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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 >

Thursday’s Music

Kill Devil Hill.

Giving you the music a day early:

Kill Devil Hill is a rock band that may not bring any name recognition. But the band names Pantera and Black Sabbath do, and Kill Devil Hill’s bass player is Rex Brown, former bass player for both Pantera and Down, and its drummer is Vinny Appice, a drummer for the Ronnie James Dio led Black Sabbath and then Dio, and the drummer who played on the classic Dio album Holy Diver. Joining the legendary pair as Kill Devil Hill visits Downtown Music are guitarist Mark Zavon, who played with Stephen Pearcy of Ratt, and lead singer Dewey Bragg. Presented by 100.3 The Edge, Kill Devil Hill headlines a show that includes a trio of Little Rock hard rock/metal bands: Bombay Black, At War’s End and Sychosys. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $14 in advance and $17 at the door.

Fresh off their 10th anniversary gig, Little Rock hard-driving bluegrass outfit Runaway Planet is back again with a free show as part of the Live at Laman series. The newest addition to the band on mandolin and dobro is … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Sychosys.

Giving you the music a day early:

Sychosys frontman Cory Jackson had this to say about his band’s upcoming gig at Downtown Music: “Get ready for a throwdown!!!!” That was more than a month ago though, so Jackson is probably up to around two dozen exclamation points in his anticipation. And so should fans of heavy rock in the central Arkansas area be anticipating this night of head-thrashing fun. The Little Rock-based Sychosys is Southern-flavored metal at its best, influenced by bands such as Pantera, Black Label Society and Black Sabbath. Joining the local crew will be fellow Little Rock hard rock outfit At War’s End, and Memphis metal act Cult of the Flag. The music starts at 8 p.m. with a $7 cover.

The Fourth of July is still almost a month away, but the Little Rock Wind Symphony is ready to celebrate the patriotic nature of America with their annual Stars and Stripes Celebration at MacArthur Park. The 15th annual salute to the Red, White and Blue will include “hand-clapping marches, flag-waving patriotic songs and toe-tapping songs of Americana,” including John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” “America the Beautiful” and Joseph … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Kevin Gordon.

Giving you the music a day early:

Riverfest continues in downtown Little Rock along the Arkansas River. Get the full lineup of artists and times here.

Another White Water Tavern favorite who lives out of state returns with a visits from Kevin Gordon for a full band show and a night of his self-described “indie swamp” music. The music starts at 10 p.m. The Nashville, Tenn., singer/songwriter is currently touring and raising money so he can release his latest work, the 11-track Gloryland. A superior songwriter, Gordon writes about watching the sun going down and fast trains taking away the blame, and his rustic tunes mixing blues and rock ‘n’ roll have been covered by Keith Richards, Levon Helm and Webb Wilder.

The perfect warbeast would probably be a rabid grizzly bear, but it’s also the name of a Dallas thrash metal act Warbeast, who is visiting Downtown Music. The five piece act with twin, dueling guitars was formally known as Texas Metal Alliance but changed their name to Warbeast, and it was a change for the better. As the band says, “Metal means high speed riffing, thunderous double bass, roaring vocals and plenty … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

All That Remains.

Giving you the music a day early:

100.3 The Edge presents a night of furious metal at Juanita’s with headliners All That Remains. The Massachusetts metalcore band first formed in 1998 and has released five albums since then, including 2010’s For We Are Many, an album that is the sound of guitar, bass and drums punching you in the skull but in the best way possible. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the music at 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $17 in advance and $22 at the door. Local support will be provided by Russellville heavy metal act JudgeMENTAL (influenced by Pantera, Megadeth and Metallica) and Sychosys, a Southern-flavored metal band influenced by bands such as Pantera, Black Label Society and Black Sabbath.

Fans of Americana music: Just go see Tony Furtado at Stickyz. That might be the best advice you get all week. The banjo and slide guitar player has played with some of his favorite artists such as Bela Fleck, Laurie Lewis and Earl Scruggs, but he is better known for creating his own brand of rapid-fire picking, progressive music that incorporates bluegrass, blues, swing, Celtic, jazz, folk, rock and … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

Lucero.

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Memphis-based but Arkansas-loved rockers Lucero return to Little Rock with a show at Revolution Music Room. Fronted by Arkansas native Ben Nichols, Lucero mixes their punkish roots with twangy country and beer-raising rock ‘n’ roll to create tales about girls, guitars, love and drinking. The band released their latest album 1372 Overton Park in 2009, their first on Universal Records and their first with the added punch of horns. Opening for Lucero will be Cory Branan, a singer/songwriter known for his poetic, fingerpicked tales that slide between intimate folk tunes such as “Last Man on Earth” and rugged rock ‘n’ roll tracks such as “Prettiest Waitress in Memphis.” The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $16 for the 18-and-up show. A portion of proceeds from the show will go to the Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute.

A trio of Arkansas bands will be joined by one Missouri act as 100.3 The Edge presents Natural State groups Dark From Day One, Sychosys and Iron Ton along with Obsidian (the Missouri outfit) at Juanita’s. Dark From Day One is a Russellville alternative rock band while Sychosys is a Southern-flavored … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Giving you the music a day early:

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 >

Thursday’s Music

The Romany Rye.

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The second Google result for The Romany Rye is from the blog Hear Ya, proclaiming “The Romany Rye fills a void left by Ryan Adams and The Cardinals.” Later the posting notes the band’s “8-song debut, Highway 1, Look Back Carefully, is a piece of breezy Americana that falls somewhere between the solo work of Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) and Ryan Adams and The Cardinals.” Beyond the Ryan “Don’t-Call-Him-Bryan” Adams comparisons, The Romany Rye is an alt country band fronted by Los Angeles folk rocker Luke MacMaster and consisting of four Little Rock guys: Ryan Hitt, Judson Spillyards, Joshua Spillyards and Whitman Bransford. The Rye visits White Water Tavern, headlining a “hometown” gig that includes Velvet Kente, a Little Rock outfit fronted by the first-name only Joshua that combines afrobeat rhythms with folk guitar and soulful vocals.

In case you haven’t heard of Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights yet, the Dallas-bred blues rock outfit is returning to Little Rock and Sticky Fingerz yet again. No word on the opening act, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with cover $10 for the 21-and-up show. And, in … Read more >

Friday’s Music

The Revelations feat. Tre Williams.

Giving you the music a day early:

A January show was postponed because of snow and ice, and a May show was canceled, but The Revelations feat. Tre Williams are finally returning to Juanita’s. The band will deliver their electrifying re-imagining of classic ’60s and ’70s soul music, crossing the gritty, Southern soul of Stax with the dazzling, urban flash of Motown. A solo project by Williams grew into The Revelations, with its R&B rhythms, and bluesy guitar and organ. Tickets are $15 advance and $20 day of with the music at 10 p.m. for the 18-and-up show.

ILiveTheGoodLife.com, and Mix and Mingle Entertainment present The Ultimate Ladies Night Out at Robinson Center Music Hall with an appearance by R&B singer Monica and K Michelle. Joining the two stars will be Little Rock’s own star trumpeter Rodney Block and soul singer Jeron. Mr. Keith “Keef” Funny Man Glason, a finalist in the Arkansas’ Funniest Person contest, will host the event. The show will start at 8 p.m. with tickets $44.35 for the upper balcony, $48.50 for lower balcony, $55.15 for the mezzanine, $59.30 for orchestra seats and $75.75 for first six rows … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Drive-By Truckers.

Giving you the music a day early:

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 … Read more >