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This Week’s Music

Eddie Money.

Eddie Money.

Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week:

WEDNESDAY
Motion in Color — First, what a great name for this Conway-based band which formed in early 2013. You hear that name and immediately think: This group bridges “the gap between modern, progressive, indie rock, and post-hardcore [and is] influenced strongly by well-known acts such as Circa Survive, The Mars Volta, Dance Gavin Dance.” Right? Well, that’s what the band’s online bio states, and you can see what that all means when the band visits Stickyz. The music starts at 9 p.m. with cover $5 for 18 to 20 and $3 for 21 and up. Also on the bill is Magnolia alternative rockers Sound Survival and Without Reason, a power rock trio from Little Rock.

THURSDAY
Juanita’s welcomes some artist named Jamie Lynn Spears to town. Yes, this is the younger sister of Britney and former Zoey 101 star. Now, Jamie Lynn Spears is a fledgling country star. Her first country single, the ballad “How Could I Want More,” hit the Top 40 of the country charts last year. And her country music has earned comparisons to Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves. The supporting acts … Read more >

This Week’s Music

Sleeper Agent.

Sleeper Agent.

Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week:

WEDNESDAY
Night two of a special two-night The Secret Sisters engagement at White Water Tavern arrives with the Muscle Shoals, Ala.-based country-folk duo of Lydia and Laura Rogers returning for more of their effortless harmonies over rural rhythms that match an indie coolness with traditional arrangements. The Sisters released their self-titled debut album in 2010, and a new album — titled Put Your Needle Down — is promised in 2014. Attendees can expect a mixture of the first album and the new album at the show. All proceeds from the show go toward the band’s tour manager, Jay Calhoun, who suffered a severely broken leg in a dirt bike accident in early December. Calhoun’s leg requires an expensive surgery and proceeds from the shows will help Calhoun and his wife, Kimberly, with medical bills. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover.

THURSDAY
Bombay Harambee holds its record release show for You Know Better at White Water Tavern. Supporting the band is Whale Fire with their hazy indie rock and Collin vs. Adam with their electro-powered pop rock. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. Bombay … Read more >

Early Week Music

St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Photo by Wes Frazer.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Photo by Wes Frazer.

Here’s music of note for the first part of this week:

Monday

Want to get the week started off with a bang? Check out Mushroomhead at Juanita’s as the band tours on their 20th-anniversary tour. The Ohio alternative metal act is joined by rock duo One-Eyed Doll, which includes frontwoman and guitar extraordinaire Kimberly Freeman. The night also includes X Factor One and New York City melodic rock band Ionia. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 day of show. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music starting at 8 p.m.

Wednesday

So who is this St. Paul and why is he breaking bones in St. Paul and the Broken Bones? It’s not like that exactly. St. Paul is one Paul Janeway, and his band, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, don’t break bones but do offer a glimpse inside a broken heart along with shaking hips and melting faces with their fiery update on Southern soul and R&B. St. Paul and the Broken Bones bring the action to Stickyz. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of for the 18-and-up show with … Read more >

Weekend Music Roundup (Starting with Thursday)

Youngblood Brass Band.

Youngblood Brass Band.

Here’s what’s on tap for live music this weekend in and around Little Rock:

Thursday

Just a few weeks back, Little Rock country rock outfit the Good Time Ramblers played a Little Rock club and delivered some new tunes along with songs from their back catalog, including their newest album, Bigelow Strange, and the eight tracks are filled with stories of teens stealing dad’s whiskey, dying mom-and-pop stores and girls breaking hearts. The Ramblers are looking at returning to the studio soon, perhaps in early 2014, but before doing so the boys are perfecting these new songs in the live setting, including a stop at White Water Tavern. Expect some of the best country rock around. The music starts at 9:30 p.m.

Live at Laman returns to North Little Rock’s William F. Laman Public Library’s main library. This month’s free show in the library’s lecture hall features Rena Wren, a Hot Springs singer-songwriter who will present her folk rock and indie pop while backed by her full band, The Good Guys. The music starts at 7 p.m.

Friday

Youngblood Brass Band — a 10-piece ensemble of hip-hop, brass and jazz improv — visits StickyzRead more >

Weekend Music Roundup

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.

Here’s what’s on tap for live music this weekend in and around Little Rock:

Friday

Fiddle-powered Texas country with a touch of banjo. Gentle acoustic country ballads with rip-roaring choruses. Red Dirt-flavored country rock that kicks up a little dust. These are just a few of the sounds one will find on the Josh Abbott Band‘s April 2012 album Small Town Family Dream, including the soaring pop chorus of “Touch.” And all this and more is what one will hear when seeing Josh Abbott Band at Rev Room. The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $15 in advance and $18 day of for the 18-and-up show. Texas country rock band Tyler & The Tribe opens.

