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Early Week Music

The Dirty Streets.

The Dirty Streets.

Here’s music of note for the first part of this week:

Tuesday

The Dirty Streets come to White Water Tavern, and the music starts at 10 p.m. Here’s why this news is important: The trio sounds like some back-alley character covered in the grime of skid-row life. Dangerous, messy and sweaty for sure, but also possessing some street smarts, a poetic soul and the swagger of a tarnished prophet. Think of a band influenced by equal parts Iggy Pop, Led Zeppelin, Cream, New York Dolls and even a little bit of The Byrds. The Dirty Streets new album is Blades of Grass, a collection of Memphis-stamped rock ‘n’ roll.

Want a shot of free, live music? Go check out pop-flavored singer-songwriter John Willis when he visits Arkansas Educational Television Network studios in Conway for an an upcoming episode of AETN Presents: On the Front Row. The show starts at 7 p.m., and audience members are asked to arrive at the studio by 6:30 p.m. Willis is promoting his King of the Cocktail Party EP, a collection of his piano-based pop music. The performance features Willis on lead vocals, piano and guitar; Chris Atwood on … Read more >

Weekend Music Roundup (Starting with Thursday)

Kevin Gordon. Photo by Daniel Coston.

Kevin Gordon. Photo by Daniel Coston.

Here’s what’s on tap for live music this weekend in and around Little Rock:

Thursday

The Browning brings their The Hypernova Tour to Downtown Music as the act promotes their Oct. 1-released album Hypernova. What this means is that Downtown Music will be rocking to the Kansas City band’s mixture of heavy metal with hard style, trance and other electronic music. Joining The Browning is Pennsylvania melodic hardcore outfit This or The Apocalypse, Virginia-based metalcore quintet Honour Crest, Victory Records metalcore band Tear Out The Heart and Houston’s Myka Relocate with their screamo meets electronic elements. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

If you don’t know Louisiana-raised, Nashville, Tenn.-based singer-songwriter Kevin Gordon, you should. The man has written tunes for the likes of Keith Richards, Levon Helm and Irma Thomas, and The New York Times had this to say about Gordon’s 2012 Gloryland: “Mr. Gordon’s music is both a distinctive slice of the Nashville scene far from the country mainstream and a window onto the DIY paths that increasingly come with a … Read more >

Weekend Music Roundup (Starting with Thursday)

Youngblood Brass Band.

Youngblood Brass Band.

Here’s what’s on tap for live music this weekend in and around Little Rock:

Thursday

Just a few weeks back, Little Rock country rock outfit the Good Time Ramblers played a Little Rock club and delivered some new tunes along with songs from their back catalog, including their newest album, Bigelow Strange, and the eight tracks are filled with stories of teens stealing dad’s whiskey, dying mom-and-pop stores and girls breaking hearts. The Ramblers are looking at returning to the studio soon, perhaps in early 2014, but before doing so the boys are perfecting these new songs in the live setting, including a stop at White Water Tavern. Expect some of the best country rock around. The music starts at 9:30 p.m.

Live at Laman returns to North Little Rock’s William F. Laman Public Library’s main library. This month’s free show in the library’s lecture hall features Rena Wren, a Hot Springs singer-songwriter who will present her folk rock and indie pop while backed by her full band, The Good Guys. The music starts at 7 p.m.

Friday

Youngblood Brass Band — a 10-piece ensemble of hip-hop, brass and jazz improv — visits StickyzRead more >

Weekend Music Roundup

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.

Here’s what’s on tap for live music this weekend in and around Little Rock:

Friday

Fiddle-powered Texas country with a touch of banjo. Gentle acoustic country ballads with rip-roaring choruses. Red Dirt-flavored country rock that kicks up a little dust. These are just a few of the sounds one will find on the Josh Abbott Band‘s April 2012 album Small Town Family Dream, including the soaring pop chorus of “Touch.” And all this and more is what one will hear when seeing Josh Abbott Band at Rev Room. The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $15 in advance and $18 day of for the 18-and-up show. Texas country rock band Tyler & The Tribe opens.

Dirty Alabama rock ‘n’ roll is what Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires will deliver when stopping in at White Water Tavern. The sound is Southern rock ‘n’ roll, but there’s something awfully raw about it. A little brawny Muscle Shoals R&B and gritty Memphis soul with a sweaty dose of 1970s Detroit punk. But the band can connect Walker Percy with the Ramones. And the outfit is working on a follow-up … Read more >

Wednesday and Thursday’s Music

Okkervil River at Rev Room on Wednesday.

Wednesday

Okkervil River comes to the Rev Room. The newest album from this Austin, Texas-based, folk-propelled indie rock group led by Will Sheff is The Silver Gymnasium, a concept album based on lead singer Sheff’s pre-adolescence years in New Hampshire. Opening is Torres, the indie rock music of singer-songwriter Mackenzie Scott. Check out her slow-burning “Honey.” The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $15 for the all-ages show.

That dusky-voiced, folk singer/songwriter Richard Buckner released his newest album Surrounded in early Septmeber, and the collection was a follow-up to his 2011 album Our Blood. The rootsy music of Buckner is a somber stroll through the Dust Bowl of America, filled with intimate tales of melancholy characters over bittersweet, acoustic melodies and delivered with a voice that is hauntingly plaintive yet soothing. Buckner comes to White Water Tavern for a night of his timeless American music. Opening the show is Adam Faucett, who brings along with mixture of folk, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. The music starts at 9 p.m.

