Google sleepy kitten and that’s what you get. Videos of sleepy kittens — adorable if you love cats; disgusting if you don’t. Google Sleepy Kitty though and you get the two-person indie pop act visiting White Water Tavern. The St. Louis via Chicago band is adorable in its own way, creating slices of infinitely pleasurable indie pop like jaunty piano bounce of “Gimme A Chantz!” (A possible reference to Lolcats?) But on “Speaking Politely,” the second track on the pair’s excellent debut album Infinity City, Paige Brubeck and Evan Sult thrash about like punkish indie rockers. It’s still all rock ‘n’ roll, and Sleepy Kitty does it well. The duo is on tour with King Arthur, a Tennessee band that creates school’s out, good-time indie rock. Local, rough-hewn Americana act Sea Nanners is the opener. The music starts at 10 p.m.
Long Island hardcore band This Is Hell is very short with their bio: “The band started in 2004, recorded a ton of music and went on tour … a lot. That is still what we do.” That constant touring by the five-piece band with a drummer named Skuzz brings them to Downtown Music. Also on tour with the band is Decoder, a heavy rock band formed with ex-members from Oceana, VersaEmerge and Of Machines. Live On and Mountain Home hardcore act Words Like Waves are also on the bill. The doors open at 7 p.m. with tickets $8 in advance and $10 day of show.
Infrared Records and Big Rock 93.3 have teamed up to offer a night of rock from four bands at the Rev Room for the Rock in the Rock Showcase: Infrared Records rock act Thread along with Se7en Sharp, Underclaire and Stereo Down. The show starts at 8 p.m. with a $9.33 cover (Get it?) for the 18-and-up show. Jacksonville rock band Se7en Sharp is a band that likens their sound to “Eagles in Chains,” Underclaire is minimalist yet melodic modern rock and Stereo Down is five guys from Gravel Ridge who know how to rock.
Here’s Sleepy Kitty with their “Speaking Politely”:
Sara Evans scored her first No. 1 country hit in 1998. Since then she has won Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards, and had more No. 1 country hits, including her newest, the 2010 single “A Little Bit Stronger.” Her newest album is the March release Stronger, her first album in five and a half years, and a triumphant return for the country music superstar. Evans comes to Magic Springs Water and Theme Park. The show is at Timberwood Amphitheater with concert gates opening at 6 p.m., and the show starting at 8 p.m. General main gate admission is $44.99 for the day, and tickets after 4 p.m. are available for $22.50.
As Art Porter Week continues in Little Rock, R&B and jazz singer Lalah Hathaway (the daughter of the legendary Donny Hathaway) makes an appearance at Riverfest Amphitheatre. The concert will cap a week of events and concerts honoring the father-son duo of Art Porter Sr. and Art Porter Jr., two legendary Little Rock jazz musicians. The week benefits the Art Porter Music Education & Foundation, an organization that raises money for music scholarships and educates the public on music through workshops and seminars. The music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $29 in advance and $35 at the door.
It sounded like local minimalist alternative rock outfit Underclaire had called it quits a few months ago, with Mike Mullins and Rob Brackett forming that local rock supergroup Year of the Tiger. But Underclaire returns from the dead for a show at Downtown Music. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with a $6 cover. Underclaire’s third album Making Sky was a 12-track album of smart, muscular rock such as the start-stop rush of “Belladonna” and the bass-powered swing of “Las Muertas.” Hot Springs experimental indie rock act The White Glove Test is the opening act.
The Arkansas Blues Society presents the CD release party for Jawbone & Jolene at Cornerstone Pub. The music starts at 9 p.m. with an open jam following all the CD release festivities. Cover is $5. The album is titled Lifestyles of the Poor & Infamous, and the open jam following an appearance by Jawbone & Jolene includes UnSeen Eye and several other local blues singers and musicians.
Here’s Sara Evans with her “A Little Bit Stronger”:
There’s a hint of emo in the music of Lawrence, Kan., based quartet The Appleseed Cast, but it’s typically below the surface. What the act is really known for is its complicated post-rock beats and atmospheric music that also blends in cosmic rock and electronica. After a few years of lineup changes, The Appleseed Cast visits Juanita’s with local support from hard-charging indie rock power trio The See and Underclaire, a minimalist alternative rock act who released their newest album Making Sky at the end of 2009. The music starts at 9 p.m. with cover $10.
