It's one cancellation after another this month, isn't it?
Leann Rimes, who was scheduled to play a special acoustic session at UCA's Reynolds Performance Hall yesterday, backed out, last minute, due to illness.
The school is trying to reschedule the gig.
And now—"How Do I Live" is stuck in your head. Have a great Monday!
It's Friday, which means it's time for Rock Candy's latest pointless time waster: This Week in Arktube. That's right: Every week, we scour Youtube.com for the best, dumbest, and most jaw-droppingly goofy Arkansas-related videos the vomitorium of the American digital psyche has to offer. This week:
The University of Arkansas has a Quidditch league. First prize: NOT having sex!
Screw Harry Potter. Chemistry is the real magic! Where is your Dumbledore now?
Speaking of chemistry, here's some crazy kids in Piggott detonating a Taliban-grade IED made from a soda bottle and assorted household chemicals. This is why we can't have nice things. Or fingers.
Two dudes are just minding their own business, talking about wrestling, when they see some Al Qaeda dudes carrying, like, a missile near Hope. Bonus: one of the bro-hams seems to be sporting Samuel L. Jackson's Jeri-Curl wig from "Pulp Fiction."
A man who describes himself as "not a normal dipper" gives a deep and soul-searingly honest review of Copenhagen Original Fine Cut smokeless tobacco. Your move, Copenhagen.
To whet your appetite further, Rock Candy is pleased to offer an exclusive download of the best song on the album, in our opinion.
The Moving Front "Lottery"
Score another free track via Max Recordings. And buy the album via Amazon, emusic and iTunes.
UPDATE: A commenter says that (obviously big "American Idol" fan) Jeff Long ended up hooking Kris up.
"Kris Allen is a buddy of mine. He won American Idol, and he can't get tickets." DJ Williams wonders to USA Today, what's the value in winning 'American Idol' if it doesn't score you tickets to the Arkansas v. Alabama game?
"The distance between the gritty reality of Johnny Cash and Hank Williams' sin songs and the shiny school girl diary entry songs from Taylor Swift seems a vast gulf. It's not, really, when you contemplate the basic subjects of country songs. They are: lust, romance, love, me, you, us, sex, marriage, birth, death, children, sin, drinking, raising hell, redemption, church, friends, trucks, animals, guns." What about trains and prison? CMT's Nashville Skyline blog.
"Beth Ditto last night look danger in the face, covered it in cheese strings and profiteroles and laughed her knee tits off as she gobbled it up without taking breath." British tabloid Holy Moly! reporting on a not-serious hotel fire that forced Beth Ditto out into the street. Yowzas.
The Poet of the Common Man, still touring hard at 73, is coming to Baum Walker Hall in Fayetteville on Wednesday, Nov. 10.
Tickets, which range from range from $40.50 to $80.50, go on sale next Friday, October 1 at 9am via the Walton Arts Center Box Office at 479.443.5600 or at waltonartscenter.org.
Honorary Little Rockers, these guys.
Check out the session here.
The Patsy Cline soundalike has been in the spotlight since selling 8 million copies of her debut as a 13-year-old. Eight million. That's the equivalent to her selling one copy of her album for every single minute since she was born. Since, she's managed to stay relevant in country music circles, putting her name on 15 releases, singing for heads of state and winning two Grammies. Recently, Leann Rimes has become a staple of the grocery-store lines after an affair put her face on every celeb rag in America. However, she and new boyfriend Eddie Cibrian have become the Tracy and Hepburn of the Lifetime Channel since, so, y'know, she's got that going for her. Now the longtime country star is coming to UCA as part of this season's Public Appearances series. Rimes is set to perform an afternoon acoustic set of songs from her upcoming album — her first in three years — "Lady and Gentlemen," which has the former child star covering love songs from Merle Travis ("Sixteen Tons") to George Jones ("He Stopped Loving Her Today").
The Arkansas Queen has hosted dozens of concerts, hundreds of brunch and dinner cruises and countless parties. But Sunday's get-down might be the first all-out dance party to come to the Queen. That means more than 25 area DJs spread throughout the boat's three levels. The top deck will be an extension of Rumba's Friday night "Out House" sessions with DJs like Jeremy Rowlett, Spencer Rx, Unique, Julian Jones, Balance and Paul Grass. On the mid-level, some of Central Arkansas's biggest DJs —Ewell vs. Jared, Brown vs. JustinSane, Sleepy vs. Michael Shane —battle it out, and on the lower level, DJs like VampireGuts, James Dean, Stepchild and Wolf-E-Wolf from Cool Shoes and School of Dub play bass-heavy stuff for you to wobble to. There's a dock party from 5 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and the Queen sails from 9:30 p.m. until midnight. Call 374-4944 for tickets.
For the better part of 25 years, Robert Earl Keen has been the very definition of troubadour, a Lone Star musician with his dial permanently set to "tour." In fact, he's been too busy zigzagging the country with his long-time backing band to bother getting an inroad into the Nashville country music grinder. But it's paid off in the spades known as reverence. He has legions upon squads of followers and imitators alike and now gets mentioned in the same ranks as Jimmie Dale Gilmore or Townes Van Zandt; he's pretty much the most successful Texas English major ever. And no doubt he has an author's wicked wit behind his cowboy chords. Who else is going to whip up something like "The Great Hank," a song about a Hank Williams impersonator getting drunk in a sequined dress and lipstick?
