorded an album with his regular backing band GravelRoad during a 14-show tour. The resulting album, Taledragger, is due in January, and in the meantime the “Boss of the Blues” is hitting the road with GravelRoad for his Juke Joints & Dive bars of the South Tour 2010, including a stop at White Water Tavern. What Ford will bring to White Water is his real Mississippi hill country blues sound, a mingling of Ford’s rough vocal style and his raw-edged guitar playing, sparse but rhythmic.

With an album titled Exile and a tour titled National Exile Tour, Boston-based indie rock band Aloud visits Sticky Fingerz. The show starts at 9 p.m. with cover $5 for the 21-and-up affair. The opening acts are a couple of locals: Mandy McBryde, an acoustic singer/songwriter with her backing band The Holy Ghosts, and Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth, who kick out their … Read more >

Tuesday’s Music

Michael Buble.

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With a number of pop hits in his repertoire, Michael Buble brings his Crazy Love Tour to North Little Rock and Verizon Arena. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the music at 8 p.m. Tickets are $51.50, $71.50 and $91.50 at the Verizon Arena Box Office. Buble’s summer release Crazy Love hit No. 1 earlier this year, and the tour is Buble’s biggest, presenting a home for live productions of hit tunes such as “Home” and “Haven’t Met You Yet.” Concert-goers can also expect classics such as “Stardust” and “You’re Nobody till Somebody Loves You.”

For more than two decades, EyeHateGod has been one of the faces of the New Orleans metal scene, with the group created pure south Louisiana sludge metal, a mix of Southern rock, punk and blues. The band comes to Downtown Music along with Goatwhore, a fellow New Orleans band known for their death metal, and Phobia, a California grindcore band that just released their newest album, Unrelenting. The doors open at 7 p.m. with tickets $15 in advance and $17 day of show.

Michigan psychobilly trio Koffin Kats have a tune titled “Saw … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Johnny Cooper.

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Johnny Cooper is a Texas musician that combines soul, blues, rock and pop into his musical mix, going a little beyond the confines of Red Dirt country. After opening for Brantley Gilbert at a summer Revolution Music Room show, Cooper returns to Little Rock, headlining a show at Sticky Fingerz. The opening act is the Culpepper Mountain Band, kicking off the music at 9:30 p.m. with their country rock influenced by Merle Haggard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Red Dirt country acts such as Cross Canadian Ragweed and country outlaws such as Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Tickets for the 21-and-up show are $7.

The band that could have brought Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston back together in The Break-Up is coming to Little Rock as the Old 97’s play at Revolution Music Room. The opening act is Fort Worth, Texas, folk rockers Whiskey Folk Ramblers, kicking off the 18-and-up show at 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $16 in advance, and cover day of show will be $18. Of course, music fans realize the Old 97’s are famous because the Dallas-based band is a legendary alt-country outfit … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Hinder.

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Hinder is coming to The Village. The Oklahoma hard rockers’ third album, All American Nightmare, is set to drop in December, and the boys are on the road, playing the new tunes and the hits, including “Lips of an Angel.” And thanks to “Lips of an Angel,” the hard rock band influenced by Def Leppard and Guns N’ Roses had a debut album sell more than 3 million copies. For the band’s first Little Rock appearance since Riverfest 2009, they will be supported by Canadian post-grunge band My Darkest Days. Tickets are $22.50 in advance and $25 day of show with the doors opening at 7:30 p.m. for the 8:30 p.m. show. Also on the bill is Default, whose new album Comes and Goes was released in October. The outfit was discovered by Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger shortly after forming in Vancouver back in 1999, and since then the band has earned success on the mainstream and active rock charts.

It’s funk meets zydeco as Dikki Du & The Zydeco Krewe bring their musical party to Sticky Fingerz. Born Troy Carrier in Church Point, La., Dikki Du has … Read more >