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Saturday’s Music

Whitehorse.

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Whitehorse‘s Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland made a name for themselves as individual roots-oriented singer-songwriters in Canada, but the married couple decided it was time for their own project. So Whitehorse? It’s rowdy-yet-beautiful Canadian roots rock or maybe indie country, if there is such a thing: electric guitar and all, along with pedal steel, piano and B3 Hammond plus killer harmonies from the pair. And the two perform a grand version of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire.” Whitehorse comes to Juanita’s, and the music starts at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $8 in advance and $10 day of show. The-well-known-around-these-parts-even-though-she-now-lives-in-Tennessee Elise Davis kicks off the show with her take on Americana.

Just in case one thinks SXSW is all indie rock or pop, North Carolina heavy metal gods Corrosion of Conformity is playing a festival showcase or two along with their touring partners Miami-based Southern metal band Torche and New York City band A Storm of Light, who pack in sludge, doom and post-metal into an ambient yet raging sound. (COC and A Storm of Light both play the SXSW ToneDeaf Touring Showcase with North Little Rock’s metal outfit Rwake … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Cedric Burnside Project.

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The Cedric Burnside Project makes a return visit to Little Rock, bringing their primal, juke-joint blues with traces of funk, R&B and soul to White Water Tavern. The music kicks off at 10 p.m. Burnside (yes, he is the grandson of North Mississippi hill country blues legend R.L. Burnside) played with Lightnin’ Malcolm in the Juke Joint Duo for years, but this project includes Burnside on vocals, guitar and drums, and childhood friend Trenton Ayers on guitar and bass. Ayers’ guitar playing is mesmerizing, incorporating traces of jazz into the band’s sound, which is raw, hypnotic and hip shaking.

Celebrate carnival season! Fat Tuesday is Feb. 21, and kicking off the carnival season is the second annual Krewe of Hogs Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball at Vino’s. It’s a benefit for the Community Theatre of Little Rock and Tulane Empowers (which performs community service in New Orleans), and sponsored by Paul Michael Company, Community Theatre of Little Rock and members of the Tulane Club of Little Rock. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door with the show starting at 7 p.m. There will be free beer … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Pat Green.

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Back in 2001, Texas country artist Pat Green recorded an album with fellow Texas country artist Cory Morrow titled Songs We Wish We’d Written, a collection of tunes from famous songwriters such as Waylon Jennings’ “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way,” Billy Joe Shaver “Live Forever” and John Prine’s “Paradise.” Both Morrow and Green have gone on to bigger careers since then, but Green, who has scored a number of Top 40 country hits since 2001, is returning to some of his favorite tunes with the February release Songs We Wish We’d Written II, featuring Green covering tunes by Tom Petty and others. The Texas music icon will bring those tunes and others such as “Carry On” and “Wave on Wave” to Rev Room for a night of country music presented by KSSN 96. The opening acts are up-and-coming country music singer/songwriter Brent Cobb along with The Lost Trailers, the country band that last visited the metro as an opening act for Tim McGraw at Verizon Arena. The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $20 for the 18-and-up show.

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Saturday’s Music

Sunny Ledfurd.

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The last time that North Carolina good-timing country artist Sunny Ledfurd appeared in Little Rock it was on a bill with country, kind-of rapper Colt Ford. Now, Ledfurd returns a week after Ford’s latest Little Rock appearance as a headliner at Shooter’s Sports Bar and Grill. Who knows how these two things are connected, but they are. Anyway, Ledfurd is touring in support of his album Sunny Ledfurd Greatest Hits 2003-2009. Now, Ledfurd has never had a country hit per se, but for the last decade the man has written some of country’s best music, and now it’s all available on one disc. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with a $10 cover for the 21-and-up show.

Think people forgot about Evanescence? No. This Arkansas-bred modern rock band hadn’t released a new album since its second album, 2006’s The Open Door, and the band’s current lineup only features one original member: lead singer Amy Lee. So what. The act sold 127,000 copies of their third, self-titled album when it was released back in October, hitting No. 1 on the charts. The band finally returns “home” for a … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Flameing Daeth Fearies.

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Vino’s is hosting a night of local music with a visit from a trio of bands: Jab Jab Sucker Punch, Glittercore and Flameing Daeth Fearies. It’s an all-ages show with the music starting at 9 p.m. with a $8 cover. It’s the official debut of Little Rock’s Jab Jab Sucker Punch, a band consisting of members of well-known acts Big Boss Line, The Moving Front and Ashtray Babyhead. Glittercore is also an ensemble of Little Rock music royalty, with Paul Bowling, India Carter, Luke Tibbett and Shayne Gray playing their modern pop with glam and indie rock overtunes. And North Little Rock’s cabaret punk rock band Flameing Daeth Fearies creates fun-loving music while also incorporating interactive elements.

