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The legendary shack shakers return to little rock for a show at white water tavern on Saturday.

The legendary shack shakers return to little rock for a show at white water tavern on Saturday.

WEDNESDAY

For years, Woody Pines cruised through the summer-fest circuit and was a regular on the New Orleans busking scene with his band The Kitchen Syncopators. Now and since 2008, Pines has been performing and recording with a band that has taken on his name. This is the band that brings its blend of ragtime, blues, roots and jazz to White Water Tavern for a midweek show. Admission for the 9 p.m. show is $6. Opening is Arkansas bluegrass group Big Steel River, the quartet of Reed Balentine, Daniel Bennett, Matthew McFarlin and Jason Throneberry.

YouTube singer-songwriter sensation and youngin’ Jacob Whitesides (he’s only 16) appears at Juanita’s. Although Whitesides plays mostly covers live, he’s currently working on original material for an album, according to press matierals. Opening for Whitesides are Dylan Holland and Zach Matari, also teen sensations. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and music starts at 7 p.m. Regular admission tickets are $25, with the additional option of a $90 sound-check party ticket.

THURSDAY

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This Week’s Music

Sharon Corr.

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

THURSDAY
The Spring Standards come to Stickyz, and maybe this three-piece indie folk band from New York City will bring a shot of spring with them. Maybe. If not, one can depend on the trio to deliver some golden-voiced three-part harmonies and spontaneity as the band members trade out instruments during their live show. There’s a $7 cover for the 18-and-up show with the music starting at 9 p.m.

FRIDAY
Blind Water Finds Blind Water is the new album from the great Adam Faucett, and the singer-songwriter is celebrating the release of the album with a record release show at White Water Tavern. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. Faucett, known for his blending of folk rock with soulful vocals, worked on the very personal Blind Water Finds Blind Water for two years, and the 10-track record is being released via Last Chance Records.

The Departed — you might know them as Cody Canada and The Departed — are coming to Stickyz, playing their roots-flavored Americana, Canada is the former lead singer of Red Dirt band Cross Canadian Ragweed (The Departed also includes Ragweed … Read more >

This Week’s Music

Houndmouth.

Houndmouth.

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

WEDNESDAY
The Howlin’ Brothers are not three brothers. They are the trio of Ian Craft, Jared Green and Ben Plasse, and what they play is original and traditional music created with upright bass, banjo, harmonica and old-time fiddle. Call the music of The Howlin’ Brothers roots based with elements of folk, blues and bluegrass. The trio’s newest album is Howl, a 12-track recording produced by Brendan Benson, a rock singer-songwriter and member of The Raconteurs. The Howlin’ Brothers visit Juanita’s along with North Carolina-based, “Appalachian honky tonk” band The Honeycutters. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover.

Loud rock ‘n’ roll that swings with a hint of blues, soul and psychedelia. Think of bands such as Cream, Thin Lizzy and The Afghan Whigs. And hard rock ‘n’ roll with a touch of blues, soul and psychedelia is what San Diego’s Heavy Glow deliver when visiting Stickyz. The band’s latest album is Pearls and Swine and Everything Fine. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $3 cover for 21 and over, and $5 cover for 18 to 20 for the 18-and-up show.… Read more >

Friday’s Music

Dead Fingers.

Giving you the music a day early:

Is Alabama the new center of the rock ‘n’ roll universe? Perhaps. More evidence of this is Dead Fingers, the married duo of Kate Taylor and Taylor Hollingsworth (Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band). The duo’s music is not quite dirty Alabama rock ‘n’ roll, but more folk-y Americana and includes tunes that cover everything from John Prine and Iris DeMent duets to The Rolling Stones and The Traveling Wilburys to She and Him, and Civil Wars. For the band’s show at White Water Tavern the opening act is First Baptist Chemical with their self-described “bumpkin folk/Afrobeat.” The show starts at 9:30 p.m.

Toubab Krewe bring their mixture of traditional African rhythms crossed with Southern rock, hip-hop, reggae and country to Stickyz. The Asheville, N.C., quintet has learned the roots of West African music, journeying to Mali, Guinea and Ivory Coast in the seven years since forming, and developing their unique sound of rock meets African. The Heavy Pets are the opening act with their fusion rock that includes funk, jazz and R&B. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. with cover $11 for the 18-and-up show.

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Saturday’s Music

Dax Riggs.

Giving you the music a day early:

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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Saturday’s Music

Chris Knight.

Giving you the music a day early:

You want to hear great Americana/country/folk songs of the 21st century? You get down to the Rev Room and hear Chris Knight, a singer/songwriter who grew up in Slaughters, Ky., and sings about despair, bad luck, sorrow and the rural struggle to survive. During his visit, Knight will hook his emotionally devastating lyrics delivered with a ravaged, raspy voice to twang-y roots rock — following in the footsteps of early Steve Earle and Nebraska-era Bruce Springsteen. No word on an opening act, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets $12 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show.