Dirty Alabama rock ‘n’ roll is what Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires will deliver when stopping in at White Water Tavern. The sound is Southern rock ‘n’ roll, but there’s something awfully raw about it. A little brawny Muscle Shoals R&B and gritty Memphis soul with a sweaty dose of 1970s Detroit punk. But the band can connect Walker Percy with the Ramones. And the outfit is working on a follow-up … Read more >

Weekend Music Roundup

Quiet Company

Quiet Company

Here’s what’s on tap for live music this weekend in and around Little Rock:

FRIDAY

Quiet Company plays Stickyz on Friday with the music starting at 9 p.m. Cover is $6 for 21 and up, and $8 for ages 18 to 20 for the 18-and-up show. Opening the show is The Tontons, with their pop- and psychedelic-fueled indie rock from Houston, and Searcy folk ‘n’ roll outfit The Fable & The Fury.

Downtown Music has hosted Indie Music Night each month for the last three years. What that means is that it’s time for Indie Music Night’s Three-Year Celebration at Downtown Music. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover at the door. DJ Fatality is on the turntables, and the night is hosted by Mz.Glamorous with a featured performance from Raven Raider Gang and appearances by The Realest YK, @ImStephanJames, Shea Marie, Asylum and more.

Guess who is turning 10? 100.3 The Edge. Little Rock’s home for new rock hits the decade mark and invites a number of The Edge favorites, including All That Remains, Asking Alexandria, Sick Puppies, SOiL, Heaven’s Basement and more to The Metroplex. And the public is, of course, … Read more >

Tuesday’s Music

The Rocketboys.

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 drum lines and well-practiced transitions between calm and controlled chaos” The opening act is From Indian Lakes, a California quintet that plays alternative rock, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. Cover is $8 for the 18-and-up show.

Here are The Rocketboys with their “Heartbeat”:

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Thursday’s Music

Wussy.

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 — a really great band with a jangling, sometimes rampaging, sometimes dreamy sound. No word on an opening act, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with a $6 cover for the 18-and-up show. Music critic Robert Christgau called Wussy “the best band in America.”

Jim Heath, aka The Reverend Horton Heat, realized a few years ago that people really dug his funnier, country-honk tunes. (Not that they didn’t dig his punkabilly tunes as well, with their gritty, greasy sound.) So with 2009’s Laughin’ & Cryin’ With The Reverend Horton Heat, Heath wrote a country album about drinking, guys who use their guts for beer holders and bad habits. With a new album — 25 to Life — on the way, Heath is hitting the road, visiting Juanita’s. No word on an opening act, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with the doors opening … Read more >

Tuesday’s Music

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 then releasing to create his primal blues rock. Loveless loves Loretta Lynn. And Lucinda Williams. And Hank Williams. She also loves Television (the band). And just pure punk rock. So she creates rock ‘n’ roll. Country, Americana and punk flavored. And she sings about God, hell, white trash, hangovers, whiskey, Jesus and guiding lights. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of show for the 18-and-up night.

Tennessee deathcore — that’s what Whitechapel delivers, and the band uses a three-guitar, buzz-sawing sound in their delivery. Whitechapel is the band’s newest album, a 10-track record that came out June 19, and the band is touring in support, including a Downtown Music stop. The show will start at 7:45 p.m. with tickets $14 in advance and $16 at the door. Two Arkansas acts open: progressive metal band Seamless and melodic death metal act The Battle Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Turnpike Troubadours.

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 discussing Tahlequah here? It’s the hometown of Turnpike Troubadours, a quintet of roots-rock playing musicians. This isn’t Red Dirt country like many bands from Oklahoma, but music that throws in a little bit of everything, including folk, Cajun and bluegrass. Turnpike Troubadours revisit Little Rock for a show at Stickyz. The John D. Hale Band kicks off the show with their alternative country sound that blends country, Americana, Southern rock and even bluegrass, and expect the music at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover for the 18-and-up show.

That rhythmically tight, fast-paced rock trio known as The Tricks will play Town Pump. The show starts at 10 p.m. with a $3 cover. Also on the bill is 607 — and you know 607, don’t you? Only one of the best rappers/hip-hop artists/musicians around the area. The Tricks and 607 will share the stage so for … Read more >