Ohio punk pop band Hit the Lights is coming to Downtown Music as the Razor & Tie Records-signed quintet tours in support of their just released EP Invicta. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the music starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Joining Hit the Lights on their Take the Fall Tour is Maryland act The Dangerous Summer, a band … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Kent Burnside.

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The Burnside name rings bells among blues aficionados because of the late, great Mississippi Hill Country blues guitar and singer R.L. Burnside and his descendants. Add another Burnside name to the list with Kent Burnside, a grandson of the legendary R.L. Kent Burnside & the New Generation come to Stickyz for a night of hypnotic, shambolic hill country blues as the band tours in support of their newest album, Too Late For Tears. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with a cover charge to be announced for the 18-and-up show.

Austin, Texas, indie rock act Mobley released a new album of music titled Let Slip back in the summer. But the band is already working on a follow-up, a collection of tunes that will serve as part two of a trilogy of albums. Taking a break from recording, the band, which originated in North Carolina, is touring, including a stop at Vino’s. The music starts at 9 p.m. with no cover charge announced. Expect a dose of chamber pop, indie rock, dance rock and alt country all mingled together from this … Read more >

Sunday’s Music

Mates of State.

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Comprised of a husband-and-wife duo, Mates of State uses an electric piano, organ, synths and drums in creating their indie pop music. The Sept. 13 release Mountaintops is their newest work, and Mates of State is coming to the Rev Room. Formed in 1997, the indie pop duo’s music showcases their layered harmonies, bizarre rhythms and the melodic interplay of drums and electric piano. It’s an early show with the music starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show. And the opening act? Generationals, a New Orleans band known for their feel-good indie pop such as the handclaps of the sweetly beautiful “Yours Forever.”

The weekend roars to a close with a visits from Tooth & Nail Records artist I Am Empire and their blazing alternative rock mixed with punk rock coming to Vino’s on the band’s The Kings and Queens Tour. The music starts at 7 p.m. with a cover to be announced. Joining I Am Empire will be fellow Tooth & Nail Records artist Nine Lashes with their rock music with a message of faith, and California … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

Ha Ha Tonka.

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The Ozarks are usually known for producing bluegrass or variations of hillbilly music. Enter Ha Ha Tonka, a decidedly not old-time-y music group, but a quartet known for their sound that mixes classic Southern rock with modern indie rock. The hard-charging group is best summed up by their April release, the excellent Death of a Decade. Anthony Bourdain is a fan, featuring the group on an Ozarks episode of No Reservations, and now you can be, too, when Ha Ha Tonka visits Stickyz. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 8:30 p.m. with cover $6 for the 18-and-up show.

Josh Noren grew up in northwest Arkansas, moved to Nashville, Tenn., about a year ago and started a band: Josh Noren and The Good Day. Now Noren is returning to the Natural State with his pop rocking band for a show at Vino’s. Joining Josh Noren and The Good Day at Vino’s will be Australian singer/songwriter Kate Hansen (now a Nashville resident as well) with her roots-rocking, pop music. Hansen’s newest work is her record Wrapped Up in Light, … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Mountain Sprout.

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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. So it’s that sound Mountain Sprout bring to Stickyz. The opening act is Little Zero and Gone Was Here with their Conway-bred roots rock, with the music starting at 9:30 p.m. Cover is $5 for the 21-and-up show.

Hear the words 400 Blows and one immediately thinks of French New Wave films and Francois Truffaut’s groundbreaking cinematic work on being an adolescent in 1950s France. But that’s The 400 Blows. Just plain, old 400 Blows is a different animal all together, a Los Angeles-based band that is known for their explosive mixture of hardcore punk and heavy metal. 400 Blows comes to Vino’s, and the music starts at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover, and … Read more >

Wednesday’s Music

Gayle Skidmore.

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Gayle Skidmore is a San Diego-based indie folk pop artist who is touring in support of her first full-length album Make Believe. It’s strange thinking it’s only Skidmore’s first album, considering the artist influenced by artists from Chopin to Billie Holiday to Led Zeppelin has written about 1,700 tunes. So she’s pretty prolific to say the least, releasing several EPs before Make Believe, an album where Skidmore played 15 instruments. Skidmore brings her songwriting and playing wizardry to Vino’s. No word on a cover, but expect the music at 9 p.m.

Some 12 years ago, Mike Perez formed a band. The band tinkered with their sound and lineup changes early on, but by 2005, Perez’s band No Bragging Rights was decidedly hardcore, mixing in metalcore and punk influences. After three releases, including this year’s Illuminator, the band is as one of the heaviest and catchiest melodic hardcore bands around. Before heading to Canada on their Moose It or Lose It Tour (Great name!), No Bragging Rights visits Downtown Music. No word on opening acts, but the doors open at 6 p.m. with the music at 6:30 … Read more >