Dudes, this one is gonna be especially, epically ragin': Hailing from Peoria, Ill., the psychonautical metallurgists known collectively as Minsk have returned.
Apparently, the band, formed more than a decade ago, was on a sort of hiatus for a couple of years there. But that is over, and fans can rest easy in the knowledge that another key group of explorers has decided to continue voyaging into realms of cerebral heaviness. The band just released its most recent album, 2009's "With Echoes in the Movement of Stone," on a swank double LP, and apparently work on a follow-up album is under way.
"With Echoes" is an ambitious, sprawling work of psychedelic metal that combines numerous elements to create an imposing sound: the pounding percussion and stoicism of Neurosis; the deep-space psych-churn of Hawkwind (to whom Minsk paid tribute on 2010's "Hawkwind Triad"); the Sturm und Drang und clang of such industrial pioneers as Missing Foundation or maybe early Swans.
Also performing: The Sound of the Mountain, Mainland Divide and Enchiridion.
Congrats to Little Rock metal band Enchiridion, who closed out last night's round of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase with a powerful and punishing set, winning over the judges in the process. They'll join Open Fields, Ghost Bones, Becoming Elephants and American Lions at the showcase finals, which will be held next Friday, March 6, at Revolution, 9 p.m., $5. /more/
More news from the Little Rock Horror Picture Show team: the 3rd annual festival, which be held March 20-23 at the Ron Robinson Theater, will feature a screening of Fritz Lang's classic, Expressionist, sci-fi head-trip "Metropolis," featuring a live score by last year's Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase winners The Sound of the Mountain. /more/
Several folks from the local music community have initiatives going to help the needy this holiday season. Today, DJ, party promoter, bartender, man-about-town Mike Brown has partnered with the River Market, the Little Rock Air Force Base and the Arkansas Foodbank to host "Give to Get." /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.
Actress Geena Davis announced today that she's launching a new film festival to be held in Bentonville (and called the Bentonville Film Festival) and sponsored by her own organization, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, as well as corporate partners Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, AMC Theaters and ARC Entertainment. The festival, set to be held May 5-9, will begin accepting submissions on Jan. 15 and will focus on films highlighting women and minorities in cast and crew.
At a press conference at the Ron Robinson Theater this afternoon, Arkansas Literary Festival chair Brad Mooy announced the lineup for the 2015 event, due to be held April 23-26. The list includes filmmaker and author John Waters, Pulitzer Winner Rick Bragg, Ya-Ya Sisterhood series author Rebecca Wells, novelists Megan Abbott, Benjamin Percy, Brock Clarke and Jamaica Kincaid and "Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl" creator Issa Rae.
Ernest Dumas reaches into history, some personal, for moments in Arkansas's view of refugees. It was brought to mind by the current crisis in Europe and the political divisions over whether the U.S. should respond to the needs of the displaced.
The University of Texas opened classes in Austin this week with a bit of student protest. The "Cocks Not Glocks" campaign encourages students to carry dildos and sex toys to mock the beginning of a new state law that allows concealed weapons on campus.
On residency requirements for LRPD officers and why many of his officers choose to live outside the city, community policing, mass incarceration, juvenile justice, assault rifles and gun control and more.
We take a visit to the weekly hot check court in Sherwood District Court, the subject of a recent civil rights lawsuit filed by ACLU Arkansas and others, who say the system there results in a modern-day debtor's prison