Richmond, Va., thrash metal band Municipal Waste visits Downtown Music to deliver their crushingly speedy music along with Maine hardcore act Cruel Hand, New York City-based hardcore band Backtrack with local support from Little Rock harcore act Jungle Juice and Pull Trigger. The music starts at 8 p.m. with a $10 cover.
It might be three days after Halloween, but the spirit will linger around a few days until shock rock band GWAR visits The Village. Formed in the mid-1980s, the band is well-known for delivering their thrash metal with a touch of comedy while performing in elaborate costumes with either a sci fi or horror look to them. Joining GWAR will be Ohio thrash metal group Mobile Death Camp, Florida death metal act Infernaeon and New Jersey hardcore punk band The Casualties. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door.
Here’s The Appleseed Cast with their “Fight Song”:
Two reasons to go to Juanita’s on Sunday night: First up is Junius, the progressive art rock band from Boston that Rolling Stone said strikes “a stunning balance of brutality and beauty.” The second reason? Orbs, an experimental rock supergroup consisting of members of Between the Buried and Me, Fear Before the March of Flames and Abigail Williams. Need a third reason? Central Arkansas’ own Underclaire, a minimalist alternative rock act who released their newest album Making Sky at the end of 2009, is also on the bill along with Fort Smith alternative rock band Anything or Everything. Cover for the all-ages is $10 with the music starting at 7:30 p.m.
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.
Legendary New Orleans roots rock band The Iguanas is getting a little Treme love, with their Super Ball “Is This Love?” tune being featured in the David Simon-penned HBO drama’s “All On a Mardi Gras Day.” In fact, John Goodman’s character even quotes from it (and generally sum up love): “Sad but it’s pretty like New Orleans/I hate to see it come apart at the seams.” Formed in 1989, the act bears witness to New Orleans’ diverse musical happenings, blending blues, R&B, zydeco, Cajun and Chicano into their grooving roots rock sound. The quartet, and two-time Offbeat Magazine Best Country/Folk/Roots Rock Performer, visits Sticky Fingerz. There’s no confirmed opening act at this time, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with cover $10 for the 21-and-up show.
Main Street institution Juanita’s will host a trio of central Arkansas bands with appearances by Afternoon Delight, Siversa and Underclaire. It’s an all-ages show with cover $5 and the music starting at 10 p.m. Russellville’s Afternoon Delight’s name recalls the Starland Vocal Band’s 1976 No. 1 hit, but the quartet kicks out some seriously heavy, blues-soaked hard rock. Underclaire is known for their minimalist alternative rock, and Siversa is a relatively new local alternative rock band that includes former members of After The Tragedy, creating punchy, technically proficient rock. It’ll be the farewell show for Siversa’s drummer Derrick Price as the band unveils a new drummer.
The Peabody Little Rock continues to worship the power and the glory of a Friday night under the stars with their weekly RiverTop Party on the hotel’s back patio overlooking the Arkansas River. This week it’s a twin dose of DJs with DJ Kookieman and DJ Tre’ Day. By day, Telly Noel is a marketing expert, but by night he is DJ Kookieman, drawing upon his more than 10-year career as a radio DJ at hip-hop stations Power 92.3 and the former Hot 96.5. Travis “Tre’ Day” Rowan is a current favorite afternoon DJ on Power 92.3. The 21-and-up party starts at 8 p.m. and lasts until 1 a.m. with admission $5.
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, is marking 25 years of creating music with an anniversary show at White Water Tavern. Formed as The Loose Change, White Water is one of the first clubs the band ever played before heading to California and releasing a debut album, Phantom Train, and following it up with Crazy to Believe before returning to Little Rock. Expect a dose of original jammy blues rock from the outfit, along with selections from The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, Robert Earl Keen and others.
