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Patrick Sweany.

Patrick Sweany.

Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:

WEDNESDAY
Columbus, Ohio, high-powered rock ‘n’ roll band Two Cow Garage comes to White Water Tavern. Now, if you don’t care for punk- and alt country-fueled rock ‘n’ roll, this is not the show for you. But, if you do (and like bands such as Lucero and Glossary), catch the band led by Micah Schnabel at White Water and listen to the outfit’s 2013 release The Death Of The Self Preservation Society. Local band Mad Nomad, also mixing their rock ‘n’ roll with punk, opens the show. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with a $7 cover.

BoyMeetsWorld comes to Juanita’s. No, not the TV show. As the band says, “Forget the ’90s coming-of-age TV sitcom that comes to mind with the name, BoyMeetsWorld. BoyMeetsWorld, the band, is here to erase those thoughts.” And the poppy, alternative rock band does. BoyMeetsWorld brings its Spring Break Tour to town with local support from progressive-flavored indie rockers Motion in Color and punk band Wreckless Endeavor. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of show with the music starting at 9 p.m.

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Monday’s Music

Reptar.

Giving you the music a day early:

Athens, Ga., is well-known as fertile music ground, and Reptar is the latest Athens band making a name for itself with their dance-y, groove-oriented indie pop. Fresh off a fall tour with Foster the People and Cults, the band is also preparing for the release of their debut album Body Faucet on May 1. It’s an 18-and-up show at Stickyz with the music starting at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover.

The This Is American Music/Captains Dead Kickoff Party is the first day of the music part of SXSW, but the night before Tennessee bleeding heart rock ‘n’ roll band Glossary is playing White Water Tavern. Joining them will be Ohio outfit Two Cow Garage, a rough-hewn rock ‘n’ roll with punk overtones outfit, who will play three SXSW showcases during the week. The music starts at 9:30 p.m.

Before heading down to Austin, Texas, for an appearance at South by Southwest, sludge-y metal, North Little Rock band Rwake plays a show at Downtown Music. The band released their newest album Rest on Relapse Records late last year, and it was a record featuring tunes such as the 12-minute … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

The Drowning Men.

Giving you the music a day early:

California indie rock quintet The Drowning Men released their debut album The Beading of the Songbird last month. So what does it sound like? Big, important music like Arcade Fire but with a touch of punk-influenced folk rock and roots music. And yes, there’s a hint of Eastern European ethnic folk and sea shanties. After surviving a drunk driver crashing into their van and trailer in New York City a couple of weeks ago (the band was unharmed), The Drowning Men comes to Stickyz. The opening act is U.K. rock act Yellowire, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. with their . Cover is $7 for the 18-and-up show.

100.3 The Edge is sponsoring (so is Sync, too.) a Toys for Tots Party at Rev Room featuring Kingsdown, a Little Rock group known for their high-powered alternative rock. It’s the third annual Toys for Tots affair at Rev Room, and the show begins at 8:30 p.m. with Magnolia alternative rock act belair. followed by LIttle Rock rock ‘n’ roll group Free Micah. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is only $5 if guests bring a … Read more >

Friday’s Music (And Toys)

Mountain Sprout.

Giving you the music a day early:

Mountain Sprout is one of those bands making a name for itself through its live shows and for good reason. The four guys from the Arkansas band describe their band as a “highly energetic hillbilly music machine, spitting original tunes and blowing minds with witty lyrics and face-melting musicianship.” Live, the band is on fire, spitting out white-hot slices of music that’s probably best titled insurgent Americana with equal parts psychobilly and hillbilly, and a touch of class with bluegrass. So it’s that sound Mountain Sprout bring to Stickyz. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with cover $6 for the 21-and-up show.

For more than 30 years, Toy Hill has helped gather toys for Toys for Tots, a charity program from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve that donates new toys to children whose parents can’t afford Christmas presents. And so it does again this year as KSSN 96 and on-air personality and legend Bob Robbins return with Toys For Tots 2011 at Toy Hill at War Memorial Park starting at 5 p.m. Friday and going right through to 5 p.m. Sunday. Bring … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Black Oak Arkansas. Circa the classic era.

Giving you the music a day early:

Southern boogie rockers Black Oak Arkansas are the headliners of A Dandy Day in the Park, an all-afternoon and evening of good fun, good food and good music presented at North Little Rock’s Riverfront Park. The gates open at 2 p.m. and the music starts at 4 p.m. It’s the first in what promoter Michael Brown is calling his Blue Collar Concerts so tickets are cheap, only $15 in advance and $20 day of show. Children under 10 get in free. Beyond Black Oak, known for their ’70s hit “Jim Dandy,” the music includes a number of Arkansas and regional acts, including Tyrannosaurus Chicken, Sweet Eagle, Joecephus & the George Jonestown Massacre, Zach Williams & the Reformation, Wes Jeans and Judge Parker. An after party will be held at Midtown Billiards with music from Joecephus & the George Jonestown Massacre.

Two Cow Garage is known for their rough-hewed rock ‘n’ roll that mixes a rowdy, classic rock sound with alt country and punk, and whiskey- and cigarette-soaked vocals. The Columbus, Ohio, quartet, with their adrenalized guitar-bass-drums attack and rich … Read more >

Tuesday’s Music

Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses.