Has any local album in recent memory been more anticipated? Nearly three years after it released a widely adored self-titled debut, The Moving Front is finally ready to unleash its follow-up, "Everyday Dissonance." A promising title from a group of post-punk polemicists, to be sure. That we're only now seeing the album (with cover art by this week's Times' cover artist Nate Powell!) owes to several factors, including the band's assiduousness; it spent months on end with engineer Jason Weinheimer at Lucky Dog Audio Post tweaking. Also, lately the 'Front's managed to hold onto guitarists about as well as Spinal Tap kept drummers. First Jeff Matika joined for about a day before he got called up to the bigs with Green Day. Then founding member Mark Lewis sort of moved to Austin. And then Scott Cook, who replaced Matika, started working with Julian Lennon and traveling around the country. Saturday, look for all of them to be onstage for at least a little while, along with other special guests, like joshua from Velvet Kente. From the band's Facebook event for the concert: "Have you ever been in The Moving Front? Well, you can be again, just show up to our practice a few times, 'cause it's gonna be like mothership connection up there but with less funk, no spacecraft, and a lot more beer." Magic Hassle and joshua open.
It's a weekend of benefit concerts at Juanita's. On Friday, Invisible Children, a group seeking to end the conflict in Uganda and stop the abduction of children for use as child soldiers, is the recipient of donations. At 7:30 p.m., the documentary "Go: The Schools for Schools Movie" screens. It follows 20 young Americans who travel to Uganda to help rebuild schools. A concert immediately follows, with music by locals Falcon Scott, Sean Michel, Badhand and Stephen Neeper & the Breakthrough. Last year, the UAMS students who organized this weekend's concert raised $8,700 on behalf of Invisible Children. Saturday, the beneficiary is CARTI Kids, a support network for pediatric cancer survivors who receive treatment at CARTI. The lineup includes Free Micah, Catskill Kids, Knox Hamilton and Inner City Lights. Both concerts are open to all ages.
The Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View kicks off two days of catgut and rosin with the Arkansas State Fiddle Championship, $10.
Monthly dance party Cool Shoes returns to the Downtown Music with DJs Kichen, Sleek, Cameron Holifield, and Risky Biz jockeying the discs, 10 p.m., $5, $8 under 21.
Two parts Techno-Squid Eats Parliament, one part Trusty, Dangerous Idiots, the self-described gulch-rockers, play Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3.
Cody Belew and the Mercers take to the river with a show on the Arkansas Queen, 9 p.m., $15.
Joey Farr and the Fuggins Wheat Band begin their two-night stint at Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members.
At the River Market Pavilions, the Arkansas Federation of Skaters hosts Skate Jam 2010, 6:30 p.m.
Melvins-loving hard-dance duo Androids of Ex-Lovers play at the Town Pump with the long-awaited reformation of Coach, the Hendrix-formed college rockers, 10 p.m., $3.
The Village brings the A-State Hip-Hop Showcase, hosted by Nina James and Epiphany, featuring DJ Discipline, 4x4 Crew, Sean Fresh and many more of Little Rock's microphone masters, 9 p.m., $10. (Full disclosure: I'm one of the showcase judges.)
In Hot Springs, Maxine's hosts Rural War Room, the wacked-out experimental duo; Dragoon, the garage trio of Trusty's Bobby Matthews and two former Grifters; and Star and Micey, Memphis' young folk/gospel outfit, 9 p.m., $5.
I remember seeing the news that '80s teen-pop-queens Tiffany and Debbie Gibson would play enemies in an upcoming TV movie back when it made the culture blog rounds in late June. But I just stumbled across the detail that Helena native Mary Lambert, Blanche Lincoln's sister, is directing the made-for-TV Syfy flick, "Mega Python Vs. Gatoroid." It's due in 2011.
Lambert previously directed "Pet Cemetery," "Pet Cemetery II" and tons of famous music videos.
The preview clip above is all catfight and no creature (it also might be slightly NSFW depending on your workplace's tolerance for women in tight, short dresses wrestling).
"Gatoroid" follows in the wake of the network's surprisingly successful "Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus" and "Dinocroc Vs. Supergator" and marks the first time a woman has ever helmed a SyFy creature feature, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Here's the plot:
Gibson will play a fanatical animal-rights activist who frees illegally imported exotic snakes from pet stores, sending them into the Everglades, where they grow to mega sizes. Tiffany will play an overzealous park ranger who uses dangerous methods to save endangered alligators.
-Roseanne Cash speaks about her father's anti-war streak and his devastation about the Iraq invasion at The Progressive.
-Craig Finn, whose band, The Hold Steady, plays tonight at Revolution, just released a song about his Minnesota Twins called"Don't Call Them Twinkies."
Canadian three-piece AIDS Wolf combines no-wave, hardcore punk and spazzing synths at Downtown Music; brand-new locals Heart Takers and garage-punkers Shoplift open, 9 p.m., $5.
At Juanita's, The Backsliders take The Pretenders out on a dirt road truck ride, metaphorically. They play at 9 p.m., $5.
Femme-fronted New Englanders Grand Evolution take to Vino's alongside hooky New Orleanians Herrington, 8 p.m., $8.
Bluesman and soon-to-be featured artist at the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival (the King Biscuit Festival) Willie "Big Eyes" Smith plays a set in Benton for the back porch crowd at Denton's Trotline, 8 p.m.
The River City Men's Chorus performs at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 7 p.m.
And, as always, the River Market district hosts the weekly parties "Posh" and "In Too Deep" at Ernie Biggs and Deep Ultra Lounge, respectively, 9 p.m.
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