Blog Archives

Friday’s Music

Michael Franti & Spearhead.

Giving you the music a day early:

While he was promised to be a headliner of the since-postponed-for-a-year Arkanstock, Michael Franti & Spearhead‘s Arkansas appearance has been moved to The Village. Presented by Alice 107.7, tickets are $25 in advance and $28 at the door with doors opening at 8 p.m. and the music starting at 9 p.m. The opening band is Tamarama, a poppy, Australian surf rock band who are joining Michael Franti & Spearhead for the hip-hop group’s The Sound of Sunshine Tour. Of course, Michael Franti & Spearhead is a hip-hop group known for their mix of hip-hop with reggae, funk and rock. Spearhead’s newest is the September released The Sound of Sunshine, the band’s feel-good seventh release.

There’s a reason why local jam band Weakness for Blondes is the band of choice for opening local appearances by Col. Bruce Hampton and The Quark Alliance: Current Quark Alliance guitarist Perry Osborn was a member of Weakness in 2004-05. And so, with Col. Bruce Hampton and The Quark Alliance appearing at Sticky Fingerz, Weakness for Blondes is the opening act, kicking off the show at 9 p.m. The … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Robert Earl Keen.

Giving you the music a day early:

Robert Earl Keen really needs no introduction to local music fans. About once a year, the Texas country singer/songwriter arrives in town, unveils his tunes that combine folk, country, blues and rock to create a boisterous live show to rival any act, and packs up, leaving behind smiling faces and good memories. Keen self-financed his 1984 debut, No Kinda Dancer, which included “The Front Porch Song” co-written with Lyle Lovett. Over the course of the past 20 years, the Texas native has recorded 15 albums. And in January 2009 the work of Keen was celebrated with Undone: A MusicFest Tribute to Robert Earl Keen, an album of live tributes to the Texas singer/songwriter from a number of Red Dirt Country and Texas country acts such as Cody Canada, Jason Boland, Randy Rogers, Cory Morrow and Reckless Kelly. Keen returns to Little Rock with a show at The Village. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the music at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $21 in advance and $25 at the door.

A group of “concerned students” at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is holding a two-night … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

Jukebox the Ghost.

Giving you the music a day early:

The latest big event in the musical life of Washington, D.C., live-wired indie rock act Jukebox the Ghost occurred Sept. 1 as the band played the Late Show With David Letterman. Three weeks removed from that appearance, the band — who throw in beautiful pop melodies into their musical mix — visits Juanita’s. Opening will be the doom pop sound of New York act Hooray for Earth and Brooklyn indie pop band Via Audio. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $7 in advance and $9 day of show.

Cross Canadian Ragweed announced earlier this year that the Red Dirt country band was taking a break from the road, but after more than a dozen years of traveling the country, Ragweed lead singer and songwriter Cody Canada wasn’t going to simply sit on his front porch and sip sweet tea. So it’s Canada who comes to Revolution Music Room for a singer/songwriter night, breaking down the band’s churning, road-weary rock and reflective ballads that blur the lines between rock and country into simple acoustic gems with insightful, working-man lyrics. Opening the night will be Seth Read more >

Friday’s Music

Satisfaction/The International Rolling Stones Show.

Giving you the music a day early:

The look- and sound-alike Mick and Keef will return to Little Rock as Satisfaction/The International Rolling Stones Show plays a date at Sticky Fingerz. No opening act has been named, but the music is set to begin at 9 p.m. with cover $7 for the 21-and-up show. The tribute band crams more than 40 years of rock ‘n’ roll into a night’s set, paying tribute to the words and music of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and drawing from more than 50 Rolling Stones tunes, all while wearing authentic costumes in recreating the look and sound of the Stones. Expect “Paint It, Black,” “Gimme Shelter,” “Beast of Burden” and dozens of more classic tunes.

Borrowing their name from the William Faulkner novel about the Bundren clan, San Diego metalcore band As I Lay Dying unleashes furious, churning thrash with a dual guitar attack but with introspective, spiritual lyrics. The band’s tune “Nothing Left” from 2007’s An Ocean Between Us was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Metal Performance category, losing out to Slayer’s “Final Six.” As I Lay Dying roars into The Village with Massachusetts metalcore … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Dan Tyminski.

