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Thursday’s Music

 

Sleepy Kitty.

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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 … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

 

Sara Evans.

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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 … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

The Appleseed Cast.

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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 … Read more >

Sunday’s Music

Junius.

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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.

Here’s Junius with their “A Word Could Kill Her”;

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Tuesday’s Music

Built to Spill.

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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”:

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Friday’s Music

The Iguanas.

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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 … Read more >

Tuesday’s Music

Cracker.

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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 … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

Local H.

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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 … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Duwayne Burnside.

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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 … Read more >

Friday’s Music

The Revelations feat. Tre Williams.

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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 … Read more >