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Saturday’s Music

Dax Riggs.

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Former Deadboy & the Elephantmen lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Dax Riggs (he also fronted Louisiana sludge band Acid Bath before that) is closing out a May tour with a Stickyz visit. There’s a $10 cover at the door with the music starting at 9:30 p.m. for the 18-and-up show. Riggs plays blues rock, albeit experimental, or, as he calls it, a collection of “roots music, doom metal and glam-punk poetry.” Say Goodnight to the World is the newest solo release from Riggs.

The Freshman Class of ’12 Tour visits Downtown Music, which means New Jersey hardcore metal act The Air I Breathe will be headlining a show that includes Ohio hardcore group My Ticket Home, Australian post-hardcore experimental act Hands Like Houses and New Jersey post-hardcore outfit Palisades. Local support will be provided by Hot Springs hardcore metal act Through The Looking Glass. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

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Sunday’s Music

Struc/tures.

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Struc/tures is Canadian hardcore metal. Five guys from Toronto that throw in a little progressive metal into the mix. The band’s full-length debut is the fall release Divided By, and the act is on the road promoting it, including a stop at Downtown Music. It’s going to be the band’s first headlining show after a string of dates with White Chapel and Miss May I so be ready. Joining Struc/tures will be two local acts: Hot Springs hardcore metal act Through The Looking Glass and central Arkansas heavy music act Achaia. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

From Bill Cosby Is a Very Funny Fellow … Right! and I Spy right up through Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids and The Cosby Show and on to I Didn’t Ask to Be Born (But I’m Glad I Was), Bill Cosby has long been a funny man. For something like 50 years. And it’s those 50-plus years of being funny that Cosby brings to Robinson Center Music Hall for his Bill Cosby Live … Read more >

Sunday’s Music

Kopecky Family Band.

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Nashville, Tenn.’s Kopecky Family Band is a six-piece outfit visiting Stickyz for a night of their rousing indie rock incorporating cello. Earlier this year, the band played the Stickyz tent at Riverfest and created perhaps the party of the weekend with their sound that is one part indie rock and one part orchestral rock. NPR and Paste loves them. You should, too. The opening act is MyNameIsJohnMichael, a New Orleans six-piece band led by John Michael Rouchell with their explosive indie rock music featuring trumpet. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. Cover is $6 for the 18-and-up show.

The weekend comes to an end with a roar of God-approved, growl-and-howl metalcore music at Downtown Music with headlining act Alabama hardcore band Mychildren Mybride. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the music starting soon afterward. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. Joining the act is Massachusetts metal band Within the Ruins, northern California hardcore metal quintet Lionheart — known for their “hard music, real lyrics” — Seattle death metal band I Declare War and Ohio metal band The Plot In You. Local … Read more >

Sunday’s Music

Lighthouse Music.

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Florida’s Lighthouse Music states their influences as Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Miles Davis, James Brown, Mozart and Philip Glass. So how does one fit all those influences into a musical genre? They don’t. Lighthouse Music warps all those influences and creates a new sonic tapestry, with all five members rotating instruments (brass, percussion, woodwinds, turntables, accordion, synths, bass, guitar and more) throughout a performance, creating classical or rock melodies that are somehow powered by a funk rhythm. Check it out at Stickyz. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with the music of Loud Valley and their “symphonic mood swing” music. Cover is $5 for the all-ages show.

Attack Attack! is one of those bands that is hard defining. Call it metalcore with elements of electronica. And please avoid the crabcore label as it’s no genre at all; just mindless Internet message board chatter. The group — Caleb Shomo, Andrew Whiting, John Holgado and Andrew Wetzel — comes to Downtown Music with their electronica-powered metal. The music starts at 8 p.m. with tickets $13 in advance and $15 day of show. The doors open at 7 p.m. with a trio of … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

Jessica Lea Mayfield.

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She’s not quite 22 years old and she possesses a pixie haircut, but there’s a demon or two inside Ohio alt country-ish, indie folk singer/songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield. One can’t help but feel that way when listening to the artist’s haunting and captivating, lo-fi folk rock tunes. Mayfield released her second album earlier this year and is on the road promoting it, including a stop at Juanita’s for a night of her dark music. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music at 9 p.m. Cover is $10 with opening act Ferraby Lionheart, a Los Angeles singer/songwriter.

That Pink Floyd reunion that no one thinks will happen might just happen. At least there’s a 1 percent chance after David Gilmour played “Comfortably Numb” with Roger Waters at Waters’ performance of The Wall at O2 Arena in London in May. The other living member of Floyd, Nick Mason, later joined the pair for “Outside the Wall.” But if you are not a betting music fan the closest you might get to seeing Pink Floyd in action is Floyd tribute band Set the Controls at Rev Room. So … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

We Came As Romans.