Downtown Music welcomes a trio of central Arkansas heavy rock bands. Russellville’s Dirtyfinger is an oddity: a three-piece heavy metal band. But even with three members, the band kicks out a furious sound on tunes such as the double-bass drum filled “Contamination” and the atmospheric, jabbing rock of “Shadow Government.” Also on the bill are Southern-flavored metal band Sychosys with their workingman’s metal influenced by bands such as Pantera, Black Label Society and Black Sabbath, and Tull’s Livid, a band whose heavy rock borders on heavy metal: throbbing, melodic bass lines intertwined with a pacing drum beat and flashy yet economically employed fills, and stabbing power chords and bluesy but technical solos. The music is at 8 p.m. with a $7 cover.
Cybertribe presents Wicked 3 at The Village with headliners Datsik and Reid Speed. It’ll be Canadian dubstep artist Datsik’s first visit to Little Rock while female DJ Reid Speed will be returning to create her hype-y, dubstep anthems. Joining the out of towners will be local DJs Justin Sane, Sleek, Sleepy Genius, Ewell, Rucker, Digital Love, Blake Taylor, Haze, Paul Grass, P-Malpractice and T-Rea. The music starts at 9 p.m. with the doors opening at 8:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the door. VIP tickets are $20 advance and $25 at the door.
Here’s The Iguanas in action with their “Boom Boom Boom”:
I once met Cracker‘s David Lowery at the bar of a Ruby Tuesday’s in Metrocenter Mall in Jackson, Miss. He signed my CD single copy of “Euro-Trash Girl.” I still have that autograph, and Lowery and Cracker are still creating “Cracker soul” music, a mixture of desert-flavored Americana, country, psychedelia, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. A Camper Van Beethoven alumnus, Lowery is still on vocals and guitar, along with original member Johnny Hickman on guitar and vocals. The band’s latest is the 2009 release Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey so expect new tunes along with classics such as “Happy Birthday to Me,” “Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now),” “Low” and hopefully “Euro-Trash Girl” when the band visits Revolution Music Room. Arkansas bluesman Jim Mize is the opening act, with the music starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $15.
White Water Tavern host a trio of central Arkansas bands with appearances by power trio gulch rockers Dangerous Idiots, minimalist alternative rockers Underclaire, and Sweet Eagle, a hard-charging Little Rock rock ‘n’ roll outfit with Alan Disaster, frontman of defunct punk rock outfit Smoke Up Johnny, on vocals along with Andy Warr of Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth. The music starts at 9 p.m., and cover is a donation at the door.
As much as I dig “Euro-Trash Girl,” here’s my favorite Cracker tune — “I Want Everything”:
In the mid-1990s, two-man heavy alternative rock group Local H lit up rock radio with tunes such as “Bound for the Floor” and “Eddie Vedder,” mixing Midwestern meat-and-potatoes, gritty rock with a punk vibe. But the duo’s best tune is “High-Fiving MF,” a chugging, stomping, guitar- and drum-powered indictment of machismo. Local H, consisting of guitarist and vocalist Scott Lucas, and drummer Brian St. Clair, who replaced original drummer Joe Daniels, are still touring, including a stop at Sticky Fingerz. Arizona powerpop rock outfit Kinch is the opener along with central Arkansas minimalist alternative rock act Underclaire with the music starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the 21-and-up show are $10 advance.
Robert Earl Keen at Juanita’s. OK. There are two things to ask yourself about this show. First, how much do you really like Keen, the legendary Texas country music singer/songwriter? No. Really. Enough to spend $100 for a general admission ticket? That’s how much they are. Which leads directly to the second question: Are you willing to spend $100 for a Keen concert that supports the Monty Davenport for land commissioner campaign? Because Keen — the writer and singer who combines folk and rock ‘n’ roll with Texas country — is playing Juanita’s as a benefit for Davenport, who’ll probably say a word or two. Admission age is the same as the voting age, and it starts at 8 p.m.
