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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 >

Saturday’s Music

The Salty Dogs.

Giving you the music a day early:

It’d be easy for us to tell you simply look at our Thursday night description of The Salty Dogs playing Live at Laman and understand what the band is all about. But this Little Rock honky-tonk country band is worth another mention, and the guys playing at Live at Laman are different than the guys playing at White Water Tavern, where you can find them tonight. How so? Well, one has to imagine that inside the welcoming confines of White Water Tavern the band will be a little more rowdy, which is good news for fans of real country music. The music starts at 10 p.m.

It’s Zero Knight’s birthday. Who or what is Zero Knight? Not sure. But Zero Knight’s Birthday Bash at Downtown Music is bringing some of the best metal and punk in the area together for a hell-raising night of music. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music starting soon afterward. Cover is $7. The lineup of bands includes central Arkansas death metal band Wraith (formally known as Raccoon-Snake Hybrid), Hot Springs industrialized and glammed-up rock band Jessica Seven, White Hall metalcore … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

Whiskey of the Damned.

Giving you the music a day early:

Ever had absinthe? It might be a spirit, but it could be known as the whiskey of the damned. But absinthe is not the alcoholic beverage Milwaukee’s Whiskey of the Damned had in mind when naming their band. Since the band is known for their high-energy, raucous combination of Irish rock with American rock and a little punk, one has to imagine Whiskey of the Damned was named after Jameson, Bushmills or some other famed Irish whiskey. And when the band — a five piece complete with fiddle, bagpipe and accordion — takes the stage at Stickyz perhaps the whiskey will be flowing. The music starts at 9 p.m. with cover $5 for the 18-and-up show.

The Salty Dogs have landed a regular gig on Tales from the South through the month of January, which is a good thing for music fans because this outfit is one of the best acts in Arkansas. For an appearance at Live at Laman, the honky-tonk country act — Brad Williams, Nick Devlin, Brent LaBeau and Bart Angel — takes the stage at North Little Rock’s William F. Laman Public Library at … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Unknown Hinson.

Giving you the music a day early:

Unknown Hinson is the self-proclaimed King of the Country Western Troubadours. Or, as he says on his website (Newly redesigned!), he looks like “Dracula’s nasty little brother who spent some hard years drinking and working as a carnival barker for a second-rate freak show” and plays “country-and-western tinged psychobilly.” It’s no novelty act though. Hinson is a vampire-dressing parody of ’50s and ’60s country singers, cranking out his music while dressed in a campy, white-trash persona. He is also the voice of Early Cuyler, the hell-raising, beer-drinking, violence-condoning, backwoods, North Georgia redneck squid on Cartoon Network’s Squidbillies. Catch it all at Juanita’s. Little Rock’s own honky-tonk country extraordinaires The Salty Dogs are the opening act, kicking off the music at 10 p.m. The doors open at 9 p.m. with tickets $15 in advance and $18 day of show.

Get the sunglasses ready because it’s time for the return of the pyromaniac-pleasing, laser-loving, fire-breathing band known as Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Yes, regular as clockwork, the symphonic rock-playing act returns for their annual Christmas season visit with a show at Verizon Arena. Combining progressive rock, classical and orchestral music, and … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

 

John Paul Keith.

Giving you the music a day early:

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

 

The Salty Dogs.

Giving you the music a day early:

Little Rock’s best honky-tonk outfit, The Salty Dogs, return to the stage at White Water Tavern for a little bit of that Bakersfield sound mixed with Chuck Berry rock ‘n’ roll, rural-living ballads and Texas swing. The band’s latest release was Brand New Reason, an album that contained the brokenhearted misery march of “Words May Talk,” country swingers such as “Rock and Roll Will Never Stay,” turbo-injected gallops such as a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Nadine” and the fuzzed out, glam rock excess of the T. Rex riff that kicks off “Knock 3X.” The music starts at 10 p.m.

Memphis metal band Egypt Central has been perfecting their sound since 2002, but it’s really in the last few years that the outfit has been discovered by fans of the genre. A lot of that has to do with the band’s incessant touring, including spots on Ozzfest, the Family Values Tour and opening for Disturbed in North America, but also because of the band’s “You Make Me Sick” and “Taking You Down” appeared on a wrestling video game. The band is on the road again, visiting Juanita’s and … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

Alejandro Escovedo.

Giving you the music a day early:

According to Alejandro Escovedo, his gem “Castanets” is an ode to Ian Hunter’s songwriting with Mott the Hoople and based on a ripped-off Chuck Berry riff. Expect it and other roots-rocking gems and quieter folkish tunes from critically acclaimed albums such as Real Animal, a 2008 release that traces Escovedo musical career from punk to country punk to alt country, and his June 2010 release Street Songs of Love when Escovedo visits Juanita’s. Hailed by No Depression magazine as its Artist of the Decade for the ’90s, Escovedo is an American icon not to be missed. The doors open at 8 p.m. and the music starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door.

Dallas-bred blues rock outfit Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights is returning to Little Rock and Stickyz with their mixture of the heavy rock of Led Zeppelin hanging out with the bluesier side of The Rolling Stones with a touch of Southern soul and gospel. It’s swaggering rock ‘n’ roll that is best turned up with the windows turned down — a little blues-soaked, sex-driven rock ‘n’ roll balanced … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

The Gracious Few.

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So what happens when you join Live guitarist Chad Taylor, bassist Patrick Dahlheimer and drummer Chad Gracey with Candlebox lead singer Kevin Martin and guitarist Sean Hennesy? A hard-rocking supergroup of ’90s alternative stars called The Gracious Few. And the outfit has released their debut album, with Gracey stating the album has a “kind of a Led Zeppelin, throwback feel.” Presented by 100.3 The Edge, The Gracious Few visit Revolution Music Room along with Southern hard rockers American Bang, and the all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $15 in advance and $20 day of show.

It doesn’t occur all that often so go ahead and get out the red Sharpie and mark this night on the calendar and be prepared to catch The Salty Dogs for a special gig at White Water Tavern. The Dogs — vocalist Brad Williams, guitarist and pedal steel specialist Nick Devlin, drummer Bart Angel and bassist Brent LaBeau — released Brand New Reason, 32 minutes of honky-tonk country and rock ‘n’ roll, earlier this year. But the band, with families and day jobs, doesn’t find the time to get … 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 >

Saturday’s Music

The Salty Dogs.

The Salty Dogs.

Giving you the music a day early:

Little Rock’s best honky tonk outfit, The Salty Dogs — singer and guitar player Brad Williams, guitar and pedal steel player Nick Devlin, bass player Brent LaBeau and drummer Bart Angel — spent the summer of 2009 recording their new album, Brand New Reason, and the eight-track record, available from Max Recordings, is ready for its release party at White Water Tavern. Expect rural-living ballads, Bakersfield country and Texas swing along with rock ‘n’ roll rave ups when the band takes the stage. The punkabilly-infused rock ‘n’ roll of Go Fast (which includes LaBeau on bass) will kick off the night at 9:30 p.m. The new album is The Salty Dog’s third album, following 2004’s The Salty Dogs and Friends, and 2007’s Autoharpoon.

Ben Shea was formerly known as the frontman and guitar player of the Hattiesburg, Miss., two piece Dark Knights of Camelot, a duo who alternated between sludgy stoner rock and full-throttle grunge. But since the end of Dark Knights in late 2009, Shea has focused on more personal tales, although tales still rooted in psychedelic rock, grunge and pop, and released the solo … Read more >