Happy Friday! Here is a new tape from Little Rock's young legend Kari Faux, who has been having an amazing year (her first tape, "Spontaneous Generation," came out in February — taken together, they're probably the best debut of the year). She is a true role model. Houston's Fat Tony shows up, as does her frequent collaborator BLACK PARTY. /more/
"Voice of the People" KABF 88.3 kicks off their pledge drive this weekend (through Aug. 16). Call them at (501) 372-6119 or pay them a visit at kabf.org and give them a few dollars because it would mean a lot. They would do the same for you, I'm willing to bet. /more/
Juanita’s, the venerable Tex-Mex restaurant and live music venue, has new owners. Four years after they purchased the restaurant and club, Joe Cates and Jim O’Brien have sold it to Erin Hurley, Trey Jordan, Reed Lewallen, Bill Puckett and James Snyder. The new group takes ownership of the space at 614 President Clinton Ave. Aug. 1. Upgrading the type of concerts the club hosts is one of the new group’s top priorities, according to Lewallen. /more/
North Little Rock native Chris Denny, who was, as we wrote in May, "Arkansas's most promising musical talent for so long that he seemed destined to remain forever stuck on a "greatest that never was" list," made his triumphant return to Little Rock in June with a brief show at Juanita's. /more/
The monumental Rogers, Ark. music venue formerly known as the Arkansas Music Pavilion and recently renamed the Walmart AMP (or Walmart, for short), has a truly impressive and expensive lineup scheduled for the upcoming Fall, and they're adding more dates all the time. /more/
We mentioned earlier this month that Lucero had a huge, career-spanning live album, "Live from Atlanta," on the way in August, and now a few of the tracks are available to stream: "Sweet Little Thing," "Texas & Tennessee" and "Tears Don't Matter Much." Above, watch them play "I'll Just Fall," off 2002's "Tennessee," via the AV Club. /more/
Little Rock's song of the summer now has a video, and it's better than any of us could have hoped, like DGainz meets DIS magazine. The fact that I've yet to hear this song on the radio here is a complete mystery. /more/
Art Amiss is a non-profit arts collective based in Fayetteville which aims to "support support Arkansas music through the production and sale of eclectic and genre specific compilations and use those funds to award grants to artists on a quarterly basis." /more/
The fellows from Fayetteville’s SW/MM/NG are about to go places— literally, as they hit the road next month as part of a national tour with stops far from home, and more figuratively, as they’ve procured a spot on Old Flame Records’ roster and are poised to finally release their full-length debut. /more/
You've got to figure that a band from frozen-ass Winnipeg is just gonna be way gnarlier and tougher than a band from some sun-kissed tropical clime where people wear tank tops and flip-flops year-round.
Also, KEN Mode at Vinos', Red Octopus' 'Trysts and Turns' at the Public Theatre, Mothwind at Maxine's, Patty Griffin at George's Majestic, "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" at the Weekend Theater and Ash at Juanita's.
Last week, Rep. Josh Miller, a Republican legislator from Heber Springs, spoke against the private option Medicaid expansion last week. He invoked FDR's New Deal — a "hand up," he said, not a "handout."
Scott Ellington, the prosecuting attorney for Arkansas's Second Judicial District, said in a recent interview that, "There are no ongoing investigations by governmental investigative authorities" concerning the West Memphis Three case. Ellington may be the only person on the planet who believes there is "closure" in my case.