Florida’s Lighthouse Music states their influences as Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Miles Davis, James Brown, Mozart and Philip Glass. So how does one fit all those influences into a musical genre? They don’t. Lighthouse Music warps all those influences and creates a new sonic tapestry, with all five members rotating instruments (brass, percussion, woodwinds, turntables, accordion, synths, bass, guitar and more) throughout a performance, creating classical or rock melodies that are somehow powered by a funk rhythm. Check it out at Stickyz. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with the music of Loud Valley and their “symphonic mood swing” music. Cover is $5 for the all-ages show.
Attack Attack! is one of those bands that is hard defining. Call it metalcore with elements of electronica. And please avoid the crabcore label as it’s no genre at all; just mindless Internet message board chatter. The group — Caleb Shomo, Andrew Whiting, John Holgado and Andrew Wetzel — comes to Downtown Music with their electronica-powered metal. The music starts at 8 p.m. with tickets $13 in advance and $15 day of show. The doors open at 7 p.m. with a trio of local acts performing first: Through The Looking Glass, Words Like Waves and My Hands To War.
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”:
Get your Corona in hand as the beer presents a visit to Verizon Arena from Kenny Chesney, that country music superstar who enjoys easy-going music and beach-going themes. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the music at 7 p.m. Tickets are $26.50, $44.50 and $75 at the Verizon Arena Box Office, or at all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 or on line at www.ticketmaster.com for an additional cost. Chesney’s Goin’ Coastal Tour 2011 is sure to present such summer-sounding country hits as “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” and “Summertime,” and new tracks from Chesney’s 2010 release Hemingway’s Whiskey. The opening acts are Billy Currington, the country musician who is “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer,” and Uncle Kracker, the rap rocker turned country star.
Want to know what Arkansas rock sounds like? Go see Kevin Kerby + Battery at White Water Tavern. Fronted by the aforementioned and former Mulehead member Kerby on guitar, the band delivers brass-knuckle tough rock ‘n’ roll with a soul of gold. The band’s 2009 Beautiful & Bright, released in high-quality vinyl by Last Chance Records and in other formats by Max Recordings, is a roaring, meat and potatoes rock ‘n’ roll ride with chunky riffs chugging along with lumbering rhythms, but the music also includes stunning organ work and gorgeous harmonies. The music starts at 10 p.m. Also on hand is another excellent Arkansas rock act, Chris Michaels and the Cranks, a local outfit known for their rock ‘n’ roll with a touch of soul.
For a different take on Arkansas rock — a heavier, howling take — Downtown Music has lined up a number of bands who like their rock with a heaping side of hardcore. The acts include Pearcy hardcore metal band Our Friends Fall Silent, central Arkansas post-hardcore band My Hands to War, Perryville experimental electronica band Medic Red, Little Rock Christian hardcore band Words Within, Mountain Home hardcore act Words Like Waves, Arkansas Christian screamo act The Front Line and Heber Springs screamo outfit On Hollowed Ground. The doors open at 6 p.m. with a $7 cover.
Following Kenny Chesney’s triumphant return to Verizon Arena, head back across the river to Rev Room where Arkansas country rockers Riverbilly kick off their 2011 tour with a Kenny Chesney after party. It’s an all-ages show with the doors opening at 7 p.m., and admission is $7 for 21 and up, and $10 for 20 and under. Also on the bill are Arkansas country music up-and-comers Matthew Huff and The Luke Williams Band, opening the show. Riverbilly’s spring tour includes headlining dates and opening slots with artists such as Charlie Daniels and Kris Allen.
Here’s Kenny Chesney with his “Somewhere With You”:
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 [...]