Giving you the music a day early:

Bluegrass singer, guitarist and mandolin player Dan Tyminski has been a member of Alison Krauss and Union Station since 1994, providing his strong instrumental work and soulful tenor. But in 2008, with Krauss off with former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, he formed the Dan Tyminski Band to keep the bluegrass flame burning. And it’s Tyminski that visits Juanita’s for a night of bluegrass. Nashville, Tenn., singer/songwriter Ronnie Bowman, a man who writes hit songs for country superstars such as Kenny Chesney while recording his own music, is the opener, with the music starting at 8 p.m. with tickets $20 in advance and $25 at the door for the 18-and-up show. Bowman is also a former member of The Lonesome River Band, the band Tyminski belonged to before Union Station. Of course, Tyminski is also responsible for updating “Man of Constant Sorrow” for the Coen brothers’ film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, a tune that won a Grammy Award for best Country Collaboration with Vocal.

Riverfest was the reason behind the two-man blues wrecking crew of Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm last coming to Little Rock in May. Following … Read more >

Sunday’s Music

Shadows Fall.

Giving you the music a day early:

Massachusetts metal band Shadows Fall roars into The Village. The band claims before “the so-called ‘New Wave of American Heavy Metal’ was even a ripple, Shadows Fall were there.” Emerging from Springfield in 1995, they have hit the heights of the heavy metal world: two Grammy nominations and even a tune on Guitar Hero. Joining the band for their Little Rock stop are Relapse Records artist and North Little Rock heavy metal outfit Rwake, Little Rock hardcore metal band A DarkEnd Era, and Arkansas hardcore metal outfit And the Angels Were Silent. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Here’s Shadows Fall with their tune “In Effigy”:

Read more >

Friday’s Music

Gringo Star.

Giving you the music a day early:

Atlanta band Gringo Star returns to Sticky Fingerz. The fuzzed-out guitar, psychedelic-fueled, stammering-garage-rock playing band are a favorite of local crowds. And while the ban’s debut album, All Y’All, is a catchy collection of garage rock gems, it is at the quartet’s live show where they shine, trading instruments and cranking out infectious rock. Conway folk rockers This Holy House and newish Little Rock indie rock band Catskill Kids are the opening acts, with the music starting at 9 p.m. Cover is $7 for the 21-and-up show.

Veara‘s game is pop punk: infectious, fun-loving rhythms with terror-invoking drumming and razor-sharp guitar riffs. The Georgia foursome released What We Left Behind, an album that pays homage to New Found Glory and Blink 182 while breaking new ground, earlier this year. Now on tour, the act visits The Village. The opening acts are Michigan progressive post-hardcore act I Am Abomination, Hot Springs progressive rock act Stereo Sound and Little Rock rock band The Supporting Cast. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the music at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at … Read more >

Tuesday’s Music

Built to Spill.

Giving you the music a day early:

The list of famous artists from Idaho is relatively short. In fact, really short. And Built to Spill are probably the Gem State’s biggest musical export. But after a summer spent opening for Kings of Leon (no word on what pigeons thought of Built to Spill), Built to Spill is headlining their own shows with their three-axe indie rock attack, including at stop at The Village. General admission tickets are $20 advance and $25 at the door with the doors opening at 7:30 p.m. and the music at 8:30 p.m.. The opening acts are fellow Idaho band Finn Riggins and central Arkansas’ own rockers Underclaire.

Here’s Built to Spill with their “Car”:

Read more >

Monday’s Music

Otep.

Giving you the music a day early:

Los Angeles alternative metal act Otep, fronted by Otep Shamaya (You think they made that Otep name up?), returns to The Village with their Spectacular Massacre Tour, delivering a vicious right uppercut of their “Smash the Control Machine” music along with spoken word, poetry and nu metal sounds. Joining the band will be the dark, industrialized synthpop rock of Canada outfit The Birthday Massacre, Ohio metalcore band Beneath the Sky and Canadian death metal band The Agonist. Local support will be provided by Conway melodic death metal outfit Poisonwood. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $15 advance and $19 at the door.

Here’s Otep with their “Ghost Flowers”:

Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Warbeast.

Giving you the music a day early:

I hear Warbeast and immediately think of a blood-thirsty grizzly bear riding an angry great white shark. But Warbeast is also the name of the Dallas thrash metal act visiting The Village. And get this: The band isn’t even the headliner, that would be South Carolina death metal band Through the Eyes of the Dead. Joining the fun will be Tennessee death metal group Enfold Darkness, and North Carolina progressive death metal band Wrath and Rapture. Local support will be provided by El Dorado death metal band Once Exiled. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 advance and $14 at the door.

The wait is over for fans of power pop rock trio The Reds, as the outfit releases their second Max Recordings effort: Welcome to Stifft Station. The spare rockers are holding a CD release party at White Water Tavern, being joined by Memphis rockers Dragoon, featuring guitarist and vocalist Bobby Matthews of Little Rock punk legends Trusty.

A collection of comics, including Chris Tucker’s brother Dexter Tucker, visit Robinson Center Music Read more >