And here’s Local H with a live rendition of “High-Fiving MF” (F-bombs throughout):
As a younger artist, Duwayne Burnside back both his legendary father R.L. Burnside and the similarly legendary Junior Kimbrough as the pair introduced North Mississippi hill country blues music to the masses. Beyond working with his late father and the late Kimbrough, Duwayne Burnside has fused hill country blues with soul, working with Cedric Burnside as Duwayne Burnside and the Mississippi Mafia, and with the North Mississippi Allstars on their Polaris album. After a few years raising a family in Holly Springs, Miss., Duwayne Burnside is back playing live, including a visit to White Water Tavern.
A trio of Little Rock indie acts set up shop at Juanita’s for a night of music. After a couple of benefit shows and a night spent as the jangling, college-rock side of R.E.M., tight, post-punk rockers The Moving Front return to the stage, joined by Magic Hassle, the loud, indie rock side project of David Slade and Matt Quin from American Princes. Joining them will be Underclaire, a minimalist alternative rock band who released their third album, Making Sky, earlier this year. The 18-and-up show starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover.
Sure, their name might sound like a Beavis and Butthead joke, but New Orleans group Goatwhore is actually a black metal band with a ferocious sound consisting of former members of such New Orleans sludge metal greats as Acid Bath, Crowbar and Soilent Green. Goatwhore will unveil their black magic sound of fist-clenching, formidable metal during a visit to Downtown Music. Also on the bill are death metal band Black Blood Division (which includes members of Seattle doom metal band Burning Witch), Conway death metal band Izamal and Little Rock metal band A Darkened Era with their combination punch of death metal rhythms and hardcore riffs. The music starts at 8 p.m. with a $10 cover.
Vino’s hosts a Hope for Haiti Benefit featuring a quintet of Arkansas acts. Included in the show are El Dorado death metal band Once Exiled, Hot Springs progressive rock act Stereo Sound, Hot Springs hardcore metal band Our Friends Fall Silent, Little Rock hardcore metal outfit Rivalry for Ruin and Arkansas hardcore punk band Hi-Five City. The music starts at 8 p.m. with a $10 cover.
Here’s Duwayne Burnside in action with “The Sky Is Crying”:
It’s hard to find a genuine soul band in today’s world, but luckily The Revelations feat. Tre Williams realize soul isn’t created; it’s lived, and hard times is something both Williams and co-singer Rell Gaddis have survived. Williams first appeared on singles by artists such as Petey Pablo and was signed to Nas’ Ill Will Records. But his 2007 debut, The Depths of My Soul, was never released. Gaddis was the first R&B male singer signed to Roc-A-Fella Records, but an album never materialized. A solo project by Williams grew into The Revelations, a band that reignites classic ’60s and ’70s soul sound with a modern touch, blending the gritty, Southern soul of Stax with the dazzling, urban flash of Motown, and tossing in R&B rhythms, and bluesy guitar and organ. The Revelations feat. Tre Williams visit Juanita’s, and tickets for the 10 p.m., 18-and-up show are $12 advance and $15 day of show.
The spicy, Latin-flavored rock of Austin, Texas, outfit Vallejo is no stranger to Little Rock, and the quartet revisits central Arkansas with a show at Sticky Fingerz. The opening act is Badhand, kicking the music off at 9:30 p.m. with a $7 cover for the 21-and-up show. Vallejo — known for their fiery blend of hard rock guitars with Latin percussion, soulful vocals and a sweltering funk sound — released a 12-track collection of tunes titled Acousta, featuring unplugged variations of their tunes “Snake In The Grass,” “Forever (Is A Long Time),” “Into The New,” “Beautiful Life” and more, on Jan. 19.
The third album from central Arkansas minimalist alternative rock act Underclaire is Making Sky, a 12-track album of smart, muscular rock such as the start-stop rush of “Belladonna” and the bass-powered swing of “Las Muertas,” created by the quartet of Mike Mullins on guitar and vocals, Edison DeLeon on guitar, Rob Brackett on bass and Bryan Baker on drums. It’s guitar rock, incorporating minimal lyrics, and avoiding the traditional verse-chorus/verse-chorus song structure, and utilizing the soft/loud dynamic to lend the tunes sonic texture and weight. A month after an initial CD release party, the band will hold another CD release party for Making Sky at White Water Tavern with Hot Springs experimental indie rock act White Glove Test and Little Rock rock band The Dangerous Idiots, a band comprised of Techno-Squid Eats Parliament founding members Aaron Sarlo and Shayne Gray, and Trusty founding member Paul Bowling, also on the bill.