Giving you the music a day early:

Back in February 2008 when they visited Stickyz, Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses were an unknown. Now Bingham is an Oscar winner for his “The Weary Kind,” a Best Original Song winner at the 2010 82nd Academy Awards for its appearance in Crazy Heart. But even though he’s semi-famous, Bingham & the Dead Horses are still the same: a Texas act known for Bingham’s weather-beaten voice and hard-charging Americana sound. The group’s third album is Junky Star, an August 2010 release on Lost Highway Records. The group comes to Rev Room. The opening act is Liam Gerner, a British folk rocker by way of Australia, with the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $20.

Two Cow Garage is known for their rough-hewed rock ‘n’ roll that mixes a rowdy, classic rock sound with alt country and punk, and whiskey- and cigarette-soaked vocals. The Columbus, Ohio, quartet, with their adrenalized guitar-bass-drums attack and rich keyboard melodies, bring to mind bands such as The Hold Steady, Drive-By Truckers and Glossary, except on steroids. The band’s newest album … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Glossary.

Giving you the music a day early:

White Water Tavern will be home to two nights of the best in American music as Last Chance Records presents Glossary, Slobberbone, Two Cow Garage and Kevin Kerby each playing a full set of music each night. Tickets are available at lastchancerecords.com for $12 and will be available at the door if any remain at show time. Glossary is Tennessee-based outfit known for their bleeding heart rock ‘n’ roll that leaves blood on the knobs with tunes torched by country and R&B. Two Cow Garage is known for their rough-hewed rock ‘n’ roll that mixes a rowdy, classic rock sound with alt country and punk, and Slobberbone is known for their white-knuckled, freewheeling, catchy rock ‘n’ roll with roots reaching into country. Kevin Kerby is a Little Rock rock ‘n’ roller.

Presented by 100.3 The Edge, Saliva returns to Little Rock with a show at Juanita’s. Expect mainstream rock hits such as “Family Reunion,” “Your Disease,” “Always” and others, as well as new tunes from the group’s upcoming 2011 release. The Memphis, Tenn.-based post-grunge rockers will be joined by Tennessee hard rockers Star City Meltdown and Illinois heavy rock Read more >

Friday’s Music

Johnny Cooper.

Giving you the music a day early:

Johnny Cooper is a Texas musician that combines soul, blues, rock and pop into his musical mix, going a little beyond the confines of Red Dirt country. After opening for Brantley Gilbert at a summer Revolution Music Room show, Cooper returns to Little Rock, headlining a show at Sticky Fingerz. The opening act is the Culpepper Mountain Band, kicking off the music at 9:30 p.m. with their country rock influenced by Merle Haggard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Red Dirt country acts such as Cross Canadian Ragweed and country outlaws such as Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Tickets for the 21-and-up show are $7.

The band that could have brought Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston back together in The Break-Up is coming to Little Rock as the Old 97’s play at Revolution Music Room. The opening act is Fort Worth, Texas, folk rockers Whiskey Folk Ramblers, kicking off the 18-and-up show at 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $16 in advance, and cover day of show will be $18. Of course, music fans realize the Old 97’s are famous because the Dallas-based band is a legendary alt-country outfit … Read more >

Tuesday’s Music

Two Cow Garage.

Giving you the music a day early:

Two Cow Garage is known for their rough-hewed rock ‘n’ roll that mixes a rowdy, classic rock sound with alt country and punk, and whiskey- and cigarette-soaked vocals. And lead singer and guitarist Micah Schnabel? He has some on-stage mannerisms that bring to mind The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn. In fact, the Columbus, Ohio, quartet, with their adrenalized guitar-bass-drums attack and rich keyboard melodies, bring to mind bands such as The Hold Steady, Drive-By Truckers and Glossary, except on steroids. The band’s newest album is Sweet Saint Me. For an early week visit to White Water Tavern, the opening act is Little Rock’s Badhand, a newish trio consisting of Aaron Copeland and former members of An Orangutan, with their bluesy, rocking power trio sound.

Jesse Malin, the former lead singer of glam punk band D Generation, is now the solo musician, and it’s Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social who come to Vino’s to showcase their gritty rock ‘n’ roll partly inspired by the late J.D. Salinger. The show starts at 8 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $12 day of show. The opening act … Read more >

Tuesday’s Music

Two Cow Garage.

Giving you the music a day early:

White Water Tavern‘s night is stuffed with two Ohio bands who know how to electrify a crowd: Two Cow Garage and Patrick Sweaney. Sweaney creates bluesy roots rock straight from the Rust Belt, vintage rock ‘n’ roll swaggering and swaying under the weight of dirty guitar and Sweaney’s soulful howl. Two Cow Garage is known for their rough-hewed rock ‘n’ roll that mixes a rowdy, classic rock sound with alt country and punk, and whiskey- and cigarette-soaked vocals.

OTEP — the Los Angeles alternative metal act fronted by Otep Shamaya — is on the road again, including a visit to The Village on a tour that includes Massachusetts hardcore metal band Bury Your Dead, South Carolina death metal band Through the Eyes of the Dead and Iowa pop-flavored metal machine Destrophy. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the music starting at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $16 advance and $20 at the door.

It’s been almost three years since Rolling Stone called dance-rock outfit Tigercity an artist to watch due to their formula of “Hall & Oates plus Brooklyn hipsters minus irony.” But since … Read more >