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We Came As Romans kicks off a summer tour in Memphis and then the next night visits Juanita’s, bringing a shot of their two-guitar post-hardcore rock music that mixes screamo vocals with regular old metal vocals. The Michigan band with a positive message is also a part of this year’s Warped Tour 2011. Joining We Came As Romans for the local show is a trio of local bands: Hot Springs hardcore metal act Through The Looking Glass, Magnolia post-hardcore band A Faith Forgotten and Mena Christian screamo outfit The Awakening Project. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Fans of that Red Dirt and Texas country sound are in for a treat as two of the genres best combine forces for a night at Rev Room: Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $20 for the 18-and-up show. Rogers is the frontman of the band named after him, an act that made a name for … Read more >

Friday’s Music

British Sea Power.

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English indie rockers British Sea Power released their fourth album Valhalla Dancehall in January and are touring the U.S. for the first time since 2008, including a stop at Stickyz. The opening acts are A Classic Education, an Italian alternative rock band that proves there is an Italian alternative rock scene, and ColourMusic, a Stillwater, Okla., pysch-pop band that writes tunes based on colors. The show starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $10 for the 21-and-up show.

Here’s how The City Champs, the Memphis, Tenn., trio of Joe Restivo, Al Gamble, and George Sluppick, introduce themselves: The “latest in a long lineage of Memphis musicians to grab the mantle of funky, soul-jazz instrumentals pioneered by acts like Booker T & the MG’s, Willie Mitchell and The Bar-Kays.” (And yes, that’s Al Gamble of the legendary — in some circles — Gamble Brothers Band.) The band also adds Latin jazz, psychedelia and ’60s film score influences to their music that floats and stings. Go check out the band when they visit White Water Tavern. The music starts at 10 p.m.

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Tuesday’s Music

Skylit Drive.

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California post-hardcore outfit Skylit Drive just released their third album, Identity on Fire, and the band is on the road, including an early week visit to Downtown Music. Formed while some members were attending Lodi High School, the sextet is known for crossing experimental metal with screamo vocals to create their furious sound. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the music starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $11 in advance and $13 at the door. Joining Skylit Drive on the tour stop at Downtown Music is Tulsa, Okla.’s Outline In Color with their post-hardcore sound and local supporting acts Hot Springs hardcore act Through The Looking Glass and Hot Springs progressive rockers Stereo Sound.

Here’s Skylit Drive with their “Drown the City”:

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Friday’s Music

Dear Ghost.

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Before considering Dear Ghost, the band playing Downtown Music, considering what would be contained in a letter written to a ghost. “Dear Ghost, Please stop haunting me” or something similar? Perhaps. But Dear Ghost, the band, is a Shreveport, La., folk rock outfit releasing their debut album Lead next Tuesday so that’s what we should concern ourselves with right now. Acoustic rockers Polyphonic Breakdown — the Carlisle trio of Emily Adams on vocals, Chelsey Strickland on lead guitar and vocals, and Tre McDonald on rhythm guitar and vocals — is the opening band, kicking off the music at 8 p.m. Cover is $6.

The Afterthought opens its doors for a visit from Mockingbird Hillbilly Band, a five-piece band of diverse talents who create hillbilly psychedelia, a dose of music influenced by Ozark folk music, aliens, fire, cookies, arrowheads and a number of other things. Also on the bill is Isaac Alexander, a solo indie pop/folk musician, and member of bands such as Boondogs. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $7.

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Sunday’s Music

Dawes.

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Since opening for Deer Tick at Sticky Fingerz in July 2009, folk rockers Dawes have returned a couple of times to Little Rock to display their gorgeous, California hills hymn. And the band is returning yet again, this time with a show at Sticky Fingerz as headliners. Cover is set at $10 for the 21-and-up show. And even better? One of the opening acts is The Romany Rye, the combination of Los Angeles folk rocker Luke MacMaster backed by the Little Rock foursome of Ryan Hitt, Judson Spillyards, Joshua Spillyards and Whitman Bransford with their chugging alt-country tunes. Also included on the bill is Peter Wolf Crier, the indie duo of Peter Pisano and Brian Moen.

100.3 The Edge presents Canadian alternative rock band Finger Eleven at Juanita’s. The Juno Award-winning act is known for such modern rock hits as “One Thing,” “Paralyzer” and “Living in a Dream,” a tune from their newest album Life Turns Electric. The opening act is Long Island alternative rockers The Sleeping, with their roaring, post-hardcore flavored tunes such as “Don’t Hold Back” and “Bomb the World.” Doors open at 5:30 p.m. … Read more >