Country act Eli Young Band are playing Riverfest Amphitheatre as an opener on Dierks Bentley‘s Country & Cold Cans Tour. That’s enough reason to get down there. Need more? Bentley is touring in support of his February release Home, which has produced two country No. 1 hits: “Am I the Only One” and the title track. Also on the bill is The Cadillac Black, a Nashville, Tenn., trio who play “country fuzz,” a whiskey-fueled mix of country and rock ‘n’ roll. It’s a rain … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

The Wonder Years

Giving you the music a day early:

Ah, The Wonder Years what a great sitcom. Kevin. Winnie. Wayne. Paul. But none of that gang is showing up at Downtown Music. No, this The Wonder Years is a Philadelphia pop punk sextet that is still touring in support of last June’s release Suburbia: I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing. It’s the band’s Glamour Kills Tour that brings them to Downtown Music along with New York hard-hitting punk rockers Polar Bear Club, Massachusetts post-hardcore act Transit, Boston rock band A Loss For Words and California pop punk outfit The Story So Far. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the music starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 day of show.

How heavy do things get in Blevins? Pretty heavy if Every Knee Shall Bow is to be believed. The five guys are true fans of metal, playing bone-crushing music with traces of thrash and metalcore influenced by groups such as Bay Area metal pioneers Exodus and Testament; newer, Christian metal bands such as War Of Ages, Impending Doom and Underoath; and Little Rock seminal Christian metal band … Read more >

Friday’s Music

The Hardin Draw.

Giving you the music a day early:

The Hardin Draw is a Murfreesboro, Tenn., band that plays bluegrass-powered American music. The band — David Talley on vocals and guitar, Aaron Swisher on mandolin and vocals, Jason Dietz on bass, Nikki Oliff on accordion and vocals, John Judkins on lap steel and vocals, and Jonathan Brooks on guitar — features current and/or ex-members of acts such as North Little Rock metal outfit Rwake, A Secret Policeman’s Ball and Autumn Mourning. The Hardin Draw comes to White Water Tavern. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with a $5 cover. Joining the band will be local singer/songwriter Mandy McBryde and backing band. What Mandy McBryde & the Unholy Ghosts bring to the table is a rocking good time of music that touches upon folk, rock, country and roots.

Some band’s describe themselves best. Here’s how Austin, Texas, band Nadis Warriors say they sound: “Their eclectic mix of musical layers incorporates Tibetan singing bowls, tablas, live guitar and keys to create an electronic excursion through healing and dance.” So there’s some spirituality and some sonic psychedelia, and some “spreading the message of healing and love through textures and rhythms that … Read more >

Tuesday’s Music

J Roddy Walston & The Business.

Giving you the music day early:

Here’s how Hull, a stoner/blues metal band visiting Downtown Music, describes themselves: “Forged in the sweat-laden depths of darkest Brooklyn … Hull materializes as a massive entity storming stages and immersing their audiences in a blanket of grandiose down-tuned compositions. A shifting fault line of decibel heavy harmony, this collective force converges in a collision of thrash, doom, classic rock and formal orchestral works.” There is no reason to not check out something that sounds that awesome. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music starting soon afterward. Cover is $8 at the door. Fellow New York City black metal band Mutilation Rites opens along with local support from Little Rock progressive-flavored post-rock act Mainland Divide.

J Roddy Walston & The Business are a rock ‘n’ roll band, and fresh off their appearance at the Lucero Family Picnic, the band hits Little Rock and White Water Tavern right in the jaw with their finely tuned rock. The show starts at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover.

North Carolina’s Delta Rae is beautiful harmonies atop a sound that is a mingling of rock, folk, piano-pop, … Read more >

Friday’s Music

The Sundresses .

Giving you the music a day early:

How good is the musical talent of the Midwest? The Midwest By Southwest 2012 Tour is answering that. Having already visited SXSW, the epic 10-day tour comes to Little Rock with three bands playing Vino’s: Wussy (Cincinnati-bred rock ‘n’ roll), The Sundresses (punk rock in the Swing era) and Oh My Me (psychedelic rock meets garage soul).

Okay, there is one band playing this show at Downtown Music whose name I can’t print here. Something to do with a color and a certain part of the female anatomy. I’m certainly no prude (I Googled the band name when I got home. They are a Mississippi band. Their music fits the rest of the bill.), but editors don’t allow certain words. In fact, the headliner of this show, VBT, works their death-metal infused grindcore under the safety of an acronym. Their name is something they say is a “South African anti-rape device.” Okay. Holy Angell is also playing this show. Their name can be printed here. They come from across the river in North Little Rock and play punk-fueled metal. Wraith is Searcy black death metal, and Mailbomber is … Read more >