Thursday

Yo Gotti, the Memphis rapper known for hits such as “5 Star” and “Act Right,” arrives back in Little Rock with a stop … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Kris Allen.

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. Admission is free with a general admission ticket to the park ($44.99 per adult, and $29.99 per junior under 48 inches tall, or senior 55 or older) or season pass ($59.99).

White Water Tavern will host the Lucas Clayton Hunsicker Scholarship Fund’s Bummer Summer, a musical benefit for the fund that awards an annual scholarship to an aspiring Park View High School artist or musician. The show starts at 9 p.m. with a $10 donation at the door. Some of the performers are Isaac Alexander, Phillip Huddleston, Jack Lloyd, Mike Motley, Matt Quin and Correne Spero. Hunsicker was a Little Rock musician who died in August 2010.

The Underground Summer Jam is coming to Downtown Music. So what does that mean? ABK. Who? Anybody Killa, the American Indian rapper who specializes in spiritual rap that crosses his culture with horror themes and … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

The Derailers.

Giving you the music a day early:

The Derailers have been around for almost two decades now. That’s kind of hard to believe; not because the band doesn’t have staying power but 20 years is just a long time in general. Stephen King is a fan and you should be, too; that is, if you dig honky tonk music and the Bakersfield sound of Buck Owens. And who doesn’t? The quartet comes to Stickyz. No word on an opening act, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover for the 18-and-up show.

Here’s what Creative Loafing Atlanta said about noise rock trio Whores: “Bearing witness to a Whores show is like being crushed under the tread of a Panzer tank as it charges into battle.” If that sounds like fun, catch Whores at White Water Tavern for a massive, ferocious sound. The show starts at 10 p.m. Also on the bill will be Little Rock’s own The Nigh Ends.

North Little Rock cigar-box luthier and hill country blues master Bluesboy Jag is staying close to home tonight and playing a show at The Joint, a relatively new spot in Argenta. Well, … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition.

Giving you the music a day early:

Catfish music for the masses. Let’s consider the phrase that Jimbo Mathus uses in describing the music that he creates as Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition. The music is the song of the South, an unruly blast of blues, country, honky tonk and rock ‘n’ roll with a hint of gospel, which means catfish music will raise hell on Saturday night and quietly bow its head Sunday morning. But don’t forget there is a little bit of New Orleans funk, Ozarks folk and gritty Memphis soul in there, too. The band is readying for the release of their Blue Light EP on July 20 and hitting White Water Tavern. The music starts at 10 p.m. with a $10 cover.

There are acoustic open nights, and jam nights, and Monday jazz nights, and Sunday jazz brunches, and science cafes, and all manner of events at The Afterthought. And then there are visits from Good Time Ramblers, the Little Rock band known for their rock-fueled country sprinkled with Texas swing, blues, folk and rock ‘n’ roll influences. It’s good-timing music for the masses. The … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

Star & Micey.

Giving you the music a day early:

Holly Cole, Jana Misener and Krista Wroten are the core of The Memphis Dawls, a band that includes Jonathan McLaren on vibraphone and drums, and Nahshon Benford on trumpet, and a group plays a mingling of folk and traditional country music that also finds time for a little R&B. The Memphis Dawls are the headliners for a show at Stickyz, but let’s talk a little about the openers, fellow Memphis act Star & Micey, a soulful, folk pop trio who are releasing their I Can’t Wait EP later this summer. It’s an EP recorded by the famed Dennis Herring (Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse, Buddy Guy) at Sweet Tea Studios in Oxford, Miss. You dig The Avett Brothers? You’ll dig Star & Micey. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $6 cover for the 18-and-up show.

I don’t know Ginger Baker, the famous drummer in bands such as Cream and Blind Faith. He’s apparently a pretty cantankerous fellow from what I’ve read and heard: Check out a 2009 Rolling Stone profile, and his biography is titled Hellraiser. But man, he’s a talented drummer. And he has … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Luke Bryan.

Giving you the music a day early:

Riverfest Ampitheatre will host two concerts this weekend. First up is country musician Luke Bryan on Saturday. Presented by KSSN 96, the show starts at 7:30 p.m. and includes special guests Craig Campbell and Chancie Neal. Tickets through Ticketmaster are available for $46 and $41. Sunday, it’s indie folk band Bon Iver at 7 p.m. along with folk rock trio The Staves. Tickets through Ticketmaster are available for $49 and $38.50.

This is how Cenobio Xavier “Bubba” Hernandez III describes himself on his website: a “singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer of diverse musical endeavors.” He was a member of polka rock band Brave Combo for two decades and his newest diverse musical endeavor is his solo album Big Pounding Heart, a 12-track album of “pop rock songs with worldly rhythms careened through the garage grunge machinery” provided by Los Angeles producer and guitarist Scrote. Bubba Hernandez comes to White Water Tavern. The show starts at 9:30 p.m.

The Adventure Metal Across America Tour arrives at Downtown Music so that means headliners Scale The Summit will be playing their instrumental progressive rock from Texas. What else does it … Read more >