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Thursday’s Music

Kill Devil Hill.

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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 >

Friday’s Music

 

Robert Earl Keen.

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For more than 30 years, Robert Earl Keen has recorded and toured, and the Americana singer/songwriter is on the road again this fall, touring in support of his 16th and newest album Ready For Confetti. The tour includes a stop at Rev Room. The opening act is former Cross Canadian Ragweed frontman Cody Canada & The Departed with their rock ‘n’ roll with a touch of country. The show starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $20 in advance and $25 day of for the 18-and-up show. Keen arrives in town about once a year from Texas, unveils his tunes that combine folk, country, blues and rock, creates a boisterous live show to rival any act, and packs up, leaving behind smiling faces and good memories.

Conway alternative rock band The Alexei has finished recording their five-track EP The March and is holding an EP release party at Vino’s with the doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Cover is $5, and every person through the door will receive a free copy of The March. The headliner is Orlando, Fla., swamp rock act Confused Little Girl, and joining … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Mojo Depot.

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With the Arkansas Razorbacks taking on New Mexico in War Memorial Stadium with a 6 p.m. kickoff, there are not a lot of local bars and nightclubs attempting to compete with the all-day and all-night party that will be War Memorial Golf Course. But The Afterthought has Mojo Depot, the Little Rock group consisting of Tyndall Jackson on guitar, Rob Moore on vocals and guitar, Jason Adams on drums and John Wright on bass, that has been making music for more than 25 years, creating original jammy blues rock and covering selections from The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, Robert Earl Keen and others. The music is at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover.

Here’s Mojo Depot doing their live thing:

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Saturday’s Music

Band of Heathens.

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Austin, Texas, Americana outfit Band of Heathens‘ second album One Foot In the Ether featured the excellent ode to Hunter S. Thompson “L.A. County Blues,” a slow-burning country rocker with a bluesy guitar solo. The band’s latest is the spring release Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster’s Son, and it’s a collection of well-crafted tunes that show the band’s hand: Southern rock, swamp blues, stomping roots rock and dusty country ballads with soulful vocals and cowboy poetry. A hard-touring act, Band of Heathens comes to Stickyz. The opening act is Grace Askew, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. with her Memphis urban folk with touches of jazz and soul. Cover is $10 for the 21-and-up show.

Since the release of his third solo album More Like A Temple earlier this year, Little Rock singer/songwriter Adam Faucett has been a mainstay of central Arkansas stages, playing his self-described “Southern soul swamp opera.” It’s a genre of music that covers Faucett’s influences, including the country folk of Townes Van Zandt, the art rock of the Velvet Underground and the fiery soul of Otis Redding. Faucett brings his … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

Art Porter Jr.

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It’s Art Porter Week in Little Rock and as part of the festivities remembering the famous father-and-son jazz musicians from Little Rock, The Afterthought is hosting an Art Porter Tribute. A number of local jazz musicians will join forces to pay tribute to Art Porter Sr. and Art Porter Jr. (who would have turned 50 Wednesday) with the music starting at 8 p.m. There’s no cover. Art Porter Week is presented by Art Porter Music Education & Foundation, an organization with the mission of providing college scholarships to talented Arkansas music students wishing to pursue a higher education and providing music workshops and seminars.

Here’s Art Porter Jr. back in the day at The Afterthought:

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Friday’s Music

Good Time Ramblers.

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Near the end of the country rock flavored “The Man,” the penultimate tune from the Good Time RamblersNashville Cowboy, a weary voiced John Lefler exclaims: “There’s too many pickers up in Nashville/ Who think my music’s just too damn loud.” But thank God there still are country bands such as Good Time Ramblers who know how to get loud. Undergoing a bit of a playing-live revival, the high-octane country and rock ‘n’ roll band comes to The Afterthought. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover. This isn’t just regular country Good Time Ramblers kick out; it’s country with Texas swing, blues, folk and rock ‘n’ roll influences, and not re-heated classic rock hooks and slick pop choruses like today’s country.