For one night only the world-famous Chippendales return to Little Rock, presenting a show at the Peabody Hotel Ballroom, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 6 p.m. A 21-and-up show, tickets are $25 advance and $35 day of show for great seats, $35 advance and $45 day of show for excellent seats, and $45 advance and $55 day of show for limited, front-row seats. Everyone will have a seat though for the act that includes a selection of the world’s hunkiest men and the “world’s most recognized ladies’ entertainment crew.” Matt Joyce will open the show with his Elvis Presley tribute. It’s the perfect night for bachelorette parties or birthday parties for the ladies.
Since first picking up the guitar as a freshman in high school, Nick Flora has concentrated on making music that makes people happy, such as he does with Nick Flora & Film at Eleven on the handclapping indie pop of the title track from his latest album, Great Escape, or the slow, shuffling folk rock of “Summersong.” The Nashville, Tenn., artist is on tour with fellow Music City USA artist The Kicks, with their melodic, harmony-filled rock music influenced by such artists as Pete Yorn and Tom Petty. The two bands visit Revolution Music Room with a bill that includes Arkadelphia band The Running Back with their folk-flavored rock, Little Rock indie act Falcon Scott and experimental Little Rock hip-hop collective Futuro Boots. The 18-and-up show gets going at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $7 for over 21, and $9 for 20 and under.
Here’s a shot of The Revelations feat. Tre Williams with their tune “Heavy Metal Blues”:
Giving you the music a day early: Austin, Texas, indie rock band The Rocketboys are coming to Stickyz. The band’s latest is the self-released Build Anyway. So what does the band sound like? Well, the Austin American-Statesman describes the band’s music as “clear, ringing guitars and full-bodied keyboard arrangements, hard-driving [...]
Giving you the music a day early: The pop-flavored R&B group that brought the world “Cool It Now” is on the road for their 30th anniversary tour as New Edition visits Verizon Arena. Tickets are $58.15, $68.40 and $79.40 with fellow R&B act After 7 and R&B artist El Debarge [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Kris Allen at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park‘s Timberwood Amphitheater. This Arkansas resident won the eighth season of American Idol and will be promoting his new album Thank You Camellia. The concert gates open at 6 p.m. with an 8 p.m. showtime. [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Acadiana is a hotbed of Cajun music so let’s talk about Ryan Brunet of Cajun music creators Ryan Brunet and The Malfecteurs, who will be playing White Water Tavern with the music starting at 9:30 p.m. with a $7 cover. At the age [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Wussy is coming to Stickyz. So what does that mean? Well, Wussy is a Cincinnati rock band. Sometimes with pedal steel. Sometimes with a clavinet. Sometimes with harpsichord. It’s really hard categorizing them so let’s don’t. Just enjoy Wussy for what they are [...]
Giving you the music a day early: People who write off Nada Surf as a MTV-promoted one-hit wonder because of 1996′s “Popular” haven’t been paying attention for the past 16 years. The New York City trio’s buzzing guitar attack, pop choruses and harmonies have been featured on six subsequent albums, [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Scott H. Biram and Lydia Loveless at Stickyz — this is going to be quite a show. Why? Biram is a 21st-century blues sorcerer, throwing blues, psychobilly, country and punk in a jar with a few gulps of whiskey, violently shaking it and [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Jeez, it was about time. It has been since December that the self-proclaimed King of the Country Western Troubadours played Little Rock. Fortunately, Unknown Hinson returns with a show at Juanita’s. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the music starting at 8:30 [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Here’s a little-known fact: Outside of the city of Tahlequah, Okla., is a public use area titled No Head Hollow Public Use Area. No lie. The city is also the capital of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. Now, why are we [...]
Giving you the music a day early: It’s going to get heavy at Downtown Music. How heavy? Well, how heavy does a show that includes At Wars End, Reticient and The Revolutioners sound? Oh yeah, not that heavy if you don’t know what the bands sound like. Well, here’s a [...]