It’s time for summer stampede at White Water Tavern, as the Frontier Circus comes to town for a night of their psycho western music. The band will be debuting new material from their upcoming debut album titled A Little Bit Psycho — A Little Bit Western. Look for the album in the fall. The Frontier Circus is the sandwich band in … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

 

John Paul Keith.

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Memphis’ favorite rock ‘n’ roll heroes John Paul Keith & the One Four Fives are no longer billed as John Paul Keith & the One Four Fives. It’s just John Paul Keith now. Why? Well Keith has a new album out titled The Man That Time Forgot, and Keith is not always on the road with the One Four Fives, the touring/studio outfit of drummer John Argroves, bassist Mark Stuart and keyboard player Al Gamble. Sometimes he goes out with other musicians. So the One Four Fives are not always the One Four Fives of Argroves, Stuart and Gamble. Kind of confusing, huh? Well, know this: When John Paul Keith plays White Water Tavern he’ll be backed by his crack backing band the One Four Fives (whoever that might be), and fans can expect another dose of Keith’s blend of power pop, garage, rockabilly, Tex-Mex, country and blues rock. The music starts at 10 p.m.

It has been more than a dozen years of rocking for Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down, but the band that gave the world “Kryptonite” shows no signs of slowing down, gearing … Read more >

Friday’s Music

 

Bear Colony.

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The central Arkansas indie rock collective known as Bear Colony returns to the stage for the first time in way too long, appearing at Stickyz for a night of local music. For a May show in Fayetteville, the band played new songs from a long-promised follow-up to their debut We Came Here To Die, an album that included such greatness as the swirling electronica landscape of “Hospital Rooms Aren’t For Lovers.” Joining the electronica-flavored indie rock band will be the indie folk rock band out of Conway by the name of This Holy House, Magnolia pop punkers belair. and Arkansas-bred indie pop/rock from the Catskill Kids. The music starts at 9 p.m. with cover $7 for the 21-and-up show.

Charles Woods will kick off a double-billed show at The Afterthought, running through a collection of classic soul, R&B and blues tunes such as “Rainy Night In Georgia.” Born into the church, Woods’ sound is a rich, gospel-flavored voice influenced by greats such as Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Johnny Taylor. What follows Woods is the three-man, swamp blues of Voodoo Sauce, a band consisting of … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Colt Ford.

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So two of Crisis‘ seven members are employees of The Peabody, but it isn’t favoritism that got the band the gig as the headliners of the Peabody Rivertop Party. What got the party cover band its spot? An energetic blend of all the best funk, R&B, rock and current Top 40 covers. One might hear Earth, Wind & Fire or a Katie Perry tune at a Crisis show. And the band also appreciates the rock side of life, covering U2 and AC/DC. The party gets going at 8 p.m. and will last until after midnight. Cover is $5 for the 21-and-up show. Local hip-hop artist and all around great guy Epiphany will be the DJ and emcee of the party, the role he has been filling all season long.

The Colt Ford “experience’ comes to the Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center. And what is the Colt Ford “experience”? A night of country music mixed with a touch of rap from a musician who not only sings tunes about country living but also lives those very same tunes about living the country life. Presented by KSSN 96, the show … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Joe Sundell.

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Joe Sundell is well-known because he plays in bands such as Damn Bullets, Molaro for Illinois, Corey Cross and the Good Ole Band, and Sad Daddy. The Arkansas native, now living in Austin, Texas, has also gone solo, releasing his astounding ode to wandering, the Americana-drenched Ramblin’ Mind. Expect a dose of ragtime, Texas swing, bluegrass, folk, rock ‘n’ roll and even a little blues and jazz when Sundell plays a set at Pizza D’Action. The music begins at 9:30 p.m. with a $3. And purchase Ramblin’ Mind. It’s a front-porch classic of Americana music if I don’t mind saying myself.

EarFear, Little Rock hip-hop duo of local hip-hop superstar 607 and his brother Bobby, has a new album out, a 15-track collection titled Art Class that features artists such as Osyrus Bolly, Emika and Rivee that the pair says is hopefully “like everybody’s junior high art class: random and inspiring.” Check out the band’s aggressive brand of Little Rock hip hop when EarFear plays The Afterthought. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover.

What can be said about Cedric The Entertainer that … Read more >